I have found that taking a few days to prepare mentally and emotionally before cleansing helps ensure success with no hic-ups. Below is a list of steps to help prepare before any cleanse.
1. Clean out your cabinets
Removing temptation will give you a leg up when those late night cravings kick in; it’s hard to turn down a sugary or salty snack if it’s at arms length.
TIP: Sip on almond milk instead
2. Clear your calendar
Eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t indulge, but it’s best to plan for those times so you don’t feel guilty when they happen. If you are doing a cleanse your chance for success will be greater if you aren’t faced with alcohol or foods that will derail your efforts.
TIP: Choose to do a cleanse when your calendar is free of events that will likely have unhealthy foods and alcohol
3. Clear your mind
People eat for more reasons than hunger; we eat out of boredom, frustration, sadness, and habit. Doing a cleanse may highlight these feelings when you would normally snack, be prepared to take that head on by having activities ready to curb those triggers.
TIP: Make a list of why you are doing the cleanse before you start to refer to for support, keep a journal or log times when you feel an urge to snack, take deep breaths to help you disengage from distracting thoughts and sensations
4. Do things that make you
Cleansing is a great way to remove the body of toxins but the long-term goal, for me, is to set up a lifestyle that is kind to my mind, body, and spirit. Juice is a great way to get essential daily vitamins and minerals but we should also consider getting proper sleep, exercise, and relieving stress.
TIP: Take a walk, read a book, watch your favorite move, get a massage or facial –whatever you enjoy that helps you to relax and unwind your mind and body
5. Give yourself a pat on
It’s not easy to turn down the standard American diet, stop drinking your favorite spirit and/or caffeine, and clear your calendar to start a cleanse – but when you do, you should be proud of yourself! Making changes is always uncomfortable at first, but once you feel the effects it has on your body and settle into the new routine it will become easier.
TIP: Remind yourself often how amazing you are and remember to thank yourself for the efforts you’re putting in for your health