How to Prepare for a Cleanse
It is important to prepare your mind and your body before you embark on your cleanse.
Starting your cleanse the day after a night of excess will inevitably give the body a bit of a shock! Easing in slowly is much more effective and will make your experience more enjoyable. The more you prepare, the easier it will feel during your detox process.
For three to five days before your cleanse try to stick to the following guidelines:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar and nicotine.
- Eat as light and raw as possible. High fiber vegetables, fruits and nuts should make up the majority of your food intake.
- Avoid all processed foods, especially white flour, soy and wheat products.
- Avoid meat. At most, eat only lightly steamed fish.
- One day before the cleanse, try to consume only raw fruit and vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water. Adding fresh lemon juice will help with digestion and PH balance.
- Quitting items like sugar, caffeine and wheat all at once may result in certain withdrawal reactions from the body such as headaches. Eliminating them slowly before you start your cleanse will reduce the chances of this happening during the actual cleanse, making it a more enjoyable experience.
Breaking Your Fast
You have done SO well! First of all, congratulate yourself. Feel proud of yourself and revel in the satisfaction you feel from giving your body and soul this extra boost of vitality and life. The last thing you want to do is slip straight back into old habits. You now have a foundation toward healthier habits! Break the fast with something that is easy to digest. Papaya is a wonderful option as it is loaded with enzymes, setting you up for the day. Stick to fruits and vegetables for the first couple of days and then gently ease yourself into eating heavier foods.