Thursday, March 25, 2010
The 3-Day Cleanse
Amazon Product Description. Celebrities, foodies and media people rely on the Blueprint Cleanse for relief from the excess, overindulgence and toxins we are all exposed to every day. Now, the founders of the cleanse praised in Elle, Vogue and Every Day with Rachel Ray, offer THE 3-DAY CLEANSE, an at-home juice cleansing program for everyone. Cleansing allows the digestive system to rid itself of the toxins everyone accumulates from unhealthy eating or from the environment. This is a customized program based on your own personal health and lifestyle. Unlike other programmes the Blueprint Cleanse includes enough calories and natural fats for an easier yet incredibly effective cleanse. This books guides readers through step-by-step guidelines for a 1-day, 3-day and 14-day cleanse, as well as a long-term maintenance plan. There are sidebars with quick tips, secrets and advice from people who have done the cleanse and in addition to the juice, raw and part-raw recipes the authors include advice on battling the urge to cheat and working the cleanse into a busy lifestyle. It will boost your immune system, alleviate allergies and PMS, improve your mood and sex drive and clear up your skin. Finally.
Review. Spring is traditionally the time for cleaning and renewal. And what better way to renew then to clean out your internal “plumbing?” The 3-Day Cleanse by BluePrintCleanse founders’ Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss provides all the information you need to purge the toxins from your body. The book includes three different levels of Cleanses: Renovation (the Gateway Cleanse); the Foundation Cleanse (the Intermediate Cleanse); and the Excavation Cleanse (the most Intense Cleanse).
The Cleanse is not a fast, but rather is a juice based program that safely provides the necessary nutrients during the cleansing period. As the authors explain:
The 3-Day Cleanse is not about self-denial. We both have a great appreciation for the pleasures of good food. That’s why our juices and the recipes we provide are, dare we say, delicious. Just ask anyone. The fruit juices are sweet yet have no added sugar, the vegetable juices taste so fresh you’d swear you were eating veggies in the middle of a farmer’s market and out nut milks have been compared to ice cream and other desserts – that’s how good they are!
Looking over the recipes I agree that the juices and nut milks sound yummy! For example, some of the juices are named: Blackberry-Peach; Blueberry-Apple-Vanilla; Mango-Strawberry; Orange-Pomegranate and Vanilla-Banana-Cinnamon. Based on the ingredients the only juices that did not appeal to me were two of the green juices which called for spinach and kale.
Contrary to the cover claim about getting back into your skinny jeans, the Cleanse is also not a weight loss program. The authors readily admit that they did not count calories when developing the juices, but add that “you may lose a few pounds.” Later, however, the authors note that the highest calorie Cleanse, the Renovation, only has about 1200 calories, so it would follow that most people would shed a few pounds on the Cleanse. Still the primary objective of the Cleanse is for health purposes rather than weight loss.
The only caveat I would add to what appears to be an otherwise terrific program for renewal and rejuvenation is that making your own juices may be unworkable for those who work outside of the house. According, to the authors the juices should be drunk immediately as the enzymes rapidly loss their potency. Still the Cleanse could be done on a long weekend or alternatively, specially processed juices are available for sale at the author’s BluePrintCleanse website.
The 3-Day Cleanse is the natural way to renew your body!
Publisher: Wellness Central (March 25, 2010), 240 pages.
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.