BEFORE THE CLEANSE
The more prepared you are, the better your cleansing experience will be. For optimal cleanse benefits, we recommend for you to start your cleanse preparation at least 3 days prior to beginning the first day of your chosen cleanse. Here are some tips on what to avoid and what you should eat before (and after) your cleanse:
Processed Food, Drinks and Snacks
Cut anything containing preservatives, stabilisers, colourings, flavourings and other additives.
Try fruits and vegetables e.g. carrots, celery, apples.
Eliminate coffee, black tea and energy drinks.
Try lightly steeped green or herbal teas.
Eliminate all alcohol, including wine, beer and spirits.
Drink at least 8 glasses of non-carbonated water daily – 2 litres. Add fresh lemon juice and cayenne (optional).
No milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream.
Try soy-based substitutes. Tofu, bananas and avocados deliver the same creamy texture you crave.
No wheat! Say goodbye to breads, cereals, pastries and pasta.
Try wheat free goodies, brown rice, ryvita, and oat or polenta porridges.
Avoid sugary products and sugar itself.
Choose a portion of ripe fresh fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Eliminate red meat, and deli meats containing nitrates and other enhancers.
Select chicken, turkey and steamed fish if you want lean protein.
No Processed sauces (i.e Ketchup) and fried/oily dishes.
Use Fresh herbs and spices, and extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
Avoid eggs, peanuts, (this includes peanut butter!)
Substitute with almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, coconut.
DURING THE CLEANSE
How your day will look:
Start each day with a glass of lemon in warm water. Next try your first juice! Our 500ml juices are purposefully numbered. They are designed to cleanse/energise your body in the morning, increase metabolism and circulation during the day, followed by flushing out excess toxins and waste towards the evening. So follow the order! We recommend drinking our juices at two hours intervals. A rough guide may be 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
Points to consider:
Exercise: your energy levels will change when you’re on a juice cleanse, some will feel completely energised throughout, while others may experience waves of energy. Listen to your body and use your cleanse as a chance to rest and introspect. Limit yourself to light exercise such as walks, yoga, meditation or stretching.
Diet: we recommend sticking to the juice as eating during your cleanse will slow down the juice cleansing process. However, if you need to eat during your cleanse eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Also don’t forget to drink water! Continue to hydrate your body between juices – add lemon or cucumber to sneak in a few extra nutrients.
Chew your juice: it may sound strange but try and chew your juice. Don’t gulp it down. Take breaks. Remember that digestion begins in the mouth- the act of chewing encourages our bodies to release digestive enzymes, facilitating the absorption and assimilation of each and every nutrient. It should take between 30 minutes to an hour to consume each juice – after all it is your meal, not a drink!
AFTER THE CLEANSE
While cleansing is a great way to detox and give your system a fresh start, it’s also about learning to incorporate long-term, healthy habits. Extend the benefits of your cleanse by continuing the same morning routine of lemon in warm water. This is a wonderful way to gently wake up the digestive system, and hopefully something that you may feel motivated to continue with on an on-going basis.
It is extremely important to ease yourself back into eating whole foods gradually. If you were to break the fast with a buffet of pizza, red meat, refined sugar and fried foods, you would cause incredible stress to your now-clean digestive system.
For the first day a fruit salad is a great choice for breakfast. For lunch, choose options such as a beautiful cleansing salad or nourishing soup, or some steamed vegetables. Sip on coconut water and/or filtered water throughout the day.
From day two you can include gluten free grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, millet and brown rice. After that, feel free to slowly introduce dairy and other animal products into your diet.
Set yourself up for success by stocking your fridge with lots of lovely fresh produce, in particular the highly alkalising varieties such as green vegetables, lemon, fresh herbs, and avocado. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi would be welcome additions, not only for their cleansing properties, but for their beneficial effect on gut health.
Treat this opportunity as your “clean slate”, why eat unhealthy foods and reverse the progress you have made? Enjoy your food, not only for its taste, but also for the nutrition it is flooding your body with. Know that you are treating your body right and that you are in control of your life!