In the May issue of Marie Claire (US edition), there was an article about juice cleanses and why they aren’t that great for you. I think this is one of the first major publications that talked about it, and yes, I am very surprised. I would have thought that newspapers and blogs would have had an in on this back in January, when every blogger, especially those in fashion, seemed to be touting them, spending up to three or four posts documenting their process. Well, every blogger except me.
The Renovation Cleanse from BluePrintCleanse®, a New York-based company that sells freshly-squeezed juice for cleansing and detox.
Personally, I don’t understand the concept of a puréed or liquid diet, save for dental or real stomach trouble, especially when you can eat the same items in a salad at smaller portions (a 300 mL bottle of beet and kale juice has more than one “meal sized” salad’s worth of vegetables). And if you want more flavour, there’s no need for higher-fat salad dressings – just squeeze some lemon juice! I even questioned a few of my blogger buddies at the beginning of the year, and only got responses along the lines of “you should try it, it works!” or worse, “it’s the best thing!” It drove me nuts for most of January while this was going on. I also won’t be surprised if I see another round of it this month as we get ready for bathing suit season (for those who did not go away in February or March).
Sure, these bloggers may have been paid, but I feel that often, they’re only touting it because they see the money (I’m not a fan of those always-positive bloggers. They sound so fake.) rather than truly believing in the product. Or do people just want to seem cool? And if it’s only about being “cool” then why bother following the crowd?
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