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Cleansing For a Better You

by  V. Sheree Williams on January 31, 2014
Cleansing For a Better You

Cleansing. Sound a little scary and in the mind may seem like deprivation and starvation but trust me, really it is not.

Here we are at the beginning of a new year and I bet you that at the top of the list you have to eat better, lose weight, and exercise more.  Now add to cleanse at least four times a year.

The main purpose of cleansing is to help the body rid itself of the toxins that we put in it through the foods we eat as well as the environments we are in. It is not to lose 20 pounds for that special occasion or upcoming wedding.  How often should you cleanse? Once every three months.  How long should you cleanse?  That really depends.  You can do it for 1 day, 3 days or 5 days and for a longer period, consult your doctor.  Although you are getting rid of toxins, you don’t want to dehydrate your body or add any stress.

How to Get Started

Preparing to cleanse will take some research and homework.  You want to find out what ingredients are key in the process as well as the ones you like, what your meal plan through the day will look like and most importantly, what steps to take prior to beginning.

Once you have set your date to begin, experts say you should back out 3 days or so to stop drinking alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, meats, white flour and sugar as well as anything else that is not good on the body like smoking.  Start preparing your body slowly.  Once you start, you should be eating a vegan or plant-based diet which will make the transition to your cleanse easier.  And lastly, be sure to drink plenty of water from start to finish.

You can make your own cleansing drinks, juices, etc. by researching which ingredients act as an agent to help clear toxins from the body.  Essentially, you are eating fruits and vegetables in their purest form to get all of the nutrients to just naturally clean the body. You don’t have to be fancy with it but you do need to experiment to find the right ingredient combinations that work for your body and taste buds.

Ingredients to keep in mind include:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Lemons and limes
  • All greens especially kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples

The combinations are endless and just take some exploring and experimentation.  Some recipes worth trying include 10 from The Cultureist and Dr.Oz. These will at least get you started and from there you can venture off on your own. More additional guidance, be sure to check out this month's Dining Out with Karyn Calabrese  or pick up her book, "Soak Your Nuts, Cleansing with Karyn."

Delivered To Your Door

Since convenience is the name of the game with everything we do nowadays, if time is not necessarily on your side to prepare what you are going to consumer each day of your cleanse, well you’re in luck.  There are companies and individuals all around that will take this off our hands and deliver everything right to your door fresh each morning.

I recently tried the CAN CAN Cleanse which is based in San Francisco for one day.   Delivered to me were 8 beverages in glass jars that were labeled form 1 to 8, taking the guessing game out of which to consume first.  My Lemon Ginger Juice started at 8 am that was followed by the Green Juice and hour later.  Throughout the day, I consumed a Rosemary Nettle Tea, Celery Root Sage Soup, Purple Grape Juice, Hazelnut Almond Milk and a Rooibos Tea.

CAN CAN Cleanse was started in December 2010 by Teresa Piro who has a background in holistic nutrition and working with ingredients at their purest state.  She started CAN CAN which she says, “is meant for anybody and everybody and really appeals to first-timers because it is just food in liquid form,” as a way to help clients who wanted to cleanse but didn’t have the time after working all day.  The menu changes every 3 months using ingredients that are in season and also includes a few beverages that can be warmed.  Because our bodies naturally know how to get rid of toxins and other bad things that shouldn't be in our system, Piro says that CAN CAN is “an aid or a tool to use to let your body do what it is supposed to do.”

The beverages are made fresh every day and delivered right to your door step.  Right now the company’s carbon footprint is in San Francisco and Southern California only.  For a limited time, Cuisine Noir readers can save $20 off of a 3-day or 5-day through February 28, 2014.  To order, go to and enter the promo code CNMAG2014.

All beverages come in cool mason jars which can be recycled or used for your own juices or craft projects.

Not in California?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of other options and most likely a service in your state that offers the same service.  The company BluePrint on the east coast delivers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.  If you are in Florida, OnJuice may be worth checking out.

Lastly a stop at Whole Foods will put you in reach of Suja Juice which offers a 1, 3 or 5-day cleanse system.

I know there are more, so just do a search for “cleansing delivery in (name your state or city)” and see what comes up.  Ideally, you want local so that everything is freshly made right before they deliver it.

Whether you choose to make everything yourself or have it delivered, commit to making cleansing a part of your health and wellness routine. The results will include being more alert and a cleaner system which means more energy to do what you want and love to do every day.

Need more tips and guidance on starting a cleanse program?  Just leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to get back to you to make sure you are on your way.


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