Planning a juice fast....here's what to do to prepare.


With it being almost halfway through winter, it can be a tricky time with eating habits as we spend more time indoors and crave those comforting foods. I find this a great time to reboot the system and do a juice fast. Just some of the many benefits of a juice fast are balancing pH (ie bringing alkalinity to the body) and blood sugar levels, a cleansed and regulated colon, weight loss (fat, not water), diminished toxin load, strengthened immune system, increased mental clarity, heavy metals cleansing, increased liver function capacity, loss of cravings for sugar and other stimulants, cellular cleansing and rebuilding, radiant, glowing complexion, diminished pains and allergies (some disappear completely), blood, tissue and organ cleansing, restored liver function capacity, increased energy levels, emotional cleansing and release, and an enhanced sense of joy and lightness is usually experienced.

So how do you prepare for a juice fast.

BEFORE

Making a few changes in the days leading up to your cleanse will get you in the right mindframe and ensure you get the most out of your cleanse.

Two or three days before your cleanse start introducing or increasing your intake of:

Raw foods, fruit and berries, veggies and herbs, nuts and seeds, legumes and wholegrain, lean protein.

Cut back and limit : processed food, fried food, refined sugar, alcohol, caffeine, red meat and dairy.

This might sound like no fun at all, but trust us, if you go cold turkey on your morning coffee on the first day of your cleanse, it will not be pretty! Easing yourself into the cleanse by gradually eliminating or reducing your intake will reduce the side-effects and set you up for a successful cleanse.

Be prepared to experience some symptoms, which can include headaches, sluggishness, irritability, food cravings and low energy. Remember these are temporary and post-cleanse you’ll be feeling quite the opposite!

How often should I cleanse?

You can cleanse as often or as infrequently as you like. Some people like to do a cleanse at the change of season, once a month or even a day a week. Others may do a cleanse from time to time whenever they feel they need to reset. The trigger to start a cleanse is when you’re feeling out of balance, lethargic, sluggish or bloated, or if you’re just ready for a change and looking to embrace some healthier diet and lifestyle choices.

How often should I cleanse?

You can cleanse as often or as infrequently as you like. Some people like to do a cleanse at the change of season, once a month or even a day a week. Others may do a cleanse from time to time whenever they feel they need to reset. The trigger to start a cleanse is when you’re feeling out of balance, lethargic, sluggish or bloated, or if you’re just ready for a change and looking to embrace some healthier diet and lifestyle choices.

We’re all different, so listen to your body and remember that adding cold-pressed juice to your daily routine is a great way to maintain balance without having to commit to a full cleanse.

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