The number one reason I hear that people are afraid of cleanses is because they think they will starve. This is not the case!
I strongly believe that in 98% of the time when people do a raw juice cleanse, they should eat, even if it is only a handful of grains per day. The reason is that we want to pace our metabolism. While we want to give it a break, it still needs to do a little bit of work so that it doesn’t shut down and then have to be revved up again.
Time to debunk a couple raw juice cleanse myths:
Myth: “I just broke my raw juice cleanse because I’ve eaten the wrong foods.”
When I ask someone who tells me what they’ve eaten, they typically respond with a list of foods that are totally acceptable on the type of raw juice cleanse we promote at JOOS, such as Larabars, raw nuts, Mary’s Gone Crackers with hummus, brown rice vegetable sushi, corn tacos loaded with sautéed vegetables and tofu, a falafel sandwich with brown rice tortillas to name a few. Sometimes they’ve even gone out for a glass of red wine. Frankly, so what if ythey’ve snuck in a piece of chicken or a sip of coffee? Just make it the exception and go back to the cleanse the next day. There are so many foods that are acceptable and delicious on the cleanse. This is about experimenting with those foods and building a relationship with them.
Myth: “I only ate one meal and I’m starving.”
I just spoke with a woman who is doing a raw juice cleanse and did a very intense workout. She thought she could only have one meal and was feeling starving and deprived. Ideally, part of the cleanse is having one meal and unlimited fruits and vegetables throughout the day, but some people may need more. If you work out intensively and/or have a busy lifestyle, you may need a bowl of oatmeal in the morning or a Vega shake with a banana and almond milk afterwards.
The type of cleanse we promote at JOOS is NOT about starvation or deprivation; it is about learning mindfulness and how to pace yourself. If you are genuinely hungry, then you need to eat more. If you are not hungry, but eating out of habit or boredom, again your Lifestyle Coach can give you strategies how to deal with that.
I can assure you that a raw juice cleanse is not complicated, unless you allow it to be. In fact, once you get the hang of it, you may find that you will be able to follow the principles of it for months to follow. Sure you will probably fall off track. We all fall off track if we don’t practice anything regularly, such as exercise…and healthy eating habits. So the key is to plan ahead.
Remember, this isn’t about perfection, which is an illusion in our minds; it’s about learning how to incorporate sustainable healthy eating habits into our daily lives.