If you haven’t seen Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, or read the book Clean, I highly encourage you to do so. You can get more information in my last entry (here!!!)
In this entry, I will talk about preparation for your cleanse, and let you know some of the things I encountered while prepping. Then, over the next two posts, I will detail the duration of the fast, and the wrap up.
Prepare Your Space
Plan, Plan, Plan: I cannot stress this enough. Even if you think you do not have time, you can make time if you plan your fast well. Pick the length of time you want to do your cleanse and mark it on your calendar. Give yourself preparatory time to get ready for your cleanse, buy your supplies, and get your body ready to juice.
Buy Your Equipment: I purchased a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor. FANTASTIC purchase. It works wonderfully, but I encourage you to shop around for a juicer to fit your needs. (You can do a cleanse with a blender only, but please read this article on Juicing versus Blending.)
Other tools I recommend:
• a blender/food processor. I bought this Ninja about a year ago, and it’s the best! The motor fits atop either the food processor or the blender unit. Clean up is easy, and it’s made my kitchen complete.
• a pitcher for your juice
• a travel cup (or two!) for taking your juice with you on the go. I bought this one from Cool Gear, and I adore it!
Prepare Your Kitchen: Get rid of those temptations. Two weeks before my juice cleanse, I made a pointed effort to buy less and focus on creative meals that used up all the extras in my fridge and cabinets. Also, clear a space on your counter for your fast. Call it your prep station. This is a place where you can keep your cutting board, juicer, blender (and other misc. tools handy, like a peeler!)
Total amount I spent on new equipment for my cleanse? $65. I had a food processor and the pitcher, so depending on what you have/need, I estimate you might spend anywhere from $20-100 if you shop right! Not bad for a blender, food processor, and a juicer, in my opnion!
Give Yourself Time: You can easily adjust your cleanse to fit your schedule. I combined Clean and Reboot to make a 10 day cleanse for myself. Read through both resources and find a routine that works for you. The important thing to remember is to pare down your diet before jumping straight into juicing. If you’ve weened yourself off of processed foods/caffeine/alcohol the week before, it will make your first day of your juice cleanse so much better! If you can, try at least five days of juicing, or, if you aren’t ready, try a long weekend of juicing. Follow your cleanse with a slow integration of other foods into your diet. (We’ll go into this in detail in a the wrap-up post.) In total, your cleanse can be as short as 3 days, and as long as three weeks. It’s up to you and your needs!
Prepare Your Body
Depending on your current diet, I highly encourage you to follow Dr. Junger’s book for your prep. (There is plenty of useful information on the Reboot site, but Dr. Junger’s book is highly informative, and easy to refer to along the way.) The Clean Program’s Elimination Diet is designed to help you ease into a cleanse without going crazy, and is all about reducing your exposure to outside toxins: fast food, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, meat, et cetera, before your cleanse. Dr. Junger recommends you do the Elimination Diet for:
⁃ 3-4 Days if you have cleansed before, or follow a diet with minimal meat, dairy, and packaged/processed/fast foods.
⁃ 7 days if you’re an average eater.
⁃ 14 days if your diet includes a lot of soda, alcohol, dairy, and packaged/processed/fast foods.
The Elimination diet includes fruits, vegetables, dairy substitutes like almond and coconut milk, some meat (fish, poultry, etc.), oils (olive, flaxseed, etc.), herbal teas and lots of water. It also excludes a lot of foods, including fruits and vegetables like oranges, orange juice, bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, and corn; alcohol; refined sugar; and soybean products like soy milk, tofu and tempeh. The Elimination Diet is about restoring a bit of balance to your system and reducing irritants while adding more of the nutritious, healing foods that you need!
Prepare Your Mind
Why are you doing this cleanse? This is a time to “set your intention,” as Dr. Junger says. Make sure you are setting off on this cleansing adventure for the right reasons. This is about wanting what is best for your body, and learning how to take care of ourselves. You can do it! You’ll miss coffee, sure, but remember, this isn’t forever! This is a short period of time you will be spending counteracting all those toxins in your body. You’re going to feel so much better after this, and you won’t regret it.
And if you doubt yourself, re-watch (or watch for the first time!) Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead! If Phil can do it, you can do it!