Juicing on the Job

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I remember the Friday at my first job out of college our boss showed up with a twenty four pack of Bud Light, I thought just maybe, life after college wasn’t going to be so bad after all.

At the time I was hyped up on the idea of drinking on the job.  While we know it’s great to kick back with your coworkers from time to time after work, we’ve found there’s another way to bond with your cube mates, an office juice cleanse.

The good news about this liquid indulgence is that doesn’t leave you wishing you'd hit up the gym instead of the happy hour the night before or crashing into the kitchen for cupcakes at 4pm to keep yourself awake.  Oh and there is the fact that you don't wake up cringing about that "heart to heart" you had with your boss after drink number three and get to save yourself the walk of shame through the office the next morning.

Round up the hustlers and trail blazers that you spend your 9-5p with and embark on a team bonding juice adventure.

Here's what you have to look forward to...

Bonding with coworkers that doesn’t include hitting on them, making out with them or worse....waking up next to them.

Being productive during the day to get sh*t done iNSTEAD OF working through a to-do list while ‘nursing a hangover”.  

We'd rather not come in on Saturdays, Gary.

Handful of chips here, bag of M&M's there, Are you an office grazer?

it's not hunger, it's just a bad habit.  Cleanses help you break 'em, Don't be a Victim to the office cupcakes.

And really, Do we need to mention that you'll practically be trimming your waist line and feeling healthier while you work?  #multitasker

It’s a GREAT conversation starter, maybe even with your office crush?

You'll Save your figure and your wallet!  Cleansing actually cuts down on food costs, especially if you like to go out to eat or buy your lunch.

You won't have to bribe yourself to go to the gym, you'll be so full of energy that you'll want to.

And most importantly, you'll finally feel like your bossy, trail blazin', rock star self again...

So get on the juice!   Reach out to us directly, share our corporate juice doc with your office wellness group or HR Team and enjoy our special discounts for those who like to drink on the job.  #bottomsup #raisethevibe #fuelthehustle

30 Day Cleanse with a pork-chop eatin' Southerner - Meet James

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It’s not everyday, you meet someone like Old Soul Jim.

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“I grew up a porch chop eatin’ Republican, I hunt, I fish, but I have a liberal side too, I’m opened minded.”

There’s a quality that’s familiar about Jim.  He seems like the guy you’d meet at the gym, the one who sticks to the weight room and manages to do fifty reps to our ten and rocks a daily bench press routine that lasts longer than our stint on the treadmill.

“I played football in high school and college and worked construction for awhile” he says, describing how fitness (and we’re presuming Muscle Milk) were always a part of his life and like all active athletes there was a time when he functioned as human garbage disposal.

“I’d eat all food in all shapes and sizes, pigeon, snake, deer, I’m very omnivorous.”

When he stopped playing football was when he took up another sport, ping-pong.  But this had nothing to do with paddles and Forrest Gump matches but with the dramatic roller coaster his weight would take and the classic “yoyo” approach to fad diets.

“I started gaining about 20 lbs. a year and went from 250 to 390, then I’d go on programs to lose 30 and end up gaining 40, lose 50 and gain 60.  Last year I hit the wall, clocked in at 380, that’s when I knew I needed to jumpstart and do something different.”

It wasn’t just the weight.  Jim was poppin’ four ibuprofen a day for joint pain, inflammation and becoming increasing self conscious of his swollen ankles and calves because of carrying all the extra cargo.

“My wife turned to me one day and said oh, wow, your ankles… “

So Jim went where no ‘land of the bbq’ South Carolina raised man had gone before.  He committed to a thirty day, Raleigh Raw juice cleanse. 

Expecting the usual rollercoaster of weight loss, weight gain, Jim prepared for the typical tug of war struggle of ravenous cravings and will power induced deprivation. Even with this wall of anticipated starvation ahead of him, he swore he’d stay committed.

“Here’s the thing, the first couple days of the cleanse my joints felt great, I was having no trouble, going down the stairs, and by day three and four, I walking down the steps just fine without any meds.”

But every weight loss adventure starts out strong, so listening to Jim’s story we were ready for the rock bottom, the day when he chewed up food and spit it out just for the taste or locked the cupboards to keep from eating, as juice pushers in the health community here in the triangle, we’ve heard it all.

“Man by day five I was craving the juice, the biggest shock was over the course of that month, I never got tired of the juice.  I made a promise that I’d stop when I found myself choking down a Regulator or Ion Lion Zion but over the thirty days that never happened.  “

And here’s when Old Soul Jim drops a bomb us, we’re hoping to take the credit that it’s the juice that has made him so wise. 

“Health, even life, is about progress over perfection.  I can’t say I kept all the weight off after the thirty days, but my habits have changed, my palette is reset and juicing is a part of my life.”

Progress over perfection.  Now that’s deep.

Because how often do we make our goals, our health, all or nothing?   Our hands are raised over here.  If we skip a day at the gym, the internal dialogue becomes, “why go at all”, we veer off and head for the couch and sweat pants instead.

Here Jim has us inspired and his story isn’t just about him, it’s got a ripple effect.  This “meat with every meal” guy who grew up with the American mantra of “clean your plate” found a simple way to change his story, legacy and eventually we imagine, the family genes all with a 17 oz bottle of greens.

“My kids will now eat hummus and smoked salmon over mac n cheese.”

And why not?  After watching dad lose thirty eight pounds in four weeks, and strut around the house with a new playfulness and energy, these new habits had become contagious.

“ I started to go to bed at 10pm and would fall right into a deep, I had no lags in afternoon, my energy levels were great, man, I couldn’t believe how energized I felt, and on such a little bit food!  The equivalent of about 1200 calories a day.”

It’s the perfect Cinderella story, except we couldn’t help but wonder, what happened when the thirty day fairy tale ended?  We know the juice is addicting, but we wanted the truth, the juicy details.  How good did that burger and fries taste once he was off his liquid adventure?

“Its so weird, what I REALLY wanted was sushi, I was dying for a seaweed salad for my first meal off the cleanse, and the next week I was craving the juice, I needed my juice.   A week later I did a three day cleanse, took one sip and said, OMG I FORGOT HOW GOOD THIS STUFF WAS.” 


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Don’t worry, Jim hasn’t lost his flair and still knows how to maintain balance with his food choices and stay true to his roots on special occasions.

 “ I made a smoked brisket for new years and it was amazing, marinated it in Worcestershire and beer, I still like to indulge but it’s not the same.”

And what about the hot dogs he used to pick up at 7-11 on road trips?  Did he just cast them to the side after all their years together in the car while he was traveling for business?

“I had that first greasy meal and after a few bites, I  couldn’t even finish it. It didn’t even taste good.”

Even when he does crave a indulgence meal or soda, his relationship to the food has changed, his tastes are refined and portions are minimized.

“After my third child was born I went for one of my favorites, ginger ale and it tasted like drinking pancake syrup, to this day I can’t drink straight coke. I’ll now mix eight parts water to two parts cranberry juice and it’s just the sweetness I need.”

We can’t get enough of this charming Texan, though we did have to call him out on his “pretentious’ palette.

“Ha, the cleanse totally MADE ME A FOOD SNOB, why would you eat a cheeseburger when you could you have a fresh salad and whole variety of foods.  I just love produce.”

Now we’re starting to get worried.   He’s drinkin the Kale-me-maybe kool aid hard core, but there’s something about this brisket reformed  with a three juice a week habit man that we can’t shake.  His energy is intoxicating.

“You know what I realized?  If I could do thirty days on a juice cleanse, I can pretty much do anything.  It’s not a juice cleanse it’s a whole freakin paradigm shift.”


The vibrant Raleigh Raw crew is unanimously humbled and speechless, this lighthearted right winged southern man has touched our soul.

Continue James' journey with him on Instagram @oldsouljim 

Nikki's Story

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An inspiring story shared by Raleigh Raw's own Nikki Pletcher.  

I’d hoped this story would read like most recovery fairytales; girl has crazy lifestyle, girl has wake up call, girl turns it all around and lives happily ever after, cruising through life with minor bumps along the way and frequently chuckling and reminiscing on her ‘wilder days.”

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But that’s not my story.  My story is relatable, inspirational and mostly it’s a work in progress, because it’s honest.  And anyone whose telling the truth will confirm that it doesn’t quite go down like we see in the movies or through a Facebook post because there isn’t this moment when it all comes together, forever.  Instead there are moments of clarity, points when we’re in our stride, moments when we fall, lessons we learn and most importantly, choices we make everyday. 

Whether you are at the beginning of, or deep into your health and spiritual journey, there is one truth, our choices create who we are each day.  Let me tell you about mine.

My earlier life decisions had led me to become a manager, at age 21, of a restaurant in South Carolina and quickly I slipped into a very comfortable routine; eat, work, eat, drink, eat, sleep and then wake up the next day and do it all over again.  From McDonalds to the bar, I was running on autopilot and completely lost.  My priority was my social life and work and because of that my relationships started to suffer, the bar was where I sought out the connection that I craved and ironically where I disconnected from myself and what mattered most to me.

Quickly, my life got away from me. One night, before I knew it, I was drunk and going through a drive thru, following my usual habitual pattern, when my life was interrupted by sirens and red lights flashing in my rear view window.  The message was loud and clear, if I wasn’t going to hold myself accountable for my life, then someone else was going to step in for me, and on that night that someone was the Georgia Police Department.

It seemed I’d finally hit rock bottom.  Sitting in handcuffs, stuck “behind bars,” and afraid to call my parents or fiancé for fear that neither would want to help me out of the mess I had gotten myself into, I was ready for a way out.

In a weird sense I was relieved, this was the breakthrough I needed to turn it all around and feel the motivation necessary to make choices to live my life under different terms. After my arrest, I had a new lease on life. Here was the big wake up call that would once and for all inspire me to change my ways, or end up in serious, serious trouble.

We moved from South Carolina to Raleigh and I started focusing on my diet.  I ate what I thought to be a "healthy" diet and began working out at least four times a week while seeing a trainer to try to gain muscle and trim down.   I lost most of the weight I'd put on in eight months, and started with spinning classes 4-5 times a week and was “hooked on it”

I made progress but the truth was that a lot of my destructive habits ran deep and I couldn’t overcome them with sheer will power alone.

For example, I was still eating out a lot, consuming portions that were unhealthy and gravitating towards foods with calories that were empty and high.  Simultaneously I was undoing a lot of my training by giving my liver an intense workout with the drinking and partying I’d gotten back into after my arrest, it started with a few times a week but quickly became a nightly routine.

When I looked around me, I let myself off the hook from questioning my behavior because it was the same actions and choices my friends and co-workers were doing and that allowed me to ignore my internal compass and overlook how far I had fallen from my peak. 

Then in May of 2012 my mother passed away, three months after being diagnosed with lung-cancer. I cannot even express what a wonderful, vibrant, amazing and life-changing person she was. Over the last couple years of her life, we had become closer than ever, and for that I thank my DUI. When I struggled she was there for me, and when she struggled I tried to be there for her.

This was another moment when my choices were dangled in front of me, after being confronted by the fragility of life; I was ready to start living mine from a place of truth and authenticity.

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So I made changes, again. I stopped doing the actions that weren’t working for me and got a new job at a bar downtown while cutting back my hours to make space for a new lifestyle.

I made it a priority to focus on the important relationships in my life, like my husband.  My marriage of seven years had also hit the rocks and I knew it wasn’t going to hold up much longer under these conditions. I was spending too much time distracted by drinking with friends, and not enough time with him and focusing on what really mattered by making him a priority in my life.

Thankfully we were able to allow each other to grow individually and together, he didn’t walk out on me through the bad times and that was an important piece that helped us to move our relationship away from my drinking habit and focus on others, be more productive together and support our individual goals.  This saved our marriage and was the catalyst for us to slowly rebuild a new connection with each other.

Since then, I’ve stopped drinking completely, by choice, and have found that without that constant distraction I’ve been able to find clarity within my life.

I’ve seriously focused on my health and making choices that allow me to explore different ways to be active and healthy.  I’ve found new passions that I had never taken time to pay attention to and my struggle has led to me to lose 90 pounds, and cut out other bad habits like smoking and drinking heavily, over eating or eating mindlessly.

This doesn’t mean life is all happily-ever-after, as I said before; it’s a choice I have to make each morning to continue on this path.

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I struggle everyday to get out of bed, go to work, and get a workout in, trying to remember in the morning that it’s these decisions that keep my heart full and allow me to feel productive at the end of each day. I find motivation by setting future goals that I need to work to obtain and I keep my head up by treating myself with juices and healthy foods.   Did you know fresh coconut water could be as sweet and satisfying as a sugar cookie?  Me neither.

If you are looking for a change in your life, I want you to know it is possible but also that it will require work to make it happen. The only thing that will make it easier is help along the way and I always tell people to make it a priority to find a community of like-minded people with whom you can support and be supported.

As for me, I’m with you.  I am still learning, struggling, and working harder than ever for change, but I am happier and healthier than I can ever remembering being in the first half of my life.  I carry around this intention to gain strength, mentally and physically, and to wake up feeling rested and energized each morning.  To work toward that I nourish and fuel my body with the right foods and love myself to the fullest, daily.

If you see yourself in my story, or share my health and fitness aspirations, and strive daily to be a stronger person overall, then come learn alongside me. This is my passion, this is my pride and I make these choices, because this is my life.

Want to share your story?  Email us and be on the lookout for more inspiring words from the trailblazers and hustlers of the Research Triangle.

Real & Raw

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When we set out to provide the best juice that is 100% real and raw with no filler... One thing we immediately noticed was that our customers shared those same characteristics. 

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Our community of juice drinkers is a set of inspiring people who are authentic with no facade.. They are driven, resilient and determined ... But just as important to note, is they are fallible and imperfect.  

We are taught to think they are a rare breed... That all great achievers are some special subset of the community with unusual gifts or talent. But now we see they are everyday people like you and me.. . what sets them apart is their decision to overcome the same daily obstacles that life presents us all.  And maybe even turn those obstacles into opportunities.  They go after what they want and they want it worse than it hurts to get it. 

"Real And Raw" is our 15 part segment showcasing 15 various local trail-blazers.  We sat with each one in their element, we got personal, and they gave us a raw and honest look into what they go through daily. 

Sure we admire them for their success and achievements, but what really inspires us is their perseverance... their common inclination to get back up when they fall.  

How to Detox for Spring

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We don’t know about you, but we’re about ready for a thaw out over here.  Winter has come, conquered and now our heart skips a beat when we see the local restaurants in Downtown Raleigh setting up tables for outdoor seating.  Could the end of winter really be upon us?

"Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm just so fresh and so clean, clean."  Outkast

Since last week marked the first official day of spring, it felt like it was time to shed all these extra layers.  Bulky and completely unattractive puffy coat, you’ll be retired until next year, snow boots and hats, it’s time to run wild and free with our heads and toes exposed to the world.  (Highlights and pedicures anyone?)



Except we noticed its hard to feel light on the outside, when the internal plumbing is heavy, slow and still stuck out on a snow day.  A couple years ago we discovered the key to kick starting spring, giving the body a proper rinse, wash and shine to feel so fresh and so clean, it’s called a detox

How do you know if you need a detox?

Here are the main symptoms of overload in the internal systems:

  • fatigue
  • irritated skin or breakouts
  • sluggish elimination
  • poor sleeping patterns
  • allergies
  • bloating
  • puffy or bags under the eyes

Basically being human right.  If you don’t have any of those coming out of winter, then you must be some kind of super hero.

No fear, the RR Detox Team is here, (it feels like we should have uniforms or capes right?)   The way to begin the process is literally to remove the toxins from the body and flush it out with foods full of life, energy and badass nutrients.

Our top five favorite detoxes veto the following toxic triggers:  processed sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten and dairy.  These are the major offenders that tend to back the system up and cause the symptoms above to spread.

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What is the best way to detox?

We hate to say ‘I told you so’, but the best way to detox is to give the digestion a break and give the body a new start by feeding it nutrient dense, easily digestible, high quality fuel, like fresh pressed organic juices, smoothies or soups.

We recommend a three day juice cleanse to kick it off, a five day cleanse for you over achievers or replacing one meal a day with a juice, all which allow the internal plumbing to take a siesta from breaking down food and use that time and energy to clear out the body for spring.  You just might be sprouting daisies by time you’re done. 

How should you support any detox?

While the body is doing it’s thing, you want to give it a little love.  Here is what we recommend to make your cleanse or detox count.

  • drink 1-2 gallons of water a day
  • exercise
  • sweat, either with hot yoga or sauna
  • drink herbal tea: dandelion root tea (can be found at whole foods) or green tea help support the liver.
  • dry brush the skin
  • get extra vitamin C which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that removes toxins.
  • fiber up with lots of veggies

That’s the detox download.  It’s been a long winter and the best time of year is on its way and really, we can’t wait to see you out and about at the Farmers Market, strolling through downtown or at the neighbors BBQ spreading good vibes and sportin’ that new glow, let’s drink to spring.

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Ali Van Putten lives in NYC and works in marketing and advertising while doubling as an obsessive compulsive juicer and health food hacker.  She's  a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher at the school in New York, a writer and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  


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It’s one month and change into the New Year and statically speaking, 10% of the 86% of the U.S. population that made new years resolutions have not stuck to them.  

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For some of us, this is great news.  We’re pretty happy to have our gym elliptical back, a shorter line at the Whole Foods salad bar and workout classes that aren’t mat to mat with newbie ‘resolutioners’ convincing themselves that this year, is going to be different. 

Selfish motives aside for a moment, why is it so hard for us to stick to our resolutions?  And let’s be real, which we can be now that our attempt at being gluten free or paleo failed when we came across that glazed croissant, we don’t just break resolutions, we often give up on a daily basis on ourselves and this inability to “stick to it” trickles over into our projects and relationships. 

Are we just a demotivated lazy bunch?

No way, we’re hustlers, entrepreneurs and creators.  We’re just sometimes hustlers, entrepreneurs and creators with very engrained habits.  What stops us from following through isn’t that we don’t have enough strength or will power; it’s just that we have a stronger, louder, habit that is conflicting with a new behavior we’re trying to transition into.

Our mission now becomes to take our ‘resolution’, like working out daily, or joining the Raleigh Raw Cleanse Club, and place that activity in the slot of one of our ‘slacker’ habits like hitting snooze, going to happy hour twice a week or those coveted weekend Netflix binges.  Really, we have to be willing to sit through an uncomfortable two-week transition period and allow our mind and body to get “addicted” to a new behavior.

A Cross Fit junkie?  Kale Me Maybe rehab program?  Sounds too good to be true right.  But we all know those people who do work out consistently or take care of their bodies by eating high quality foods.   It’s not that these people are wired with more energy, it’s just that they have put these positive rituals into their life as habits, they no longer fight with themselves about to do or not to do, because it’s part of their routine. 

If we set habits, like gym everyday after work, or a green juice first thing every morning, our brain will start to attach that behavior as a release for emotions like stress and overwhelm.  That’s right we’ll actually start craving our workouts and healthy snack hacks in place of old activities that only amplify the negative vibes.  Here’s three ways we’ve picked up from hangin’ with the movers and shakers in the research triangle on how to create and maintain healthy habits.


 DO A JUICE CLEANSE Not only will you have pounds of fresh, organic, local produce fueling your system but you'll also get a smack dab reality check on your ‘habit energy’ around food.  Putting ourselves on any reset program, like a cleanse, opens up our unconscious habits around food and snacking and gives us the opportunity to feel optimal and have the energy to make different choices.

BE A PART OF A HIGH VIBE COMMUNITY.  We’re way into CrossFit and Yoga over here, one because they’re awesome, time efficient workouts but more importantly because they have communities of people who care about feeling good and pushing through their limits.

This is also why we’re so pumped about the Cleanse Club, just as much as we want to flood the body of our juicers with the highest quality super power liquid, we equally care about connecting all the disruptors we meet who are creating positive change in our community.  Make sure to hit up our Cleanse Club group and share your story and goals.

TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME:  “I’m never going to touch a carb again!”  We proclaim and well, that just might be impossible and slightly absurd.  We set ourselves up for failure and then feel like a failure.  Make goals bite size. Commit to a week, or a month of a challenge and then you’ll feel accomplished and motivated to stick to it.

We’re counting on you to be the exception to the resolution-breaking fad so that you can be up to big things in the world and inspire the people around you to do the same, just as long as they promise not to swipe that last treadmill from us during gym rush hour.  


Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.

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What does Cold Pressed Mean?

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Are you living the:

Organic, Raw, Local, Cold Pressed, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Soy Free, Pure, Vegetarian, Non GMO, Natural, Grass Fed, Dairy Free, Omega 3 Enhanced, Hormone Free life?

Some days the only response we can dig up among all these labels and food noise is “wtf.”

When we first started taking interest in our health it was all a bit overwhelming, there is so much marketing around what to drink and eat and too much contradictory information, that a person can start to go a little cray cray just trying to pick out lunch.

We like it simple.  We like to keep it real. 

When it comes to juice the magic trifecta is raw, organic, and cold pressed.

But what does cold press even mean and why does it matter for juice?

‘Cold pressing’ is a process used during juicing.  Cold press aka “masticating” (does that sound like a painful, slightly perverted sexual ritual to anyone else?)  is a process that separates the fiber from the cells of the produce, which hold all of the nutrients and live enzymes, without adding any heat - - hence the “cold press.”

Cold press is a way to differentiate what type of juicer/machine was used to make the juice.  A “masticating” juicer, (we just like saying that word), retains more nutrients because the blades don’t annihilate the veggies and fruits.  The pulp is retained, so the juice has more fiber and even protein and stays delicious longer because the cold press machine doesn’t expose the juice to air, speeding up the “oxidation” process.   Is all our scientific knowledge impressing you?

For all you at home juicers, most of the juice machines you buy on the market today use the heating process.   Cold pressed juicers tend to more expensive up front, though they save you in the long run by how much you’re able to squeeze out from the juice in quantity and in how loaded the juice is with nutrients and vitamins.

Cold pressing gives the juice super powers.  Ready to chew ten pounds of kale?  Didn’t think so, not only would your jaw need a brace afterwards but the fiber in your body would send your digestion into overhaul.

Cold pressing allows large amounts of veggies to be consumed sans fiber and chewing and means that the juice is super packed with nutrients and vitamins that go straight to your bloodstream for that immediate jolt of feel-goodness in the form of energy.  This is nature’s red bull people.

So when you’re ordering your cleanse or trying to pick out what to have pre workout in the morning, don’t get tripped up with all the noise, grab the cold pressed jam and take the chilled route.


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Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.


What is a Raleigh Raw Juice Cleanse and how is it different?

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“Who you know fresher than me, riddle me that.”  Jay Z

Need we say more?  Probably, since juice bars are poppin’ up like Starbucks, there may be the misconception that all juices are created equal and that you’re in good hands anytime you slurp up your fruits and veggies, but that’s not always the case.

Here is what makes a Raleigh Raw juice cleanse unique, if you’re not juicing with us, we recommend you get down with the lingo to keep your standards in check.  Don’t be so easy.

Drink Raw.  Average juice is pasteurized aka heated, to increase shelf life, so it can sit and sit before it makes it to you.  Our juices are impatient, they don’t like to wait, we’re all about ‘farm to bottle in 48 hours’ because we want all those nutrients to be in your body, not in the graveyard known as the store shelf refrigerator.  Just know, the fresher the juice, the more impact it will have on the body.

Drink Local.  If we’re bringing you juice in 48 hours, we’re not trying to fly in cucumbers from Hawaii.  We’re part of the Raleigh community and partner with the local farmers, hang out and get to know our produce pushers, so that not only is it the freshest possible ingredients but its also paying it forward.   What feeds you, the juices, also feeds our community and favorite local vendors.  We like good karma.

Drink Organic.  Wanna take a pound of pesticides and dump them into your digestive system and bloodstream?  Right.  People overlook this one all the time, because the juicing process makes the liquid so potent, if the goods aren’t organic, more harm than good can be done to the body in terms of pesticides and toxins.  Don’t make a rookie mistake, always use organic produce and ask your juicers where they source from.

Drink Cold Pressed.  Fruits and veggies are born perfect, in their raw form.  Heating them starts to strip away their superpower effects on the body.  A lot of juice brands are poppin’ up on the market and looking for ways to make some cash and cut some corners.  When you can, make sure your juice is cold pressed, if you’re droppin that 10 spot to invest in your health for a juice, make sure you’re getting your moneys worth.

Drink to Thrive.  We got into juicing as a lifestyle and as a way to fuel the Raleigh community and the leaders within it.  Our goal is to amp you up to feel your best, through the highest quality fuel so that can feel like a rockstar and create an impact with your life.  Red Bull may give you wings, but Raleigh Raw teaches you how to fly.  We’re here to raise the vibe.


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Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.


Fat Don't Make You Fat

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"It is freaky sugar and sweet cravings that make us pack on extra pounds, not Fat."


If you’ve never tried a nut milk, than you haven’t lived.  It’s like heaven, a milkshake without the guilt and need to unbutton your jeans five minutes later.  Don’t pretend you’ve never done it.

 It’s that creamy, smooth taste of cashews or the slightly smoky, vanilla flavor of almonds in a liquid form.  It’s dessert. It’s epic.  It’s hot.  We’re getting turned on.

What’s not hot, is when life gets flat, bland, same ol’ and that’s what happens when we eat all out of whack and avoid foods like fat because we’re still hanging onto something we heard from a SlimFast commercial in the 90s.  What a turn off. 

Fat, is where it’s at, because of how it fuels the body, gives us a sense of fullness and wards off freaky sugar and sweet cravings, that make us pack on extra pounds.  Here’s the whole story. 

Fat makes you full.

Quality fats, found in nuts, avocadoes and real foods like coconuts (technically a nut) stay in our digestive system longer and are good for the heart and cholesterol levels.

Processed foods contain a good amount of trans fat, which does all kinds of weird stuff to the body and is usually in products that also have a ton of refined sugar so they actually spike cravings and hunger levels.

Fat burns Fat. 

Fat gives our metabolism a little boost to rid the body of excess fat.  If there isn’t enough fat and calories in what we’re consuming, our body will slow down and go into “reserves” and hang on to fat to halt the burnin’ process.

Fat takes care of the other guys.

Fat runs the show, transporting several different vitamins and minerals through the body. Vitamins A, D, E and K are actually known as fat-soluble vitamins, and are must haves for good internal health.

Fat, makes you feel good.

Fat assists the body in producing endorphins (the natural way to get high), which balances stress, gives us more energy and makes us feel happy.

Rock the Cashbah and make the milkshake, a regular part of your diet.



Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.


What is Raw Juice?

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Ol’ dirty bastard said it best, “Baby, I like it raw.”


He was ahead of his time in the 90s, a bit of Renaissance man and spoke a truth; raw is where it’s at.

You can do what you want in the bedroom, but one place that we get behind Ol’ dirtys’ philosophy 100%, is in the kitchen. 

Any diet needs a good amount of raw food and juice to keep the body balanced, the energy levels pumpin and maintain that outward glow that keeps the world on our side.  As with most health info, there seems to be a lot of chatter around raw diets, fads and cleanses that turns people away with an all or nothing mentality.

We’re juice pushers for sure, but we see this as a lifestyle and are in it with our work and health for the long haul, so here is what we follow when it comes to livin’ raw.

Raw, defined.

Raw is any food, or juice that was never altered from its original form, as in cooked, heated, or steamed.   They rock it naked, straight up, vulnerable and raw.  Authenticity is so sexy.

Why Juice Raw?

98% of all juices sold in the US of A are pasteurized.  Meaning they’ve been heated, as in, burn baby burn.  In the process, the heat breaks down vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids, aka the good stuff yo’ body needs to run properly and melts them away in the process.

Fresh, raw juice never gets put in the hot seat, leaving all the nutrients in tack and ready to take the express route to your bloodstream for your body to absorb, make use of and turn into energy and fuel.

Is HPP raw? 

Oh we’re so glad you asked smarty pants.  In the juice world, High Pressure Processing (HPP), is another alternative to pasteurization which does leave some nutrients intact but still has to destroy some of the good stuff as part of the pressure process. 

This process is used by a lot of national juice chains, for us, if you don’t down the juice within 72 hours, you shouldn’t be able to drink it.  Or want to.  Keep it fresh.

Remember, Life likes life.

We are alive.  Consuming juices and foods that are alive, fill us with, life.  See how complicated nutrition can be? 

 We need freshness to feel fresh.  So why do companies cook their crop?  It’s all about the benjamins.  The ‘pasteurization’ process of heating juices increases the days, months or even years, that the FDA will allow the product to sit on the shelf.  Saving companies money while we lose out on quality.  Hmmm.

Look carefully my friend, your Tropicana just might be older than you are.  What a cougar.



Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.


Why and What to Buy Organic

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We see the little sticker or sign everywhere: organic, from our apples to our sheets, and if it were up to us there would be a huge alarm and smoke machines to go with it, especially when it comes to fruits and veggies.


You know how now we look back and say, I can’t believe there was a time when people smoked cigarettes in offices, airplanes and restaurants.  In five to ten years that will be “I can’t believe people consumed non organic produce, remember pesticides?  Poor souls.” 

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We like to be ahead of the curve and know you do to, especially when it comes to our numero uno investment, in our selves and in our health.  We like to err on the side of awesome when it comes to the substances coming into contact or literally inside our body, the more times its organic, the better.

Here’s the deal on what it all means, what you must buy organic and how to read code, see, we make you smarter, healthier, energized and informed.  We got you.

What does organic mean?

It means that on the farm all the fruits and veggies were never treated with toxic agents, genetically modified in any way and were grown without pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers.

Why organic matters for juicing

Juicing puts the fruits and vegetables straight into our bodies in a form that is absorbed very quickly.  Organic produce contains more nutrients and does not carry pesticides that will be carried into the body.  Produce with pesticides has actually been linked to short term damage and long term issues like cancer and birth defects!

Know the Dirty Dozen.  If nothing else, these are the guys to watch out for and err on the side of organic, especially when consuming raw.

 EWG’s Dirty Dozen™ is a rundown of fruits and vegetables that are commonly contaminated with highly toxic insecticides that are poison to the nervous system and in dispute to be removed from the farming process because of their negative effects.

Organic, all the way with: Apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes.  Get your hands on the full list here.

 How to become an organic sleuth.  Want to impress your friends, drop your PLU knowledge on them.  These are the stickers on fruit and veggies and just with a glance you can get the whole down low on your produce.


·      4 Digits on the pLU.  Grown conventionally, with the use of pesticides.  If you end with this, give that apple a bath and a good scrub for sure before consuming. 

·      5 Digits on the PLU + starts with an 8.  Hopefully a red alarm will go off when you pick it up, but if not, cease and desist!  This little number is genetically modified and not organic.

·      5 Digits on the PLU + starts with a 9.  Hooray!  This means the produce is organic, not treated with pesticides and not genetically modified.


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Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.



What is a Juice Cleanse?

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Move over iced skinny latte, the green juice is here. The drink that used to get you the most

street cred as you waited at the newest overcrowded brunch spot, your iced coffee, has now been upgraded, it’s a bit more colorful and arguably just as energizing, fresh, raw, organic juice.

Thank god we’re starting to open up and live outside the parameters of our liquids only being brown, black, clear or possibly orange in the moments when we’re feeling wild and crazy.   We’re letting our palette and taste buds have a little adventure, life and liquids should not be so bland. 

Maybe you’ve indulged in a sip from your friends bottle as they convince you that it won’t taste like grass or liquid salad or have even splurged for a whole bottle, (you baller), but haven’t yet taken that expedition into the unknown, a juice cleanse.  Seems like everyone is “cleansing” and detoxifying is so hot these days, but few actually break down what it is, that’s where we got your back. 

What is a juice cleanse?

A juice cleanse is a three, five or seven day fresh, raw, all liquid diet that “cleanses” and resets both the mental and physical state of the body.  Most juice cleanses offer six juices and/or smoothies that are consumed every 2-3 hours throughout the day to keep hunger levels satisfied and nutrition levels amplified. 

A juice cleanse is not a fast, where the body is restraining from any calories or nutrient intake, cleansing, focuses on the quality of the input and fuel that we are putting into our precious temple, our bodies.

A juice cleanse is a process to eliminate toxins in the body.  Rest little liver, don’t say a word, momma’s gonna buy you an Ion Lion Zion.  Juicing gives the internal organs and digestive system a break from processing complicated proteins, fats and carbs, which then allows them to produce clean energy and releases toxins from the body.  It also helps to improve sleep and reduce cravings for sugar and sweets that come from poor intestinal health. 

A juice cleanse is a fool-proof, and delicious way to eat your veggies and cut out processed garbage.  Eating has become complicated, you almost have to have a PhD in physics when reading nutritional labels to understand what you buy from the grocery store and to go backstage to the kitchen when you’re eating out if you want any shot at knowing what’s really on your plate. 

This can be exhausting and be quite awkward when you’re getting thrown out of restaurants, which is why taking a break from our routine diets every so often to do a cleanse makes sure that we regularly get adequate amounts of the good stuff in our storage to build up the bodies strength to combat our everyday consumption habits.

A juice cleanse is a mental reset.  All kale aside, a juice cleanse is really about awareness, it can wake us up to how our body is supposed to feel naturally in terms of energy levels, weight and stamina, until we block it with processed, sketchy- ingredient filled foods.  A juice cleanse is a flashing alarm signal from the body to the mind, of how good we can actually feel when we pay attention to what we chow down on and use to fuel the body. 

Get real, get raw and cleanse your way outta crazy, the juice is no joke.


Ali Van Putten

Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.


Not All Calories are Created Equal

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Friends we’re here to help you out with something, give you a heads up, you know like when a good friend lets you know you have food in your teeth or sends a warning before you walk into a BBQ that your ex will be there, with their new +1, in these situations, a little intel, can go a long way.

 So here’s the scoop – please, stop counting calories.

The caloric craze is so, dare we say, 1990s.  Its time has come and gone like low-fat Triscuits, the Atkins diet and snap bracelets.  Though we wouldn’t mind to see the latter make a come back, counting calories on the other hand, has got to go.

Over here at Raleigh Raw, we see juicin’ as a lifestyle, an ongoing detox for the mind and body and a way to fuel your body to reach its full potential.

Whether your goal is weight loss, to increase your energy levels, adopt a healthier lifestyle or just to exude a better vibe to everyone you encounter, chasing down the calorie will almost always take us in the opposite direction of that intent.  

This number counting neurosis leaves us irritable, frustrated, more likely to rebel against a diet and not to mention, the least favorite member of your crew at brunch for your neurotic calorie crunching of your side salad, with no dressing.

Don’t be that guy or girl.

Here’s how to get with the times and retrain your brain towards a clean eating attitude.

 Not all calories are created equal. 

Calories are a measure of the unit of energy provided by a food or genetically processed concoction we pretend is food.  They are not all built the same and have different effects based on what our body does with the calorie.  The way our body will burn the calories will depend on what we’re consuming. 

What would a handful of Cheetos motivate you to do?  Prolly’ just eat more.  A cucumber summer salad?  You’d probably want to get up and do something with that fuel, and that’s how your digestion views calories, it moves through the organic, clean, ones and lets the processed ones sit and stick to the body.  This is why simply evaluating our options based on a number doesn’t quite add up.

Choose Real Food.

Prioritize quality over quantity and you’ll eat less overall.  Organic, raw, foods that are consumed closest to their natural forms tend to keep us full longer and more satiated to reduce cravings that lead to snacking and overeating, which is the primary cause for exceeding our needed caloric intake.

We advocate a plant heavy diet, and live by two of Michael Pollan’s food rules to keep our grocery cart in check: (1) shop mainly the peripheral of a store and (2) if you’re grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, your digestive system probably wont either.

Invest in You.  Think Long Term.

Counting calories may provide a very short term result but if you’re truly looking for a sustainable lifestyle, you’ll need a different strategy.  Calorie cutting can actually have negative effects on the body because it denies it of certain nutrients needed for everyday energy and creates long term issues like slowed cell regeneration, inflammation and overall poor internal health.

Our final point, to tip the scales towards our seductive, colorful and raw way of living and juicin, the boost you experience from a juice cleanse will have you tossing your calorie calculator aside and feeling motivated to exercise double time, which will in no time burn off those unproductive calorie concerns.

Drink up.


Ali Van Putten

Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.


Why Cleanse the Body Anyway?

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Wondering if a juice cleanse is the right move for you?  Read on for the full story.

Wanna drink goat milk for every meal for two weeks straight?  Didn’t think so.

 Sip on cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon for every meal?  I’d rather not.

Go fruit yourself and eat 30 bananas a day to fit into your wedding dress?  We wish we were kidding.

When we first starting getting down with optimal health, with a juicer’s mentality of optimal fuel in for optimal output, these were the different types of cleanses that we found out on the interwebs. 

Clearly, cleansing can take on a variety of forms, but in terms of a raw, organic, juice cleanse, here are the reasons we get behind for investing in a 3, 5 or 7 day liquid gold revival for the everyday peeps wanting to drink to their health.  Leave the goats at home por favor.

 Why do a Juice Cleanse?

Give your digestion a recess.  Send your internal organs for a weekend in South Beach, they deserve it.  These days we treat our digestion like 7/11, we’re constantly throwing a mix of foods, snacks, and drinks at it to process and keeping strange eating hours that trickle way into the night. 

The digestion needs a break, when we keep it liquid for a couple days it has a chance to clear out naturally.  Since the gut is where a majority of other irritations and issues stem from, this can help heal the entire ecosystem of the body.   Less acne?  Shinier hair? Increased energy?  You bet.  All by giving the internal organs a little vacation.

Notice your habits around food.  Typically it’s the handful of skittles here or the half bag of popcorn consumed while standing and staring at the fridge that are the sneaky blocks between us and our optimal weight and body. 

Snacking, skipping meals, over eating and consuming a diet heavy in processed foods, are the culprits that become bad habits leading to long term weight gain, lethargy and body dissatisfaction.  Juicing, to us, is about a lifestyle, when on a 3,  5 or 7 day program, you notice clearly what your habits are around eating and have the opportunity to change them.

Reset and feel strong in your body.  Yes cleansing can lead to weight loss, but more than just providing a quick fix, the body gets a download of nutrients in a pure, easily digestible and raw form.   The internal energy created allows the body to reestablish itself as the power house that it’s naturally destined to be.  Look your best yes, but more importantly FEEL your best so that you can do the activities that help you look awesome, be awesome to every one you meet and kick ass in the way you’re meant to in the world.

Bottoms up!


Ali Van Putten

Ali Van Putten is a blogger, entrepreneur, and obsessive compulsive juicer' who collaborates with the Raleigh Raw crew to spread the good vibes.  She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her site Createapreneur provides tools for creative entrepreneurs to build their brand, business and most importantly,  to live life outside of the conventional lines.



The biggest lesson I learned in my 20's

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Shaking dependency and finding freedom: 

I was talking to an unlikely new friend yesterday about our common voluntary isolation and self reliance ... and it got me thinking...  It's actually the biggest lesson I learned from my 20's... 

Growing up I fell for what they told me. "Go to college, get good grades, get a good job, make lots of friends, move up the corporate ladder, fit in, keep your boss happy so you can depend on that steady paycheck". But it didn't make me happy. It made me feel trapped. And it definitely wasn't me. 

Dependency is a habit that is so easy to acquire we don't even notice it.  We live in a culture that offers you all kinds of crutches—experts to turn to, prescription drugs to cure any unease, mild pleasures to help pass or kill time or dull us from a reality we don't wanna face, the spouse that we make responsible for our happiness because we don't want that responsibility (outsource that shit too), jobs to keep you just above water.... The list is endless. 

Ok. I admit. Its hard to resist. But once you give in, it is like a prison** you enter that you can't ever leave. You continually look outward for help  and happiness and this severely limits your options and maneuverability.  When the time comes, as it inevitably does, when you gotta make some important decision, you have nothing inside of yourself to depend on. Plus - if what or who you depend on is one day gone, you're left in shambles. 

I realized (thankfully before it was too late) that u actually gotta move in the opposite direction.  You cant get this requisite inner strength from  a guru , pills of any kind or anything external. It can come only from you. It is a kind of exercise that you practice on a daily basis—weaning yourself from dependencies like fleeting pleasures or other people, listening less to others’ voices and more to your own, cultivating new skills, reading books, self improvement, findings mentors, noticing the small lessons in your day to day (you're prob overlooking lots of them),  exchanging ideas w ppl you respect, and constantly honing your craft, whatever that happens to be.

You can't  be taken in by the consumerism culture of ease or "quick fix".  Some self-help programs, late night infomercials,  and health / fitness "experts" will try to convince you that you can have what you want by following "a few simple steps". Things that come easy and fast will leave you just as fast. 

The only way to gain self-reliance in any endeavor, whether it's dropping those extra pounds or making more cash etc, is through mad effort and practice. And this effort shouldn't be seen as something ugly, dreadful or dull; it is the process of gaining power over yourself that is the most satisfying of all, knowing that step-by-step you are elevating yourself above the dependent masses to your highest self. 

It sucks at first because it takes a lot of discipline but eventually you find that self-reliance becomes the habit and that anything that smacks of depending on others will horrify you.

At 33 I'm still not 100% self reliant but every thing I do is done w that goal in mind ... and I'm getting closer each day. 

Are you conscious of how dependent you are? 


** Robert Greene, '50th Law' p.59-60