Tips to get the most out of the Vida Cleanse Retreat

Juice Fasting is something that we should all do periodically, at least every change of the seasons.

Tips to Pre-Cleanse 7 Days Before Fasting

If you like to be prepared, you can plan out your juices for the week and what you’re going to throw in them. For instance, it’s good to have a rough idea of the types of juices or green smoothies you’ll be making during the fast, and shop accordingly. This avoids waste and saves money.

Also, stock up on herbal teas. You can have as many herbal teas as you like during the day, and it’s a great excuse to buy some more exotic blends, especially any herbs that are beneficial to and aid detoxing.

Another great drink to have during the day is lemon in hot water with some ginger. Blend up a small piece of ginger with a glass of filtered water and you have a lovely ginger juice to go with your hot lemon drink.  As a result it is very alkalizing and detoxifying.

Shopping List

Shopping List:

  • Kale
  • Mint
  • Celery
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Ginger
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Tomatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwifruit
  • Watermelon
  • Baby Spinach
  • Chia Seeds
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Bee Pollen
  • Young Thai Coconut
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Good quality Probiotic capsules
  • Probiotic Drink
  • Dry Skin Brush
Scale Down on Social Engagements

Try to scale back your social engagements, it will be way too tempting to be out and surrounded by food and possibly alcohol!

Let your friends and family know of your planned juice fast, and ask for their support during this time.  Moral support is so important during this time and really does help.  They may think you are crazy, but you’re in a great position to set an example and be a walking advertisement for all the benefits of doing a juice fast! It might even inspire them to go and do one themselves!

Also, please check in with your healthcare practitioner before starting a juice fast, especially if you are on medication, have a serious illness or pregnant.

Tips during your juice fast

Most people experience some sort of detox reaction during a juice fast.  I remember mine vividly!  I had serious detox brain and could not even string a sentence together.  Other people sail through without problems, going to work hitting the gym, running marathons.  It’s important to check in with your body on a daily basis during the fast.  If you’re feeling tired that day, take it easy and try to schedule some nap time if possible.  If you’re bouncing out of bed, then feel free to do your usual routine, including light exercise.

What to expect when you’re fasting

By doing a juice fast, in other words, you are telling your body you are ready to heal and detoxify. It starts cleaning house, but if you have a lot of toxins, your body will be working overdrive to dump those toxins, making you feel sick. Your bowels may decide to have you spend most of the time on the toilet or the complete opposite!

If you are not sure you need a detox, read my Blog on 9 Signs You Need A Detox: Tiredness, moodiness, anger, weakness, light headedness, insomnia, skin breakouts, irritability are among the more common ones. If you have a recurrent health issue (ie. eczema, acne, sinus issues), be warned that may get worse before it gets better.  It’s important to be patient and breathe through these periods, call on a friend or chat with someone who is going through the same thing. You might find that a lot of emotional stuff surfaces, too.

Just take deep breaths and know that these moments shall pass. By the end of the five days, you’ll will be feeling incredible.

Journaling every day helps, too.

Benefits of Colon HydroTherapy (Colonics)

Colon irrigation is very important during your cleanse.  Therefore, the cleansing process is accelerated by colon hydrotherapy. Colonics are a safe effective way of softening and releasing waste that has accumulated into your colon. Colon cleaning will remove the toxins and waste that are loosened during the fast. Also, colon cleansing will eliminate cleansing reactions. You don’t want to be sick or have cleansing reaction headaches and cleaning your colon will eliminate those reactions. Compression of neighboring organs disappears or attenuates when volume reduces in the colon. Relaxing effect on organs above intestines such as the liver, heart, and lungs. Sensation of lightness may be experienced.

  • Reduces pressure in the intra-abdominal area which improves venous return from lower extremities and pelvic zone. Relaxes pressure on the hips and lumbar column 70-178 and is beneficial to their mobility. Relaxes abdominal muscles from the action of water temperature and massage that accompany the colonic. Increases abdominal muscle tone due to reducing intestinal residues.
  • Stimulates peristaltic action of intestines restoring normal muscle tone and therefore removal of constipation. Potential to correct intestinal transit problems such as constipation and diarrhea without resorting to prescription drugs.
  • Sensation of well being due to the elimination of mucus, alimentary remainders not digested, gases and toxic bacteria. Relieves inflammation and edema due to elimination of irritating substances.
  • Expels parasites due to alternating water temperatures and complementary additives to colonic water such as garlic and other vermifuge (parasite killing) herbs. Decreases demineralization of body because it improves metabolism.
  • Relieves gynecological disorders such as cystitis and dysmenorrhea due to reduction of a prolapsed intestine. Reduces risk of complications after surgery because it reinforces natural immunity. We can suppose colon hydrotherapy improves functions of the large intestines, lymph and nervous system because a relation exists between them in the GI tract.
  • Reduces weight and slims due to activating elimination. Creates an increase in mental capacity and rejuvenation since it decreases the degenerative process, normal or accelerated, by removing toxic substances that affect biological aging.

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Tips for removing toxins

1. Colonics

These are brilliant at removing blocked waste matter and toxins from the colon, as well as toning the bowel and creating a clean environment internally to allow good bacteria to flourish and colonize. Good bacteria cannot colonize a toxic environment, an important tip if you really want your expensive pro-biotics to work.

2. Infrared Sauna

This is my favourite sauna, far better than a Swedish sauna, because it penetrates deeper into the skin’s layers and targets organs to detox from the inside out. Plus, there is no blasting steam, just a nice dry, comfortable heat.

3. Massage

This is a wonderful way to move toxins out of the body. Not only does it feels great, it will help you sleep better, too.

4. Exercise

As mentioned before, do this at a pace that suits your body’s energy levels during the juice fast. Gentle walks or yoga are great for the low energy days. If you feel up to it, do your normal exercise routine if that means a run or hitting the gym. Working up a sweat is also a great way to get toxins out of the body.

5. Sun

Direct sunlight on our bodies gives us energy, and that really important vitamin, vitamin D, which boosts our immune system and helps prevent cancer. Sunlight also triggers our body to produce 200 anti-microbials that kill off bad bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Try to get at least 15 minutes to half an hour of sunshine a day, as the best way to get vitamin D into your body is on skin without sunscreen. (Try to avoid peak UV periods if you’re concerned about sunburn.) Roll up your sleeves or expose a leg or two!

6. Dry Skin Brush

A dry skin brush is essential for a daily mini detox, and makes you feel good! It also makes your skin lovely and soft and helps banish cellulite. Do in the morning for a few minutes before you get in the shower. Start by brushing in long sweeps from the base of your toes, work up your legs, up to the middle of your body, working towards your heart. Then start from the tips of your fingers and work in long sweeps down your body towards your heart. Make sure you do your neck, and back as well. Your body should be tingling all over.

How to eat after a juice fast

On the last day of your juice fast, you may be desperate to eat anything — even the furniture — or you may be so nonchalant about eating, you could continue fasting for another year. (Ha!)

After that, some people do continue the fast for another few days or weeks. Your body will signal when its really, truly ready to eat again. This does not mean a trip to McDonald’s or a three course meal from the in-laws who mean well.

Breakfast: On your first day off the juice fast, I recommend a fruit bowl (and only fruit) for breakfast. If you prefer not to have the fruit, a simple, light salad with a lemon juice, dressing would be a lovely way to break the fast.

Lunch: Continue with a salad for lunch, you may want to include some sprouts and fermented foods (cultured vegetables) here. These types of foods are pre-digested, which makes them easy to digest and the cultured vegetables are teeming with good bacteria.

Dinner: Lightly steamed vegetables tossed with lemon juice, dulse flakes and Himalayan sea salt would be a nice option for dinner. Or maybe a Miso soup or a raw vegetable soup with garlic and some cayenne pepper. Continue eating light foods such as these for two days.

The key is light foods, no meat, refined sugar or dairy or wheat and they must be organic. You do not want to stress your organs and tax your digestion by eating heavy foods right away. Keep up your fluids and keep taking your pro-biotics. (This should be part of your daily routine anyway.)

On Day 3 continue to eat light meals but you may start to re-introduce nuts and seeds, for example breakfast could be some mixed soaked nuts with soaked chia blended to make a morning breakfast porridge and add some home made raw almond milk. Add back in the good fats such as Coconut Oil, Avocado, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Hemp Seed Oil or Flax Seed Oil. Add in some gluten free grains, such as Quinoa, Amaranth or Millet to your meals.

On Day 4, continue to eat as above, but you may introduce some light animal protein (if you wish) such as steamed fish, chicken or eggs to your meal. Ensure the fish you eat is high up on the food chain and all eggs and chicken are organic and locally sourced.

On Day 5, you may re-introduce dairy and meat if you desire. However if you do, any dairy should be raw (not pasteurized) and any meat should be grass fed, organic and locally sourced. Keep in mind food combining principles also when planning meals.

New mind set

Now that you have done a fast this is a great opportunity to not slip back into any bad habits consuming processed foods, wheat, dairy, meat or sugar. Heck, why not give up the coffee and alcohol too! These are strongly addictive foods and substances and will have you back on that vicious cycle before you know it. (Don’t I know it!)

And finally, the most important part is to congratulate yourself! What a huge achievement and truly special way to honor yourself–to allow yourself to become a healthier, stronger more vibrant version of you!