Catalyst Juice Cleanse Review

Hi my loves!

I recently did a juice cleanse and wanted to share my experience with you. So I snapped some pics and took notes daily about how I felt.

After hearing M rave to me about how much she loved the Blueprint Cleanse she did, I was on the lookout for a cleanse to do myself.

Finding Catalyst Cleanse on RueLaLa for about 30% off with free shipping sounded perfect so I ordered it. (Here is there website. Check it out.)

The customer service department at Catalyst was so friendly and accommodating (even when I scheduled, cancelled, and rescheduled).

I chose to do a four day cleanse. It shipped overnight in an insulated package surrounded by ice packs.

20130313-153257.jpgice packs are still frozen, so that’s a good sign!

The cleanse consists of six juices per day, plus lots of water in between juices, and herbal tea (if you want. And I did want).

Here is exactly what you get:

20130313-154241.jpgAs far as taste goes, they’re pretty delicious. Except for the beet. Ugh, the beet. By day four it didn’t taste as bad, but it never tasted remotely good to me (which is odd, since I like actual beets).

20130313-154620.jpgmy fridge, stocked full of juice.

I’m going to copy and paste directly the Bridget Jonesesque notes I took for you:

Day 1
Some hunger around 5-6 and 8-9. LOVE tea! Tea is amazing. Tea is Godsend. No caffeine no problem. Who am I? Oh, and beet juice is icky. Hard to suck that one down.

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Day 2
Hungry if wait too long between juices. SO cold. Frozen. Goosebumps. I am incredibly cold. And have to pee a lot. A LOT. Beet juice doesn’t taste as bad today. Still not good though. Definitely not good. Skin glowy. Psoriasis flair up pretty much gone.

Day 3
Not really hungry at all. Waterlogged and sick of peeing constantly though. Juices are pretty dense. Take much longer to drink than water. Forty minutes to an hour and a half to drink a bottle. Carrot ok. Beet I could live without. Green and cayenne lemonade delicious. Cashew milk divine. Heavenly. Nectar of gods. Skin glowy. Energy level waning. And feel very cold. Tongue feel weird after juice five. Icky and coated. Yuck. Starting to get a canker sore.

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Day 4
Psoriasis completely cleared. Don’t even need concealer. Two compliments about my glowing skin. I want to juice cleanse once a month! I feel so clean. Except for the canker sore. That shit is gross. Thinking of drinking green juice for breakfast daily now and a glass of cayenne lemonade every day.

Post Cleanse
Lost 9.8 pounds.
Feel amazing. Like I don’t even need coffee. More alert during and after cleanse. Cleaner feeling.

Skin is SO GLOWING!!! Without makeup I look like I have foundation and blush on! Psoriasis completely gone! I would gladly give up solid food forever to look like this all the time.

Eating raw on day 1. Strangely enough, I’m not as full eating food as I am drinking juice.

20130313-155359.jpgsee? Glowing! This is my amazing post cleanse skin with not a drop of makeup on within minutes of waking up.

It’s been about almost a month since I did the Catalyst Cleanse. I’ve continued to drink a green smoothie for breakfast everyday. I also try to drink a cayenne lemonade once a day, and stay as raw as possible until dinner. It’s amazing how much cleaner you feel after cleansing.

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Honest to God, if the juices weren’t $60 a day, I would do a juice cleanse one weekend every month. I hope you’ll try one out!

xoxo,
Elle

High Five For Friday!

It’s Friday, which means I am once again linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk to share my five favorites of the past week. Here they are in no particular order.

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1. My pretty new pink teacup filled up with pretty pink tea (Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea, to be specif.)

2. THIS. Best teabag quote ever. Truly words to live by.

3. The last bite of deliciously amazing bread I had on Tuesday night before embarking on being gluten free for the next five weeks. Wish me luck!

4. Mon couer on mon … nail? I don’t know the French word for nail, so I’m just going to stop typing now.

5. Valentine’s Day fun and festivities! Hearts were everywhere. Intense.

Hope you all had a great week!

xo,
Elle

High Five For Friday!

Friday means I’m linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk again to share my favorite things this week! Here they are, in no particular order:

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1. My perfect Dirty Chai! I’ll share the recipe/formula with you guys next week.

2. Last Sunday’s perfect glittery dusting of snow. (Fingers crossed that today’s is no more than this.)

3. Shopping fun at Bauble Bar Unwrapped (BB’s awesome popup shop in Meat Packing) with our own M and my friend R. Picked up some really cute goodies and got to play with all the pretty baubles!

4. Fake names at Starbucks. It’s a hobby of mine. Who will you be today?

5. Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t watch football. I do however watch amazing halftime shows and enjoy snacks and themed merriment. It’s a win all around.

Hope you all had a grey week!

xo,
Elle

High Five For Friday!

It’s Friday which means I am once again linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk to share my five favorite parts of the week. Here they are!

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I. My waterfront lunch. Easy on the eyes and the tongue.

II. Unseasonably warm weather. Freaky, but I’ll take it! Much easier to run errands without a bulky coat for once!

III. THIS. Ghirardelli Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee. If you love dark chocolate and you love Cabernet, run out and get a bar. It’s the perfect melding of the two.

IV. Beyonce’s press conference/vindication. You win, Beyonce. Our hearts, life, everything. You win it all.

V. Finding these vintage baubles that were given to me by a childhood neighbor. They are amaze and I’m so excited to wear them.

Have a great weekend, everybody! Enjoy Sunday’s Beyonce concert, awesome snacks, and commercials! I will be!

xo,
Elle

Jeggings, All Dressed Up In The Cold

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Jeggings: Old Navy; Top: Forever 21; Cardi: Narciso Rodriguez for Kohls; Bracelet and Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar; Statement Necklace: J Crew; Wedges: BCBG; Clutch: Vintage Colombetti (aka this belonged to my super stylish Grandma)

What happens when you’re going to a celebration dinner and the windchill is 4 degrees and you may have to walk 6 blocks to the restaurant? You pull together a ladylike jeans outfit because a dress is just completely out of the question.

I decided to go as demure as possible with the details of this outfit to dress it up a bit. Notice the flat simple clutch, sweater buttoned at the collar, and necklace over said collar.

I went with low wedges instead of boots to keep with the ladylike vibe I had going. Aesthetically, I think this was a good choice. Practically speaking though, my feet were freezing. (Note to self: invest in some peds.)

How are you all dealing with trying to look cute in this cold? It’s so hard! I just want to wear sweater dresses with leggings and Uggs all the time.

Stay warm!

xo,
Elle

High Five For Friday!

Hope all of you had a fabulous week! I’m linking up with Lauren of From My Grey Desk to share my five favorite parts of this week with you! Here they are:

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I. This week’s side stripe mani! So super easy and adorbs! I’m going to try this with all sorts of color combinations.

II. This fortune, which reassured me that someone must be out there reading and getting something from my posts!

III. CRISPY NOODLES!

IV. New black boots being delivered today! Fingers crossed that they’re as cute as the picture.

V. This conversation with my mom about my dad and his out of character television viewing habits.

Have a great weekend!

xo,
Elle