yumyoga 5-Day Cleanse, Day 1: Juice

Posted by: Rita in: ● April 9, 2011

‎A couple of friends asked me for advice on how to do a short cleanse. As I started pulling together a program for them, I thought I’d open it up to our online community via facebook and the response has been tremendous! People on both coasts of the US and some friends overseas are all going to do this at the same time and share our experiences on this site and www.facebook.com/yumyoga!

And so begins the first Virtual Group Cleanse!

5-Day Cleanse highlights:

Day 1: Juice
Day 2: Smoothies
Day 3: Apples
Day 4: Raw… uncooked fruits, vegetables and raw nuts and seeds
Day 5: Vegan… no animal products (meat, fish, eggs or dairy)

Homemade Green Juice

Here is my suggestion for Day 1:

Breakfast: Green Juice… 1 head romaine lettuce, 1 green bell pepper, 3-4 sticks celery, 1-2 apples, 1/2 lemon (optional). You can also check out my previous post on Green Juice.

Mid-Morning: Herbal Tea

Lunch: Carrot Apple Juice… 2 apples, 4-8 large carrots. You can add a little bit of fresh ginger (very detoxifying) if you want a kick!

Mid-Afternoon: Herbal Tea

Dinner: Cucumber Melon Juice… 1 large cucumber, 1/4 watermelon or 1/2 cantaloupe or honeydew melon

Evening: Herbal Tea

You can have pretty much any kind of fresh juice you like, but try to add variety throughout the day, and try to mix in some green vegetables. It may be scary at first to drink something green, but the fruits cut the grassy flavor of the veggies so you can barely taste them. The MOST important thing is that the juice you have is fresh squeezed or freshly pressed juice, not a bottled or prepackaged juice you would buy at most stores. It shouldn’t be pasteurized or messed with in any way, and because of that it has to be fresh so it doesn’t go bad. Whole Foods and co-ops will sell freshly-squeezed OJ, but you want variety and greens, so if you don’t have a juicer you’ll want to visit a grocery store, co-op or market that makes fresh juices. Jamba Juice and other smoothie shops and juice bars do this too. You want just the juice, no added stuff like protein powders or supplements. Fruits and vegetables hold tons of water and this “organic hydration” is incredibly good for your body on a cellular level.

When you have your juice during regular meal time, make sure it is a nice big serving, at least 8-12 ounces, but you can have more! The idea is to fill you up. During “snack times,” I recommend having herbal tea (no caffeine) or flavored water. You can make flavored water by dropping fresh fruit slices like lemons, oranges or strawberries in your water bottle. (Try cucumber slices – SO refreshing, I’ve had this in nice spas.)

Drink water, lots of water, throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Have a huge jug, bottle, vat of water near you and every time you look at it, take a couple of swigs. Yes, you’ll be running to the bathroom to pee all day, but if you stay hydrated, you shouldn’t feel hungry, grumpy or light-headed. If you feel like you need something “more” just have more juice. Don’t feel like this is prescriptive and you have to follow this to the letter… if you want to drink Green Juice all day and drink 2 gallons of it because that’s what your body needs, allow yourself that.

In terms of physical activity, as long as you are hydrated you should be fine to do whatever you normally do, including vigorous activities like hot yoga or running. However, during this cleanse, you are giving your body a break to allow it to re-set and repair itself. So if you feel like your energy is a bit low, don’t push it. Go to bed early… and low energy or high energy on Day 1, try to get 8 hours of sleep!

Day 2 is next… Smoothies!

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