Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: LA's Red Carpet Cleanses Signature Juice Cleanse

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I recently participated in an intensive 4-day detox event with celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson. As part of the program, she had us eating a special diet, including juices. The juices were provided by Red Carpet Cleanses, and we were taking part in a one-day Signature Cleanse.

  • Most juices tasted pretty good
  • Juices kept me full
  • Very fresh - prepared within 12 hours of delivery
  • Convenient
  • Raw and organic when possible
  • Fairly expensive
This was my first time trying a juice cleanse, so I was glad that it was only for 24 hours. I usually drink a fair amount during the day, but it was different drinking juices, which are more filling than my usual water. The juices tasted pretty good, but I could still tell I was drinking a lot of veggies. After talking with a friend at the event, I found out that she didn't care for the nut milk, which was my favorite, and I didn't care for the carrot ginger, which was her favorite. However, none of them were too hard to drink, even if they weren't flavors I would drink normally.

I think the cleanse was definitely effective. I felt like things were getting "shaken up" and I seemed to be craving healthier foods afterward. However, I was also drastically reducing my sugar, gluten, and soy the days surrounding my cleanse, which probably helped. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to drink the juices in order (we didn't receive instructions or anything), but I did drink them numerically anyway.

My major issue with the cleanse is that I was doing it while I was also exercising intensely, which seems like a really bad idea since your body is working really hard to "detox." If you are active, I recommend talking to your physician and being really careful to monitor your calories and electrolytes. I also think it's worth checking out other types of cleanses, such as Alejandro Junger's CLEAN, which is more sustainable in the long-term. Dr. Junger also recommends reducing your exercise intensity while detoxing. Regardless, this juice cleanse seemed to kick-start my path to healthier eating, and I think it's worth looking into juices in your area to see if your body responds well to them.

Red Carpet Cleanses are only available in Los Angeles. If you're in Austin, JuiceLand and Skinny Limits offer detoxes. In San Diego, I've heard good things about Fountain of Youth. Also, many Whole Foods locations offer juice bars.

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