Are you getting ready to start your cleanse and want to know how best to prepare? Preparation is essential when it comes to setting yourself up for a successful cleanse. There are a few simple things you can do to significantly improve your cleanse experience and the results you are looking to achieve. We’ve found that people who ease into their cleanse with a few days of pre-cleansing enjoy the process a lot more and experience better results.
What is a Pre-Cleanse
In order to properly prepare the body for a cleanse, it is necessary to eliminate the intake of hard-to-digest, toxic foods, and replace them with easy-to-digest, healthy foods. A Pre-Cleanse involves eliminating refined sugars and flour, animal products including dairy as well as processed and fried foods from your diet. We recommend Pre-Cleansing at least 1-3 days before starting your cleanse. Eat simple light foods such as steamed vegetables, soups or salads with lots of leafy greens and raw vegetables. If you are not such a clean eater, then give your body more time to prepare for your cleanse and take small steps towards cutting down on processed foods by gradually increasing the number of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet. By making these changes, you can ease the body from solid to liquids, without the typical shock to the system.
What to Expect on a Pre-Cleanse
If you lead a demanding and on-the-go stressful lifestyle or consume high quantities of caffeine, alcohol and processed foods, then it is possible that you may experience some cleansing reactions once you start your Pre-cleanse. Typical cleansing reactions include possible headaches, nausea, insomnia, foggy thinking and fatigue. If you remember to gradually reduce your intake of toxic foods rather than going cold turkey, then the symptoms of the Pre-cleanse should be mild or none existent. Once the initial withdrawal effects are out of the way, you may experience great clarity of thought, improved mental focus and heightened energy.
What to Avoid on a Pre-Cleanse
- Soft drinks
- Refined flour
- Refined carbohydrates
- Refined sugars
- Artificial sweeteners
- Animal Products
- Processed foods
- Junk food
- Fried foods
- Genetically modified foods
Choose the days or a week where extra work and social engagements will not distract you and possibly tempt you during your cleanse.
What Should You Eat on a Pre-Cleanse
- Low Glycemic Fruits
- Herbs & Spices
- Fermented foods
- Good Fats
- Oily Organic Fish
- Organic Quinoa
During your Pre-cleanse, drink as much filtered water as possible and load up on natural foods.
TIP: If you can’t pronounce the ingredient on a product or don’t know what it is, chances are your body won’t know what to do with it either, and you are adding to your toxic burden (unless of course, it’s a superfood). So be careful of junk that is disguised as a health food with labels like “natural” and other trick marketing buzzwords.
We wish you all the best on your Cleanse journey. It truly is a wonderful investment for your overall level of health and vitality.