YOUR GUIDE ON HOW TO PREPARE FOR A JUICE CLEANSE
You should always meet 3 simple requirements before beginning a fast:
- Be in relatively good physical health
- Feel mentally stable and secure (i.e. not struggling with emotional issues, a change of lifestyle or as a last resort to lose weight before an upcoming event)
- You should only fast if it’s a decision you are making for yourself, and not under anyone else’s influence
It is also important to be mentally prepared for the fast. Acknowledge the fact that there WILL be temptations, but that you WILL be able to resist them. Remind yourself that this commitment lasts only for a short period of time, but that it will benefit you for years to come!
There will be many voices in your head telling you things like “One bite of cake won’t hurt” or, “It doesn’t really matter” or, “I can just try again at a later date”. Know that there is only ONE voice worth listening to, and that’s the one that says “I can do this, — this is the best thing I can do for my body and the health I will achieve will be well worth the dedication!”
We recommend that you meet these requirements so that you are in a state of mental readiness that is necessary to start and follow through with a fasting program. We also recommend consulting your physician before you any fasting program.
Please do not fast if you have any of the following conditions:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Low Blood Sugar
- Moderate to server asthma
- Kidney Disease
- Heart Failure
- Liver Failure
- Eating Disorders
If you suffer from any of these conditions, fasting could add additional stress to your mental health and physiological system, which would be counter-productive to the healing process.
It is also important that you never stop taking prescribed medication without your doctor’s approval. You also don’t want to start a juice fast during a family vacation or other big event, especially ones that require lots of physical exertion.
An ideal time to begin a fast is when you have minimal physical and mental requirements, and plenty of time to rest. You may go to work during a fast, but starting on a weekend is a good idea so you have time to adjust to the way your body initially responds to the fast.
Diet Recommendations Before the Cleanse:
The first step is to eliminate all animal products from your diet for at least five to seven days prior. This includes meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy. Also, it is necessary to eliminate all fatladen and deep-fried foods. It is also important to significantly reduce or eliminate caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, chocolate, sugar, and soda drinks. By following all of these steps, you ensure that you will not shock your system when you begin fasting and get better results.
By the third day, before the beginning of your fast, your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans. You should also ensure that you have begun drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water per day as you will continue to do this throughout the fast.
The day before your fast begins, eat nothing but raw fruits and vegetables (preferably organic). Medical experts on fasting recommend this gradual approach so that your body does not begin to detox too quickly, which could result in you feeling uncomfortable at best, or slightly ill at worst.