What To Expect During Your Cleanse
During your cleanse:
1). Lemon is your cleanse (pre and post cleanse too!) best friend. Warm water with fresh lemon, first thing in the morning is an incredible liver stimulant which will help stimulate the cleansing process.
2). Give your body a good brushing. Say what? Yes, there are such things as brushes for your body. Brushing your body, starting at your feet and working your way up towards your neck, in long, upward strokes with a dry body brush (a dry, coarse washcloth if you don’t have a dry body brush can serve as a substitute) will helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic (fluid inside your body) drainage.
3). Stick to a simple cleanse schedule for the duration of your cleanse. Easy does it! Aim to drink a full, 12 ounce juice every 2-3 hours. Starting with Juice #1 within 1 hour of waking and completing juice #6, by 6pm. We know this may seem like a lot, but sticking to this schedule will help prevent hunger because it will keep your blood sugars stable throughout the day.
4). Drink water in between your juices. More water? I might float away! You won’t float away, but you will be urinating a lot more frequently, naturally. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weight 150 lbs, aim to drink 70 ounces of water in addition to your 6 juices per day. Tip: If you exercising during your cleanse or if you get a headache, opt for an organic unsweetened coconut water.
This will give you some electrolytes.
Tips during your cleanse:
• Do your best to chew your juices. I know, it may feel a little weird, but when you chew your juices, you are activating your salivary glands, which in turn activates the process of digestion. Not to0 mention it sends a signal to the brain that you are eating. Over the course of your cleanse, this
will help you get more familiar with true hunger cues, which will help you restore a healthy emotional relationship with food post cleanse.
• If you find that you are truly hungry, do not beat yourself up about having a sensible snack. An avocado, a green salad, a piece of raw fruit or a small handful of nuts won’t undo the cleanse process.
• Focus on your breath and how you breath. Notice your body and your thoughts. Do you tend to clench your jaw? Do your thoughts tend to sway towards giving up or the negative? Now is a good time to invest in a few minutes into a developing a new positive mantra ie: “I am healthy and whole.” Setting a time each day to sit quietly to pray and/or meditate will help you begin to reduce stress in your body and in your life. Reading a short meditation, while focusing on deep belly breathing will add a little bit of serenity into your day. Now is the time to try a yoga class!