7 Helpful Tips To Prepare For A Good Cleanse!
Cleanse programs seem to be popping up all over the place, and you may be interested in doing one. But, they may not be the easiest thing in the world. Some of the reasons people will do a cleanse:
- You’ve been feeling sluggish
- You’re trying to jump-start healthier eating habits
- You want to take a cold-turkey approach to kick your sugar habit
Whatever your reasons, you’ve done the first step: You decided to do it. So, now what? Here are a few simple steps that’ll help get your mind and body ready for your cleanse.
How To Prepare For A Cleanse
1. Choose your program.
The first step is to pinpoint your goals and find the plan that fits best. Did you have a bad weekend? Or maybe jump start a diet? Look at the 3-Day Refresh for a quick cleanse. Or maybe you’re looking to overhaul your lifestyle! Check out the Ultimate Reset which is a three week cleanse that will get you started on that new lifestyle. Once you’ve chosen your plan, take the time to read the program guide cover to cover. “It’s really important to read through whatever cleanse you’re choosing to do before you start it,” says Paige Bente, R.D. and nutrition manager at Beachbody.
2. Check your calendar.
This is a critical step, and you don’t want to start a cleanse that takes place during a major life event, like a vacation, wedding, or running a marathon in the middle of the Ultimate Reset—but you can’t control every possible snag. “It’s life,” Bente says. “You might get dumped in the middle of that three weeks, or get a new job, or get fired. Don’t keep putting it off, waiting for the perfect three weeks, because it’ll never happen.”
3. Make a meal plan.
Meal planning is a healthy habit to get into anyway, but it’s especially important when you’re taking on a cleanse. As you’re reading the program guide, Bente says, “Plan your meals and make a grocery list so you know what you’re eating every day.” This will keep you from going through the fridge and being tempted to veer off course when mealtime rolls around.
4. Get some sleep!
Sleep is essential to your health, and running on empty won’t help your willpower, so make sure you get into a healthy sleep routine before you start your cleanse. “What you’re doing is going to be a journey and a challenge,” says Denis Faye, M.S. senior director of nutrition at Beachbody. “You want to eliminate other challenges, and not getting enough sleep is challenging to the body.”
5. Notify your family! (And anyone else you can think of!)
If you’re training for an Ironman race, you don’t do it in secret, do you? So don’t keep your friends and family in the dark about your cleanse either! It’s easier to take on a challenge when you have people cheering you on, so explain what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. “It’s important to involve them, so they’re supporting you through this process,” Bente says. If they know and understand your goals, they can give you extra encouragement on the days you need it!
6. Scale back on your workouts.
If you run five miles every morning or do heavy lifting every night, you should taper off a few days before your cleanse. “When you exercise, it’s not just the actual exercise that burns calories—there’s also an after-burn effect,” Faye says. “If you do a really hard day of exercise, and the next day you start your cleanse, your body is going to use up tons of calories rebuilding muscle—so your net calorie intake will be even lower, to the point of being uncomfortable.” Schedule a few rest days before your cleanse to allow your body to heal itself.
7. Talk to your doctor.
It should go without saying, but if you’re on any medication or dealing with any ongoing health conditions, you should check with your doctor before starting a cleanse, just to make sure you’re good to go.
This might seem like a lot of work just to get started, remember these steps won’t just prep you for your cleanse—they’re also healthy habits that are worth establishing in your everyday life. The Ultimate Reset will push you, but the framework for it is just a healthy lifestyle. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep, taking time for yourself, and communicating with friends and family. Keep that in mind when getting ready for this life change.