Considering a cleanse? Whether you are looking to juice, smoothies or an elimination diet for a cleanse there are some things you should know before getting started. Prior to starting a cleanse make sure you do the research and access your body's needs for the cleanse. There are many benefits to doing a cleanse including increased energy, optimized digestion, weight loss and overall detoxification. As with anything, however, there are also many contraindications to doing a cleanse and some people may simply not respond well to it. Be mindful of your body and listen for any warning signs that may indicate you should stop the cleanse, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you do decide to go ahead with your cleanse here are some suggestions to getting through it.
Set an Intention
Why are you doing a cleanse? If you don't have a goal or intention then create one. Come back to this throughout the cleanse, especially if you are feeling tempted to cheat or questioning the point of it.
Make Shopping Lists
If you're anything like me going to the grocery store can be very distracting, especially going in blindly without any direction at all. It's even worse if you are hungry, which can lead to impulsive, unhealthy purchases. Do yourself a favor, make a list and stick to it.
This is probably the most important part of any cleanse unless you spend a lot of time at home. Do not wait until first thing in the morning to make your juice or smoothie. You are more likely to fall off the bandwagon if you are running behind or off schedule. Make your juices the night before and store them in a tightly sealed mason jar. Also prepare a large meal and portion it out for all of the days of your cleanse. I liked to incorporate small portions of kitchari or quinoa salads into my cleanses.
Avoid Excess Stimulation
This is a good time to spend some extra time at home. Excess stimulation, such as being in a bar or restaurant can seem extra tempting when you are on a cleanse. Also, cutting down on electronics and social media is good practice. Use this time to brush up on your self-care, take a bath, read a book and relax.
Get Enough Sleep
This one is pretty simple, most of us do not get enough sleep. I have read that sleeping 8 hours a night on a cleanse will yield the best results, but this is even hard for me. Do your best to turn in a little earlier on your cleanse. More than likely you will be more tired than usual as your body adjusts to the changes.
Following through with a cleanse is a serious commitment. The reward is tremendous and your body will seriously thank you if you finish the cleanse. Many positive habits often come from this as well, including portion control and a reduction in cravings. What do you have to lose?