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Looking to cleanse before summer?

April 19th, 2012 No Comments

Hi Beth, here’s my post which will tell you and link you to all you need to know about cleansing!  I also suggest this post which answers reader concerns.

The biggest thing you need to know is NOT to freak out when you feel hungry.  Just drink more juice and you’ll find it’s more filling than you expect.

Start easting vegetarian two days before the cleanse.  Schedule a colonic for day 3 (Libbe or gravity machines are the best).  After the cleanse, try to eat raw and vegan for the first day, and then vegetarian for two days afterwards.  And stay away from processed sugars!

BluePrintCleanse is generally the best for new cleansers.  If you’re in NYC, I also love Organic Avenue because it’s a lot more hearty.  Those in LA have the pleasure of the RedCarpetCleanse which has the best juices in my opinion.  Read here for more on each.  Recently, local cleanses are popping up.  In Atlanta, you can try Arden’s Garden, which is amazingly cheap for the good quality of the juice.  Houstonians can try Snap Kitchen, but I don’t like their juice line up (too much fruit, not enough veg.)

Let me know if you have any more questions!

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Cleaning up the holidays West Coast style

December 24th, 2010 No Comments

Hey LaLa Land.  Buy now to cleanse out all of the holiday cheer in the new year.

The 5 day Red Carpet Cleanse followed by 2 days of September’s raw menu is one of my favorite ways to get back on the healthy bandwagon.

Use promo code newyear20 for 20% off until Dec 26.

Only available in LA :(

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Raw Veggies Might Not Be The Best Option For You

August 5th, 2010 No Comments

September Death, founder of Red Carpet Cleanse, wrote a piece in her latest newsletter about…well, farting….not in a gross way, just why it happens.  Anyway, she offers the suggestion that if you get gassy after eating raw veggies, you might consider the fact your stomach can’t digest them properly.

Here’s her reasoning:

“Raw veggies are certainly good for you but not if you lack digestive enzymes and HCL to break down roughage into a state that the body can utilize.  (HCL is the acid that is generated in your stomach that helps to breakdown your food and as you age it get s less and less).  What I found to help with digestion is to steam veggies and or juice them to get their nutritive value.  Green juices are incredibly soothing to the intestines and are packed with healing a life force.

How do you know if you lack digestive enzymes and HCL you will probably complain that raw fruits and veggies cause you indigestion.  A good quick test is to drink beet juice and if your urine or bowel movement has any pinkish tone then you are lacking HCL and you can assist that by taking HCL supplements to rebuild it.”

(Full Disclosure: RCC provided me one free cleanse last year.  If I lived in LA, it would be my first choice for a juice cleanse hands down.)

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Comparing cleanses

June 30th, 2010 No Comments

 

Want to do the Red Carpet Cleanse at home?

Unfortunately RCC doesn’t ship outside of LA, but September has created a day cleanse you can do on your own once a week.

The Red Carpet Cleanse is now offering MTM readers a discount on a 5 day juice cleanse.  Enter code mary10 at checkout for 10% off until August 28.

This is the most creative and delicious cleansing menu I’ve tried thus far. And as you can see, I’m not the only one who loves September’s inventive combos.

September (the founder) can also customize the juices and exclude anything you don’t like (I HATE celery!).

Happy Juicing!

(Full disclosure: I was provided one cleanse for free last year and loved every second of it.)

 

And, exciting news on the fashion front!

One of my favorite all-American brands has launched a website.  If you don’t have a Madewell in your city, you can now browse all of their cool stuff online.  The site even features a denim bar that G loves to frequent in NYC!

 

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October 20th, 2009 No Comments

Oh hell yes.

I’m not cleansing, but ordered a bag of Red Carpet Cleanse juices (at media discount price) because I have been CRAVING this lemonade and the smootie!! Plus, green juice from the smootie places just don’t compare to September’s recipe. Because I’m not cleansing, one bag of 6 juices will last 2 days.

Ok, now the dogs are staring at me wondering why we aren’t walking.

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The Red Carpet Cleanses – Los Angeles, CA

October 1st, 2009 No Comments

The Red Carpet Cleanses – Los Angeles,  CA

(My Official Review)

As I wrote in my thank you note to September Death, the founder of Red Carpet, her 3-5 day juice cleanse and raw food menu is one of the most thoughtful I have come across in a while.

Additionally, to tailor the cleanse to your taste, she offers you ingredient lists for the juices and foods so you can opt not to have things you HATE excluded from your personal delivery.  By making the menu enjoyable for you, RCC makes it easy to stay on track!

Juice Cleansing ($90/day)

Everyday you have 6 delicious juices delivered to your doorstep by 6am.  When you roll out of bed, your eye-opener is the electrolyte lemonade that puts coffee to shame.  In the recipe, September uses flax oil to react with the sulpher in the lemon and pears to provide you with that burst of energy.

As with all cleanses, there is a re-occurring green juice component to ensure you get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need while not eating.  In fact, you get more than if you were on your normal diet.  Green juice is always my least favorite because they use celery and (more importantly for your digestion) parsley.  So of course I said, “out with the celery!” Plus she adds probiotics to help restore healthy bacteria in your system after you get a colonic.

The wonderfully sweet protein offerings – a midday banana smoothie and evening cashew milk – come right in the nick of time to keep you smiling in the midst of the tart veggies.

New to me was the “Red Juice” that is mostly composed of carrot juice.  I’ve always tried to incorporate carrot juice into my diet because of the benefits for your skin, but unfortunately it hasn’t become a staple.  After 4 days of the red juice, I saw a drastic change in my coloring and pores.  As one friend said, “you’re glowing!”

Overall, I love the variety and nutritional value of the menu.  But more importantly, I was only hungry 1 out of the 4 days I juiced.  The combo of veggies, proteins, and superfoods in the mixtures kept me more than satisfied!

5 day Raw Food Cleanse

I completed 2 days of raw food after a 4 day juice cleanse to ease myself back into eating whole foods without shocking my digestive system.

The menu consists of 3 meals and 3 juices that more than fill you up for the day.

Honestly, I can tell you I would have no idea these were raw and ridiculously healthy meals if I wasn’t told so beforehand.  September’s experience in the kitchen really shines in her wraps, salads, and even sweets. Although some don’t look appetizing, I can tell you the actual wrap pictured above is delicious!

If you’re afraid cleanse with straight juice or just need to get your diet back on track, I would highly suggest trying this out for a good detox.

Supplementing Your Cleanse

In order to fully cleanse out your system, I believe it’s important to exercise lightly (yoga is especially helpful for deep cleansing and blood flow), sleep at least 8 hours a night, schedule a colonic, and if possible get a massage.

I know you’re hesitant to do the colonic, but it really goes hand-in-hand with a cleanse.  The juices release the toxins you store in intestines but can’t fully push them out without the fiber.  You also could be storing parasites (especially you sushi lovers), which is not a pretty thought.

For a look at my first experience and reaction to a colonic, watch this video.  I’ll be posting a new one soon to introduce you to “the open method,” which I find to be even more gentle.  In LA, I went to Healing Waters for this treatment and found it to be very helpful.

In the future, RCC will be offering a package that includes options for colonics at Healing Waters and home massages from Julia (who has remarkably healing hands).

Cleanse Comparison

September 28th, 2009 No Comments

CLEANSE COMPARISON

Last week I completed a 4 day juice cleanse followed by 2 days of raw food all provided by Red Carpet Cleanses.

As you know, last year I detoxed with a 3 day “Foundation” juice cleanse from BluePrint and the 5 day L.O.V.E. Fast (Live. Organic. Vegan. Experience.) cleanse from Organic Avenue.

So you probably want to know, what’s the difference, which is the best, is one of them easier?

OVERVIEW

First, review a basic breakdown of the three cleanses.  All three use fresh ingredients that only last a couple of days.  Deliveries for RCC and OA come daily, BPC can drop off 3 days worth of juice at a time.

(BPC = BluePrint, RCC = RedCarpet, OA = Organic Avenue)

  • BPC 3 day “Foundation” – 6 juices = 3 green juices, 2 fruit juices, 1 cashew milk
  • RCC juice cleanse – 6 juices = electrolyte lemonade, 2 green juices, 1 carrot juice, 1 banana smoothie, 1 cashew milk
  • OA  L.O.V.E. Fast– 1 elixir, 1 fruit juice, 1 green juice, 1 smoothie, 1 soup, 1 small salad, 1 coconut milk/water

(All three companies offer other cleanses as well.)

WHY?

You also need to know my goals in cleansing:

  • Detox my organs
  • Repair my diet
  • Restore a normal appetite
  • Decrease cravings for processed sugar

SO WHAT DO I THINK?

Following are my conclusions on the three cleanses.

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY

While OA has the most hearty offerings, it incorporates many veggies I really can’t stand.  However, there is no way I could ever finish all of the stuff they sent for one day because it was so substantial.  So if you’re a veggie lover, this would be the easiest cleanse by far because it’s closest to a normal diet.

BPC and RCC both offer 6 juices a day.  RCC is a little easier because like OA it offers a sweet smoothie mid-day that is delicious. That boost in energy and moral keeps you motivated until your nighttime cashew milk.  OA’s smoothies are by far the best because they offer a variety that often includes chocolate.

Both OA and RCC (soon BPC) offer raw food cleanses as well if you are fearful of going to straight juice on your first attempt.

  • THE GREEN FACTOR

Obviously green juice is the a big component of the cleanses.

Hands down OA’s is the worst, but you only have to drink it once a day (and it’s followed by the smoothie).

Most people would say BPC offers the best green juice because it’s sweetened with green apple. I like it as well, but the celery sometimes gets to me.

RCC gives me the option to exclude ingredients like celery in all of their juices so it was more enjoyable.

Out of the 6 juices offered by BPC and RCC, I usually only drank 5 because the green juice twice in RCC and three times in BPC per day became redundant.

  • COST

OA L.O.V.E Fast = $450/week ($90/day)  including delivery in NYC

BPC = $65/day (for 3+ days including delivery in NYC), $85/day including overnight shipping to anywhere in the US

RCC = $90/day (including shipping in LA)

Honestly, if you’re serious about cleansing and getting your diet back on track, I think it’s worth the investment.  You receive juices and recipes you can’t replicate on your own, the support of a nutritionist, and everything you need for the day so you don’t have to think about what to do next.

  • PORTABILITY

BPC is by far the easiest if you’re on the go.  They have a cute travel bag with a little ice pack to keep all of your juice cool.  RCC offers a cooler tote, but it’s a lot more cumbersome.

OA comes in glass bottles so it’s not easy to throw in your purse (although I have).

  • THE GOOD STUFF

There is always one juice in a cleanse that I crave months later. In OA, I love the smoothies so much that I go buy them separately when I’m in NYC.  They have chocolate, mint chocolate chip, goji berry, and blueberry flavors for these nutrient-packed mixtures. Delicious!

Both BPC and RCC offer cashew milk at the end of each day.  Such a treat after a long day of veggie juices.  I prefer BPC’s – it’s like a vanilla milkshake. RCC’s is good as well, but not as thick.

RCC’s midday smoothie tastes the best, but I feel like the electrolyte lemonade you drink first is the most notable.  According to September, the combination of the flax oil with the sulpher in the lemons and pears energizes you instantly. RCC also uses hexagonally structured water and adds probiotics to the green juice to generate good bacteria in your body.

  • SHIPPING

At this point BPC is only one that ships, although I believe OA will do upon request.  RCC should be shipping soon!

  • DIY CLEANSING

My first attempt at cleansing I tried to do it myself and it didn’t work at all.  I was starving and had no idea how to nourish myself properly despite the fact I was following a menu I found online.

As I stated before, I think it’s important to have the support of a nutritionist to help explain your body’s reaction and how to cope with hunger.  September from RCC will be offering coaching soon so you can do it yourself with assistance.

  • BOTTOM LINE

I enjoy them all for different reasons.  When experiencing each, I received the positive effects of cleansing and felt rejuvenated by the end.

If I had to choose ONE – I think for me RCC would be my favorite because I like all of the juices they provide in the day, and I need the midday smoothie and the evening cashew milk to keep me mentally satisfied.

You need to asses what your goals are and then review the menus to see which will help you accomplish them. On any cleanse, I suggest getting a colonic and maintaining a light exercise regimen to fully detox your body.

You’ll find there are so many benefits to cleansing.  Notable improvements will occur in your health, skin, emotional well-being, stress level, and sleep schedule.

**Full Disclosure: BPC and RCC were provided for free.  I received a 10% media discount for Organic Avenue.

“Holy Hell Does This Look Amazing!”

September 25th, 2009 No Comments

“Holy hell does this look amazing!! I’ve been wanting to do a cleanse.. but there aren’t any vendors in Michigan :( I checked out Blueprint and it’s so expensive to ship.. just not in my budget at the moment.

Mary – any shipping friendly suggestions!? or places you know of?” — Blogger Kristin

Unfortunately cleanses are expensive.  There’s really no way around it.  But let me explain what you pay for:

  • A guarantee you are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs when not eating food.
  • Delicious juice that isn’t thick.  If you’ve ever tried to make a tasty green juice, it’s not that easy. They also have special machines that cold press the fruit so you get just the juice with all the nutrients without the pulp.
  • You don’t have to THINK about what comes next.  There is a set schedule to keep you on course because at times you will want to deviate.
  • After you buy all of the ingredients that goes into these juices, it probably would cost about the same.  All of the fruits and veggies are pesticide-free and organic.
  • Nut milk, which isn’t the easiest thing to make, is very necessary on a cleanse so you get protein and fat.
  • Personal Support.  In each of these cleanses, I have always been able to reach out to a nutritionist in the company to ask questions and get advice on how my body reacts to the cleanse.  This is priceless! (And if you’ve ever been to see a nutritionist, you know their service is expensive!)

At this point, BluePrint is the only one of the cleanses that ships. (They offer free shipping to one state per month.  Right now it’s Illinois.  And if you get a group, the rate per day decreases as well.) Organic Avenue says they can, but I haven’t tried it that way yet. For first time cleansers, I would definitely make the call to investigate. September from Red Carpet has been taking meetings to get shipping started ASAP.

In the meantime, September will be starting cleanse coaching packages so you CAN do this on your own.  She is also very attentive and always reachable via email to answer questions and offer support.

Although I make cleansing seem easy, it takes strength of mind to complete.  And you really need a schedule and counselor to support you.