Making a few changes before you start The Juice Cleanse can make your cleanse far more enjoyable and efficient. It's also a good idea to check with your primary care provider to see if The Juice Cleanse is appropriate for you.
STEP 1: THE JUICE CLEANSE PRE-CLEAN
Here are some foods and habits you are going to want to remove or reduce at least two day's before you start cleansing.
- Candy, chocolate bars and bags of chips
- Greasy take-out foods
- Wheat products such as bread and pastry
- Fatty foods
- Milk and cheese
- Red meat, chicken and pork (yes, that includes bacon).
- Recreational drugs
If you're going to snack, replace sugary, salty, fatty indulgences with lots of delicious fresh colourful fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.
Try guacamole and salsa over brown rice, roasted red pepper hummus with raw veggies or steamed greens, roasted yams and quinoa with miso gravy for a tasty change of pace.
STEP 2: BREAK AND SWEAT AND HYDRATE.
Exercise is always a good idea. It gets your lymph moving, your skin sweating and your lungs gulping detoxifying breaths. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise, four times a week. Make sure that you are drinking at least eight cups of water a day - this can include herbal tea. A lot of the time when you feel tired and achy, it's due to dehydration.
STEP 3: REDUCE STRESS
Stress impairs our bodies' ability to function optimally. Take some slow breaths, enjoy a yoga or meditation class, or get out and do something you love doing.
You will receive six juices and one hemp milk per day. Your drinks are designed to be consumed in a specific order.
When you wake in the morning, sip a warm glass of water with a bit of 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.
Make sure that you are still drinking water throughout the day to wash out toxins as they are been shed from your body. The more water that you drink and the more that you sweat you are less likely to suffer from side effects as your body cleanses.
The E3Live juice is meant to provide you with protein and extra cleansing support. The Hemp and Walnut milk will give you a luscious, creamy flavour to keep you satisfied throughout the night and satiate any cravings for fatty foods.
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.
Each day of your cleanse you receive a package of chia seeds. Chia is an excellent source of fibre, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. The chia will help cleanse your digestive system while providing you with a clean source of protein and fat. Just add the chia seed to a juice or chew on it before or after.
On the last day of The Juice Cleanse and on the following day, drink half a container of the probiotic to replenish your colon with healthy bacteria. The probiotic can be consumed at any time throughout the day.
Want to make the most of The Juice Cleanse? Try these tips.
- Cleanse with a friend. Compare stories and support each other
-Take hot/cold showers. Not the most pleasant to switch to the cold but your lymph will thank you. Stand in a hot shower for two minutes followed by a 30 second cold shower. Do this five times.
- Do yoga. Bending, twisting and lengthening are all important for supporting the organs. Take a yin class for a relaxing deep stretch.
- Try an infrared sauna.
- Go for a nice, light walk.
- Get a massage.
You've reset your detoxification system, giving your body the rest that it needs and are now off to a fresh start. You'll notice that unhealthy refined foods no longer have the same appeal.
Most likely you'll be feeling so alert and energetic that you won't want to go back to your previous sugary snacks and morning coffee. Lets keep it that way you!
We care as much about what happens during your cleanse as we do about what happens after. We are not a short-term weight loss fad. While most people do lose weight on our programs, we care most about improving your overall health and helping you live a more vibrant life.
You'll need to ease back into solid foods. The best way is to eat light, mostly raw plant-based meals as well as one or two juices daily for about three days. Keep hydrating and stretching and breathing!
Need some help choosing a healthy eating plan that will work for you? Contact our nutritionist Eden MacDonald for a personalized meal plan to kick of your rebalanced body!