YOUR GUIDE TO CLEANSING
Let’s answer some of those questions.
What will I receive?
You will be given a 6 pack for each day of your cleanse, for a total of 12 bottles on a 2 day cleanse.
What’s in each 6 pack?
Each day’s 6 pack includes 1 smoothie, 4 juices, and 1 nut milk. All of the bottles are 16oz, and all ingredients are organic, and I use local ingredients whenever possible.
What happens each day?
You’ll start your day with the smoothie.
My smoothies all include a vegan protein source, such as spirulina or nut butter. This will help you feel satisfied with a filling drink to begin.
Next, you’ll consume the 4 juices throughout the day in the order of your preference.
You’ll end your day with an organic, homemade nut milk. I use cashews here for their optimal healthy fat and protein content. The evening nut milk is crucial in keeping you full through the night so that you don’t wake up hungry.
How does it work?
The 4 cleansing juices consist of fruits and vegetables. While both are important for detoxification and optimal nutrition, each ingredient plays an important role.
Green juice has an alkalizing effect while the fruit juice is more acidic. The acidity makes the fruit more astringent. Think of the fruit juices as digging up the waste, and the green juice as moving it out.
Preparing for a cleanse
How to enter a cleanse by Laurel, Om My Goodness
There are a few things that are very important to consider before you begin your cleanse. If you don’t prepare properly you will feel hungrier and have more detox symptoms such as headaches, bloating, irritability and nausea which occur if a digestive system is not first properly prepared to transition from a dense diet to the light cleanse.
It’s like driving at full speed on the highway and then slamming on the brakes instead of slowing down gradually… this is much to jarring for your system but if instead you slowly tap on the brakes allowing for more time to gently slow down this transition is much smoother with far less discomfort.
So remember – the focus is on gradually transitioning from denser foods that require more digestion to lighter foods that will exit your system quicker. You wouldn’t run a marathon without preparing first so out of respect for your body gently carry yourself into this experience by training the digestive system to slowly transition into your cleanse.
Best way to stay clear of detox discomfort is to avoid extremes and your body will be thanking you!!!
What can you do to prepare?
1. Ditch the caffeine
Wean off caffeine slowly and gradually a week before your cleanse to avoid caffeine withdrawal headaches.
2. Cut out salt
The best way to reduce your sodium intake is to stop eating processed foods loaded with sodium and stop eating fast food. If you cut back on salt intake a week before your cleanse the salt free diet on the cleanse won’t be such a shock to your system .
3. Skip the sugar
Cut out all processed foods, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners a day at two before the cleanse. This way you will welcome the natural sweetness of the fruit included in your juices during the cleanse.
(…are you still reading? Good! You’re ready to commit to this!)
4. Go meatless and cut out dairy
Do this for a few days before your cleanse loading up instead on fruits and veggies to get your system used to what it will be consuming on your cleanse. Eliminate processed and difficult to digest items like meat and dairy and as many people are lactose intolerant meaning they can not digest the sugar in the dairy leading to constipation and gas.
5. Eat light the day before
If you eat a dense meal the night before you begin your cleanse like meat or heavy starches like french fries your body will be in heavy digestion mode the following day ready to break down another dense meal so when it encounters the light, simple raw juice instead you may end up feeling nauseated, light headed and extremely hungry because your body has been in work mode for so long
and those digestive juices are still turning but now they have nothing to break down.
6. Repeat after me: I got this!
This might take some self-control and inner power. Say it loud – you got this!
Post Cleanse Tips
How to exit a cleanse by Laurel, Om My Goodness
Congratulations you have completed your cleanse!!! You may be feeling lighter, fresher, cleaner, clearer and more energized as a few possible results but remember, your digestive system has been on hiatus for several days now so giving it a heavy meal that is difficult to process at this point could lead to a wave of nausea and stomach cramps which is not how you want to be feeling on your first post cleanse day!!!
Instead let’s try to go easy and here are a few great tips to get you started…
Now is the time to be kind, gentle and gift yourself with the self care you deserve!!
I’m done my cleanse. What’s next?
1. Save the date
Dates are a great start. They help the body start its digestive process and are also high in Vitamin A and B6, folic acid, potassium , natural sodium, iron and magnesium thus eating dates are like taking a multivitamin. Dates also contain large amount of dietary fibre which can prevent any constipation along with protecting the stomach and intestinal tract from parasites and bacteria.
2. Soft fruits for gentle reintroduction
Avocados and bananas are also a great option and consuming fruits with high water content such has melons, apples and pears are also good. Be sure to pace yourself by not over stuffing and having a maximum of 1 cup of fruit every couple of hours and it’s important to chew your food very slowly as digestion begins in the mouth and when you chew your food, enzymes are released that ensure your stomach can more easily absorb the available nutrition.
3. Veggies are next up
Then introducing vegetables, soups and green salads for the next few days is still very gentle and after your first bowel movement you may want to begin to slowly introduce some healthy protein options such as nuts, nut butters, seeds, hummus, beans etc.
4. Be mindful
Treat this opportunity as your “clean slate” and why offer unhealthy foods and reverse some of the progress you have just made. Enjoy each food for the nutrition it is flooding your body with and think of food as your medicine. Whole foods and plant based options are loaded with nutrients and easiest for the body to digest.
5. H2O is your BFF
Continue to drink lots of water after your cleanse. You may want to consider introducing alkaline water into your daily routine .
6. Repeat after me: Nailed it!
You did it! You should be proud and embrace your new found clarity.
What’s the deal with carbs and sugar?
Concerns About Carbs by Laurel, Om My Goodness
Lots of people ask me about the relationship between carbs and cleansing. Carbs are a hot topic in the health world, and its fair to be concerned. Let me answer some of those questions for you.
Concerned about carbs on your juice cleanse? Don’t be. Here’s why.
Know that natural foods are recognizable by the body and can be easily broken down whereas unnatural substances cannot be broken down and will actually contribute to slowing down the metabolism, degeneration of your organs , weight gain and premature aging.
If it has refined sugar or flour, heated oils or chemicals or preservatives in it it is hardest to digest.
So the number of calories, protein grams, fat grams, and carb grams are not the information you need to make informed choices about what to put in your body.
Instead when you think about putting something into your body, you need to ask yourself this important question:
Is this food in its natural state and is this source recognizable?
For example, if I ask the average person what’s the better food choice – a Power Bar or an avocado – people often point out that the Power Bar has 200 calories and 2 grams of fat, and the avocado has 400 calories and 14 grams of fat. Therefore the Power Bar is the healthiest choice.
The body regards these 2 items very differently.
The Power Bar is sugar and chemicals and hard to break down causing you to store waste and gain weight but the avocado is recognizable and the body says “oh, I know what to do with you, I can break you down completely!!”
So there you go.
The most healthful foods for the body are quick exit foods that are the easiest to digest and packed with nutrients. Foods that can also pass through the body leaving the least amount of residue that can be turned into waste matter such as beautiful hydrating local and organic fresh fruits and veggies!!!