KEEPIN' IT RAW: POST JUICE CLEANSE Q&A WITH MAKI

 

Juice cleanses are SO HOT right now. The first time I cleansed was after I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It truly opened my eyes to how my poor habits were affecting my body. At the time, I was working behind a desk and was at the heaviest weight I had ever been. (Imagine me plus 25 pounds) I promptly purchased a juicer and turned my lifestyle around. Lauren and I committed to a 7 day cleanse but on day 5, there was a party (for me) at work where I ate cake and drank champagne. The only acceptable way to break juice edge. I totally believe in the powers of juicing. I haven't done an official cleanse since then, but incorporate juice into my daily life. Sometimes it is necessary to reset your bod. Making juice at home is so rewarding, but you must be diligent about recipes and such a pain in my ass to clean up. My most favorite juice right now was a special from Ellwood Thompson's, the Fennel Soother. Pineapple, pear, ginger, lime, fennel, and turmeric. So tart and delicious. Many juicerys in bigger cities offer cleanse packages with bottled juices. This is starting to become a thing in Richmond with juice companies like, Ginger Juice Co. and Pressed popping up. 

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If you've never met our girl Maki, you've been missing out! I'm so glad to finally have her here on Luscious Judy. She recently completed a 3-day juice cleanse and survived to let me ask her some questions about it. I'm totally planning my next juice cleanse. Wanna do it with me?  

LUSCIOUS JUDY:  WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO A JUICE CLEANSE? 

MAKI: The short answer is I did it because I'm just into this kind of stuff (probiotics, seaweed, yoglife, etc.). It was only a matter of time before I hit a juice cleanse. 

I was on a party tip the few weeks leading up to doing the cleanse, drinking a lotta white wine, smoking tons of weed, you know the drill. I was foggy and having a lot of nightmares as a result, I think. Really dark ones involving the Genie from Aladdin and gigantic dogs. I felt like I wanted to quickly get myself back in a healthy zone.

I did the Master Cleanse with my sister like, six years ago and only lasted three days while she lasted like, ten. I blame avatar 3-D. I'll never forget the experience of sitting in the theatre feeling super sick with the plastic oakleys on sipping that maple-flavored spicy water. I broke edge after that. Anyhow, drinking six different kinds of juice for three days sounded like an easy ride compared to that. 

LUSCIOUS JUDY: DID YOU DO IT WITH A FRIEND?

MAKI: I did it with my friend Anna. She'd never done a juice cleanse before either. After Day 1, she said it was the first time she'd gone a day without cheese since she was two years old.

LUSCIOUS JUDY: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR JUICE SCHEDULE? 

(She cleansed with Brooklyn Crepe.)

MAKIKO: The "power cleanse" is 3 green juices, a red one, an orange one, and a "nut milk." I pretty much always started with a green juice and then mixed up the rest, but tried to spread the nut milk out throughout the whole day cuz it's filling and tastes like straight heaven when you haven't had solid food for a minute.

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LUSCIOUS JUDY: FAVORITE JUICE?

MAKIKO: excepting the nut, my fav was the red juice which was beet, carrot, cucumber, apple, lemon, and bee pollen.

LUSCIOUS JUDY: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT DAY 1? DAY 2? DAY 3? 

MAKIKO: Full Disclosure: I didn't follow the pre-cleanse rules and the night before Day 1, I got kinda crunk with my friend and had brandade de morue and oysters at Balthazar. When I woke up I really wanted to eat some pasta salad from this deli near my apartment. I hit the juice instead and really didn't feel bad at all. At the end of day 1 I was with anna, who was also doing the cleanse, and we both felt really weird and delirious. We both agreed that we felt exactly the way you do when you're just about to start tripping really hard on mushrooms. 

Day 2 and Day 3 weren't bad. I rested a lot and ate raw carrots and kale when I started to feel nauseous. I went to a yoga class in the middle of the day, felt really good. I meditated with my salt crystal lamp, drank a lot of tea and water.

LUSCIOUS JUDY: COULD YOU HAVE KEPT GOING FOR DAY 5? DAY 7? 

MAKIKO: Yes, and I think that's when you really break on through to the other side. Next time.

LUSCIOUS JUDY: WHAT KEPT YOU PUSHING THROUGH WHEN YOU WANTED TO GIVE UP?

MAKI: I wanted to go really deep. i had a lot of moments where I felt insanely focused, so I guess I was chasing that dragon.

LUSCIOUS JUDY: SAVING GRACES?

MAKI: Forensic Files, my vibrator, books. went to the movies a couple times. my co-worker juices a lot and he told me taking a spoonful of coconut oil with some of the juices helps a lot. I'll probably do that next time. 

LUSCIOUS JUDY: WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? DO IT AGAIN? 

MAKI: I would recommend it to select friends. It isn't for everyone. I'm definitely going to do it again, probably soon. The only drawback is the expense.

LUSCIOUS JUDY: HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW THAT IT'S OVER? 

MAKI: I felt great first couple of days following, like a spring leaf. it's not like I'm a changed human after the cleanse or anything, but I do feel like it gave me some perspective on habits. I also think it's important to give yourself challenges all the time. 

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