Before the Cleanse

An organic juice cleanse is not only about detoxing, it’s also about the journey. With years of juice cleansing experience, I am excited to help guide you.

 

If you're new here, welcome to the VFit family! You’ve taken the first step of this adventure by committing to a three-day raw juice cleanse… but what’s next?

First, evaluate your eating habits and establish an appropriate pre-cleanse diet length. This will prepare your body to fight against negative detox symptoms that include lack of energy, headaches, aches, irritation, anxiety, and diarrhea, among others. Simply put, if you can, plan ahead and reap more benefits. 

Pre-Juice Cleanse Hit List

To bring your body down to a more alkaline state, cut out, or significantly reduce the following acid-forming foods one week before your cleanse:

  • Alcohol

  • Dairy 

  • Refined sugar
    Including corn syrup, white, and powdered sugars

  • Animal Products 
    Including bacon, red meats, jerky, sausages, etc.

  • Caffeine 
    Keep coffee intake to a minimum and eliminate all sodas

  • Processed foods 
    Any boxed, canned, and bagged foods containing artificial flavouring, preservatives, and additives are considered processed

Clear your calendar accordingly. Choose the days or a week where extra work and social engagements will not distract you and possibly tempt you during your cleanse. Just think of these days as a gift to yourself to nourish and heal.

 

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What Best Describes You + How To Prepare Your Body

Are you a Junk Food Addict?

You’re a sweet tooth whose diet consists of foods loaded with sugar; you indulge in fast food on a regular basis and you catch yourself downing more soda than water.

Recommendation:

- one full week transition to avoid potential negative detox symptoms.

- cut down on the junk and switch to salads for lunch and fruits for dessert.

Mostly a Convenience Food Diet?

You opt for a box of pasta, microwaved meals, and burgers and fries on a weekly basis aka pre-packaged and processed foods.

Recommendation:

-dedicate 5 days for a transition

- plan your meals in advance

- whole food diet, incorporating as many fruits and veggies as possible.

Are you a Weekend Splurger?

You stick to a healthy diet during the week but once Friday hits, you like to partake in the happy hour specials, indulgent Saturday dinners, and the heavy Sunday brunches.

Recommendation:

- for 3-4 days eliminate processed foods and alcohol

- choose a side salad instead of french fries and go for a glass of water instead of a mimosa.

Are you a Health Nut?

You blend a mean green smoothie and hunt for the latest superfood trends. But you cheated on your low-cal oatmeal breakfast with waffles last week. Time to get back on track! 

 

Recommendation:

- spend 1-2 days reminding your body what it feels like to eat clean.

During the Cleanse

Congrats! Now that your juices have arrived, it’s time to put your body and mind to the test.

 

How to do a cleanse?

 

Below, we answer a few questions you may have during your cleanse. If your question isn't here, please email iwannavfit@gmail.com and we will support you along the way.

When should I drink my juices?

Time recommendations are on each bottle, but if you're following a specific schedule you can drink each portion in 2-3 hour intervals or when you start feeling hungry—the timing is not set in stone.

 

You can have as much water as you like throughout the day.

I’m not feeling so good, why?

You may have fallen victim to the nasty detox symptoms we mentioned earlier. These side effects include a decrease in energy, potential mood swings, and aches, among other things. Your body is working very hard to release the toxins built up inside. Not to mention, you’re drinking a lot of fruits and veggies 5 times a day (something your body may not be used to).

 

Don’t panic if you start to feel any of these. The severity of the symptoms all depends on the number of toxins inside your body.

But don’t forget that everyone's body reacts differently and you may or may not feel any of these symptoms during your cleanse.

 

Getting enough sleep can help. If you suffer from insomnia or just have trouble getting to sleep, yoga and meditation can also help.

 

Don’t forget to drink up! Drinking up to 8 cups of water a day helps flush out the toxins faster and will get you back on track to feeling amazing. 

Listen to your body! If your body is not responding well to the cleanse, add some food to balance out the organic juices. Be attuned to your body, only do what you can handle.

Can I eat anything during my cleanse?

Although food is not allowed during the cleanse, an exception is made for a handful of raw nuts or 1 serving of vegetables a day (any kind you like) with a touch of salt to balance out your sodium intake.

What about coffee, can I drink it?

Coffee is not recommended during the cleanse, but if it's causing more symptoms (like migraines/headaches), a small cup of black coffee is okay. Try a big glass of water before-hand though.

I’m not hungry but I just need to chew something, anything!

Stop for a moment and check-in with yourself. Are you actually hungry or just craving the chewing sensation? If you’re craving the chewing sensation, try to forget about it! You can do this! Occupy yourself as much as possible—drink water, start that new book on your desk, take a long walk—and surely enough, you’ll forget.

If your body is begging for food, check out the snacks mentioned above.

Can I exercise during the cleanse?

We do not recommend rigorous exercise during the cleanse because it is too much on the body. Try gentle exercise such as stretching and yoga to relax your body and mind. 

After the Cleanse

Time flies when you’re having fun ;)

 

Take a moment to celebrate yourself on a job well done! After you've rebuilt, reclaimed and re-activated your health, the final stage of the journey is the transition into a healthier diet.

Take It Slow.

As much as you may want to dig into a steak and red wine the first day back, remember to not overload your organs and body during this transition. This will undo all the internal balance you have earned. Because your body has not processed these foods in a while, it may cause negative side effects.

So don’t rush back into your habitual life and foods—they’re not going anywhere.

 

Respect your body and the hard cleansing work it has done for you. Foods you should avoid include alcohol, dairy, red meat, fried and/or processed foods.

Transition Into a Healthy Lifestyle

Incorporate habits from your pre-cleanse and cleanse program to continue supporting your health—wean off the hit list, eat more fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, and keep juicing. The Lifestyle Cleanse is the perfect option because it was specifically created to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Monitor Yourself.

For those suffering from food allergens or sensitivities, this is the perfect opportunity for you to keep track and target what may be hurting you. This includes sensitivities to wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, etc. To identify whether any of these are triggers, systematically add them back into your diet one at a time. By doing so, you can accurately pinpoint the allergen.  For example, if you reintroduce dairy into your diet and feel symptoms such as cramping, headaches, or diarrhea, you may be sensitive to dairy products.

Repeat

Regular detoxification is a great way to maintain your health. Cleansing removes toxicity, layers at a time. The more you cleanse, the deeper it taps and addresses different areas of the body. After the 3-day cleanse, we recommend repeating the cleanse every couple of months. 

Need More Help?

If you have any questions—before, during or after your cleanse—we are more than happy to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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