Vegan 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse (Non-Dairy)

2019_04 5_Day_Cleanse_veganHave you heard great things about the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse, designed by Young Living Essential Oils, but can’t do the protocol because it has dairy in it?

Well, you have options! Here’s the protocol I developed — the recipes and the reasons behind it, so you can troubleshoot to fit your needs.

First, here’s my blog post on the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse, as designed. Most of the info is still relevant and helpful.

The Balance Complete is the part of the protocol that contains dairy since it has whey protein. I’ll just note that Peter and I both can get overloaded with dairy fairly quickly, and 3 shakes per day would typically be problematic for us. However, the quality of the whey protein is phenomenal. It digests quickly and feels light in both the digestive and lymphatic systems.

If you are vegan or allergic to dairy, you can skip the Balance Complete with no worries and just substitute the Slique Shake from Young Living. The Slique Shake provides an excellent substitute for the NUTRITIVE part of the cleanse, and you’ll need to add more fiber. Balance Complete has 11 grams of fiber per serving while Slique Shake has 7 grams.

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I feel very full when I drink a Slique Shake. So, the thought of 3 shakes per day seemed like too much. I decided to do 2 shakes per day and fill in with raw and high fiber snacks as needed.

With 3 Balance Complete shakes, I would get 33 grams of fiber per day. With 2 Slique Shakes, I would get 14 grams of fiber per day. So, I needed to add an extra 19 grams of fiber per day — I rounded up to at least 10 grams of fiber per shake.

  • 1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds = 5 grams of fiber
  • 1 cup of Raspberries or Blackberries = 8 grams of fiber
  • 1 cup of Blueberries = 3.6 grams of fiber
  • 1 cup of Strawberries = 2.9 grams of fiber
  • 1 Tablespoon of JuvaPower powder = 2 grams of fiber

I went with berries because they have a lower glycemic index (or blood sugar effect) than most fruits — I could also get them easily at the grocery store frozen. I liked adding seeds since they’re lower in glycemic index and add some protein and fat.

I experimented with the JuvaPower powder. It was helpful in adding to the cleansing effect of the protocol, but it affected the taste of my shake (negatively), so I decided to just take it in smaller amounts (1 teaspoon) by itself once per day.

2019_04 5_Day_Cleanse_vegan_recipeThis recipe made a yummy shake that was very filling. I estimated that each shake had at least 17 grams of fiber, not including the “milk” of choice (which would make a total of 34 grams of fiber for the 2 shakes).

Vegan Shake

  • 1 cup organic frozen berry mix (more blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds, soaked in 1/2 cup water for at least an hour
  • 1 packet Slique Shake
  • 1/2 – 1 cup organic, unsweetened soy milk (or “milk” of choice)

Add ingredients to blender container in order listed. Start with lower amount of “milk” and add as needed to be able to blend smoothly.


I took the capsule of 3-5 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil WITH the shake. (Here’s a link to enteric coated capsules available on Amazon.)

The NingXia Red shots were my snacks in between the shakes. Because of the timing, I ended up needing a more substantial snack in between. The Slique bars worked well. Another snack that worked well was carrots and hummus.

My goal was to create a protocol that felt similar in my body to the standard 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse protocol. Each time I’ve done that cleanse, there’s a particular sensation of how the essential oil from the capsule feels in my body — not just my digestive system, but up through my torso and into my head — that I interpret as facilitating the cleanse. With this vegan shake and essential oil capsule combo, I experienced a similar sensation.

I also got a good cleanse from the vegan version. Yay!

Happy Cleansing! Blessings! Amy


Want some community support while doing the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse? Join our exclusive Facebook group, YL Wellness Program.

You can join us for the cleanse on April 24-28, 2019!

And, you’ll have access to other exclusive classes archived in the group, including a 3-part “Curious About Cleansing” seminar.

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The 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse – Resources

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The 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse, designed by Young Living Essential Oils, is a do-able and (in my experience) effective cleanse for the colon and digestive system, with positive results affecting the whole body.

The cleanse consists of 3 high-fiber (and tasty) shakes per day with Balance Complete meal replacement, accompanied by 1 gelcap of Digest & Cleanse with each shake, and 3 servings of NingXia Red antioxidant drink per day (in between shakes).

You can also supplement with snacks in between, keeping the snacks to raw and high-fiber choices, such as fruits, veggies, raw nuts, hummus, and rice crackers.


This cleanse fits into most lifestyles with ease and minimal planning and disruption. I can even make meals for my family and watch them eat… I just have my shake at the same time. The Balance Complete shake is tasty — even if mixed with only water. I usually am seeking to maximize my protein intake, so I mix with organic, unsweetened soy milk. It can be mixed with your “milk” of choice. It tastes like a vanilla milk shake — so no hardship with cleansing this way!

When I stick to my schedule of 3 shakes, spread evenly throughout the day, punctuated by NingXia Red shots and veggie snacks, as needed, I don’t get hungry and I don’t feel deprived!


The cleanse is not meant to be a fast, but to be closer to a mono-diet — to give some rest to the digestive system. And, it is a time to flood the body with nutrients to give your body the extra resources needed during a cleanse.

NingXia Red antioxidant infusion is a great way to get nutrients in a power-packed shot. The added antioxidants, both water-soluble (with berries) and fat-soluble (with essential oils), provide needed resources to help as toxins are mobilized during the cleansing process. NingXia Red also provides vitamin C and the bioflavanoids needed to help absorb vitamin C. Vitamin C is also a key nutrient in the cleansing and detoxification process!

How does it cleanse?

1) Fiber

Balance Complete provides 11 grams of fiber per serving. Ever tried fiber powders?? Normally, they are gag-worthy. Not Balance Complete! The fiber is ground very finely — and it hides in the tasty vanilla milkshake! Taking your fiber becomes EASY!

Once the fiber is in the colon, it absorbs water and expands, filling the tube of the colon. This is a physical cleanse of the colon as it moves through the tube with the peristaltic wave (the normal movement of the colon to push the poop out). The fiber in effect wipes or scrubs the sides of the tube and pushes the built up grime out. Also, as the fiber absorbs liquid, it pulls in toxins.

2) Essential Oils

The Digest & Cleanse* capsules provide antioxidant support delivered directly to the intestines and the digestive system. Antioxidants tend to help mobilize toxins. Those toxins can then be absorbed into the fiber to be eliminated (moved out with the poop)!

As an added support, the Digest & Cleanse* can help maintain the balance in the gut. Sometimes, as we increase our fiber intake (or even just change our diet), the gut flora reacts and creates gas as it rebalances to the new food in the digestive system. The essential oils can help with this process.

When I take the oil capsule before or with my shake, I feel a gentle, minty freshness when the capsule opens. Happy tummy! When I forget and take the shake without the oil capsule, the fiber and gas starts to fill my tummy — and get uncomfortable. Thankfully, all I have to do is take the capsule and within 15-30 minutes, it opens and I’m back to minty freshness!

* NOTE: As of this writing, Digest & Cleanse (and the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse Kit) are out of stock with Young Living. I did the cleanse successfully by substituting homemade capsules of 3-5 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil or DiGize Vitality essential oil blend. BE SURE TO ONLY USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY THAT ARE LABELED AS SUPPLEMENTS!!!! (That’s why we only use Young Living!) I took a capsule at the same time as my shake — so that the it would open where the shake was in the digestive system.

Here are some empty enteric coated capsules available on Amazon.

Don’t eat dairy?

Check out the blog post on my vegan (non-dairy) version!

Added Cleansing Support

I like to keep supplements on hand that support the detoxification process. My main support is Sulfurzyme. I take 4 capsules before bed EVERY NIGHT. When needing extra cleansing support, I take 2-4 capsules during the day, perhaps even two more times during the day.

Another favorite is Super C — to provide added Vitamin C. I also rely on digestive enzymes from Young Living — if you’re following the YL Wellness Program, you may have some left over from Months 1, 2, or 3 — Detoxzyme, Allerzyme, or Essentialzyme.

My Results

The first time I did the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse, I was pleasantly surprised to be able to breathe easier after the cleanse. Say what?!? I know! The colon is right under the diaphragm, and if it’s “dirty,” it can basically pollute the tissue around it. So, as it cleaned out after the cleanse, my breath felt lighter and cleaner, as if every breath was fresher air!

I’ve talked with lots of people who have done the cleanse and shared my experience — by the 4th day, we don’t want any more fiber. I would look at the shake and think, “I don’t think there’s any more room in there…” But, I just kept going, following the protocol. Thankfully, there’re only five days in the cleanse — so it’s do-able. The 4th and 5th days of the cleanse are usually when I experience a cleansing reaction, if I’m going to have one. That’s when I take the extra supplements to help manage the cleansing and detoxification process. By the end of the 5th day and then the 6th day, my colon catches up and the poop gets moving out more efficiently — and I start feeling lighter, fresher, cleaner!!

Generally, the cleanse isn’t one that creates abnormal bowel movement — generally, just a little slower as the fiber moves through the tube. So, I haven’t felt the need to stay near the toilet. I can function normally in my daily life.

I have found it crucial to stay hydrated during and especially after the cleanse. If I don’t keep the colon hydrated and moving, I run the risk of the toxins that got mobilized getting stuck in there. I have done this. It’s not pleasant. And, drinking more water generally takes care of it! My goal is half my body weight in ounces — and then pay attention to my body after that to see if I need more to keep up with the cleanse.

I hope these tidbits of my experiences help you on your cleansing journey! Blessings! Amy


Want some community support while doing the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse? Join our exclusive Facebook group, YL Wellness Program.

You can join us for the cleanse on April 24-28, 2019!

And, you’ll have access to other exclusive classes archived in the group, including a 3-part “Curious About Cleansing” seminar.

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Some Thoughts About Movement

We hear that we must move our bodies in order to be healthy.  Does that mean any movement?  Are some movements better than others?  Are exercise and movement the same thing?  Let’s explore some of these questions.

Movement is required for many body functions to occur.  Some functions require specific muscle contractions.  For example, engaging the diaphragm and large muscles in the legs pumps the lymphatic system which is needed to flush toxins out of tissue.  Other body movements provide support for vital functions, such as core support to help move the bowels and keep the digestive tube from collapsing.  In addition, movement of a joint is required for the joint to stay healthy and lubricated.

But, not all movement is healthy!  If I bend or bear weight on a joint that is misaligned it can create stress and inflammation and eventually cause damage that limits function.  Movements where part of my body is not supported can create compression and sheer forces placing joints or organs at risk.  So, learning how to keep the body properly aligned when we move becomes critically important if we want long term joint health and maximum wellness.

If I do exercise at a gym on machines or with a trainer, does that ensure proper alignment and body usage?  Unfortunately not.  Machines are built symmetrically, while we are not symmetrical. (We have a liver on one side, a heart on the other, we have right or left side dominance, just to mention a few asymmetries.)  Also, we have injury and usage patterns unique to our own history.  Unless my trainer is a Certified Aston-Patterning® Practitioner, it is unlikely that he or she will be able to troubleshoot my particular usage pattern for that particular movement, machine, or exercise.  This does not mean I should give up my exercise program or my trainer; I just have to make sure I am keeping my movements in the healthy range.  If an exercise is painful to a joint, it usually means I am causing damage.  So we need to be very careful with the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy (but that’s a whole blog post by itself).

I do Yoga so I am assured proper alignment and body usage, right?  Again, not necessarily.  One position may be OK for you but very hard on my body due to my particular tension and injury patterns.  With training, I can learn how to move my body in such a way that honors my particular asymmetries.  Unfortunately, most movement systems that have a particular target form will emphasize the form rather than the reason that form is useful.  For example, bending to touch my toes while standing can be used to stretch the hamstrings; but, if I initiate that movement from my head or chest instead of from the psoas muscle I will create a very different stretch.  The form may look the same but the results are not.  So, with movement programs that have specific forms, I will get more benefit and less injury if I find out what I am trying to accomplish with each form.  I can then make adjustments according to my body limitations and patterns.

So, in order to get the maximum benefit from movement or exercise, I need to have familiarity and skill with how to use my body properly.   Developing this skill requires movement training.