Last week two important deliveries arrived. Amelia’s Girl Scouts cookies (12 cases!) and my Kaeng Raeng 3 Day Detox, $80. Doesn’t this sum up the nutritional struggles of a supermom? Actually, the cookie delivery was the last straw to shock me into action and start battling what I call the “Polar Vortex 15.” After complaining for months about the cold weather and yearning for spring, it’s finally here and who’s really prepared for more body-baring clothes? Not me.
Fortunately, the Kaeng Raeng 3 Day Detox was a breeze, really. The program consists of drinking three meal replacement drinks a day, plus raw fruits and vegetables whenever you’re hungry. The mix comes in three flavors—Juu Juu (blueberry, banana), Glai Roong (mango, peach, pineapple) and Reunn (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple)—so you don’t get bored of drinking just one flavor, like some other cleanse programs. The formula is created to help rid the body of toxins, jumpstart weight loss, improve digestion, bolster immunity, relieve bloating and improve skin and hair quality. The latest kit is soy-free and contains high quality pea protein. Each packet provides a full serving of fruit, 2 billion live probiotic cultures and essential amino acids and vitamins. One serving contains 15 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber, so it curbs cravings and fills you up. Here’s what a typical day looked like:
Breakfast: I took the classic smoothie route and blended a JuuJuu with frozen peaches and orange juice. Totally delish and really filling. You have to mix at least 24 ounces of water or juice with each packet to get the consistency of a smoothie.
Lunch: I decided to add some greens and “drink” my usual lunchtime salad. I added a handful of spinach and some apple slices (leftover from packing Amelia’s lunch) into the blender with a Reunn and some coconut water. I didn’t even taste the spinach and was full until dinner. A little later in the day I snacked on a few carrot chips just because I’m addicted to munching while working at my computer—a bad habit, but at least I stuck to the program.
Dinner: I didn’t want to give up the routine of having dinner with my husband, so I made us a big salad and looked up some raw salad dressings. I blended an avocado with lime, orange juice and cayenne pepper to make a spicy, creamy dressing. I saved my drink for desert. Once the kids are asleep, I usually dive into the chocolate stash and/or have a glass of red wine. Instead, I mixed Glai Roong with ice water to make a cool, refreshing juice. The kit comes with a huge mixing bottle, which was very helpful because I didn’t have one that was large enough to hold 32 ounces of water—that’s how much water you need to make a juice-like consistency. The sweetness of the drink satisfied my sweet tooth and it was so filling, I couldn’t even think about eating chocolate.
Bottom Line: If you need to cut down your carb cravings, this Kaeng Raeng 3 Day Detox is perfect. I lost about three pounds, and while I have 12 more to go before I’m ready for the beach, it’s encouraging to see fast results while priming your body for more efficient fat-burning over the next few weeks. Now I’m less tempted to reach for those Girl Scouts cookies when I’m raiding the kitchen. In fact, I think I’ll continue the Kaeng Raeng Detox meal replacements for breakfast.
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