Before, During and After Your Cleanse
BEFORE YOUR CLEANSE
Making a few changes before you start the & Juice Co. cleanse can make your juice fast far more enjoyable and efficient. It’s also a good idea to check with your primary care provider to see if the & Juice Co. cleanse is appropriate for you.
STEP 1: THE PRE-CLEANSE
Here are some foods and habits you are going to want to remove or reduce at least two day's before you start cleansing.
- Candy, chocolate bars and bags of chips - Greasy take-out foods - Wheat products such as bread and pastry – Alcohol - Tobacco – Coffee - Fatty foods - Milk and cheese - Red meat, chicken and pork (yes, that includes bacon) - Recreational drugs
If you’re going to snack, try to replace sugary, salty, fatty indulgences with lots of delicious fresh colorful fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.
Try guacamole and salsa over brown rice, roasted red pepper hummus with raw veggies or steamed greens, roasted yams and quinoa with miso gravy for a tasty change of pace.
STEP 2: REST, EXERCISE AND HYDRATE.
Exercise is always a good idea. It gets your lymph moving, your skin sweating and your lungs gulping detoxifying breaths. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise, four times a week. Make sure that you are drinking at least eight cups of water a day - this can include herbal tea. A lot of the time when you feel tired and achy, it’s due to dehydration.
STEP 3: REDUCE STRESS
Stress impairs our bodies’ ability to function optimally. Take some slow breaths, enjoy a yoga or meditation class, or get out and do something you love doing.
DURING YOUR CLEANSE
You will receive five juices and one nut milk per day. Your drinks are designed to be consumed in a specific order.
When you wake in the morning, sip a warm glass of water with a bit of lemon. Do some light stretching and enjoy your first juice. Consume the rest of your juices in two to two-and-a-half hour intervals.
Make sure that you are still drinking water throughout the day to wash out toxins as they are being shed from your body. The more water that you drink and the more that you sweat you are less likely to suffer from side effects as your body cleanses.
The nut milk will give you a luscious, creamy flavor to keep you satisfied throughout the night and satiate any cravings for fatty foods.
The final juice of the day is formulated specifically to help you sleep and should be consumed at least two hours before bed. While you are on the cleanse, you will need to be getting at least seven hours of sleep every night in order to support the healing and elimination process.
Want to make the most of the & Juice Co. cleanse? Try these tips.
- Cleanse with a friend. Compare stories and support each other -Take hot/cold showers. Not the most pleasant to switch to the cold but your lymph will thank you. Stand in a hot shower for two minutes followed by a 30 second cold shower. Do this five times. - Do yoga. Bending, twisting and lengthening are all important for supporting the organs. Take a yin class for a relaxing deep stretch. - Try an infrared sauna - Go for a nice, light walk - Get a massage
AFTER YOUR CLEANSE
You've reset your detoxification system, giving your body the rest that it needs and you are now off to a fresh start. You'll notice that unhealthy refined foods no longer have the same appeal.
Most likely you'll be feeling so alert and energetic that you won't want to go back to your previous sugary snacks and morning coffee. Let's keep it that way!
We care as much about what happens during your cleanse as we do about what happens after. We are not a short-term weight loss fad. While most people do lose weight on our programs, we care most about improving your overall health and helping you live a more vibrant life.
You’ll need to ease back into solid foods. The best way is to eat light, mostly raw plant-based meals as well as one or two juices daily for about three days. Keep hydrating and stretching and breathing!