A CAN CAN testimonial

Often it's helpful to listen to what others are saying and experiencing before you jump into a cleanse, especially if it's your first one. Filled with tons of excitement and heavy with apprehension? Totally normal. Cleansing is a unique experience as it takes you on a full departure from your routine. Every experience is different for each individual as well as each time you cleanse. 

I was touched by the time and candid experience that this client shared with me. Thanks for CAN CAN'ing, Sommer!

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It's (still) that time of year. The time when repercussions of holiday gluttony have settled in and plenty of us are striving for healthier lifestyles. One word that seems synonymous with such quests is "cleansing."

I decide to explore this "somewhat" trendy concept via San Francisco-based CAN CAN Cleanse owner, Teresa Piro. After all, how could I not be curious about a cleanse that's marketed as "a spa retreat for your insides?"

Teresa started out in her own kitchen, whipping up small cleanse batches for friends and family. They loved the results but cringed at the idea of the involved prep process (think rinse, chop, juice, clean out juicer x25), eventually encouraging Teresa to expand her kitchen ventures into a full-fledged business. The CAN CAN Cleanse was born offering cleanses that consist of methodically consuming a series of nutrient-rich seasonal beverages over a period of one or 3-days. Teresa informed me that a 3-day cleanse takes close to 18lbs of organic and seasonal ingredients to prepare! (For some reason this put a killer visual in my mind of a wheel-barrel overflowing with leafy greens and colorful veggies!) Imagine the nutritional value!

I opted to "cautiously" start small with the 1-day cleanse. Throughout the day I consumed a total of 8 beverages. The ingredients (in liquid form of course) included some of the following; cucumber, celery, parsley, kale, cabbage, broccoli, fennel, spinach, romaine, lemon, ginger, apple, carrot, butternut squash, onion, garlic, cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, olive oil, coconut butter, almonds, hazelnuts, and dandelion. The drinks tasted fresh, good-for-you, and were surprisingly tasty! Not to mention, Teresa sends out a few encouraging emails throughout the day, helping you to stay focused and on track. Was I hungry? A little near the end of the day but I managed to say on course.

For me, the cleanse served as a great test of self-restraint as well as a reality-check, forcing me to think more seriously about what kind of things I eat when I'm not sipping kale and ginger root. Teresa explained that the mental benefits of cleansing are just as important (if not more so) than the physical. "It's a time of pause where you can reflect on your vices, what cravings you have, and when and why you have them. One you've completed a cleanse, you become more mindful, bringing more consciousness back to what you put in," she said.

Now, I'm not only inspired to try the 3-day cleanse, but more importantly, put better foods into my body on a daily basis. How about you? Have you cleansed or would you consider trying it?

Sommer Naffz

Video! Interview with Teresa

"A spa reTREAT for your insides....the CAN CAN Cleanse. Feeling tired or slow, a bit swollen or sluggish? Give yourself a boost with CAN CAN Cleanse. Whether it is a one-day pick-me-up, a three-day overhaul, or even just a juice here and there to mix into your daily routine -- Teresa Piro at CAN CAN Cleanse has your solution. Check out the video!" 

Big Thank You to Rick Teed (and team) of Teed Haze! We loved having you visit the kitchen! Thanks for being such a fan of CAN CAN!

Decaffeinating

It's that time of year when we swear-off sweets, march ourselves to the gym and opt for decaf coffee. We're creatures of habit so the indicators of a new routine make this time a year notably noticeable. We call these new patterns our resolutions. However, resolutions seem to dwindle as the first month of the year comes to an end (not to say 31 days isn't a commendable length of time to break the routine), but rather than stopping and turning the caffeine back up to high, why not turn these resolutions into goals? Transform even just one into a way of life and healthier living.

Tips for Changing-Up the Routine for Healthier, Happier You:

  • Make a list of goals and be sure to write them down.
  • Plan, plan, plan. Ask yourself, "What is it going to take for me to stick to these goals?"
  • Invite a dear friend, spouse, partner, child or co-worker to join you. Power in numbers!
  • Be ok with alternating the goals to ensure you succeed. It's all about feeling good, bettering yourself!
  • Set realistic timelines to achieve your goals. 
  • Keep a journal or blog with photos.
  • Do one thing everyday that requires you to stop, smile and praise yourself for your efforts.
  • Perseverance and patience. I've never known an accomplished marathon runner who stepped outside and ran 26.2 miles without training.
  • Reward yourself when you're there. We all love acknowledgement of our victories! ...just be sure the reward supports rather than detracts from the goal.

Good luck, go to it and then on to the next goal while the coffee's still hot!

New Year is Here!

2012 is going to be a good year for all! CAN CAN celebrated our 1 Year Anniversary today, Yay! The year is off to a positive start already. We look forward to adding healthy motivation and positivity into your life as the year kicks-off and "Be More Healthy" resolutions ignite. We've added Fridays to our cleanse calendar for the month of January to accommodate weekend cleanse requests. We encourage you to take a weekend off to recover, relax, reset, rejuvenate and most importantly rest your body and mind. Lots to gear up for in 2012. Don't let this year's goals become next year's resolutions. Looking forward to having you CAN CAN with us soon!

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