I joined the cleanse because I am a mid forties very active woman (I just backpacked 150 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail!), but I continue to gain weight. I also saw my family going down a path I wasn’t comfortable with regarding their food choices… so this was a great jump start to focus on nutrition for me, and I got the whole family involved! I’m now extremely motivated to continue the Whole Foods mostly plant based journey. One week and I could really see and feel a difference!
The cleanse came at the perfect time. I'd gained a few unwanted pounds and was dealing with bloating and fatigue. This was just the motivation I needed to reset and get back on track. I was pleasantly surprised during the cleanse how good the recipes were, although I quickly learned the importance of including the snacks and teas to keep me on track and keep hunger at bay. Bonus: my coffee and chocolate/sugar cravings were never an issue this past week and I lost 4 lbs! I want to keep the momentum going and continue to put wholesome food into my body even as I transition off the cleanse. I'm proud of sticking to it and seeing it through - definitely worth every penny!
I joined to kickstart better eating habits that included more plant-based meals and to get a jump on some weight loss. I had done the 21-Day Cleanse several years ago, and felt amazing afterward and loved all of the food, so I knew I would enjoy this cleanse. This was a little tougher than the 21-Day Cleanse, since there is no rice or beans and I felt hungry a few times (ate some nuts) and definitely had some cravings, especially on days 4-5, but I was craving rice and beans (which is great!) and not sugar, which is my nemesis! I have stuck to the plan 100% and definitely feel great and have a lot of energy. I can see that I am less bloated and feel like I've lost a few pounds (scale tomorrow am). I am proud that I stuck to it, even when I had some cravings and was a little hungry! I'm also proud of myself for taking a step towards better health overall. I'm hoping that I can continue to stick to smoothies and fruit for snacks and stay off of sugar.
Our whole family loves these straws! They work for smoothies, coffee and more, are easy to clean and are super cute.
My husband and I did the 21 day Spring Cleanse together. It was a very positive experience! We both needed a change in our diet, and with the meal plans and recipes at our fingertips, we had nothing to lose (but weight!). Prior to the cleanse we were eating very poorly. During the 21 days, we changed some meals around and omitted some snacks but didn't stray from the cleanse other than sharing one glass of wine at a festival and my husband having grilled chicken on a salad a few times. I lost 10.1 lbs and my husband lost 15 lbs!! We really needed this boost! And you would think the weight loss was the best part, but it really wasn't. Turns out we LOVED eating plant based!! The meals were soooo flavorful and we were never hungry. The variety in each meal kept it exciting and kept us motivated. I am reading two books: Eating on the Wild Side and How Not to Diet, and they both confirm that a plant based lifestyle is so beneficial for your health. My husband and I have enjoyed it so much that we have joined Rawk the Year and already did our meal plan for this week. Having the customized grocery list really works for us and we have found that we need a meal plan to succeed. We have not been caught hungry with no idea of what to eat. Thank you for providing such an invaluable tool! Our health is so very grateful!!
This is my second 21-Day Cleanse and I had a slightly harder time with this one than I did with the fall version! I lost 5 lbs and felt great about cutting out sugar and caffeine. I did experience some fatigue and headaches the first week, but they cleared up quickly and I was able to feel more energized and clearheaded the second week. I had some challenges around keeping up with the cleanse on weekends, as we are often at social events or other celebrations, but got back on track during the weeks. I'm proud of myself for keeping up with the daily smoothie habit. I usually eat plenty of veggies, but have a harder time getting fruits into my diet. The smoothies have been perfect for making sure I get a couple of servings in first thing!
I joined the cleanse because my husband wanted to do it. I already eat pretty clean and vegan lifestyle, but he was feeling sluggish and bloated, not sleeping well so I suggested we do it (I already knew the outcome would be great). The first four days were not good for him due to giving up alcohol and coffee. I was enjoying the meals as they were exciting to my tastebuds. He continued to get in the kitchen and prep and cook with me so it wasn’t so overwhelming for me. Grocery shopping was quite an experience as I soon realized with vegetables what’s considered 16oz is not the same as 2 cups… particularly spinach lol. That first week we over bought a lot of food. I’m a math teacher so I was in the stores doing my conversions and had my calculator out, needless to say even in all that I was still off. The next surprise came when my kids started asking for some of my food instead of what I made for them. I would say things like you’re probably not going to like it… and every time I was met with eyes that lit up and a smile followed by “mmm, this is good” Overall I feel great because I was able to add more vegan meals to my collection and a bonus is that they are gluten free since my daughter is gluten free. My husband has been sleeping quality sleep and has lost 15 lbs. I knew it was all the sugar in his favorite after work beverage that had him bloated and restless. While he is a self proclaimed connoisseur of all meat… he has said he can join me on the mostly plant based food with occasional meat. I am proud of my self for modeling healthy habits for my family and having them aboard. Also it turns out I enjoy cooking everything from scratch. I never liked to cook, but I’m proud of myself for getting in the kitchen and trying new recipes. Never seen a fennel bulb or let alone knew how to cook it. I look forward to continuing this lifestyle with my family.
I was a little skeptical about the recipes. They looked daunting and not super appetizing. I was completely surprised at how delicious they were. I played all in, and followed the recipes as close as I could. There were things I haven’t liked in the past that I actually liked with these recipes (tomatoes and mushrooms). I loved that there were so many options for meals and food. Cleanses I’ve done in the past have felt so limited, and I get tired of the same smoothie and a baked potato three days in a row. There was so much yummy variety to this cleanse.
Every cleanse is different in purpose. I feel this one is mostly to get eating healthy. Not necessarily cleansing the organs and systems. I only lost 2-4 lbs (I don’t have that much to loose), but I do feel I’m not as swollen and aches are minimal. I’m coming off a year of doing a keto version diet, and I feel so much better eating this way.
The shopping list was SO helpful, and the recipes were easy to understand. Some took a lot of prep, but mostly because they were new unfamiliar recipe, or a lot of veggie chopping. But prep was the name of the game to succeed!
I have my kids try some of the recipes, and they really liked them also. I’m going to incorporate most of them in my family cooking.
I’ve been telling all my friends about the cleanse and highly recommending it to anyone.
This is my second cleanse with Simple Green Smoothies. I really appreciate all the group support and accountability. Everyone is honest with their successes and failures. I truly felt like we were all in it together ~ that makes a big difference in do-ability for me! Discovering new recipes and new ingredients, plus trying new approaches, was fun. I find this a good platform for getting into the swing of a more plant-based lifestyle and for re-setting myself when things have gotten off track a little, or a LOT! The recipes are great! I found myself not really craving sweets or coffee and hope to continue with that trend. I've lost a few pounds, feel lighter in body and mind and can pat myself on the back for a job well done, though not without a few deviations. That's the other wonderful thing: no one beats anyone up for slips, indulgences or variations; instead I found only positive encouragement in all the posts and comments. Listen to your body, do what works for you and keep rawkin'! Thank you ALL for the good cleanse and all your help!
I joined the cleanse to feel better, and to stop drinking coffee. As I was going through the cleanse, the first 3-4 days were hard because I had caffeine headaches and had to nap and take Tylenol. After the 10th day, I knew I had kicked my coffee addiction and felt “lighter.” Now I feel great, my gut feels phenomenal, and I have reduced my GERD maybe completely. I’m proud I stuck it out! I’m amazed at how easy it is to make homemade pesto, and am loving looking in the Simple Green Smoothies dot com recipes to use the extra food I have left over. Also I love making the vegetable broth from scraps every week. I seriously love to drink a glass of broth (warmed in the microwave), with my evening meal.
This cleanse is always a wonderful reset! I feel light, lean and energized. The recipes are so yummy and satisfying.
I feel more confident that I can make a delicious meal with simple and few ingredients. I am also more excited about plant-based food knowing it can be very delicious! If your desire to eat more fruits and veggies feels overwhelming, try this reframe: how can I add more fruits/veggies to my meals today? Or to my meals this week? Take it 1 step at a time and you'll get there. Rawk the Year is a fantastic resource that provides recipes, meal plan suggestions, and community support.
The community, accountability, and most of all Jen and her amazing team provide all the details from grocery lists and recipes to prep ideas and meal plans which to me is so significant. It keeps the guesswork and planning out of it for me and I simply have to execute the plan! Now, I'm focused on fueling my body with plants, every day. I feel my mind is more clear, my skin is amazing, and I think about my healthy food choices and plan for them.
I love having 3 meals planned for me each week, and I LOVE the shopping list! I am paying more attention to what I eat, and planning a lot more. We used to just figure out what to eat for dinner each night at 5 pm, and then if we had nothing good and easy to prepare, we'd end up sending out for pizza or doing something very simple.
Since joining Rawk the Year, I have been much more organized in my meal planning. Also - probably about 90% of my time (and money) at the grocery store is spent in the produce section, which is a huge shift for me!
You will be amazed at how easy it is and equally amazed at how incredible you'll feel!
Favorite part is the Meal Planning, why? Because I can choose the healthy meals that I have for the week. It changed me in a way that I see meal planning as a way of life and feel the difference between eating unhealthy foods and healthy foods.
The driving force behind me deciding to go ahead and give this a try was my desire to get off of cholesterol and blood pressure medications. I am also on a toxin free journey, thus the need to get off of prescription meds, so Rawk The Year fit in nicely with that journey. I have always enjoyed baking, but cooking, not so much, as there is too much flexibility for this project/program manager. That said, I am not good at knowing what I can replace/substitute, nor am I good at even knowing how to prepare/cut fresh vegetables or how to cook them. But, one of the beautiful things about Rawk The Year is that it is a community of people on the same journey with some of the same challenges, so you are able to pose your questions to the community and other Rawkstars as well as Rawk The Year staff will quickly respond and provide answers and/or solutions for you. You are also provided a weekly meal plan, you can swap recipes if you don't like something on the list or move them to different days of the week depending on your schedule that week, and then you are given the detailed recipes as well as a shopping list, divided by sections of the store.....a dream come true for me!
I feel so much better! I’m more fit, energetic and I’ve lost weight too! There’s definitely a difference!!!! I love cooking so trying all these new foods has created a whole new world for me. I love experimenting with new spices that I’ve never used and I’m really enjoying the new flavors. There’s always a variety!
My favorite part of Rawk the Year is the menu plans! I love them! The hardest part of meal planning for me is coming up with ideas for what to fix for dinner, or lunch. Now I have so many to choose from, it’s a challenge to decide sometimes.😄
My favorite part about Rawk the Year most of all: the delicious recipes. The ease of meal planning, the shopping lists. Rawk the Year has definitely helped me organize my meal planning. Having all the recipes in one place is really such a time saver.
My favorite part is the encouragement from the community. I enjoy seeing everyone’s posts of their smoothies, snacks and meals. I like the app and the weekly meal plans. I like that you can substitute items or create your own meals plan. You have the option to print the plan out or save it to your computer. I love the helpful suggestions on where to find items in the store as well as substituting items that you may not like very well! You have the freedom to make it your own.
I am more conscious about what I eat. I have always been concerned about my health and well-being. But now I have some direction from people who have a purpose. A lot of people eat to live and other people live to eat. I would like to be the former.
Rawk the Year has given my family such a different, great way to eat delicious food. I love that we can make snacks for our kids that are nutritious and fun to make. Before Rawk the Year I spent so much time looking through cookbooks and Pinterest to create a meal plan and it was exhausting! Now I can go one place, grab what I want, then shop my kitchen before I head to the store... and I don't have to hand write a shopping list anymore! It's a serious time saver.
At first, I thought it was just another “ food group” but I’ve been proven VERY WRONG! Not so... it’s so so much more than that. My favorite part is the camaraderie of all the people that make up this group! It’s like having hundreds of amazing friends all supporting each other through food struggles, life struggles and so much more!!
Since joining Rawk the Year, I eat differently and I'm a work in progress. I am working to lose weight and be more active. It is nice to see in the group people talking about their struggles and their wins as it helps in motivation.