Many people doing their first juice cleanse end up abandoning or not finishing the whole thing because of many reasons. One of the most common reasons is because they have not prepared themselves physically and mentally for it. Not knowing what to expect or not liking the effects of your cleanse can easily lead you to stop what you’re doing. Thus, it is important to take the proper steps to make sure that you survive your first juice cleanse.
So, how do you get ready for a fast and how do you make sure that you stick to it? It goes beyond preparing a list for your detox recipe or creating a schedule for your meals. You also need to prepare your body and your mind. Read on to find out what you should do.
Prepare Your Body
If you are planning to get that totally toned and sexy body by summer, then you may be raring to jump right in and start your diet right away. This, unfortunately, is not the best way to start your cleanse.
It is important that you do a little preparation, because it will help the way you respond to the whole fast. During the whole period, you will be drinking raw detox drinks made from fruits and vegetables, and some drinks made primarily from green ingredients may put you off if you are not accustomed to the taste of veggies. Get your palate ready by getting your fill of vegetable dishes during your meals the weeks leading to the big day.
It is also helpful that you cut back on certain foods like sugars, coffee, dairy, alcohol and wheat a couple of days before the cleanse, since this helps reduce cravings and headaches – mostly symptoms of food withdrawal. Some other things you can avoid include nicotine, caffeinated drinks, animal products and processed food. It may also help to drink a lot of water and drink a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water several days ahead.
Prepare Your Mind
Preparing your mind is also a very, very important thing that you want to do to make sure that you survive your first juice cleanse. It is very easy to just give up your liquid diet and gobble up the first cookie you find, but if you have the right mindset, you can help yourself get past that.
To start, make sure that you do your research ahead of time. Find out what you are in for – the possible side effects and other things that you need to expect that may happen like food cravings and feelings of light-headedness. You may also want to speak to a health care provider and have yourself checked to see if doing this whole thing is really a good idea for you.
Cravings are your enemy throughout the period, so you want to avoid things that trigger eating like photos of food in social media sites and blogs. You may also want to avoid going to the mall or meeting up with people in restaurants and cafes. Seeing a big, fat, juicy burger is complete torture if you know you are going to be stuck with liquids for the next two days. Help yourself and keep away from them just for the next few days. It also helps that you keep yourself busy during this time so you can distract yourself from food. Keep your mind occupied with work or school. Write, read a book, do light exercises.
Creating Your Cleanse
Most people order detox drinks from a provider, and you can take this route for your first detox diet. This is great if you are a beginner and have no idea what to do or what detox recipe to follow, or if you want to go on a cleanse and do not have a juicer at home. In this case, your supplier will deliver at least six to eight bottles of fresh fruit and vegetable drinks every morning which will be your meals for the day.
While there is really nothing wrong with ordering and buying your drinks, many people like to go DIY because you can decide what goes in your drinks. It is also more affordable. If you plan to do so, it is important that you research on recipes and put together a menu that you can follow. You will probably just need at least five to six recipes which you can alternate for the next three days. Create a grocery list for your fruits and veggies from this menu.
All you have to do then is follow each detox recipe as you make your drinks throughout the day. To give you an idea of how much you need to make, it is recommended that you drink at least 12 to 24 ounces every meal.
Other Bases To Cover
We’ve already covered the basics when it comes to preparation, but here are some more helpful reminders that you can keep in mind:
- Drink your fruit drink right after making it to make sure that it does not lose all its nutrients and enzymes.
- Have fun with your drinks! When researching for recipes, you may find some ingredients unappealing or unavailable. Feel free to search for alternatives and substitutes.
- Make sure you use at least 60 to 70 percent vegetables for every drink. Most fruits are rather high in fructose, which can lease to unwanted spikes in your blood sugar.
- Peeling, slicing and cutting produce can be a chore, especially if you are in a rush in the morning. You can get your ingredients ready the night before, store them in the freezer and take them out in the morning. All you have to do is pop them in the juicer.
- While fresh is best, not all of us have the time to make your drink right before every meal. With this, you can also make all of them in the morning and store them in airtight glass bottles inside the fridge for the whole day. Just make sure that you drink everything up within twenty four hours, otherwise they won’t have any antioxidants and nutrients left for you.
- Do not eat solid food throughout the whole cleanse, otherwise you will defeat its whole purpose.
- Headaches and strong cravings are a bit normal for the first one or two days. That’s why it is best to schedule your cleanse when you are not ultra-busy or have the time to stay at home.
- Drink one or two glasses of water with every meal. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
- Split your grocery shopping into two or three, depending on how long the cleanse is. If possible, you may want to get your produce daily. You want your ingredients (leafy greens, most especially) to be really fresh when you juice them.
- Avoid heavy exercises and other strenuous activities. You won’t be getting too much protein from your drinks, so you want to ward off on activities that will make you feel hungrier than usual. Light exercises like yoga or an easy walk is something that you can do.
People get through juice cleanses all the time, which means that you can, too. A little preparation goes a very long way to make the whole thing a breeze. Happy juicing!