To get the most out of your cleanse, we suggest that you are conscious about what you eat leading into and after the cleanse. The amount of time doing this is up to you… try for at least 3 days before and after, but who knows, after the cleanse you may love it so much you may eat like this indefinitely! Before the cleanse, eating healthfully will help to prepare your body for the cleanse. This means that the cleanse will be easier for you – you will have already gone through any withdrawals associated with eliminating things like coffee and sugar, and your cravings for unhealthy foods will have started to reduce.
You will also have initiated the cleansing process. This means that your Sol Cleanse will be enhanced, and your body will be able to cleanse more deeply. After the cleanse, eating healthfully will allow for a smooth transition back to a regular (healthful!) diet. Having a break from food for a period of time can allow you to develop a more healthy relationship with food and your body. You are often able to listen more accurately to what your body needs (versus what your mind is telling you you want), and your taste sensations are heightened – fruit tastes amazingly sweet, and a tiny bit of salt can taste exceptionally salty.
This means that you are naturally more inclined to eat in line with a wholefood, healthy lifestyle. However you will, of course, still be exposed to temptations. The longer you can resist (at least in moderation), the more profound effect you will get from your cleanse, and the more on-going benefits you will have.
Here are some suggestions for your pre and post cleanse diet:
|Processed Food – packaged food, preservatives, additives, colouring, flavourings, numbers!||Wholefoods – fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, seeds, nuts|
|Caffeine||Herbal teas, lemon juice and warm water|
|Alcohol and sugary drinks||Water and fresh juices|
|Sugar||Fruit and stevia; snack on nuts and seeds and carrot sticks|
|Dairy Products||Coconut milk, nut and seed milks|
|Red Meat||Fish, Chicken, Vegetable proteins – legumes, peas, tempeh, eggs|
|Wheat and White Rice||Wholegrains such as quinoa, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet|
|Heavily Cooked Produce||Lightly cooked produce and lots of raw salads|