What It’s Like to Go On a Shaka Juice and Nalo Juice Cleanse

Editor Robbie Dingeman and Lei Chic Editor Natalie Schack share their Nalo Juice and Shaka Juice cleanse experiences.


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Robbie Dingeman and Natalie Schack tried out the five-day Nalo Juice and Shaka Juice cleanses (respectively). Here are their takes on their experience—the good, the bad and the ugly. 

 

Robbie + Nalo Juice

Photo: Courtesy of Nalo Juice 

 

The week before our scheduled juice cleanse, I started eating more salads, raw foods, fish and plant-based proteins, tofu, beans, edamame and easing away from processed foods, caffeine and alcohol.

 

Day 1

Robbie

What’s in the cleanse

  • one 32-ounce mason jar of fruit juice (blend changes daily) 
  • One 32-Ounce Mason Jar of Green Juice “deans greens” (Cucumber, parsley, kale, cilantro and lemon)
  • Two 32-Ounce Mason Jars of Vegetable Broth 
Cost: $300 (5 days)


My one cheat of the week was a cup of black coffee at home on Day 1. (OK, it was a double shot of espresso.) But I was scheduled to appear on KHON2’s Living808 to talk about our August issue of HONOLULU Magazine. And being coherent on Monday morning TV without coffee seemed unlikely.

 

We had an office surprise baby shower for HONOLULU Family editor Christi Young, who has since delivered her second child. (Talk about taking your job seriously!) With lavishly detailed cupcakes, pastries, mini quiche and multiple desserts, I clung to half of my morning fruit juice to escape temptation.

 

Each day’s midday meal was a refreshing green juice blend. Sipping it and drinking lots of water left me feeling like I’d had a meal, albeit a light one.

 

Though I found myself thinking of what I would normally fix or buy for lunch, I was intrigued by the promise of a healthier me. That night’s dinner was a tasty surf-n-turf broth of konbu, shitake mushrooms and miso. And two quart mason jars full of savory broth turned out to be satisfying and even too much for one night.

 

Natalie + Shaka Juice

Three days before the cleanse, I was told to prepare by cutting out processed sugar, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, remaining hydrated and increasing my fiber intake with lots of fruits and vegetables. I was doing (mostly) great … until the night before, when I ate a cinnamon roll skillet from Chili’s. It did not bode well.

 

PHOTO: COURTESY OF SHAKA JUICE 

 

Day 1, midday

Natalie

What’s in the cleanse 

  • MORNING ELIXIR (LEMON, ALKALINE WATER, CAYENNE AND ORGANIC HONEY)
  • GREEN DREAM (CUCUMBER, WATERCRESS, APPLE, CELERY, KALE, BOK CHOY, MIZUNA, LEMON AND GINGER)
  • PURPLE KUSH (BEETS, KALE, CELERY, MIZUNA, BOK CHOY, WATERCRESS, CUCUMBER AND LEMON)
  • GREEN DETOXER (CELERY, KALE, BOK CHOy, MIZUNA, WATERCRESS, CUCUMBER AND LEMON)
  • SALAD AND ALKALINE WATER
Cost: Juice cleanse with food $55 (1 day),  $165 (3 days),  $275 (5 Days)


I kept waiting for the inevitable descent into madness, but nothing had happened yet. No hunger pains, even. I wouldn’t have minded eating a hamburger or a cupcake, and my head ached slightly, but that could have been that my ponytail was too tight. All in all, I thought the cleanse would make me feel more in touch with my body, but I felt just the opposite. I didn’t know what was causing what anymore, as if my body was shouting at me from a far distance … and I didn’t recognize it. Maybe, to be honest, I don’t. I’ve never known my body without lots of eating, lots of munching and lots of comfort food. I’ve never known a life in which planning meals, having meals or thinking about meals wasn’t a huge part. Without it all … who am I?

 

Maybe the madness had set in a bit.

 

By the way, it didn’t help that, for the baby shower, I made two types of cupcakes, mini quiches and haupia. There was also pistachio cake, jellyroll cakes, cocoa puffs and custard-filled croissants. CUSTARD. FILLED. CROISSANTS. That all happened after our company’s Monday morning meeting, where there was Portuguese sausage, eggs, rice and potatoes. I deserve an award.

 

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