I recently did a fabulous detox cleanse—mostly juice, but also some raw food. I had been away on an extended summer vacation in Maine. We were in the middle of nowhere, and somehow, my “healthy eating from the farmer’s market” diet plan became the “every form of sweets and baked goods” eating plan. I came home wondering how I was going to fit into all of the chic fall fashion I had been planning to buy!!!
Enter Yvette Rose, a fellow Tribeca mom and founder of Joulebody, a customized exercise, yoga, and nutrition program geared toward turning short-term results into a lifestyle. I later found out that Yvette’s son goes to the same school as my daughter AND that many of my fashionista friends have done her detox cleanse (she’s a favorite among fashion editors, fashion PR execs, and models). I felt better about the detox cleanse knowing I had a kindred spirit/neighbor to call in a panic, which is so much better than doing a cleanse that you order online and typically has zero personal attention or care.
Hoping to eliminate carb and sugar cravings, de-puff, and get into a better mindset before kicking off my INSANE fall work schedule, I signed up for the 3-day Kickstart Diet. Everything was delivered the night before—3 small orange cooler bags filled with everything I would need for 3 days of my detox for fashion. All ingredients are chosen very carefully, with an Ayurvedic ideal. Liver- and kidney-cleansing fresh ingredients—think beets, spinach, kale, collard greens, carrots, celery, apples, berries, turmeric, cayenne, curry—help remove toxins from the bloodstream and body. Oranges, plums, bananas, mangoes, and any sweeteners other than maple syrup that cause inflammation or fluctuating sugar levels are avoided at all costs. There is enough vegetarian protein, such as lentils, garbanzo and adzuki beans, along with brown rice, to help maintain high energy levels. The root vegetables also help.
I am not going to lie: I was hungry. It was hard. Especially when I was out to dinner with my family at the local diner, salivating over the French fries in front of me! The portions are tiny, but you can supplement them with as many carrots and celery sticks as you like, plus up to 10 raw almonds per day. Each day, I had 3 liquid meals (1 smoothie, 1 green juice, 1 “lemonade”), 2 tiny vegan solid meals, and 2 of the tiniest (but delicious!) high-fiber healthy cookies for dessert.
At the end of the 3 days, I had really hit my limit. (I have friends who have cleansed for 10 consecutive days or weeks even, and I don’t know how they do it!) This was perfect for me because I truly felt transformed afterward, and I never got to a point where I felt I couldn’t stick to the program.
My clothes DEFINITELY fit better afterward, I had great energy, and most importantly, I got rid of my horrible carb and sweet cravings, which made it easier to stick to a healthy diet after the program.
And now for the final drum roll please . . . here’s what I bought for my feel-good, sexy fall go-to look!
Buy Proenza Schouler Suede Skinny Pants, $1,295, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Isabel Marant Keni Leather Biker Jacket, $2,395, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Haute Hippie Silk Sequined Top, $445, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Givenchy Ribbon Leather Ankle Boots, $995, at net-a-porter.com
For more information about Joulebody and other detox cleanse programs available nationally, read Cleanses around the Country.
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