Raw foods chef promotes 'Cleanse Stephenville'

JESSIE HORTON jessie.horton@empiretribune.com
Paul Risse whipped up a healthy and delicious smoothie at Barefoot Market Monday. JESSIE HORTON/E-T

Looking for a way to get fit, feel better and lose weight? Local wellness guru Paul Risse has just the thing – Cleanse Stephenville.

"It's not just about what you're eating," Risse, who has been a raw foods chef, personal trainer, life coach and menu director, said. "It's a calling and intention. It's taking time to cleanse, heal and rejuvenate yourself. It will bring about a clarity of mind that is beyond anything else I've been a part of. Being a part of the cleanse really is life changing."

The guidelines are simple, according to the Cleanse America website. For 10 days participants eat a 100 percent raw foods diet (Level 1) and/or follow a liquid diet (Level 2) of juices, smoothies, tonics, teas and soups.

The cleanse is believed to promote a host of benefits if the participant sticks with the plan, which Risse admitted can be difficult. He said the first few days can be hard for a first-timer, adding the cleanse is emotional and mental as well as physical. This is where doing it as a community helps.

"Doing the cleanse with others in your community and being a part of this amazing experience really helps you continue," Risse said. "It gives people a sense of accountability and when you have that, sticking with the plan is easier."

Barefoot Market is also helping promote the Stephenville cleanse and will offer four days of speakers from Monday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 27, to inspire participants and encourage them along their journey. In addition, Barefoot Market has a number of salads, smoothies and juices that are applicable to the daily suggested meal plans.

Another good tool for those participating in Cleanse Stephenville is the website. Risse said through Cleanse America, his other project, participants have access to testimonials, meal plans, recipes, his e-book and much more. For a $25 fee, members can access it all.

While the first Cleanse Stephenville had 250 participants, Risse said he hopes to have more on board this time.

Risse said the cleanse is just the tip of the iceberg and while he hopes to soon have 1,000 residents participating in the local cleanse, his newest endeavor will criss-cross the country. With the cleanses here as a springboard, he and others have started the project across the country – Cleanse America. Risse hopes to get 1,000,000 Americans to participate in a 10-day raw food cleanse and to encourage their communities to get on board as well.

The cleanse begins Friday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.