DIY Raw Cleanse

Every once in a while I can tell that my body needs to be rebooted. This is when I turn to cleansing. I have done a few different kinds (Organic Avenue and Isagenix to name two) but they can get very expensive, very quickly. When I got home from the beach after the 4th of July, I knew I needed to cleanse. 6 days of beer, wine and all those American favorites- burgers, steaks, hot dogs, chips, bagels, etc- had put me over the edge. I did some research and found this easy-to-follow DIY raw cleanse on a blog called Small Kitchen College.

The thing I like about this cleanse is it can be 100% tailored to your needs. We decided to do it for just one day to do a quick reboot but we’ve committed to doing this once a week. You can also try cleansing for 3 days a week every once in a while or, if you have the will power that I definitely do not, you can cleanse for a week every month or for one month every year!

Here’s what to do:

1. Begin the day with a large glass of filtered water with the juice of half a lemon. This aids digestion and stimulates the liver to begin the day’s detoxification process. Add a dash of cayenne pepper to balance out your blood sugar.

2. Only consume liquids (smoothies, fresh juices, herbal tea, water) until noon. Snack on raw fruits and veggies if necessary.

3. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of filtered water each day. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs. you should drink at least 60 oz. of water. This is a good rule of thumb for overall health!

4. Eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible. Go for organic, especially for the dirty dozen.

5. Enjoy 1/2 cup raw nuts and and seeds per day.

6. Fill up on 2 cups of cooked whole grains throughout the afternoon and evening. But! Avoid gluten (whole wheat, barley, rye).

7. Follow the 80/20 Rule: at least 80% of your cleanse should include raw foods, and 20% can be cooked vegetables, grains, and beans.

8. Take a daily multivitamin.

9. Eliminate: dairy, eggs, meat, fish, sugar, gluten, and alcohol. Cut out caffeine if you can, but this is where I cheat. A small cup of coffee or tea in the morning is actually good for you!

I decided to easiest way to shop for this cleanse was to order from Fresh Direct.

Here’s What I got:

Almond Milk- Blue Almond Unsweetened Vanilla

Naked 100% Fuit Smoothie Blue Machine

Kale Pineapple Breakfast Smoothie ingredients

6 Organic Lemons

Organic Strawberries

Organic Red Grapes


Organic Red Bell Pepper



Organic Shelled Sunflower Seeds

Organic Raw Almonds

Fresh Direct Super Salads*

Chamomile Herbal Tea

We loosely followed the above guidelines and kind of did our own thing. Although we only did this for one day, I felt a huge difference. I lost 2 pounds (most of which, I understand, was water weight) and felt thinner and full of energy. Our groceries cost about $120 (we originally planned on doing the cleanse longer so we bought groceries for 3 days- $20/person/day) but we have added many of the ingredients into other healthy meals on non-cleanse days. This is by far the cheapest and most flexible plan I have ever found for cleansing and I plan on doing it at least once a week to keep myself on track!

I hope you’ll try it out and let me know how it goes!

* I bought these instead of doing grains on my own- I was not happy with them because they lacked flavor and texture.


Cleanse Day with Organic Avenue


Today is the day- Organic Avenue’s Spring Cleaning Cleanse. I have been enjoying the best of NYC lately (drinking more than I should and eating out more than usual) and these cleanses always help me get back on track.

I started my morning with an “E3 Live” shot. Here’s a quick description of this shot from the Organic Avenue website: “If you want an energy boost, but not interested in a caffeine buzz, E3 is your new go-to! It is a blue-green algae from Klamath Lake, Oregon. Blue green algae is believed to boost the immune system, cleanse the digestive tract and stabilize your mood. It can also provide steady energy and mental clarity.”

I’m not sure if it’s because I had some wine last night (and you aren’t technically supposed to drink the night before a cleanse – oops?) but I felt a little more queasy than usual after taking E3 Live shot this morning. I have to remind myself that this is normal to feel this way- the most important benefit of cleansing is detoxifying so feeling uneasy is expected. It’s just not something that is ever pleasant. I have 6 more juices to drink today so here is a quick description of everything that is a part of my cleanse:

1. Royal Red Juice: From the brilliant color to the “WOW” taste, this is a fun juice for anyone who doesn’t take juicing so seriously! Antioxidant-rich carrots and beets meet seasonal sweet fruits of pineapple, pear and orange to create an energizing powerhouse. Pineapple and ginger can help alleviate nausea. Pineapple also contains bromelain which can help with inflammation and digestion.


2. Mellow Love: If you like your greens easy and pure with no fruity additions, this one is for you. Five water-containing green ingredients; cucumber, spinach, celery, romaine and parsley, make this juice super hydrating with a mild, earthy flavor. You can spike it with a lemon or ginger booster if you like! This is full of antioxidants, folate, Vitamin K and C. Also, it has a low glycemic index which means low sugar.


3. Turmeric Tonic: Whether you are feeling under the weather or want a preventative immunity boost, this tonic will not disappoint. The powerful combination of turmeric, ginger, cayenne, cardamom, lemon and coconut sugar bring out both sweet and spicy notes. Turmeric is believed to have medicinal benefits and has been used as a digestive aid, to fight a fever, relieve check congestion and reduce inflammation.


4. Carrot Juice: This is the perfect juice to satisfy a sweet tooth in a guilt-free way. Our Caring Carrot juice is simple, naturally sweet and great to drink alone or mix with other juices. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, important for our eyesight.


5. Green Love: This super juice is for anyone who wants to cram the most variety of greens into a few ounces of LOVE*. Pear and lemon sweeten up the bouquet of dark leafy greens including kale, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, collard greens and romaine. Green vegetables are loaded with chlorophyll and vitamins and minerals, while the lemon is super alkalizing and cleansing.


6. Cashew Hemp Mylk : This versatile mylk plays a starring role in many of our recipes. Cashews and hemp seeds are soaked and sprouted and then blended with dates, Irish moss and purified alkaline water. Hemp seeds contain essential fatty acids necessary for brain, heart and skin health. Irish moss is a sea vegetable that not only adds minerals, but also creates the thick creamy texture.


Getting through the initial uneasiness (which is also caused by your body realizing it’s not going to get the regular morning coffee or cereal) is tough but it gets much easier and more enjoyable as the day goes on. The juices are delicious and surprisingly filling. I’ve done cleanses before where I feel starved by noon but Organic Avenue is different. Each juice is made the morning it’s delivered from raw/live, organic fruits and vegetables. You are essentially drenching your body with pure nutrients.

I’m working at the restaurant tonight which is ALWAYS a challenge when cleansing (it borders on torture) because I’ll be surrounded by mouth-watering aromas and stunning plates of yummy food. I guess we’ll see how it goes! All I know is that waking up tomorrow morning and feeling refreshed and renewed makes it all worth it!

Organic Avenue

Organic Avenue


Sometimes I feel like I need to reboot my system and I have fallen in love with Organic Avenue. This New York based company delivers a day’s worth of juices and/or food to your door daily throughout your cleanse. Their cleanse follow the idea of LOVE (Live, Organic, Vegan, Experience) and all foods and juices are prepared the morning of delivery. I have tried their LOVE Easy cleanse, LOVE Deep cleanse and I am doing their 1-day Spring Cleaning clease this Thursday.

Everything is delicious and you never feel hungry. By the end of the cleanse (I always do 3 days), you feel refreshed, recharged and full of energy. The cleanses are expensive, starting at $75 for one day, but to do once every few months or even once a year, it is so worth every penny. The 3-day cleanses are $210 but a great secret to save some money is to sign up for the 6am-8am delivery, which is FREE! I love free.

If you feel like your body needs a little spring cleaning, check out their Spring Cleanse which is only $55 for one day!