The Week Before: How to Get Ready

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The Full Body Cleanse is a challenge. It is not impossible and making it through the full twenty days is not out of your reach. Don’t ever say that you can’t do it, because you can. All you need is commitment and a will to succeed. Commit to this twenty-day regimen and you’ll emerge a healthier, newer version of yourself.

Those who have completed the Full Body Cleanse have totally changed their health for the better. Some people have amazing, transformative experiences, losing anywhere from 10-30 pounds. All of us here at Dherbs have done the cleanse, so we know that it can be difficult at times. This is why we are going to give you some tips you can do leading up to your cleanse that will set you up for success.

Step 1: Find Great Recipes

If you eat the same salad every day during the Full Body Cleanse, you will either get bored, lose interest in raw foods, or, worse, give up. Making it through the cleanse requires you to step out of your comfort zone and get a little creative with raw foods. Collect your raw food recipes prior to cleansing so that you have them in your arsenal when you start.

A great resource for raw recipes is our Full Body Cleanse Approved recipe section. All of these recipes are acceptable to eat while you are cleansing, and we continually post recipes in that section every week. You also may want to see if there are any raw food restaurants in your area or near your workplace. This saves you the hassle of meal preparation and allows you to treat yourself to a prepared meal.

Step 2: Stock Up On Essential Ingredients

There are a lot of foods that you cannot eat while you are cleansing, but there are lots of raw alternatives. Stock up on some of the following pantry items so that you are good to go.

  • Bragg Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Bragg Liquid Aminos to replace soy sauce
  • Raw Almond Butter to replace peanut butter
  • Raw Agave Nectar or Stevia to replace honey, sugar, or sweeteners
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to replace regular oils
  • Herbal Teas to replace coffee
  • Sea salt to replace regular table salt

Step 3: Track Down a Blender

We feel that having a blender while you are cleansing is absolutely essential. Whether you are making smoothies in the morning, dressings for salads, raw soups, or various raw dips, the blender is something you will find yourself using a great deal. Track one down and you will be able to make a ton of recipes to keep you satiated. Blenders range in price and there are many affordable options that work fantastically.

Step 4: Be Prepared for Unexpected Challenges

There is going to come a time, or several times, when you are at work and you are suddenly starving. You might show up at a neighbor’s potluck party and there are only hotdogs and burgers. Succeeding on the Full Body Cleanse is all about planning preparing. Make sure you always have some raw nuts or seeds, dried fruit (without preservatives or added sugars), or raw homemade energy bars at the ready. These things can help you avoid falling off the wagon or cheating while cleansing.

Step 5: Get Your Family’s Support

Before starting with the cleanse, sit down with your household and make sure they’re going to help you succeed. This might mean asking your spouse to make regular dinner for the kids or just for his/herself. It may mean asking your family to not purchase snacks that will tempt you during your cleanse. Discuss what you need to succeed.

Step 6: Find a Friend

When you do the Full Body Cleanse with a friend or group of friends, you all can help each other stay on track. Cleansing with a partner can help you overcome obstacles and you can even trade recipes. You might even have a raw food party night!

Step 7: Switch to Decaf

Caffeine is not allowed on the Full Body Cleanse. You can’t drink coffee, soda, energy drinks, or caffeinated teas. If you rely on caffeine on a daily basis, we recommend switching to decaf coffee or drinking a cup of green tea in the mornings prior to the start of your cleanse. This will help you avoid caffeine withdrawal headaches.

Step 8: DO NOT Binge on Junk the Night Before

One of the worst things you can do to yourself the day before the cleanse is to pig out on junk food. Don’t go out and get drunk, eat a pint of ice cream, or shovel down a double cheeseburger with fries and a milkshake. Your body will pay for it because the cleanse is going to work to get all of those impurities out of your body.

Bonus: Trust the Process 

Like we said, the Full Body Cleanse isn’t easy. It requires you to rethink how you eat and be vigilant about what you put in body, which, of course, takes time and effort. Some days will be easier than others. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a raw food groove and other times you’ll be craving chips or steak. Never tell yourself that you are unable to finish the cleanse. Use the tips we have provided to help you through the cleanse, or give us a call to help you through a tough time. We are here to help. You may even want to put us on speed dial.

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