While there are general symptoms of cleansing that many experience, it’s important to note that everyone’s body reacts differently to a cleanse, and one’s personal experience will vary based on a number of biological and lifestyle factors, including the toxicity level of your body before you cleanse, your body mass index, and even your circulation. The bottom line is that cleansing is different for everybody, but in general, we’ve found that most people agree that the first few hours of their juice cleanse are a breeze. Some people are used to skipping breakfast (not a habit we recommend), so they’re less inclined to feel the effects of a missed meal. Plus, rather than consuming a carb-heavy bagel or bowl of cereal first thing in the morning, a cold pressed juice provides essential vitamins and nutrients, along with plenty of hydration. On an empty stomach, these vitamins and minerals can get to work scrubbing your insides clean of toxins. Love your morning coffee? Lay off the caffeine a few days prior to cleansing, or else your first day will feel much harder than it needs to as your body fights caffeine withdrawals and detox symptoms — a combination that could be less than fun, especially with the craziness the summers bring.
Come lunchtime, though, some cleansers report feeling sluggish, and a bit irritable. If this happens to you, we suggest drinking a glass of water with lemon, and making sure that you’re consuming juice every two to three hours. It is imperative during a 3 day juice cleanse that you do not skip any of your juice. Otherwise, you run the risk of feeling lightheaded, sluggish and ravenous, a combination that can lower inhibitions and lead to a binge.
Old habits die hard, and some cleansers, especially first-timers, may miss the act of chewing and feel like something is missing from their usual meal times. While your cold pressed juice is providing all of the nutrients and calories your body needs to function, the physical act of chewing is a habit that we’ve grown accustomed to for obvious reasons. If this happens to you, remind yourself that this is normal and common during the first day of a cleanse, especially to those who are accustomed to three meals a day. Again, a large glass of water could do wonders here, as could a simple stick of sugar free gum.
Days two and three of a typical 3 day cleanse may be slightly more difficult physically, especially right after the summer when most of us are running around like crazy. Our best recommendation is to take it easy during this cleanse. You may be tempted to cheat, meet old friends for lunch, head to your parents place for a meal, but give these urges a break for these three days. Trust us, you’ll come back feeling more energized than ever.
While physical hunger may be difficult to deal with during days two and three, proper water consumption can curb this feeling. One important thing to note, though, is that while your body may be a bit more tired than usual, since you’re not consuming as many calories, the second and third days of a cleanse may be mentally easier, as your mind has accepted the fact that you won’t be eating for a period of time. Rest during the day whenever you need to during your cleanse, and if your mind starts playing tricks on you, try meditating for a few minutes to reset and remind yourself why cleansing is an important part of reaching your health goals.
Juice cleansing can be intimidating, especially for a newbie, and especially right after the summer. However, we’re huge fans of summer cleansing because it’s the most efficient way to reset your system so you no longer crave unhealthy foods, and increase energy levels so you can power through your new work week, without feeling like you need to. Below, our expert tips for post summer cleansing will ensure you see success this year:
While we typically recommend that cleansers complete a juice cleanse over a long weekend so as to avoid the added stress of work, it is imperative that after the summer, cleansers clear their schedules of work and play. That might mean working from home for a few days from the comfort of your couch, or clearing your schedule of meetings for those days. We definitely don’t recommend heading to any parties during your cleanse. Just take it easy, relax, and remember that the summer will go on without you for a few days. Sometimes putting your health first is more important than partying.
Writing your goals on paper is a powerful thing, and you may need the added motivation during after the summer if you want to be successful. Write down a few lines about why you want to cleanse, how good you’ll feel after your cleanse. As an added bonus, tell a few important people in your life that you’re taking control of your health and kicking off healthy habits with a juice cleanse, and even better have a few friends or colleagues join you for the added motivation. If you have a few important people in your life to hold you accountable, you’ll be much more likely to hold yourself accountable, too.
We’ve already mentioned how important it is to rest during your cleanse, but it’s equally important to plan meals ahead of time once you come off of your cleanse. Post-cleanse, you likely won’t have a taste for unhealthy foods loaded with sugar. Plan ahead by prepping meals beforehand. Even keeping some sliced fruit on hand can be a game changer when hunger strikes. Most importantly, always keep a big bottle of water with you. Thirst is often confused with hunger, and proper hydration is key to keeping your body running efficiently before, during and after a cleanse.