The more prepared your body is for the cleanse, the easier it will be. How should you prepare though? We highly recommend modifying your diet the week before you plan to do the cleanse so it’s less of a shock to your system.
Plan to phase out the following digestion-sensitive items:
Dairy > animal-based milks, cheese
Meat > any other animal products
Packaged and processed foods > ready-made foods, fried items
Gluten > bread, pasta, pizza dough
Sugar > soda, candy, anything with added sweeteners
Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
Removing these from your diet will both aid in the overall cleansing process and help introduce your body to living without these items. This means lesser chance of experiencing detox symptoms such as headaches and cravings. In addition, you may feel more of a mental calmness going into and during the cleanse.
The goal of the days before your cleanse is to prepare your body for the detoxification process, so the simpler and more wholesome foods the better. See our Raw Foods Recipe page for some ideas on how to get yourself prepared with plant based meals.
Most importantly, don’t stress!
We are all busy people and sometimes you can’t control what life sends your way. This cleanse is ultimately about listening to your body and giving it some space to detoxify and relax. Remember we are all different. For those of you who like to know what you’re getting into, we have tips on what to expect. These are suggestions on how to get the most out of your cleanse, based on our experiences.