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For reasons unbeknownst to us (bathing suit season? too many summer tequila cocktails?), there's been a bit of a juice-cleansing craze lately.
We've said it once and we'll say it again: we're a food blog, not a diet blog - but when some of our most devoted food friends and colleagues have been talking and Tweeting up a storm about kale juice with the same gusto they would about a meal at Le Bernardin, it's hard not to take notice.
Since neither of our editors have ever actually
Guess we can't knock it until we've juiced it.
The Truth About Five Cleansing Myths: Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss
The goal of each is to give the digestive system a chance to rest and rejuvenate by suspending it from work, but a cleanse is much easier on the system and provides a full day’s worth of nutrients. This is not about deprivation, it’s about nourishment!"
2. A cleanse is only for people who don’t care about food or what it tastes like.
Coming from the restaurant and bar biz, we set out to make sure that our juices are perfectly balanced and taste delicious. We’ve got tons of loyal chef clients to prove it!
An added perk - a few days of juice allows you to 'reset' your palate, and most people find that everything tastes better following a cleanse, but perhaps now they’re having a salad alongside their pork belly."
3. I’ll be hungry and cranky if I do a cleanse, and I can’t justify that.
But if you actually follow prep guidelines and EASE into your cleanse, your body will already be familiar with fresh clean foods that absorb rapidly and the chances of you feeling hungry or sluggish are much lower.
Remember – 20 pounds of fruits and veggies a day – you are not starving! The idea here is that drinking juice throughout the day keeps your metabolic rate steady, instead of the peaks and valleys that come with digesting a heavy breakfast and lunch."
4.The body is designed to self-cleanse so this is not something that I need to do.
The digestive system did not develop to digest anything called 'processed cheese food,' low-carb tortillas, soy milks, fake meat, or even that simple and delicious dirty martini."
5. A cleanse is really just an extreme version of a quick-fix weight loss gimmick.
And again, this is not about extremes or deprivation.
In addition to the hefty dose of produce in a day of juice, we’ve even added some extra fat and protein with our cashew milk, so it’s a far more nutritionally sound regimen than a fast."
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