The Week Before You Cleanse: How to Get Ready to Get Clean


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.

Step 1: Find Great Recipes

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: 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.

Step 2: Stock Up On Essential Ingredients

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.

Step 3: Track Down a Blender

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.

Step 4: Have a Contingency Plan for Unexpected Challenges

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.

Step 5: Get Your Family’s Support

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.

Step 6: Find a Friend

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!

Step 7: Switch to Decaf

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.

Step 8: DO NOT Binge on Junk the Night Before

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.

Bonus: Trust the Process 

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. :-)


Related Questions

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    Q: Hello……I have received my full body cleanse……I am making plans and preparing to start the cleanse next week…..I am viewing the information in the booklet…..I googled the activated charcoal……there has been different reports on it……IS THIS SAFE FOR ME ….To drink this………….….and where can I find recipes that I can put together….during this cleanse that will HELP me make all the necessary adjustments to my diet…….that will assist in the process of this cleanse……..and detox…..thank you for your response…..Thank you for your response….Mrs Marsh

    A: The charcoal is safe for you to consume, it's a major part of the detox program that helps pull out heavy metal toxins and drugs from your body. There are raw food recipes on our website, please look on the left side and find the "recipe" link. Be sure that you're only consuming meals that are indicated as raw. You can also find recipes from other raw food restaurants and health food stores.

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    Q: First of all, I will like to say thanks for such wonderful product. I truly believe that I am blessed to come across this site. My concern is this: I bought the FULL BODY DETOX this is my third and final week on it, yet, I have not had regular bowel movement daily. At times, I may have a movement once a day and after few days have another. One of my excitements was, to lose some weight as well as cleanse myself. What do I need to do? My next step is to buy the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. I am waiting for your advice as to what step to take next before buying it. Thanks for your kindness and willingness to listen.


    Lack of bowel movements means your colon is compacted. It may take some time but the herbs will regulate it. Drink more water, drink BOWEL MOVER TEA and also drink prune juice (especially at night before bed). I suggest you perform the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE next followed by the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. I am glad you enjoy Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: Yes indeed, the Full Body Cleanse Program truly works. I am so very glad that I persevered through the program. I took it like a champ after my first two initial days and the more my body expelled, the easier it was for me to complete the program. I look and feel wonderful!! I have to tell you that I really appreciate you and all the inspiration that I have received from the Dherbs staff. You are all top quality, just like your products. I'll be looking out for the weight loss regimen because I know your company doesn't half-step. Therefore, I'm bound to have results with following the instructions. I will always be one of your regular customers, as well as a walking testimony to all I meet.


    Thank you, we appreciate your kind words.

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you


    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!

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    Q: I know 2 people that have used the full body cleanse and the Anti Viral Kit and are now herpes free. I have recently purchased the Full Body Cleanse as well as the Anti Viral Kit. I started the Full Body Cleanse 2 days ago and I am already starting to have a breakout. Actually it is only my second outbreak ever (I had my first 4 months ago). Is it normal to have an outbreak during the detox this quick? My next question, your food guide says that you can eat raw food only during the detox. Would it be unacceptable to eat sashimi while taking the kit?



    Breakout means healing! The body is discharging via the skin, the largest channel of elimination. Keep up with the cleanse to achieve best results.

    Sashimi is not permitted in a raw foods diet, as it is fish. Read the article WHAT IS RAW FOODS on our site under ARTICLES.

    Additional food recipes are listed in our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual.

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    Q: I have used many of your products - the full body cleanse, the female cleanse, and I completed the respiratory cleanse last month. I felt great during the cleanse; when I got off of it, I didn't feel that I was eliminating as easily or consistently. I had purchased the Intestinal Cleanser and the Bowel Motion and started taking them together in the evenings, but I missed a few days due to travel. I noticed that I felt horrible during the days that I was taking it (and felt better when I was off of it) stomach felt bloated and cramped and I had headaches and low energy. I am wondering if the combination is too strong for me. Do you recommend taking only the Bowel Mover, or are you supposed to take both? Is it possible that I have a digestion problem? I also had purchased the Thyroid herbs. Is it okay to take those at the same time, or should I wait?


    Read our article HEALING CRISIS!

    Herbs don't cause any health problems. They help you to heal from them. You were experiencing healing crisis, which can be unpleasant; but your body doesn't care. it just wants to heal itself.

    I suggest you take these herbs at night right before you go to bed (which is the best time to do so anyway).

    And yes, you can take the Thyroid formula ... but take it in the morning!

    Thank you for your interest in Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: I am doing the the Full Body Detox, the Anti Viral Cleanse, and then the 10 Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse. I am trying to fully heal form so called HIV. I started seeing brown spots on my palm, and bottom of my feet. I am trying not to freak out. I am drinking distilled, and alkaline water. Also eating salads, smoothies(not diary), and fresh fruits. I plan on going to find a sauna and get my Charka balance. What else can I do to make these spots go away?


    Don't put too much emphasis on getting rid of HIV! Focus on optimal health, and well-being. Get your mind right! Recommended reading, The Mental Science Manual e-book. Subconsciously, and subtly you have already freaked out, and your body knows it. Relax! Chill Out! Focus on healing! Not on disease! You can and will heal! Keep the faith!

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    The Mental Science Manual

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    Q: I read the food chart for the FULL BODY DETOX. Is it ok to eat the cream of wheat while detoxing? I'm confused because on the food chart it mentioned alot of different foods, but it tell you the best thing to do is a all raw food diet such as salads and fruit, smoothies... I also plan to do the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN right after the FULL BODY DETOX and that requires a all raw food diet as well. So that means 2 months of strictly raw foods right? :( Its tough but I am determined too get rid of this hsv1 & hsv 2


    I suggest you read the article â€WHAT IS RAW FOODS†as it will help you to understand what to eat and what not to eat on the FULL BODY DETOX. Yes, all raw foods for 2 months (to the best of your ability, Beloved). YOU CAN DO IT, BELOVED! Did you read our "GENITAL HERPES" article?

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    Q: I just completed the Full Body Cleanse about two weeks ago and started the Pancreas Formula for my pancreas... I don?t have the money for the full kit but after the Full Body Cleanse I?ve notice my blood averaging had reached a low of 124 during detox. I bought cromium and have used it since the onset of detox at about 1200 mcg per day! My Pancreas is a piece of crap!!!!! I haven?t had ANY thing with added sugar or artificial, just green tea with stevia to sweeten it. NO Treats! The only regular food I get now is like lean cuisine type once or twice a day with fresh vegetables or fresh made Veg juice....I had went from 327lbs to 289lbs during detox but since I?ve went back up settling at about 296 and stable. I have cut everything I love out of my life! No Sugar, No Milk Products. About 6 ounces of meat A WEEK eat mostly live vegetables yet I see a Pancreas that needs to be punished for ruining my life!!!!! I try to help it and this is what it does for me! I don?t know what to do next.


    If you can't afford the full kit or kits, order and drink some of our Herbal Teas to help maintain the pancreas in its normal healthy secretion. Cinnamon Tea can also provide additional benefits.

    We also recommend a daily pancreas regimen of: Pancreas Aid, Pancreas Formula, and Sugar Control.

    Your vegetable juice should consist of GREEN BEAN (Snap pea) and/or BRUSSEL SPROUTS, to help maintain pancreatic health.


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    Q: A friend of mine purchased the Full Body Cleanse for me but I am a little hesitant about starting the cleanse. I am afraid that I won't be able to go through with it and that maybe I am doing it for all the wrong reasons.I used to weight 140 pounds in high school, but after I went away to college stress and poor eating habits I gained 50 pounds.I have tried a few different things and when I did not notice results I stopped them. Will it be different this time? Will I actually lose weight? I was also considering trying The Female Cleanse after the Full Body Cleanse. Would that also help with weight loss?


    If you follow the diet and take the herbs as recommended you will 100% loose weight. Not only will you be expelling toxins from your system with help of the herbs but you will also be adapting to a raw vegan diet. The diet alone will help you loose weight.
    The Female Cleanse is not design for weigh loss. If weight is what you are focused on then you should perform the Weight Release Cleanse, once you have performed the Full Body Cleanse that is. Never hesitate to call us at 866-434-3727, we would be more than pleased to walk you and guide you through the process.

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    Q: I would like to order the cleanse for women... my husband is doing the full body cleanse now... what do you recommend for me... ? I really need to work on my diet am vegetarian however, I feel like I truly face some of the same issues you faced during your conversion.. perhaps I need to consider going back to strictly vegan vegetables! I use to be very healthy but now I take meds for stomach pains.. etc... but I have implemented flaxseed oil into my diet .. .what is your view on flaxseed..? I found this article to very interesting that you wrote.. I have headaches from time to time also.


    We would recommend you perform the Full Body Cleanse to help remedy the sypmtoms you are experiencing. A raw foods diet is recommended while on the cleanse, so you are on the right track. Flaxseed Oil is a great product to have in your diet, as it provides healthy fats.

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    A: You can maintain your heath after doing the cleanse by keeping a healthy balanced diet. After cleansing, your palette, cravings and taste for foods that aren't good for the body can change. The instructional booklet for the Full Body Cleanse provides more insight on how to maintain your results and health after cleansing.

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    Q: I have already purchased both FULL BODY DETOX and DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. I was going to do the full body first then the colon cleanse as you suggested. I decided I should go ahead and order the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN because; well I want to get rid of as much waste/weight that I can. I feel sluggish, disgusting and toxic! Is it ok if I perform the weight loss regimen followed by the full body detox then colon cleanse? I am going away for a few weeks and this would work out much better for me as far schedule goes... Or is there a particular order I should follow to make my goal much more effective? I am not sure how strict the airlines are and I doubt I can find organic prune juice and undiluted cranberry juice where I am going....


    It's okay that you perform the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN first before the others. The key thing is that you perform all three kits.

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    Q: I've been taking the Full Body Cleanse for almost 2 weeks. In general, I feel much better. My question is if I can eat spirulina. and/or Ultimate Meal (mainly is Quinoa, millet, brown rice, yellow pea protein, spirulina and another natural ingredients) as breakfast or lunch. In case you do not know Ultimate Meal you can see it at Thank you. Ricardo. Your customer service rep told me after full body detox is good to take cholesterol formula. Is enough or Do I need to take lose weight tabs? after the full body cleanse? I am taking care of my diet and exercise 3 -4 times a week 2 hours each with stationary bike or tread mill and exercises with weights.


    Spirulina and Ultimate Meal are excellent supplementary products to take in order for your body to receive an adequate amount of protein while on the cleanse.

    Yes, take Cholesterol Formula (and Intestinal Cleanser) after you complete the cleanse. These products will serve as a transitionary period as your body slowly accustoms to returning back to normal routines.

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    Q: I finished my FBD yesterday. Is it normal for people who have done detox hard to eat food I used to eat? I mean meat, fish, etc...I don't have that much appetite somehow. Is this normal? I am thinking about doing Female Cleanse in a week or so...My question is how many time do I need to cleanse my body? I understand it is depend on person but I need to find out.


    We would recommend to incorporate as many of the raw foods you ate during your cleanse into your diet post-cleanse. Try to find a balance with healthy, nutrient-dense foods.

    A person can detox 2-4 times per year to cleanse their bodies of any impurities acquired due to lifestyle and environmental factors.

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    Q: Hello, I am toward the end of Full Body Cleanse. I got my period 3 days ago..very strange thing happened. I used to have very heavy period with big blood clots...but I don't have this at all this time!! What is this mean? Does this mean that my blood is cleansing? I am happy...but I need to know what is going on. I have a fibroid. I bought fibroid formula so that I can take them after Full Body Cleanse.


    Your menstrual cycle is regulating itself as impurities and toxins are removed. Now that you are near the end of your cleanse, your body is returning to its normal, optimal state, which includes your menstrual cycle and symptoms.

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    Q: I absolutely felt great, while I was taking the FULL BODY DETOX and the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Where can I get the ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD? Can I order them from you? What herbs should I take on a daily basis to keep my immune system strong and blood clean? What do you suggest? I am still waiting on my doctor to call me with my results after the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and 5 working days has passed and I have not heard anything yet?



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    Q: I am currently serving in Iraq. I started your 20-day Full Body Cleanse and I have a question about diet. The food that is served to Soldiers is terrible here! The fruits and vegetables are laced with pesticides. So there really isn?t a good source of nutrition here. My question is should I continue with my detox even though I'm fighting a losing battle? I can feel the difference in my health after one week so far! Also, do you have any advice or a product that will get rid of excessive body moles? I notice that with aging, my body moles have shown up in the weirdest places and are very visual on my face, neck and upper chest.


    Don't stop detoxing due to circumstances. The herbs are fighting the pesticides. Keep doing what you're doing and you will still see the beneficial results of the cleanse.


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    Q: I am currently doing the Full Body Cleanse and my "meal" is typically a salad. To keep it interesting, I add different vegetables and fruits to it. I am not creative enough to think of other meals that I can possibly eat that consists of only raw foods. Any suggestions. I am struggling and I have two weeks to go.


    A typical detox raw food program looks like this


    Green smoothie: 1 1/2- 2 cups water / 1 cup greens / 3-5 medium pieces of fruit blended.

    (see "Green Smoothie Revolution" Boutenko for more info)

    Bridge: 2-3 medium sized fruits


    Raw Wraps: collard greens as wraps/ tomato, cucumber, bell pepper / fresh herbs / Sauce (salsa/tahini/guacamole/ etc))

    Bridge:2-3 medium pieces of fruit


    Raw pasta: Zuchini sliced with a potato peeler / veggies / Homemade pasta sauce made in blender / sprouted quinoa or legumes 

    Snack: Sorbet: Blended frozen fruit in a blender


    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I have been on the Full Body Cleanse for 3 - 4 days now & I have noticed that I have more acid reflux symptoms. I want to continue with the program as I feel as it would help me to become much healthier. I have been to a homeopathic doctor & he indicated senna leaves are not the best thing for me to use. I may not have had the right grade senna leaves tablet at the time too. Any suggestions?


    All of our products are well-proportioned, so the senna leaves will not be a problem. The senna is well balanced for optimal benefit.

    Excess acid reflux means your body is adjusting to the cleanse. You are very acidic and the herbs are alkaline. Healing is taking place. Keep with your cleanse!