3-Day Cleansing Juice Plan
There may come a time when you feel that you need an internal “spring cleaning”, or would like to change your lifestyle and adopt a healthier diet. A cleansing program is a great way to kick-start a new, healthier way of living. Not only does it help you physically but it provides a psychological transition between your old and new ways.
The aims of a cleansing program are to reduce the workload of the digestive system, allowing it to perform more efficiently and to also stimulate the parts of the body that are responsible for cleansing and elimination. Probably the most important player is the liver, an organ with many vital functions, including the removal and elimination of toxins in the body. The kidneys also play an important part in removing toxins from the body by filtering them from the blood and eliminating them in the urine.
Some cleansing programs do away with solid food altogether, making a complete fast for the body and allowing just water and perhaps some herbal teas or diluted juices. This is an extreme approach and should not be undertaken without close medical supervision. This plan is not a fast, but a program of light eating that incorporates juices to stimulate the cleansing organs of the body, as well as giving the digestive system a rest.
Besides taking the drinks and eating the foods suggested, a few things must be eliminated during this plan. Avoid coffee,, cigarettes, and other non-essential drugs. Drink plenty of filtered or spring water, as well as the juices suggested. Avoid salt and oil, and use lemon or lime juice and fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, chives, or cilantro (fresh coriander) to dress and season your food.
Before starting any cleansing program, there are several points to consider:
If you have any health problems, or are just not sure, tell your doctor or health—care provider what you propose to do and make sure it is okay for your particular requirements.
Plan your program to take place over a long weekend, or while you are on holiday, and try to relinquish any responsibilities for those days. Make this time just for you.
Be prepared to feel unwell to start with. Cutting out coffee and tea will give you caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, and you may feel lethargic and hungry due to the change in diet. Persevere; it will he worth it in the end.
Don’t try to do anything very energetic for the first couple of days. Take gentle walks in the fresh air, read an engrossing novel, or schedule a massage. Create your own health spa at home, but avoid any cosmetic products stronger than a mild massage oil.
D a y O n e
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice in a glass of filtered or spring water
A small selection of fresh fruit
A salad of raw vegetables, such as red bell pepper (capsicum), celery lettuce, sprouts, and tomato, sprinkled with fresh herbs and drizzled with lime or lemon juice.
Lightly steamed vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, onion, and plenty of greens, such as broccoli, spinach, bok choy and cabbage. Serve with brown rice and season with fresh herbs, fresh lemon juice, and garlic if you like.
D a y T w o
Repeat the program for Day One, varying the fruits and vegetables if you like, but change the juices to:
D a y T h r e e
Repeat the program for Day One, changing the juices to:
The meal suggestions given don’t specify quantities; just use your common sense, and even if you feel quite hungry try not to gorge at mealtimes — your digestive system needs a little rest and relaxation. If you feel the need to snack between meals, have a piece of fresh fruit.
Ease back into eating the day after the cleansing program. You may want to have Breakfast in a Glass (page 40), preferably with non-dairy milk, or have fresh fruit with s0me acidophilus yogurt for breakfast.
Add some protein in the form of poached chicken or fish, and vary the starches with potatoes, steamed or baked in their jacket. Fresh fruit and vegetables sh0uld be the greater part of your food intake.
Remember, this is the new you, so try not to slip back into the old ways—but don’t restrict y0ur diet so much that you feel cheated or resentful. Indulge where socially necessary and at 0ther times keep yourself nourished and cleansed to cope with the occasional lapse.