Quasi Cleanse

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Don’t worry – this is not your typical ‘cleanse diet’ post where I detail the benefits of abstaining from solid food for 3 days (losing 5 lbs, miraculous glowing skin, becoming 20% more productive). The truth is, I’ve tried juice cleanses a few times and they don’t actually make me feel great. Especially not while I am on them.

I eat fairly healthily, work out as often as I can (The photo above is of friends Julia, Kristin and I at TRX! ) and usually feel pretty good. Lately, that has changed. Between my job, blog, commute and family, I’ve found it difficult to stay motivated to make time to prep and cook wholesome meals. The Banker and I have had one too many gluten-free pizzas and washed them down with one too many glasses of chardonnay. I’ve noticed some changes in my mood and appearance: I have not been sleeping well and my skin is a little lackluster just to name a few. Whenever I’m not feeling great, I know it’s time to mix it up.

I’m not one to cook every night, so I figure this is a great excuse to put our newly-purchased Vitamix to use. Yesterday (as you may have seen on Instagram) we went to the farmer’s market and picked out some fruits and veggies – which we’ll pair with almond or coconut milk and frozen fruits. So begins my quasi-cleanse which I totally made up with no medical expertise at all. (That was me warning you!)

Just so we’re clear, here are my Quasi Cleanse ground rules:

  • No booze (Side note: If you interact with me regularly, please do not offer me sangria. I am incapable of saying no. Seriously.)
  • No dairy
  • No gluten
  • No red meat (I don’t eat it anyway, but just in case you want to join me!)
  • For breakfast, I’ll have smoothies every day (See these smoothie recipes!)
  • At least 30 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Finally, and most importantly, if I happen to succumb to a momentary lapse in judgment, I’m not going to beat myself up about it

So, today marks the first day of my 5-day quasi cleanse and I am feeling very excited. What motivates you to stay healthy and fit and what tips can you share?



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  • Brooke

    I am not one to cleanse or abstain from a certain thing for a short period of time, but there are definitely parts of this cleanse that should be implemented into our daily lives as much as possible. I think getting at least 30 mins of exercise daily is SO important. Our bodies are meant to be in motion and we all stay sedentary for far too many hours each day. I also think it’s super important not to get down on yourself for a bad day (maybe one too many cocktails or not enough fruits/veggies). That kind of attitude can totally make a person give up, and that’s the absolute worst! Great tips Bethann! You are in such great shape so whatever you’re doing works! xo

    • Bethann Wagner

      You are so sweet. Thank you for the positivity, motivation and tips! Oh and of course, thank you for reading!

  • CarlinaL

    Good for you! I commend you for doing something about not feeling so great in mood, health, etc… I need more friends like you! Such great motivation. And how kick-ass is that picture?!

    xo Carlina

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you, Carlina! xoxo

  • Dana Saign

    Ahhhh my favorite workout class, with my favorite ladies 🙂

    • Bethann Wagner

      Those were the days! Thank you for reading, Dana! I hope you are well!

  • Julia Ralston

    Oh this picture brings back such fun memories! I really miss our TRX workouts! Good luck with your quasi-cleanse! You can do it! I love having smoothies for breakfast. If you need any recipes, let me know! Also, I’ll totally join you in this…no booze for me anyway 😉 xo!

    • Bethann Wagner

      I miss them too! They are not the same without you and all the girls. Thank you for the kind words and for joining with me! Please do send me some of your go-to recipes! I have a few in store (one from your blog) but can always use more! #QuasiCleanse friends!

  • KatWalkSF

    Get it girl! I promise to not offer your Sangria…


    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank YOU! But, let’s have some together soon. 🙂

  • Ladyofashion

    Great post. We do a cleanse once a month, and I think it’s good for balance and especially since both my bf and I travel a lot for work. My motivation is how great I feel afterward and knowing that I am not doing it alone, otherwise it feels like everyone is always offering me fresh baked bread … my weakness, lol. /Madison

    • Bethann Wagner

      Once a month? You are phenomenal! That is so sweet your BF does it with you! Total keeper.

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    I’m IN!!

    • Bethann Wagner

      YAY! You can keep me right. Don’t let me get off track tomorrow okay… not even for gluten free cookies! xoxoxoxo

  • Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.

    This sounds like a great plan! Good luck! And good call on making it 5 days long – what’s a weekend without sangria 😉

  • Oh to Be a Muse

    I can do no red meat and no booze for the next 3 days (tues/wed/fri), but I can’t guarantee no dairy or gluten.