What can I drink?
Drink lots and lots of good quality filtered water. Staying hydrated will aid in the process of eliminating toxins. You may drink decaffeinated herbal teas during the cleanse, and if you are a caffeine drinker, you may have green tea or mate tea. If you are accustomed to drinking juices and sodas, you might enjoy lemon water as a refreshing replacement.
What if I am hungry between meals and need to snack?
Do not feel like a failure if you eat things outside your menu, but try to make healthy choices. If you want something crunchy, eat a handful of radishes, celery sticks, or carrot sticks. If you are craving something sweet, have some vegetable sticks with almond butter or sunflower butter. You may also have small amounts of raw nuts like almonds and cashews or sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, but please avoid eating peanuts or pistachios. It is important that the nuts and seeds are raw and unsalted. Remember to indulge in SMALL amounts—just to control your craving. You can always go back for more if you are still hungry.
What if I need to go out to dinner for business or with friends during the cleanse?
If you are going to a good friend’s house, bring your prepared cleanse meal with you and explain the situation. If you are out of town or in a more formal setting where you can’t bring your food, simply order a salad or a vegan option from the menu.
Can I use the microwave to warm up my food?
Please don’t… microwaving is less than ideal because it destroys valuable nutrients and enzymes. Use an oven, toaster oven, or a pot if you need to warm up your food.
Can I exercise?
Yes, please by all means do! Move for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day.
Try something new like a yoga class, Pilates class, or a spin class. If you do not have time to go to the gym or a class, try this simple routine: jump rope for a minute, do 20 sit-ups, 20 pushups, 20 lunges, hold a 1-minute plank, and then do the entire routine again. Don’t forget to stretch at the end of your workout.
Are there enough substantial sources of protein in a plant-based cleanse?
Yes! Chia seeds, hemp seeds, and quinoa are complete proteins that provide all nine essential amino acids vital to building muscle. Both the Gentle Cleanse and the Raw Food Cleanse incorporate these ingredients. Since our Just Juice cleanse is a shorter cleanse that is not intended for long-term maintenance, you will get your protein from the concentrated vegetable content in your juices and from the nut milks.
Are your cleanses gluten free?
We use gluten free ingredients, however, our kitchen is not certified gluten free.
How are your cleanses different from other cleanses?
We have different cleanses to accommodate people wherever they are in their health journey. Our Gentle Cleanse is a great introduction to cleansing, our Raw Food Cleanse is best for people who are committed to cleansing and eating raw food, and our Just Juice Cleanse is designed for experienced cleansers or anyone looking for a more intensive detox program.
Our cleanses address all aspects of your wellbeing. Throughout your cleanse, we will send you daily emails with lifestyle suggestions and inspirational wisdom to help you stay mindful.
Do you use certified organic ingredients?
All of our pantry staples are organic. As far as produce goes, we buy 90% organic whenever possible from local farms. Sometimes we buy produce from local farms that are not certified organic but still maintain “green and clean” organic practices without ever using pesticides.
Here are some of the reasons we believe in supporting our local farms:
- Locally grown food is full of flavor. When grown locally, crops are picked at their peak ripeness. Most of the time, produce at local markets has been picked within 24 hours of your purchase, so you have the assurance of consuming it at optimal freshness.
- Local food has more nutrients. When you eat locally grown food, there is a shorter period of time between when it is harvested and when you eat it, so most of the nutrient value will still be intact upon consumption. Food imported from faraway states and countries is usually older because it has traveled and sat in distribution centers before arriving in your store. This lag time between harvest and consumption can unfortunately cause nutrient loss.
- Local food supports the local economy. The money that goes to local farmers and growers tends to stay close to home and is often reinvested in businesses and services within your community.
- Local food benefits the environment. By purchasing locally grown foods, you help maintain farmland as well as green and/or open space in your community.
- Local foods promote a safer food supply. The more intermediary steps or processes there are between you and your food’s source, the more opportunities there are for contamination. When food is grown in distant locations, it has a greater potential for food safety issues at the various stages of harvesting, washing, shipping, and distribution.
- Local growers can tell you how the food was grown. The ability to ask growers about their practices for raising and harvesting crops can be incredibly useful. If you know where your food comes from and who grew it, you are significantly more informed as a consumer. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to what we put into our bodies!
What else can I do to aid in the detox process?
Use a tongue cleanser. Using a tongue cleanser regularly before you brush your teeth will help eliminate bacteria on your tongue. It will also improve overall immune function by preventing toxins from being reabsorbed into your body.
Use a dry brush to get rid of dead cells and impurities clogging your pores. Dry brushing opens your pores, thus facilitating proper elimination of toxins, improving blood circulation, and restoring radiance to your skin. If you do not have a dry brush, dip a washcloth in warm water, wring it out, and use the cloth to rub your body. Rub the brush or cloth in circular motions from your extremities to your heart before you take a shower.
Purchase some Epsom Salts so you can take healing baths. Epsom salt contains magnesium, a key mineral that plays a number of important roles in the body. In addition to regulating the activity of 325 enzymes, magnesium also reduces inflammation, helps muscle and nerve function, and prevents artery hardening. Sulfates in the Epsom salts improve the absorption of nutrients, flush out toxins, and can help ease migraine headaches.
Get a hot water bottle. Using a hot water bottle at night is not only comforting and soothing, but it also aids digestion.
Drink lots of water to help you eliminate toxins and help you stay hydrated.
Start a gratitude journal. Journaling is a great way to connect with yourself and listen to your inner voice. Practicing gratitude daily will change your outlook on life, from improving your relationship with people and with food to helping you live with more happiness, awareness, and mindfulness day to day.