How and What to Eat After a Cleanse
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Breaking the Master Cleanse fast is as equally important as preparing for it. Your body and digestive system need to slowly adapt to solid food. That is why the author of the Master Cleanse, Stanley Burroughs, recommends a multi-day ease out period.
Ease out Period
Day 1: Orange Juice Only
Stanley Burroughs and many other avid cleansers recommended drinking pure natural orange juice throughout the day for the first day of the ease out period. Water can be consumed in between.
Day 2: Orange Juice and Light Vegetable Soups
For the second day of the ease out period, try to introduce light vegan vegetable soups and broths into your diet. Try a vegan recipe like this flavorful Vegan Umami Broth recipe from ‘Bon Appétit’. Keep drinking orange juice and drink as much water as you need.
Day 3: Orange Juice, Soft Foods and Salads
Day 3 of the Ease out period is to slowly add in soft foods, vegetable soups, fruits and salads. Your breakfast can be a smoothie but take out the dairy and substitute soy milk instead or start the day with a banana or a cup of blueberries. For lunch, how about a light fall vegetable soup and chickpea salad combo or even hummus and fresh veggies? For dinner, a light salad of mixed greens with vegan tahini dressing and vegetable broth is perfect for the evening.
Day 4: Healthy Eating
Just because you’re done fasting doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to go back to alcohol, fried foods and junk foods. Part of undergoing the cleanse is a commitment to healthy eating. Consider this ease out period as a way to jump start to a healthier lifestyle.
Here are the foods you should limit or try to omit from your diet from now on:
Processed Sugars – The American Heart Association recommends 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day but the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of refined sugar per day. The biggest culprit is soda. Much of our sugar intake, at least 33%, comes from regular soft drinks. Just 1 12 oz can of Coke has 10 teaspoons of sugar – exceeding the recommended amount for a day. For a change, start by cutting out all soft drinks from your diet and replace with plain or sparkling water.
Fried foods – Firstly, when you fry foods, much of the oil you use is absorbed into the food. Secondly, you may think all vegetable oils are healthy. Think again. Not all oils are created equal. Some vegetable oils like soybean oil have massive amounts of trans fats. According to the American Heart Association, trans fats raise your bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your good cholesterol (HDL). You risk developing heart disease and strokes as well as type 2 diabetes in the long run. Even “cleaner” oils have some trans fat but you can pick and choose to either use cold pressed canola oil or much healthier oils like extra virgin olive oil. The best alternative is to opt for a cleaner cooking method like baking or steaming.
Refined Flour – When wheat is refined, the bran and germ is stripped away and much of the fiber, vitamin and nutrients go with it. Refined bread also has a high glycemic index causing your blood sugar and insulin levels to rise. Instead of eating white bread, why not opt for whole-wheat bread instead. An even healthier option is to go gluten-free.
Processed Meats – Processed meats are high in saturated fats and often made with preservatives, extenders and artificial flavorings. Ditch the red meat and go for protein- and fiber-packed beans, legumes and lentils.
Fast Food – It’s ok to treat yourself to the occasional fast food once in a while but even then try to choose the healthier options. The good news is places like McDonalds, Chipotle or Subway have healthy options you can enjoy. There are even vegan options at Taco Bell, Chipotle and the Cheesecake Factory just to name a few.
Make the Most of a Mini Cleanse
Finally, make cleansing a regular habit. The good news is the Simply Slender Detox Diet offers you a great alternative to the Master Cleanse fast.
Simply Slender is a premixed concentrate of all the Master Cleanse ingredients plus superfoods like Green Tea, Noni, Acai, Goji and Mangosteen juices. Simply Slender is much gentler on the body and doesn’t require an ease in or ease out period. You can eat a meal of fruits and vegetables for lunch or dinner and drink 8 glasses of Simply Slender throughout the day in as little as 2 days.
Start the Simply Slender Master Cleanse 48 Hour Detox Diet today and get into the habit of cleansing and detoxing.
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