During Your Juice Cleanse
- Start with a glass of water with lemon
- Do some light stretching and enjoy your first juice. Consume the rest of your juices in two to two-and-a-half hour intervals.
- The final juice of the day is formulated specifically to help you sleep and should be consumed at least two hours before bed. While you are on the cleanse, you will need to be getting at least seven hours of sleep every night in order to support the healing and elimination process.
SHAKE WELL, BE WELL
Go on, Shake it! The separation is a natural process. Also remember to keep your juices refrigerated.
We can’t reiterate this enough… sleep! Resting allows your body the time it needs to heal and detoxify. If you normally consume a lot of caffeine/alcohol, you may find yourself needing more sleep than someone who doesn’t consume as much. This is your chance to take a break-take advantage of it!
Chew your juice. Chewing stimulates your digestive system and will also boost your metabolism. Avoid joining friends/coworkers who are going out to dinner/happy hour. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to chew your food in a few days. You can do this!
NEED A DISTRACTION?
Read a book, take a bath, call a friend. Write down your goals. Take a walk (keep your workouts low-key… no marathons for a few days!). Sleep… even during the day!
If you find yourself too focused on food or find yourself thinking negatively, take a moment to reflect- about your life, your goals, your reasons for cleansing. I always find it helpful to think of all the things I am grateful for in life. Cleansing is so much more than weight loss (though you will likely drop the pounds!). One of the major benefits you gain from cleansing is reflecting, refocusing and getting back into touch with yourself… if you allow yourself to go there! This is your cleanse… drop any guilt you have about taking time for yourself. You’ll be happier, healthier and better able to take care of others if you take time to care for you!
BE PROUD OF YOURSELF!
You’re doing this for YOU- so if you bust and have a cup of coffee the first day, but are great in other areas, be proud! If you find that you HAVE to chew on something, make a smart choice (vegetables). For some, cleansing is like running 3 miles when they’ve never jogged more than a block. Can they do it? Yes! Will some run the entire three miles without breaking a sweat? Yes! Is it the end of the world if you walk for a block? No! It is, however, important to finish… and finish strong!
Keep in mind that while you’re flooding your body with disease-fighting nutrients, you’re also allowing your body to focus on the healing and elimination of toxins accumulated from years of exposure to pollution, chemicals, pesticide residue and alcohol (to name a few). With this said, know that it is normal to experience headaches, exhaustion and even light nausea. If you are detoxing from caffeine or alcohol, you may feel agitated and require additional rest. Many feel energized, lighter and euphoric throughout their cleanse. Regardless, focus on the irrefutable health benefits of a lifestyle rich in raw fruits and vegetables!