Before you start your detox, have a couple of meat free days and try and stick to fresh salads, fruit, and raw veggies. Eat as little cooked food as possible and drink plenty of fresh, pure water.
This will enable your body to prepare itself and you will find that procedures like the salt water flush will be a lot smoother in a shorter period of time.
If you prepare your body for a few days, it already has the chance to expel a lot of the built up waste that can sometimes block a salt water flush from working within the first couple of days.
Many people are tempted to binge before starting their detox as they won’t be eating for 10 days (or however many days you choose to detox for) but this won’t do you any favors at all.
If you are starting your detox on a Monday, then pencil the start of your detox in for the preceding Friday. This will give you the weekend to gently prepare your body for the detox and it will make life a lot easier for yourself.
Think of these few days as the start of your detox, don’t focus on the Monday as the beginning of your cleanse. This was a mistake I made in my first cleanse and I think that it hampered me at the start. I didn’t binge before I started and I didn’t drink for a few days prior either but this was because mentally I was so longing to start, that my body was already ‘going off’ junk in anticipation of what was to come.
But I didn’t stick to a raw food diet and I didn’t cut back on caffeine – man, I wish I’d cut back on caffeine! Why didn’t someone tell me to cut back on the caffeine? But you live and learn and thankfully by reading this article, you are better prepared than I ever was!
So, to recap, lay off the cooked and processed foods, try to eat 80-90% raw if you can’t manage 100%, cut out alcohol and start to radically reduce your intake of caffeine.
If you have a high intake of caffeine – over 3 cups of tea or coffee a day, then I would highly suggest that you start to cut back for a period of at least a week prior to starting the cleanse. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this nugget of advice because come day 3, when your body is really succumbing to the cleanse, your caffeine withdrawal headache is going to feel like a marching band in your head.
Ever had a really bad migraine? This is worse and you can’t take any tablets as they are off limits! I spent day 3 in bed wanting to cut my head off! You won’t have to!
Make sure you have some soluble aspirin in the house. Your digestive system won’t have to break it down and if your headache is totally unbearable then you’ll be glad it’s on hand!