By health and wellness expert Danna Pratta
Now that we’re on the verge of summer, it’s prime time to think about getting into shape. Whether you’re hitting the gym more or switching up your diet, a cleanse might be a good starting point for your summer body! Going on a cleanse can be a little tricky if you’re a first-timer so, to help you thrive when going on a pre-summer cleanse, we’ve put together 10 rules to avoid quitting 12 hours in.
- Don’t set yourself up for failure
If you are a first-timer, don’t go for a juice cleanse or the lemonade diet that restricts food. Choose a cleanse that allows you to continue eating a healthy raw diet. The idea of a cleanse is to rid the body of toxins, not to restrict food.
- Mentally prepare yourself
Starting a cleanse is just as mental as it is physical. If your mind isn’t in the right place, your body will likely follow. A few days before you’re set to start your cleanse, think about the positive results and prepare yourself to eat a healthy diet.
- Prepare yourself for side effects
While detoxing, you may notice some side effects like headaches or nausea during the first few days. This is totally normal, as your body is ridding itself of toxins. Take some extra time to rest if you feel these symptoms coming, and remember not to give up.
- Clean out your pantry
Before you start cleansing, eliminate any temptations from the kitchen. It’s hard enough to stay on track, but seeing tempting and not-so-healthy snacks in the pantry is going to make it much harder. Stock up on healthy snacks like fruits and veggies that are easy to grab.
- Drink lots of water
On average, you should drink about 8 glasses of water per day but, during the cleanse, up your intake to about 2 liters per day. This will help your body clear out those toxins and will also keep you feeling hydrated and less lethargic.
- Reserve energy
During your cleanse, you will want to try your best to reserve your energy, especially during the first few days. Try to limit those long work days and save the marathon running until the cleanse is finished. Also,make sure to get enough sleep, this is the time for your body to heal and rebuild.
- But be active
While on your cleanse it’s important not to over-do it. Try to stick to yoga or light cardio. You want to stay active while on the cleanse to keep your system moving, but not wear yourself out.
- Keep busy
Stay busy while on your cleanse. Often-times, snacking is a reaction to boredom, not hunger. Eliminate excess down time, go for a walk or an easy bike ride, or spend time in the yard. This way, the bored stomach pangs won’t lead you to the kitchen.
- Keep stress levels low
Often, stress is what leads us to binge eating and relentless snacking, so make sure to start your cleanse when you know your stress levels will be low. A weekend is always a good time to allow for relaxation.
- Don’t run back to greasy foods
You just spent a week or more cleaning out your system and, as tempting as a slice of that deep-dish pizza may sound, jumping back into eating greasy foods will just throw your system out of whack. Hopefully, after all your hard work, processed foods won’t even sound good.
DETOX WATER RECIPE
1/2 gallon water 6 grapefruit wedges 1 tangerine, slice d 1/2 cucumber, slice d 2 peppermint or mint leaves Ice
Rinse grapefruit, tangerine, cucumber and mint leaves. Peel and slice cucumber, grapefruit, and tangerine.Combine all ingredients in a half gallon pitcher. Allow the ingredients to sit for 2 hours for maximum benefits. Drink throughout the day.