A summer full of travel meant that my body was craving a detox regimen. While I’ve tried almost every popular juice cleanse on the market, I now lean more toward experiences that are a mix of actual food and juice.
Why? I’m less crabby and I feel better during the cleanse. It’s that simple. The Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse was designed so that people could reset without suffering.
I stop into Beaming every time I’m in Del Mar and I’ve already tried a number of their artisan juices, smoothies and salads over time so. So, when they offered to send me a 4-day lifestyle cleanse to review, I gladly accepted though I made the mistake of mentally gearing myself up for deprivation. I thought would be one excruciating day longer than the average 3-day juice cleanse. It wasn’t, and I could have easily kept on going for another day or two, perhaps more.
I have done a 3-day cleanse with Beaming in the past, but their options are much improved now.
What Is the Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse?
The Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse is the type of program that you could easily do once a month or once a quarter without turning your life upside-down.
You’ll receive 1200-1400 calories spread throughout a morning green juice, mid-morning smoothies, cold soup for lunch, afternoon juice, late afternoon elixir and salad for dinner. It’s so nutrient dense that you don’t need to take a multivitamin during the process unless you want to.
Sample Day on the Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse
Due to the seasonal nature of ingredients and taste preferences, your days on the Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse will be different than mine. But, to give you an example of what to expect, here is a sample day:
1. Balanced green juice
For: digestion, anti-inflammatory, immunity
Ingredients: cucumber, celery, spinach, parsley, fennel Fuji apple, lemon mint
2. Superfood strawberry smoothie
For: antioxidant, energy, protein
Ingredients: Freshly sprouted Beaming almond milk, avocado, Beaming Superfood Plant Protein, coconut water, beet juice, coconut butter, vanilla, lucuma, agave, salt
3. Raw arugula curry soup
For: energy, detox, alkalize
Ingredients: arugula, cucumber, coconut water, avocado, cilantro, kale, lemon, ginger, Braggs, yellow curry paste, pepper, sugar snap pea sprouts
4. Beaming pure green juice
For: detox, low glycemic, anti-inflammatory
Ingredients: cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon, parsley, mint
5. Electrolyte elixir
For: metabolism, hydration, immunity, digestion
Ingredients: coconut water, alkaline water, lemon, MSM, ginger, camu camu, cayenne, natural stevia
6. Chopped salad
Ingredients: romaine lettuce, cauliflower, red cabbage, cilantro, parsley, fennel, apricots, apples, pomegranate seeds. Served with Beaming hazelnut dressing and maple sunflower seeds.
I Was Full and Satisfied
You do get a Beaming Protein Bite on some days. I received two that I split in half and ate on each day. I know people who go crazy for these but I think they’re just OK taste-wise.
I regret not photographing the soups but my pictures probably wouldn’t have done the flavors justice. They come in juice bottles but it’s much easier to up-end them into a large soup bowl. The cold gazpachos were my favorites and surprisingly more filling than you might think. I’d buy these to eat on a normal day.
All of the smoothies were awesome and a nice, filling break from juice.
The Salads Were Amazing
While looking forward to the end of the day is natural in a number of situations, it’s particularly normal on this cleanse because the salads were delicious. I regret I wolfed down my first salad and forgot to photograph it but here’s a look at the Thai salad, too.
The Beaming zucchini lasagna is the perfect way to end a cleanse. I would totally order it in a restaurant because it’s so incredibly delicious.
Ingredients include zucchini, carrots, spinach, cabbage, basil, Beaming sundried tomato sauce, Beaming cashew sauce, hemp seeds. Served with arugula and special mint dressing.
Somehow they managed to make all of that goodness taste amazing.
Yes, you are absolutely supposed to take a week or so to slowly eliminate things like dairy, meat, caffeine, refined sugar and other toxins from your diet. Some people do get headaches and feel extremely poorly not making this transition.
My diet is pretty good when I’m not traveling so I admit that I don’t prepare as well as I probably should. I tend to cut out meat and dairy on the day prior to the cleanse and that’s been good enough for me.
Things to Know
Think long and hard about vegetables that you do or don’t like. Beaming will ask you about allergies and preferences when you sign up for the cleanse. It didn’t occur to me to mention that I’m not a fan of fennel and there was one juice that took a huge amount of effort to drink. There is also an enormous amount of cabbage in the salads probably because it’s filling.
Most of the juices aren’t sweet because there isn’t much fruit in them. This is deliberate to keep the cleanse low glycemic. I think that juices from other cleanses are slightly better tasting but that’s a trade-off I’m totally OK with.
Yoga or walking is the most high impact exercise you should plan on. You won’t have the energy for anything else. Also, plan on going to bed earlier than normal. Your body is detoxing so let it work thing.
At this time Beaming can’t accommodate people with severe nut allergies due to cross contamination.
My clothes fit way better. I typically lose an inch or two around the waistline and hips after a good cleanse.
I really would encourage you to order the 4-day or 5-day option if your schedule and budget permit. I felt great after day 3 of the Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse but the difference in how my clothes fit was particularly noticeable after day 4. Sure, that’s a day longer than the average juice cleanse, but it’s worth not depriving yourself.
I prefer to plan cleanses during weeks when I am incredibly busy in a way that doesn’t involve eating out. Don’t torture yourself by going out to lunch with friends and watching them eat… there’s no detox diet or cleanse on the planet that makes that situation tolerable. Staying busy keeps your mind off of detoxing and it’s nice to have everything prepared for you.
Which brings me to another point. The cleanses where you buy juice at Costco and make your own snacks and meals don’t work for me at all. I tend to over eat or not want to buy every single spice or ingredient required, making them not taste good and sometimes just as expensive as 3 days on a Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse, especially when you factor in prep time (my time is money).
How to Order a Beaming Lifestyle Cleanse
Go online or pop into the Del Mar store. A 3-day cleanse costs $245 and a 5-day cleanse costs $395 without delivery charges. A 4-day cleanse has a $315 price tag and must be picked up at the Del Mar store. Delivery on a 3-day cleanse is $30 and I think it’s worth it if you’re not already in the area anyway.
Beaming cleanses include the Lifestyle Cleanse, Active Cleanse and Lean Cleanse. You may also order up a Monday Reset cleanse to help right the ship after a fun weekend. The Monday Reset Cleanse menu is similar to a day on the Lifestyle Cleanse.
Cleanses are prepared two days at a time to ensure that everything is fresh. You can have it delivered to your home or pick it up at the Del Mar Store. There are also pick-up options are fitness centers around San Diego.
Would I Do it Again?
Definitely. I probably will before my next trip. Have you cleansed with Beaming?
*Thanks to Beaming for sending me this cleanse to review. Opinions are my own.