If you followed Bethenny’s stories on Instagram last week, it was hard to miss the juice cleanse she embarked on, as she shared a few details on the why, what, when and how of the personalized program she puts herself on once in a while.
As a natural food chef, Bethenny understands how to make a cleanse work for her body. We asked her to share with you all what has worked for her over the years. If you are considering a “cleanse” or “detox” program, perhaps you will draw some inspiration from her experience and build a program that will work best for your mind, your body, and your lifestyle.
Watch the video and scroll down to read some of Bethenny’s answers to our questions on her cleanse philosophy and approach. For a specific day by day menu, click here.
BF: It’s a great way to restore and refresh your body and mind. I think about cleansing as a way to put a lot of vitamins into your body while your digestive system isn’t being taxed by heavy or unhealthy foods. It gives your digestive “machine” (which typically starts with chewing) a much needed break – it generally works on overdrive if you have been eating a lot of difficult to digest foods like animal protein and dairy. You know that Thanksgiving exhaustion you feel after the meal? It’s not the tryptophan. It’s your digestive machine working overtime and trying hard to digest so many types of food.
A cleanse can help you to shut the machine down, and slow and relax the body, and gain mental clarity.
BF: No – you do it to kickstart a clean program. It’s not really to lose weight, although many people approach it with this goal, and sometimes in a very extreme way. While you may lose some water weight, in my experience the cleanse itself is not useful for losing weight – however, it can be a great way to “clear the decks” before trying to lose weight.
BF: Personally, I start a cleanse when I feel like things are creeping up on me: not sleeping well, not exercising, not eating particularly well. I often hear “I’ll start tomorrow”. Why wait? I’ll start when I feel it – when I get inspired – it might be in the middle of the day. Might be in the evening before dinner. Also, I find that a change of season is a good time to try a cleanse.
BF: If you take one thing (or three) away from this, it is:
1. Don’t believe the hype. You will read lots of claims about certain juices working for certain purposes – what you are doing is giving your body a break from heavy digesting, and feeding it vitamins from raw, natural, alive foods in liquid or close to liquid form. I devise my cleanses in a way that works for me – it’s not the same every time and there are no strict rules. I have seen improvements in my sleep, my skin, my hair – even the whites of my eyes.
2. You don’t have to rely on a single brand of juice or brand of cleanse, and you can make your own if you are so inclined. You can certainly purchase juices and it does make it easier, but it is by no means necessary. In addition, if you just do juice all day every day you may get bored and quit early. It’s important that you create a menu that you will stick with. Choose a variety of juices – some sweet, some less sweet, some citrus, some green, etc. Just make sure you have something to look forward to – if that’s a sweeter juice for you, then plan for that. If it’s a nutmilk smoothie, that works too.
3. Don’t be extreme!
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BF: Only you know what it will take to get you through this. In my way of doing this, there are no hard and fast rules. You do your best. If you are someone who needs that coffee or that matcha, then have it, but just have one. If you’re a coffee or tea lover, you might have a hot matcha tea with soymilk or nutmilk. It’s not raw, so some experts would say not to do it – but we’re making the rules and you know what is going to get you through the next several days. If I’m craving coffee, I’ll have a cold brew coffee with nutmilk.
BF: Sorry, no. How you break the cleanse is even more important than how you do the cleanse it self. I take 1/2 the number of days I was on the cleanse to break the cleanse. The last thing you should do (even though it’s the first thing you want to do) is to deprive yourself for several days and then walk into a restaurant and have a cheeseburger and a martini – which now puts all those toxins directly into your body.
My tips on breaking your cleanse are:
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May 18, 2021
Bethenny Frankel is a self-made businessPERSON, TV producer, multiple New York Times bestselling author, and mother. Bethenny is the Founder & CEO of Skinnygirl, a lifestyle brand offering practical solutions to women.
Bethenny Frankel is a self-made businesswoman, TV producer, multiple New York Times bestselling author, and mother. Bethenny is the Founder & CEO of Skinnygirl, a lifestyle brand offering practical solutions to women.