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Beauty Etiquetter: The Social Rules On Eating, Drinking, And Being Merry While On A Cleanse

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Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, e-mail celia _ellenberg@condenast.com.

The Quandary: I’m on a juice cleanse that’s pretty intense. How can I politely bow out of drinks or dinner without offending friends?

The Experts in Residence: Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, co-founders of BluePrint Cleanse

The Advice: “It’s true that the mental commitment is a very important part of the cleanse process. While you will need to exercise self-restraint, you shouldn’t have to put your entire life on hold. If you’re going to a social gathering with drinks, try flat water with lemon or juice cocktails to fly under the radar. If your friends try to cajole you into doing a round with them, you can always say, ‘I would but I really want to see this cleanse through to the end so I’m skipping the hard stuff tonight.’ When plans involve dinner, it’s a bit more challenging. At a restaurant, try to order a cleanse-friendly meal, such as simple greens with lemon juice and steamed veggies, if two courses are necessary. If your friends have chosen a place where it’s not possible to order anything along those lines, it’s probably best—and let’s face it, more fun—to reschedule. You can always leave it at ‘Actually next week would be better if that’s all right with you guys.’ Of course, if you feel comfortable talking about your experience, go ahead and let them know the reason for your conflict and chances are your friends will understand and even want to know more details. The point is, you don’t need to be a hermit to be successful during this period. Most people mid-cleanse find that being around others who are eating or drinking doesn’t tempt them to fall off the wagon at all—in fact, some report intense feelings of motivation in these situations. So even if you have some awkward moments, stay strong and remember that your body will thank you when you’re done.”

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