If The New York Times is to be believed, groups of co-workers are now bonding by getting together and sharing those trendy all-liquid cleanses, which, if true, strikes us as sort of troubling given the close quarters officemates so often share and the, um, side effects of these diets. The Times' Courtney Rubin tells us that in offices across the land, colleagues are joining forces to do three or five day cleanses together, during which they eschew food, often drinking some prepackaged product to achieve a detox nirvana. This isn't just in hippie fashion magazine offices either, as Rubin says:
Recent six-juice-a-day-dieters include employees at Merrill Lynch and the Carlyle Group, she said. In May, Citigroup began offering BluePrintCleanse in some of its Manhattan cafeterias, a spokeswoman said.
She notes benefits, including team-building, mutual support as you shove down another cayenne pepper-filled kale smoothie, and the ability to get it out of the way during the work week so you can indulge on weekends. Fine. But continue, dear reader, and we get to the part that troubles us:
Those who choose to drink the kale at other offices reported enjoying creating rituals around the cleanse, if not always the juices (and the endless trips to the bathroom).
Yes, yes, the endless trips to the bathroom. This writer hasn't participated in a juice cleanse, but several testimonials we've seen report things like "yes, you have to stay close to the bathroom, but it's worth giving her body the food break." Okay, so that's only a little gross, but we imagine it gets much grosser when everyone in your office is going through the same digestive disruption at the same time. Remind us to give it a few weeks before we ask to use Merrill Lynch's bathroom.