Aaah, the high of being on a cleanse, the success of completing what many deemed impossible, the radiant glow, the compliments from friends and family members who now view you as a superhero for undergoing 7 or 14 (maybe 21!) days of juice cleansing.
But alas, the benefits are short-lived, and the high achieved from your superhuman efforts is followed by a crash. The new clothes no longer fit, your confidence is dwindling, and you're gaining weight.
Sound familiar? Well, it need not be this way! I learned about the benefits of juice cleansing in the early ‘90s and then proceeded to make every mistake in the book when it came to cleansing safely and properly and in a way that bears lasting results.
Here are my top tips for keeping the weight-off after you finish a juice cleanse:
1. Be sure to undergo the right kind of cleanse.
This is probably the most overlooked and important principle of all! Many people unknowingly cleanse with water and maple syrup, or other high glycemic liquid (for example, from fruits, carrots, or beets) that spikes blood sugar levels. Remember that when you juice, you're are removing fiber from the fruit or vegetable so that you no longer have the buffer of digestion to slow the absorption of sugar into the body. Therefore drinking these high glycemic liquids will actually cause inflammation and ultimately bring the weight right back on after you finish the cleanse.
2. Remove toxins from the body during a cleanse.
I recommend using adjunct therapies such as infra-red saunas, colonics, coffee enemas, dry-skin brushing, and lymph massages, to name just a few.
I’ve witnessed this over and over: people think they're cleansing, when in fact all they're doing is moving toxins around the body, the way one would rearrange cans in a pantry. When you juice cleanse, you're dumping accumulated waste and environmental toxins into the bloodstream, and these need to be helped out of the body by activating all the organs of elimination. If you don’t remove these toxins, the body will quickly protect you by restoring these in fat cells to protect you from autointoxication.
3. Come off your cleanse slowly…
Actually let me restate that: Come out of a cleanse in the same way a snail crosses a bridge. The longer you take to come out of a cleanse, the greater the chance of keeping the weight off. As a rule of thumb you really want to take twice as many days to come out of the cleanse as you where on the cleanse. This will assure that you don’t hurt your highly absorbable, new, digestive system.
4. Eat as much probiotic-rich food in the days and weeks immediately following your cleanse.
This is possibly the most overlooked and fundamental principle! You want to replenish your internal flora with friendly bacteria and enhance optimal digestive health. You may not see the results right away but this is one of the most effective ways to continue radiating that pretty glow you had while on the cleanse. Optimal gut health will eradicate any overeating tendencies, stop cravings, improve skin appearance, and visibly rejuvenate you months and even years after your cleanse.
5. Eat smaller meals and take digestive enzymes every time you eat for the coming 1-2 months following your program.
This will help break down and assimilate the nutrients in the food you're eating and allow you to feel fully nourished while eating less. Proper digestion and assimilation is key: after all, we're only as healthy and beautiful as our digestive system is!
The 5 Most Important Supplements You Want to Take After Any Cleanse Program
1. Digestive enzymes
It’s a good idea to have these handy if you are going to be eating heavier meals, and if you want to support digestion. Take these with your meals.
It's very important that the friendly bacteria in our gut be restored for optimal digestive health. Through the use of antibiotics, chronic overeating, and consumption of foods laden with toxins, we're essentially destroying the friendly bacteria in our gut, and it's recommended that you take a high-count probiotic supplement to replenish and restore proper internal balance. Take these first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
If you've been chronically constipated (only use the bathroom once per day) you may consider using Triphala until your bowel movements regulate. Triphala is non habit-forming and safe to use for extended periods of time. Tip of advice: purchse triphala in capsules rather than its powdered form, as any ayurvedic tonic herb it can be quite unpalatable when tasted!
4. Metabolic enzymes
Metabolic enzymes, are truly a girls (and guy’s!) best friend when it comes to cleansing and beautifying the body. Metabolic enzymes eat away at all the undigested proteins in your blood and then do the great work of rebuilding the tissues. If you’ve been taking metabolic enzymes for some time, you will notice your eyes becoming brighter, your skin more toned, and even the disappearance of cellulite!
This is due to the poor vitamin and mineral content in our soil. When choosing a multi vitamin supplement, be sure it comes from a company that doesn’t isolate the nutrients, but rather derives its supplement from the whole plant, fruit and vegetable. Take it periodically throughout the year as well as continue eating a balanced, real-food (whole, organic, unprocessed) nutrition program.
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