After talking with a few friends about juicing, I realized that they enjoy their juice cleanse experience since they were not prepared for it. That’s why I wanted to share with you simple dos and don’t of cleansing. If you juice the right way and are ready for it, your cleanse will go so smoothly.
Do juice to kickstart your metabolism.
Do juice to remind you to eat mindfully.
Don’t go on a juice cleanse because it’s trendy.
Do cleanse only for 2-3 days. That’s all you need to flush the toxin.
Don’t juice just to lose weight fast. Going on a juice cleanse is the worst reason since you will most likely gain it all back.
Do consult a physician first if you decide to juice and the best way to juice is under the supervision of a nutritionist. More importantly, I think you should listen to your body and see if you’re up for it.
Suja Juices are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, dairy free, soy-free, and gluten-free. They are produced in California.
There were two levels of intensity: Original Fresh Start (for first timers) and Core Fresh Start (for the experienced juicer). The difference is the number of green juices consumed daily. I wasn’t a first timer, but I still choose the Original Fresh Start.
Click here to learn more about Suja Juice and my experience with juicing.
When to Cleanse
Do juice when you don’t have important events coming up or stressed out. Weekdays, when you are at work, is the best time to juice vs. weekend. Also, I prefer to juice when it’s warm outside (more likely to crave juices).
Don’t juice when you are stressed out. Most of us crave food more when we are stressing.
Don’t juice when you have a busy social calendar. When you are at social events, it is tempting to eat pizza or drink a martini when everyone else is. The worse time to juice is around the holidays when you are invited to so many holiday parties.
How to Prep
Do prep. Prep. And Prep. I can’t emphasize this enough. It’s so much easier to juice when you have prepped for it.
Don’t overeat right before a cleanse.
Don’t have a farewell dinner with all your favorite fried, heavy dessert or sugary cocktails before the cleanse starts.
Do eat vegan and raw foods a couple of days before the cleanse. Start eliminating SUGAR, meat and dairy few days before the cleanse. Cut out coffee and carbs couple of days before cleansing. Click here for a sample 3-day menu of vegan recipes (also great for a gut cleanse).
Do start the day off with hot water with lemon to wake up your system.
Do drink your six juices in ordered number.
Do wait two hours between juices and to finish the last beverage at least two hours before you sleep.
Do CHEW the juices instead of just drinking it. This way, you are tricky your body into thinking you’re eating and not just merely drinking juice. You’ll not get hungry as fast.
Do drink water and green / herbal tea all day to flush toxin out of your system.
Do get a massage, salt scrub, acupuncture or go to the sauna to get the full benefit of detoxification.
Salt Therapy: Scrubbing away dead cells, not only gets rid of toxin but reveals new healthy skin. I was gifted with a Himalayan Salt Scrub by the Larchmont Sanctuary Spa in Larchmont, Los Angeles. The Himalayan Salt Scrub & Massage reduces inflammation, detoxify while leaving your skin feeling smooth. The Salt Stones contains 84 trace minerals “that ground and balance the body’s electromagnetic field, central nervous system, and meridians.” First comes a dry brushing followed by a Himalayan Salt stones exfoliation. After washing away the salt stones, the body is massaged with Jojoba oil and essential oils (ginger, sandalwood, and lemongrass).
Infrared Sauna: Do get your sweat on. A cleanse works best when you combine it with detoxing services like an infrared sauna and a lymphatic massage, which I was gifted by the SaunaBar in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Forty minutes in the infrared sauna will make you flush out toxin like nothing else. Infrared sauna therapy is a “non-invasive approach to eradicating leftover toxins from tissues and organs, it even promotes mercury detoxification”. SaunaBar offers the full spectrum of infrared rays (near, mid, and far infrared) while others only offer far infrared or none at all. It’s also so relaxing. See this post for more info.
Don’t do a strenuous workout.
Don’t give up.
After the Cleanse
Do follow the same raw and vegan diet that you did before the cleanse for the next couple of days.
Don’t eat a festive meal of burgers, fries, and soda.
Do slowly add carbs, meat, and dairy back into your diet.
Hopefully, when you cleanse or the next time you cleanse, it will go smoothly.
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