Spring Break Cleanses to Leave You Beachy Clean

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Prepare for warmer weather with a Gwyneth Paltrow and Liv Tyler-approved juice cleanse. / Courtesy of Organic Avenue.
By Kate Krader Posted March 07, 2013
Courtesy of Organic Avenue.

Courtesy of Organic Avenue.

Yikes, didn’t you realize that Spring Break was just around the corner? Or is already here? And you haven’t started your diet yet? There’s not a minute to waste. It’s time to do a cleanse. If you need help figuring out the best one for you, here’s a little Q & A that might help.

Q: Money is no object. And I want options.
A: There’s lots of options on the Blue Print Cleanse. With this well-established cleanse, you can do a Tasting Flight with selections like Cashew Nut Milk; or you can do intense green juicing. Then you schedule delivery, based on how many days worth of juice you need; prices start at $45 per day. You can also choose your level of cleanse, starting at Level 1 – Renovation. If you’re feeling super toxic, Level 3 – Excavation – might sound like nirvana.

Q: I’m looking for a cleanse specialist.
A: The Clean Program was created by cardiologist Dr. Alejandro Junger; he’s a "cleanse specialist" and the author of the best-selling book Clean. There’s a generous amount of protein powders and digestive enzymes as part of this cleanse, plus a large online community support group.

Q: I want the original cleanse.
A: The Master Cleanse is pretty much the mother of all cleanses. It would be hard not to lose weight here – all you do is drink glasses of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper (though those calories do add up; registered dietician Joy Bauer has noted that 12 cups of the stuff equals 1300 calories). Plus you either take laxatives, or do the Salt Water Flush. Again, if a celebrity endorsement is motivating, Beyoncé used the Master Cleanse to very good effect to prepare for her role in Dream Girls.

Q: I want a cleanse with as many celebrity clients as possible.
A: Organic Avenue counts among its fans Alicia Silverstone, Russell Simmons, Liv Tyler, Donna Karan and Gwyneth Paltrow. They promote five different raw food experiences based on LOVE (Live, Organic, Vegan Experience). Their Love Easy program includes a menu with solid foods—think raw vegan lasagna, falafel—while Love Deep is juice and only juice, like Beautifying Cucumber. If you’re in New York City and need an emergency cleanse delivered between 11 am and 9 pm, Organic Avenue has your back.

Q: I want to go on a cleanse that has a celebrity co-owner.
A: You’re in luck. Salma Hayek is the co-founder of Cooler Cleanse. Whether she had a lot of input into the juice flavors, I’m not sure, but Cooler Cleanse’s green juice gets raves for being the best tasting one of its kind. That might sound like faint praise but you might feel differently when you’re on Day 2 of your cleanse.

Follow F&W Restaurant Editor Kate Krader on Twitter @kkrader.

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