Hey everyone! Today on the blog I have Emily Potter and Tenley Molzahn, founders of the DIY Cleanse!
I have been super excited to introduce these ladies to you all, because they just get it, in every way possible. They truly know how to live a balanced, lokahi lifestyle.
So when Emily & Tenley agreed to be on the blog I was just the happiest! These ladies are such an inspiration in the health and wellness industry.
To give you a little background: these babes have created a cleanse program for people who hate cleansing. When most people think of a cleanse they think all juice and liquids, depriving yourself, being hangry 24/7, going through a week of pain to lose a little weight, and then go right back to eating how you were before. Doesn’t sound much fun, right? Well, Emily and Tenley made a cleanse that doesn’t deprive you, gives you energy, keeps you full, and can easily be developed into a lifestyle!
Not only have these women create this cleanse but they are total smart, funny, and gorgeous business babes!
Now before I give a way too much, meet Emily Potter & Tenley Molzahn!
| Hi Emily and Tenley, we are so excited to have you both on the blog! Tell us about yourselves & backgrounds! |
Tenley: Hi Lokahi Lifestyle readers! Thanks for having us guest blog. We love collaborating with like minded amazing women like yourselves. Many of you know me from The Bachelor! I have loved being a part of the 3 shows I was on. What a lot of people don’t know is that I am a health coach and founder of my private practice Sweet and Free Life and co-founder of the DIY Cleanse. I was actually sick most of my life because of a food sensitivity that I didn’t discover until I was 25 years old. When I discovered it was gluten that I was sensitive to, it dramatically changed my life, and I became really passionate about health, wellness and helping others along the way.
Emily: I have been practicing nutrition for 6 years now, and am so incredibly passionate about my work. I am the founder of NourishMint Wellness and cofounder of DIYcleanse with Tenley. Working with clients, I see all to often that food is a source of pain for people. Whether it’s an auto immune disease they are struggling with, or a food sensitivity like Tenley, or a psychological roller coaster, eating and choosing what to eat can be a huge challenge rather that an enjoyable and nurturing experience. That is why I do what I do.
I currently live in the mountains of Idaho with my amazing husband and two little kids. (My little boy is 3 years/and little girl is 8 months.)
| Okay so you have started DIY Cleanse known as “A Cleanse for People Who Hate Cleansing” how did the idea to create this come about? |
Emily: When I lived in San Diego, I felt like everyone and their dog were doing a cleanse of some kind… and I never had the courage or motivation to do it. A typical juice cleanse totally freaked me out, because I knew my body well enough to know I wouldn’t feel well just drinking green juice for a week. (or a day for that matter!) When I pitched the idea to Tenley she was right there with me. We both hated the idea of cleansing, but were asked by our clients on a daily basis about how to cleanse, what is safe, what is best etc. That is when the DIYcleanse was born.
Tenley: DIY Cleanse was also born out of the idea of how there is so much information out there about cleansing that it can just be too overwhelming, we wanted to get to the basics and bring that to people. It was created for people that hate cleansing, because we want them to see the ability to take your body to a next level of feeling good without having to deprive themselves. We LOVE food, but good food, so that’s what we teach!
| Give us all the deets on DIY Cleanse! How long is it and what it’s all about? |
Tenley: The cleanse is 7 days long and is more a ‘clean eating’ week than your typical cleanse. In these 7 days, we want to give people the tools to create a lifestyle shift that can actually stick, and work in their daily lives. Our cleanse features a combination of food, juice and self-care practices sprinkled in. We provide the framework, recipes, support and guidance and you are taught to ‘do it yourself!’ This cleanse is for the people who have never done a cleanse before, or people who have done cleansing in the past, and did not have a good experience in feeling hungry, grumpy and deprived. This cleanse offers choices, nothing too restrictive, and leaves you feeling amazing and motivated to keep the progress going at the end of the cleanse.
| Who should be doing the DIY Cleanse? |
Emily: Everyone! We suggest doing it 3-4 times a year (as the season changes.) I did my first ‘diycleanse’ while I was breastfeeding my new baby. It’s safe for anyone and everyone to do because we are firm on the fact that you should be listening to your body. If you feel hungry, grab a snack from our approved snacking list. If you feel like you need more protein, add extra protein into your juice or smoothie. We made it with ‘real people and real life’ in mind.
| What kind of results can people expect after the cleanse? |
Tenley: Well, the biggest result people have reported is that it’s a re-boot in that they want to continue eating clean after the cleanse. It really is kicking off a new and better diet that works in your life, not just a 7 day cleanse. We have so many awesome recipes, and as one of our bonus’ we include a 2 week menu plan that you can use post cleanse to keep up the good clean eating. We have had LOTS of people report they lost 5-7 pounds, way more energy, better relationship with sugar and feeling inspired to be back in the kitchen cooking to name a few things!
| What makes DIY cleanse different than all the other ones out there? |
Tenley: For starters, it is designed to work in your life. Regardless of if you have a busy week at work, or a family to take care of, it works. Because it’s do it yourself, there is a level of preparation and accountability that you have to be responsible for while cleansing. That is all part of the design, because those are the things that support you to make lifestyle changes. While having green juice delivered to your front door makes a cleanse ‘convenient, we wanted to be more than that. This truly teaches you how to eat clean, and to use food as medicine to feel energized, and amazing.
| Emily, as a Clinical Nutritionist, what are you thoughts on juice only cleanses? |
Emily: They aren’t my favorite. Some people do and feel incredible on a juice cleanse, but I know I don’t. The one time I tried a juice cleanse, I ended up getting fish tacos on day two of the cleanse. Everybody is different, and our biochemistry and body composition is different. When creating this cleanse, I tried to keep that in mind. I also hate the feeling of deprivation, and that is why I created a cleanse with choices, and a few different options to feel really successful while cleansing.
| What advice can you ladies give for people who are just starting their health journey? |
Be gentle with yourself. If the clean eating and juicing is new to you… take baby steps. These seven days are about motivating you and inspiring you to live a better and healthier life. Start small and surround yourself with people who support and love you.
| You ladies are in awesome shape! What are your favorite workouts? |
Tenley: I love a good beach run. Anytime I’m feeling restless, or have had a hard or emotional day, I hit the beach for some ‘me’ time and a fabulous cardio workout. I also really enjoy running stairs especially when the ocean is my view. A good hot yoga class to ring all of the “crap” out is often a part of my morning routine, but you’ll also find me twisted up on a reformer machine practicing pilates or at the barre tucking and shaking away!
Emily: I’m a yoga girl. Both Tenley and I were dancers growing up, so for me yoga is a beautiful transition to make after being a dancer. I taught yoga for many years, but now just enjoy taking a rocking awesome vinyasa class. I just tried ariel silks for the first time, and loved that. That just might be my new thing 🙂
| Do either of you drink alcohol? If so, what is your cocktail of choice? |
Emily: Um, yes… We both do! We live by the 80/20 rule which is try to eat well 80 % of the time, and let life happen the other 20%. Enjoy it, have the glass of wine, the cup of coffee, or that amazing piece of chocolate. My favorite cocktail is a Moscow mule. I use a potato or quinoa vodka (so it’s gluten-free) and add in fresh squeezed lime, homemade ginger beer (with organic sugar), basil and mint. It’s amazing!
Tenley: I love sitting down with a glass of wine with some girlfriends or my man at the end of the week. I try not to drink on a daily basis, so weekends are usually more of my time to enjoy this part of my 20%. I’m definitely not shy to tell you how much I love a mimosa! BUT, you don’t need much OJ, that’s the secret… Champagne with a splash of OJ!
| What are your top 5 healthy foods that everyone should be eating? | **If they aren’t allergic of course
Emily: Cacao (because chocolate is amazing), avocado, coconut oil, leafy greens and organic berries.
| Do you have a favorite recipe from the DIY Cleanse you can share with us? |
Sure, this is one of our most popular smoothies:
Makes 1 Smoothie
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1 T hemp seeds or chia seeds
1 T coconut oil
1 c frozen blueberries
1 handful kale
1 T maca powder (optional)
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
| What 2016 goals do you both have? |
Emily: We want to take the amazing momentum from the DIY Cleanse and turn it into something bigger and even more meaningful to us both. We are in the process of creating a group wellness program called ‘Food Freedom.’ This will be an intimate group program spanning over 6 weeks that dives into nutrition and wellness, relationship with food, stress management, and will give women the tools to feel empowered through food and lifestyle choices.
You can purchase the DIY Cleanse HERE!
Tenely and Emily are starting another round of the cleanse starting May 1st if you want to participate with them! It’s like spring cleaning for your body!
When you purchase the cleanse you receive an email with the following:
- DIY Cleanse Workbook
- DIY Cleanse Recipes
- BONUS DIY Cleanse Recipe Book with Shopping List and Menu
- BONUS DIY Beauty Secrets
- Immediate Access to our private Facebook Community.
Xx Kayleigh || The Lokahi Lifestyle