Let’s face it, the Full Body Cleanse isn’t easy. It takes commitment to stick to a diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Those who go through the process, however, find the experience to be transformative. It changes their bodies and it changes their minds. After the Cleanse, people not only feel healthier and cleaner, but they also feel empowered to set and achieve other goals in other aspects of their lives. Here are 8 things you can do to help you get ready for your cleanse and set you on the path to success.
If you eat the same boring salad every day during the Full Body Cleanse, you’ll either hate it or, worse, give up. Success on the Cleanse depends upon you stepping out of your box and delving into the raw food phenomenon. If you’ve never cooked raw before, now is the time to start collecting up some great recipes so you’ll have ‘em in your arsenal when you start.
A great resource for raw recipes is our blog: dherbs.tumblr.com. Look for recipes that say “100% Full Body Cleanse Approved”. Or just google “raw food blogs” for way more options. A book we recommend is “Ani’s Raw Essentials.” It’s a great resource for those new to raw food and excited to get creative.
While there are some restrictions on the Full Body Cleanse, there are tons of approved alternatives. Get these items stocked in your pantry for smoother sailing.
Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to replace all other kinds of vinegar.
Bragg Liquid Aminos to replace soy sauce.
Raw Almond Butter to replace peanut butter.
Agave nectar to replace honey.
Cold Pressed Olive Oil to replace regular olive oil.
Hot tea to replace coffee.
Sea salt to replace iodine salt.
Most people on the Full Body Cleanse use their blenders every morning to make smoothies. So if you don’t already have one, it’s important to track one down. For extra credit, find a food processor as many advanced raw food recipes require one and it will also help you save money by being able to make your own essentials such as almond milk or hummus. The Cleanse is only a few weeks, so if you don’t already have these essentials, see if you can borrow them from friends.
What are you going to do when you’re at work and suddenly starving? Or when you show up to your neighbor’s barbecue and all there are are hot dogs? Success on the Full Body Cleanse requires planning and a little preparation. Make sure you always have some raw bars, trail mix, and dried fruits up your sleeve to prevent you from falling off the wagon. You can buy this “squirrel foods” at Whole Foods (or you can make your own), but be sure to check the labels and avoid foods with lots of added sugar.
Before starting with the Cleanse, sit down with your household and make sure they’re going to help you succeed. Maybe this means asking your spouse to cook a “regular” dinner for the kids a few times a week, asking your family to stay clear of certain food you bought for yourself, or demanding that no Oreos whatsoever be brought into the house to tempt you. Discuss what you need from them in advance, so everyone knows what they need to do to help you achieve victory.
Like most things in life, the Full Body Cleanse is best done with someone else. Having a friend or spouse support you, help you overcome challenges, and celebrate your achievements will make the twenty days much more fun and memorable. Remember: it’s always easier to cook for two than to cook solo, so be sure trade off on dinner duty as well!
If you have a robust coffee habit, we recommend you switch to decaf several days before the Cleanse. Caffeine withdrawal causes headaches, so it’s best not to go cold turkey. This idea of tapering off applies to all your vices: alcohol, tobacco, that afternoon soda, etc.
Do not treat the night before your Cleanse as Mardi Gras. You should not be getting drunk, loading up on ice cream, or otherwise engorging on all the foods you’re going to do without. Saturating your body with the very toxins that the Cleanse is designed to flush out is a terrible strategy. It’s like spreading manure all over the carpet the night before your house cleaner comes.
Like we said, the Full Body Cleanse isn’t easy. It requires you to rethink how you eat and be vigilant about what you put in body, which, of course, takes time and effort. To be sure, some days will be easier than others. But with a little meal planning and the right attitude, you’ll do great! Take a few days to get your recipes in order, assemble your kitchenware, and dive right in. And remember: if you ever need help with anything, please give us a call. We are here to help and help you succeed. You might want to put us on speed dial. :-)