This is the time of year when we all begin to feel pretty overindulged. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to do something about it. So, if you want to join me for a day or two of nutrient injection and junk extraction (hee hee), then here’s your guide:
Tips for a successful cleanse
1- Choose a day when you will be home.
2- Plan ahead. Buy your groceries the day before, and make sure your juicer is clean and ready to go. About a week before your cleanse (even if you’re only doing one day), begin weaning your body off alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar, and wheat. Your body will have an easier time adjusting to liquids for 24 hours if you prepare it for purity.
3- You will have better success if you drink a lot of water and tea throughout the day of. It will help keep your stomach full.
4- Buy organic produce. The idea is to have as much nutrient absorption as possible by consuming only liquids, so why buy produce that is covered in pesticides? Try and get it all organic.
5- Have planned activities at home to keep you busy (like a giant puzzle or a fabulous book), but don’t do anything strenuous that will make you starving (like working out).
6- Don’t make food for other family members, if you can avoid it. The temptation to chow down has proven too great for me many, many times.
7- Don’t worry about protein. This is a low-protein day, but that’s okay. You can fill up on protein-rich foods the next day.
8- If you feel shaky and cold on the day of your cleanse (which is totally normal, especially in the winter), try taking a bath with Epsom salts. Although the salt will help your body to detox further, the warm water will feel really good and calm your confused nerves.
7:00am: 16 oz. of warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it.
8:00am: Juice (in the following order): 1 chunk ginger, 4 carrots, 1 peeled grapefruit.
10:00am: Juice (in the following order): 2 green apples, 4 fennel fronds, 6 romaine lettuce leaves, handful of parsley, 1 large cucumber.
12:00pm: 16 oz. miso broth.
2:00pm: Juice (in the following order): 1 chunk ginger, 1 small beet, 2 large carrots, 2 red apples, handful of basil, 1 large cucumber.
4:00pm: 8 oz. coconut water.
6:00pm: Blend 1 cup water, 1 banana,
4 kale leaves, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup rolled oats.
In addition to everything above, try to drink about 64 ounces of water or herbal tea throughout the day. The last “meal” is more solid, because it will help you to sleep on a fuller stomach, and create a bit of bulk for a good bowel movement in the morning.
- If you don’t own a juicer, then you can blend fruits, veggies, and water in your blender. (Unless you own a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, I don’t recommend trying to blend roots. Just do the softer items, like fruit, cucumbers, and green, leafy veggies.) You’ll get way more fiber this way, but most of us need more of that, anyway. The idea is to remove the foods that aren’t helping us, and inject our bodies with good nutrients, so this still kinda works.
- 1 lemon
- 6 carrots
- 1 grapefruit
- 2 green apples
- 2 red apples
- 1 banana
- Frozen Pineapple
- Fennel (with at least four fronds)
- Romaine bunch
- Kale bunch
- Spinach bunch
- Fresh parsley
- Fresh basil
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 beet
- Rolled oats (1 cup)
- Miso broth (buy in packets in health food aisle)
- Coconut water (unsweetened—look at ingredients. Should just be coconut water.)
- Herbal tea
- Epsom salts (for bath–if you want)
*Repeat this for 2 days if you want, but I don’t recommend anything longer, unless you have prior experience with cleanses.
Here’s to an amazing 2014, and a Happy Healthy Gut!