Hello and welcome to your juice cleanse! Congratulations on taking the step of giving your body the best gift you can give it. The experience you are about to embark on will provide you with the insights you have been preparing for. The benefits people get from juice cleansing or juicing are increased energy levels, stronger immunity, increased digestive function, improved skin and hair, and enhanced mental clarity. Juicing also hydrates and alkalizes your body and gives you an overall sense of health and wellness. Moreover, drinking organic juice is a healthy way to lose weight. Vibe Organic Juice Bar in St. Louis Park, MN is here to help you get started.
Why cleanse? Every day we come in contact with thousands of toxins and chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the conventional and processed food we eat, and products we use on our bodies and skin, most unknowingly. Our body needs a break from working so hard to digest food and repair itself. A juice cleanse is a great way to give your body a rest and begin healthy eating habits. When you consume organic juice, you are receiving a large blast of nutrients, live enzymes, and minerals directly into your blood stream.
Cleansing can be spiritual and thought-provoking. You may begin to think about things you normally wouldn’t because you no longer have to worry about your next meal. Take advantage of this time and try adding new experiences to your life. Journaling for 5 minutes each day about how you are feeling or what you are thinking about is a wonderful place to begin.
Full deep inhales and relaxed exhales help you become conscious of what is rising in your awareness and enhances your cleanse.
If you haven’t tried meditating before, it’s the perfect time to start while you are cleansing. You may use Insight Timer, our favorite smartphone meditation app at Local Organic Juice Bar.
On the last day of your fast, you may want to eat anything or you might feel you could keep juicing. Some people do continue to go on for another week or two. Your body will give you a signal when you are ready to truly eat again.
Fruits or a simple light salad with lemon juice dressing would be a lovely way to break the fast.
Continue with a salad for lunch. You may want to include some sprouts and fermented foods (sauerkraut or kimchi). These types of food are pre-digested, which makes them easy to digest. Cultured vegetables are also teaming with good bacteria.
Lightly steamed vegetables tossed with lemon juice, dulse flakes, and Himalayan sea salt are nice options. You may also opt for miso soup or a raw vegetable soup with garlic and cayenne pepper. Continue eating light foods such as these for two days. The key is to eat light foods, no meat, refined sugar, dairy or wheat and they must be organic. You do not want to stress your organs and tax digestion by eating heavy foods right away. Keep up your intake of fluids and keep taking probiotics (these should be part of your daily routine anyway).
Continue to eat light meals but you may start to re-introduce nuts and seeds. For example, you may use mixed soaked nuts and soaked blended chia to make porridge. Add raw homemade almond milk as well. You may also consume the good type of fat found in coconut oil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, hemp seed oil or flax seed oil. Add gluten-free grains such as quinoa, amaranth or millet to your meals.
You may continue eating the food mentioned above, but you may include light animal protein (if you wish) such as steamed fish, chicken or eggs to your meal. Ensure that the fish you eat is high up on the food chain and all eggs and chicken are organic and locally sourced.
You may re-introduce dairy and meat if you desire. However, if you do, any dairy should be raw (not pasteurized) and meat should be grass-fed, organic, and locally sourced. Keep food combining principles in mind when planning meals. Now that you have completed the fast, this is a great opportunity to not slip back into any bad habits of consuming processed foods, wheat, dairy, meat or sugar. Heck, why not give up the coffee and alcohol too! These are strongly addictive foods and substances that can get you back on the vicious cycle before you know it.