Blame it on Beyoncé. When the superstar confessed she resorted to Master Cleanse to slim down for her role as the teenage Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, it put this hardcore diet—which consists of drinking nothing but a mix of lemonade, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for 10 days—on the map. Since then, juice detoxes have become all the rage, recently enjoying a moment of notoriety when Anne Curtis blamed one for her now infamous “I can buy you” meltdown.
My curiosity was piqued when two Chalk Magazine colleagues went on a three-day Juju Cleanse when it was still relatively new to the scene. Over a celebratory lunch at Cibo after it was over, they raved about how “clean” they felt and how inspired they were to keep up the healthy eating (hence, they carefully requested wheat pasta and opted to skip the bread).
Last week, I had dinner with another friend who had taken on a juice cleanse to start the year. “I had to reset my system after all the holiday eating,” she said. A plateful of Cav’s yummy truffle fries was before us, but she picked at it, telling us it was the first less-than-healthy thing she’d eaten all week. “How do you feel now?” I asked. “Like I never want to eat anything unhealthy again,” she replied.
I’m not sure juice cleanses are for me, since I’ve never been good at dieting—particularly one that looks like it would take a huge amount of discipline and self control. But if you’d like to give it a try, here are just a few of the options available:
They’ve also got a restaurant, Juju Eats, located at Pasong Tamo Extension. Now, that I’ve tried—and the food is awesome!
Take your pick between a jab, the three-day cleansing program, or a jolt, a two-day enhancement where the juice serves as a meal supplement.
You can also go DIY by purchasing a juicer at department or appliance stores, like Abenson and Rustan’s. If your resolution is to eat right, this could be the jumpstart you need. Good luck… let me know how it goes!