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FROM ROSE PEDALS VEGAN WEDDINGS BY LINDSAY REINSMITH

Cleansing.  We’re now all too familiar with this growing trend in health and wellness whereby you adhere to a strict short-term plant-based or juice-only diet in hopes of flushing out toxins, regulating your digestion, and dropping those last pesky 5 pounds.  You’ve probably seen a number of cleanses, ranging from cheap laxative pills to $100/day juice fasts.  Or maybe your friend just spent 10 days chugging down a gnarly mixture of lemons, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup. Yuck!

Hear me out: there’s more to cleansing than that.

We live in a toxic world.  Every day we consume millions of toxins, chemicals, additives, and preservatives in the air, in our food, and in the chemicals we put on our skin.  Yes, our bodies have natural detoxification systems (our livers and kidneys) but we were never meant to consume the types and quantities of foods that are part of a conventional American diet (processed foods, hormone-laden meat and dairy, high amounts of salt and sugar, alcohol, drugs, etc).  During the digestive process, your body cannot healthfully separate the clean from the bad portions of toxic foods.  Abstaining from those foods and flushing natural ingredients through the digestive system releases those toxins that have built up in your cells and organs over years, toxins that contribute to weight gain, fatigue, bloating, indigestion, and poor mood.

You don’t need a magic pill – simply adhering to a plant-based diet and consuming only 100% natural ingredients will cleanse your body.  For the very few, that’s already how they eat.  But for the rest of us non-perfect souls, sometimes we just need a kick start. By putting only natural foods into your system, your digestive system has a chance to “reset” and use less energy.  This gives your body more energy and stability to help enhance sleep, alertness, functional energy, and provide strength for your immune system, which improves hair, skin, and overall health quality.

I’ll admit it, I used to be a skeptic.  I grew up in the south, loved fast food and dairy, and ate candy like it was my job. It wasn’t until I moved to Northern California, read the famous book Skinny Bitch, and took a good hard look at my unhealthy ways did I realize I was in need of a major overhaul.  I discovered raw vegan diets and how successfully they cleansed my body.

While there exist several cleanse products and programs to choose from, I have found a few helpful ways to pick the right detox for your lifestyle.  Here are the core principles you should look for in a cleanse:

All Natural: This should go without saying, but if you want to return your body to its organic state, you can’t use anything artificial, so stick with ingredients you can pronounce.

Vegan (plant-based, dairy free):  Animal products, whether meat or dairy, in general, are packed with fat, hormones, chemicals, cholesterol, salt, and other things that contradict weight loss and a healthy detox.  Lactose and animal proteins also cause bloating and inflammation, two things you’re trying to relieve.  When you do a detox, you’re also cleansing your impact on the planet.  There is no greater way to reduce your carbon footprint than adhering to a plant-based diet.

Gluten Free:  Gluten can raise insulin levels, cause abdominal cramping and water weight gain, and is usually associated with sugary processed simple carbohydrates that contain the very toxins you’re trying to get rid of.

Stimulant/Laxative Free:  A cleansing diet should not involve oil, salts, or any other kind of laxative or diuretic. Forcing elimination through the body can result in dehydration and laxative dependency.  Doing a cleanse with caffeine can increase your heart rate, make you feel anxious, and cause insomnia.

Filling/Nutritional:  Whether you make your own cleanse or purchase a convenient ready-made program that’s packed with nutrients, you want to avoid fasting and starvation diets that leave you hungry, faint, and cranky.  Don’t harm your metabolism, lose necessary lean body mass, or turn into your worst self in order to cleanse.  Pick a detox program that’s got plenty of protein and amino acids.  Make sure it’s got lots of fiber since fiber keeps you full and keeps blood sugar levels in tact (juice tends to create insulin spikes). Pick whole foods instead of juices since whole fruits and vegetables contain skin and fiber which make them nutritionally complete.

Keep it Practical:  You do not have to turn your life upside down to cleanse.  Don’t commit to a 30 day program or one that will cost you $100/day if that doesn’t fit your lifestyle.  You can successfully do healthy cleanses for less than $25/day (all inclusive) and you can start to feel better in as little as 3 days.

After completing a vegan cleanse, you may not become a lifelong vegan, or even a vegetarian.  But I guarantee that you will feel more mindful of the food choices that you make: more plants, less processed foods.  You’ll start to notice fats and sugars in your food, not because of their calorie content, but because of how those foods make you feel since you’ve given your body a rest.

You’ll wake up with a strange sensation: energy.  Your tastes buds will dance with excitement at the thought of steamed broccoli or a ripe peach.  You’ll no longer crave salt; since you’ve abstained from processed foods through the duration of your detox, your body no longer believes these ingredients to be necessary. You may have lost a few pounds, reduced that belly bloat and inflammation, and even cleared up your skin and eyes, but more importantly you’ll genuinely feel better and motivated to maintain your healthier, happier lifestyle.

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Kaeng Raeng Review

KAENG RAENG REVIEW

This past week, I did the 3-Day Raw Vegan Cleanse with the assistance of Kaeng Raeng smoothie packets. I wish I was one of those intensely dedicated types that could have done this without the assistance of meals, but the truth is, I’m not that strong! However, I do recommend the Kaeng Raeng detox smoothies for anyone struggling with lack of energy, acne, or sleep problems.  It helps me cut back on caffeine, clears my skin, and gets rid of my insomnia (at least for the days surrounding the detox).

The best thing about this cleanse is that it makes you think about EVERY single thing you put into your body.  I usually eat super healthy for a month or so after because I get into the habit of avoiding processed, unhealthy foods during the detox (and that habit doesn’t just go away.)

Here’s what you’re supposed to do:
Have three smoothies a day, each mixed with 24 to 34oz of water. You can add in ice, raw fruits and veggies to blend to give the shakes more substance (which I recommend). Just make sure you’re drinking at least 24 oz water each time!  The shakes replace your meals, so in between shakes, drink lots of water and snack on raw veggies or fruit to get through the day (I recommend apples, snap peas, and carrots! If you’re really struggling, snack on a few almonds as well.) The reason I recommend Kaeng Raeng for a detox instead of  home-made green smoothies is because the packets have all the nutrients (probiotics, vitamins, minerals, protein) you need on a daily basis–which is why detoxes that only involve lemon juice, water, and syrup are NOT healthy. You don’t want to deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to function, even for a few days!

Side effects: Be prepared to use the bathroom more frequently, and if you’re anything like me, be prepared for some weird food dreams! If you’re addicted to caffeine, you’re going to have a headache the first day. I didn’t find myself craving “bad” food (brownies, ice cream, cheese-its), but rather flavorful “good” warm food (roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and veggies, etc.)

There are PROS and CONS to going raw for a few days. 
The PROS are pretty obvious: it is so good for you and it takes barely any time to prepare meals. The CONS: It can be expensive if you don’t already have a lot of the ingredients on hand (kaeng raeng starts at about $50, raw sauces can especially add up when you buy them all at once), and restrictive — you probably won’t want to eat with friends during the detox to avoid temptations.

This is the second time I’ve done the Kaeng Raeng detox. They almost always have a celebrity sponsor, right now Kendra Wilkinson has a discount code for 15%, just enter KENDRA15 at checkout: http://kaengraeng.com — By the way, I purchased my KR detox myself, it was not a gift, and this post is not endorsed in any way by the company.

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I finally finished the cleanse!

For the most part I’m glad I did it and stuck with the six-day plan. Day two was a little hard because my body was craving more sustenance and I really needed to chew on something, so I had a stockpile of vegetables by my side at all times. Day three and four were a little easier because I was adjusting, but near the end of day four I developed a headache that I could not get rid of, no matter how much water I drank. Day five went a little smoother because I knew I was almost done.

The last day I pushed through and felt great. My skin cleared up and I’ve lost 5 ½ pounds (granted this will return when I go back to my normal eating). This cleanse was great because it rid my body of toxins — so I can start eating healthy and fresh for the New Year. Still, I recommend the three day cleanse, but if you have the stamina to do six all the power to ya!

FROM TARTE COSMETICS

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FROM ELISABETHHASSELBECK.COM

We all strive to be healthier and happier, but whether you’re trying to kick gluten completely or just improve your health, changing your diet and lifestyle can be challenging. With busy lives and delicious temptations, it’s important to have the right tools for success!

Enter Kaeng Raeng, an all-natural, gluten-free vegan meal replacement cleanse program that’s easy on your wallet, your tummy, and your sanity. Looking to jumpstart your new G-free diet? This is a safe and easy way to get started! A short-term cleanse flushes toxins and helps to reduce cravings and overeating, jumpstart weight loss, improve digestion, bolster immunity, and give your skin a natural glow.

Packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and probiotics, this cleanse is unlike anything else out there. It’s designed for busy women and men who want to enjoy the many benefits of a gluten-free detox without interrupting their normal daily lives.

Jumpstarting healthy eating can be tough: you may be wondering how you’ll avoid cravings, even for just three days. With a gluten-free, vegan cleanse, your body adjusts to this new diet and releases harmful toxins out of your system. Take a break and start feeling better and more energized with fewer calories!

How It’s Different

Kaeng Raeng is simple. Just drink one meal replacement pouch per meal time for 3 to 6 days. Each pouch makes a delicious 32 oz fruit smoothie! But the best part: you can eat as many raw fruits and veggies as you want, so it’s not a fast.

Kaeng Raeng is gentle and mild. With zero stimulants or caffeine, Kaeng Raeng helps to improve and regulate digestion without harsh chemicals or the jitters. Plus, it’s packed with 15g of protein per serving so you can stay active without fatigue.

Kaeng Raeng is made for Y-O-U. KR comes in 3 day or 6 day and three different levels: Beginner (for first time users), Veteran (for those having done at least one cleanse), and Master (for experienced users and health nuts). Don’t know which one to try? Take the detox quiz to find out.

Other cleanse programs can cost up to $100/day. Kaeng Raeng starts at under $15/day!

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Jumpstart a Healthier New Year

FROM DENISERICHARDS.COM

Every year we all make a resolution that seems impossible to keep: be the perfect mom, spouse, or friend, while also losing weight, getting in shape, and making a healthier home for my family.  What are you, superwoman?  With your busy schedule, you deserve a safe and easy way to jumpstart your healthier new year without a ton of fuss.

Kaeng Raeng
Thank goodness for Kaeng Raeng, an all-natural vegan, gluten free meal replacement detox program that’s easy on your wallet, your tummy, and your life. Packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and probiotics, this cleanse is unlike anything else out there.  It’s designed for busy women and men who want to enjoy the many benefits of a detox without interrupting their normal daily lives.

Kaeng Raeng is simple. Just drink one meal replacement pouch per meal time for 3 to 6 days. Each pouch makes a delicious 32 oz fruit smoothie!  But the best part: you can eat as many raw fruits and veggies as you want, so you won’t be starving, cranky, or unable to eat around friends and family.

Kaeng Raeng is gentle and mild. You won’t have to worry about the harmful effects of laxatives or detox pills that can have you running to the bathroom every 5 minutes. With zero stimulants or caffeine, Kaeng Raeng helps to improve and regulate digestion without harsh chemicals or the jitters.


Kaeng Raeng is made for Y-O-U. KR comes in 3 day or 6 day and three different levels: Beginner (for first time users), Veteran (for those having done at least one detox), and Master (for experienced users and health nuts).  Don’t know which one to try? Take the detox quiz to find out.

How It Works
A detox uses natural ingredients to flush unwanted toxins out of our systems. Every day we consume tons of toxins, chemicals, and processed foods that can build up over years and contribute to poor digestive health. Kaeng Raeng flushes those toxins and helps to reset metabolism, reduce cravings and overeating, jumpstart weight loss, improve digestion, bolster immunity, and give your skin a natural glow.

Kaeng Raeng is dedicated to animal rights, donating a portion of every sale to the Humane Society, America’s largest animal protection organization.

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FROM JWOWW.COM

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What was your New Year’s resolution? Drop a few pounds, hit the gym more, or ease up on the fist pumping ragers? It’s probably been a little harder than you thought to get your ass in gear. Don’t worry: it’s not too late to jumpstart your hotter, healthier bod.

It’s time to give your body an overhaul with a natural cleanse. Maybe you’ve considered a cleanse consisting of lemons, cayenne paper, and maple syrup. Healthy? Nope. Gross? Definitely. You don’t need to starve yourself, spend a fortune, or use dangerous stimulants to get great results.

That’s why you have to try Kaeng Raeng. Kaeng Raeng is an all natural, vegan meal replacement detox program designed to help jumpstart weight loss, relieve bloating, improve digestion, boost immunity, remove toxins, and give your skin a natural glow. It keeps you healthy and strong on the inside, and sexy and slim on the outside.

Kaeng Raeng is easy. Simply drink one meal replacement pouch at meal time for 3 to 6 days. Each pouch makes a delicious 32 fl oz smoothie. Just add water, juice, or non-dairy milk. It’s so filling and satisfying you won’t believe you’re on a cleanse. The best part: you can eat as many raw veggies and fruits as you want, so you won’t be a hungry raging bitch. KR is not a crash diet: jumpstart healthier eating, and you’ll see results long after your cleanse is over.

Kaeng Raeng is affordable. Get celeb results without the price tag. Other detox programs cost up to $100/day while Kaeng Raeng starts at under $15/day! Want a taste? Individual trial packets are only $7.

Kaeng Raeng is gentle and mild. You won’t have to worry about the harmful effects of laxatives or detox pills that can have you running to the bathroom every 5 minutes. With zero stimulants or caffeine, Kaeng Raeng helps to improve and regulate digestion without harsh chemicals or the jitters. Plus, each serving is packed with 15g of protein, so you have the energy to hit the gym while on this cleanse.

Kaeng Raeng is good for you and the planet. Kaeng Raeng is 100% vegan, gluten free, caffeine free, sustainable, and contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Let’s face it, girls: if you want to get skinny, you have to get healthy first. Ditch the diet pills and processed crap and embrace the newer, healthier you.

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FROM EVERYDAYSOUTHERNISTA

This gorgeous blonde, Kim Barnouin, may be most well known for co-authoring the book Skinny Bitch, but her mission extends beyond the pages of her best seller.  She prides herself in taking a no-nonsense approach to getting women on a healthier path through a more wholesome and clean life. skinny bitch

What you need to know about Kim is that she has an amazing website geared towards a better you, www.healthybitchdaily.com, where she dishes on everything from the food we put into our bodies to taking care of ourselves. With so much to choose from on the market these days, Kim also features a section entitled ”What the Hell Do I Buy?” and gives advice on what to buy when it comes to buying wholesome and buying clean. Did I mention that she also features giveaways? Go check out her website, it’s definitely worth seeing!

Her latest book, Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty & Style: A No-Nonsense Guide to Cutting the Crap Out of Your Life for a Better Body and a Kinder World, details all of the nasties in our cosmetics, clothing, and furnishings. There is more to being a Skinny Bitch than just the food we put into our bodies, it extends to our home furnishings, what we wear, and even the make up we use on our faces. For all of us who strive to live a more wholesome life, Kim Barnouin is the the perfect role model. Thanks so much Kim for taking the time to dish on your fave beauty products!

What’s your everyday cheapie, an inexpensive product that you use on a frequent basis?

Coconut Oil. I use it for tons of things from cooking and baking to shaving my legs, putting it on my split ends, as a body moisturizer before bed and taking off my eye make up.

What’s your beauty splurge that is so worth it?

I owe Osea Undaria Body Polish for amazingly soft skin, it comes in a big tub and it’s $60 but it is worth every penny.  I can make it last exceptionally long, I love this stuff.  My other splurge is ZuZu Luxe Mascara, it’s around $16 and once again, worth every penny.  It actually helps your lashes grow, it’s natural and chemical free.

What’s your fave new beauty product/hair discovery?

It’s not that new by now but I’m still stuck on Hair Fix Dry Shampoo, I found it over the summer and fell in love.  You know when you have those days when you know you should wash your hair but you woke up with the best hair ever? I have a few of those days, along with an occasional case of laziness.  Dry shampoo is too cool, it gets rid of oily hair, it gives life to limp hair and keeps that awesome hairstyle you’re sporting.

What skincare products do you use regularly?

I am religious about washing my face at night, using a good moisturizer and eye cream.  I am realizing the importance of this ritual since the signs of aging are upon me.  I alternate between using a baking soda paste (just baking soda and water) and Suki Moisturizer Rich Cleansing Lotion, which cleans my skin and acts as a moisturizer as well.  I follow up with Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream.

What’s your all time favorite hair products?

I love the Giovanni line of shampoos and conditioners, especially the Smooth As Silk products. To style my hair and keep it smooth and silky I use Moroccan Oil.

Any Skinny Bitch secrets that you’re willing to share with my readers?

Well, I don’t have many since I put out all the info and products I find out there for all to read! But I do love to wash my face with a bristle brush, like men use for shaving.  It gets your skin really clean and slightly exfoliates at the same time.  It’s inexpensive and very useful.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about trying my first cleanse. What are your thoughts on cleanses?

I think cleansing the body every so often is necessary, but I don’t think it needs to be for long periods of time.  When I feel like I have overdone it I just spend 1 day drinking only fresh squeezed juices and fruit smoothies. I have to admit that I’m not so good at fasting and doing cleanses for longer then 2 days, but that’s just a personal thing. I think every body reacts differently and people know the limits of their body.  I typically do a 1-2 day cleanse every 4 months, and I specifically use Kaeng Raeng cleanse.

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