After A Juice Cleanse (What To Do)

Once you are ready to stop your juice cleanse, it’s important to know what to do after a juice-only diet. Ending the program the right way is crucial. If you don’t discipline yourself during this transitional phase, you will undo all the benefits you have gained.

Count on this phase lasting 3 or 4 days. Slowly reintroduce solid foods so your digestive system has time to reprogram, and so it won’t over react.

One of the safest ways to resume eating food is to begin with foods high in water content, or foods you have been juicing. For instance, if you’ve been enjoying apples in your juices, reintroduce apples as a food the first day after a juice-only diet ends.

Grapefruit is high in water content, and is another wonderful ‘first food’ as you get your digestive tract ready to consume solids again.

Are you stopping on a day you picked out at the beginning of your fast? If so, are you really ready to stop? If you are emotionally regretful about ending your fast, or if your body is going through some healing process, you may wish to stay with the juice cleanse a little longer. Knowing when it’s time to stop is just as important as knowing what to do after a juice-only diet. You may have to rely on intuitive knowing rather than saying, ‘I originally decided to stop on the 15th and it’s the 15th now, so I’m done’.

In other words, learning to read yourself is an added bonus this juicing adventure may have brought you, so use it.

Here are some things to consider as you break your fast:

~ Choose foods easy to digest, preferably with high water content.

~ Tune in to your body as it ‘shifts gears’ and starts digesting food again.

~ For the first day at least, stick with uncooked food as it continues to provide vital raw juices and pulp to your system.

~ Chew, chew and then chew again! Break down solid food as much as possible using your mouth so your digestive system doesn’t have to work extra hard. A good rule of thumb is to chew each mouthful 50 times before swallowing.

~ Keep flushing your system with lots of herbal teas, broths, soups and other liquids that are nutrient rich. Well chewed salads, vegetable soups and raw fruits are the best way to go.

~ Don’t forget you allowed your digestive system to go to sleep for the period you were on a juice cleanse. In order not to overload the metabolism and digestive tract after a juice-only diet, don’t eat large portions of food all at once. Nibble.

If you are considering a raw food diet after your juice cleanse, now is an excellent time to transition into it.

For added tips on what to do after a juice-only diet, read How to Keep Slim, Healthy and Young with Juice Fasting by Paavo Airola, one of the early pioneers of juice fasting.

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