When choosing what duration of juice cleanse to go for its a good idea to consider your experience at cleansing, your will power and how you respond to cravings that may arise. If you’re new to cleansing, choose a two or three day cleanse, whereas if you are more experienced and have cleansed multiple times, select a five day cleanse. Also, consider your goals, consider what you’re hoping to achieve from your cleanse, such as improved energy and digestion and select the appropriate cleanse.
What you eat and drink in the three days before your cleanse is often just as important as the cleanse itself. For the three days prior to starting your juice cleanse, eliminate processed food, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy and meat from your diet. An added advantage here is that the cravings and/or withdrawals that sometimes come from removing such foods and drinks should have subsided by the time you start your cleanse, making the whole process easier and more enjoyable.
DURING YOUR CLEANSE
It’s important to check in with your body, if you’re feeling tired that day, take it easy and try to schedule some relaxation time if possible. However if you’re bouncing out of bed, then feel free to do your usual routine, including some light exercise.
Often one of the biggest obstacles on your first juice cleanse is getting used to not chewing food daily as this is programmed into us by repetition, this does get much easier as the days pass and you become more experienced at cleansing.
Make sure you stay hydrated between juices and keep drinking plenty of purified water and herbal teas (no caffeine), if you’re craving something warm and savoury then miso soup is a great nourishing option, especially in the colder months.
Stay focused and present and be proud of the fact that your doing something wonderful for yourself!
Some common negative reactions when you’re fasting can include: Tiredness, moodiness, anger, weakness, light headedness, insomnia, skin breakouts, irritability, constipation, diarrhoea are all common. If you have a recurrent health issue (ie. eczema, acne, sinus issues), be warned that may get worse before it gets better.