Starting and getting through a juice cleanse can seem like a daunting goal considering you'll be drinking your meals for at least one day. That's why we tapped JUS by Julie founder and certified health coach Julie Maleh for her most helpful tips on how to make the juice cleansing process easier.
KEEP THE EXERCISE LIGHT
"You don't have to forgo exercising altogether when you're cleansing, but it's best to take your typical workout routine down a notch. Moving will increase blood circulation, respiration and sweating, all of which enhance your body's ability to release toxins during the cleansing process. Shoot for about 20 or 30 minutes of light to moderate activity like yoga."
KNOW YOUR BODY
"Yes, the goal of cleansing is to curb your solid food intake, but if your body is telling you something is off (i.e. You feel shaky, light-headed or are having trouble concentrating), eat raw or steamed green vegetables and/or some egg whites. You may just be more active than others, which means your body needs a little more than the juice to sustain itself. There are variations on cleanses, too. One option is a JUS 'Til Dinner cleanse, which consists of drinking four juices during the day, then having a healthy meal in the evening."
GET YOUR 8 (QUALITY) HOURS
"Your body is going to need recovery time more than ever during a cleanse. And it's not just about clocking in eight hours of sleep--those need to be quality sleep hours. In order to increase the quality of your zzzz's turn off all electronics about one hour before bedtime (that includes your phone!) and keep your bedroom at a cool 68 degrees, which is the optimal temperature for the body to get a great night's sleep. You can also try taking our Kava Booster Shot, which is known to naturally relieve stress and improve sleep, about an hour before bedtime."
UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'RE HUMAN
"So you fell off the wagon and had a snack. It's not the end of the world, and there's no need to beat yourself up over it! Remember why you started this cleanse in the first place--to make positive changes--so keep that in mind and move forward rather than turning to negative thoughts."
ENJOY A SPA DAY
"When you're working hard, nothing feels better than a relaxing spa day. Whether you decide to book an appointment or DIY at home, treatments like a soothing salt soak and massage actually enhance your body's ability to flush out toxins. A good kneading helps to release lactic acid and toxins that build up in your connective muscle tissues and a bath with Epsom salts will draw toxins from the body."
EASE IN AND OUT OF THE CLEANSE PROCESS
"The more you allow your body to prepare, the easier the cleanse will be. Prior to cleansing, start to cut out your daily indulgences like meat, dairy and sugar (don't worry, you'll see them again soon!). Instead, enjoy as many fruits and vegetables as you want with each meal.
And as tempting as it is to want to reach for that loaded burger and fries after you've finished your cleanse, you'll want to give your body time to adjust by slowly progressing from easily digestible, hydrating foods (fruit, cucumbers, leafy vegetables, avocados or any of our vegan soups) to the heavier, more filling foods (grains, lean meats, eggs). Otherwise you may not feel so great."
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
"It's a well known fact that when you workout or commit to a healthy lifestyle with friends, you're far more likely to succeed in your goals. Enlist at least one person, a group of friends or co-workers to cleanse with you. You'll be able to call each other at any point during which you're feeling tempted to stray from the juices."
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