Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Juice Cleansing: The Post Cleanse

In my own juicing experiences, I’ve learned that the post-cleanse is just as—if not, more—important than the pre-cleanse and actual cleanse. The first time I juice cleansed, about a year ago, I was so proud of myself for surviving the three days on such healthy liquids that I rewarded myself with a pizza.

And then chocolate.

And then everything else in my cupboards.

Not only did I feel terrible afterwards—both physically and mentally—but I also gained back every pound I had lost while cleansing, as well as the dreaded tummy bloat. I’ve since learned from my mistakes and have been more conscious of what I’m putting into my body not just immediately after the cleanse, but everyday. I like to think of cleansing as a healthy way to remind both myself and my body of what we to feel good and function at our top capabilities.

On breaking your cleanse, Nutritionista Jess of Urban Alchemy suggests, “first, marvel at all of the opportunities and possibilities you’ve created for your health and happiness!” It’s important to recognize what you’ve just accomplished and use your achievement as positive motivation to continue pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

“You should break your cleanse in much the same way you prepared for it, with whole, plant-based, nutrient dense foods like green smoothies, steamed vegetable, simple salads and fermented foods,” says Jess. “Allow yourself a few days to reintegrate solid foods. For example, if you cleanse for three days, give yourself 2-3 days of simple plant-based foods before you chow down like it’s your last meal ever!”

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Juice Cleansing PRO TIPS:

Do Your Research — Before you commit to a juice cleanse, make sure you do some research beforehand to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Always look for juice that is raw, organic, unpasteurized, and cold-pressed. Because juice is super concentrated—typically 2-3lbs of produce goes into one 16oz juice—and is directly absorbed into the bloodstream, it’s tremendously important to choose organic. We want to release toxins during a cleanse, not consume them!
— Jessica Sweeney, Nutritionista, Urban Alchemy

As well, you should make sure your juices include a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables. “I don’t think a juice cleanse made up of mostly ‘fruitier’ juices is beneficial,” explains Jess. “A juice cleanse should always include greens.”*

*Unless you have a pre-existing medical condition in which you can’t consume them for some reason. In that case, you should definitely consult your doctor before starting a cleanse program.

Love Yourself — Really love yourself up during your cleanse and tune into your body, it will tell you what it needs!

“If you planned to cleanse for a full 5 days, but your body is telling you otherwise, pay attention to it and break your cleanse early. Also, always surround yourself with love and good vibes!”

Remember: It’s Not a “Quick Fix” — Although juice cleansing is amazing and certainly has its place in the world of health and wellness, it shouldn’t be used as a quick fix or seen as a fast track to health and happiness.

“A healthy outside starts from the inside and a high vibe life begins with a high vibe mindset. The thought you think are more powerful than anything—including your diet—and true transformation occurs only when you nourish your mind, your body, AND your soul.”

And if a three-day liquid diet seems daunting just think back to your college years (except replace the bottles of wine and/or vodka with healthy juices instead) and remember, that if the entire western world is doing it, then so can you. 

For more health and wellness inspiration, be sure to check out Urban Alchemy and Join the Tribe!

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