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GENERAL CLEANSE QUESTIONS 

To achieve optimal wellness we need to cleanse our bodies actively. Critics and skeptics tend to argue that nature designed our bodies to do this for themselves, continuously. True. But we’ve given nature no chance to prepare for and adjust to the myriad of changes we’ve wrought on our environments and brought about in our habits. A barrage of toxins comes at us non-stop from pollutants, processed foods and additives, stress, prescription drugs, insufficient exercise, sedentary occupations, and other sources. Since our bodies have not had time to evolve to stand up to this onslaught, they need help, even with the major organs of elimination—the liver, skin, intestinal tract, and kidneys—all online and at work. By freeing our bodies from overloads of toxins and waste products we get these organs functioning as efficiently as they can.

In addition to clearing toxicity, the body needs a rest from digestion. On average, the human body expends 50-70% of its daily energy ration on digesting food. When cleansing and fasting, we give our bodies a bit of R&R, a brief furlough from this non-stop labor, and our systems can devote a greater share of energy to detoxification, healing, and repair. Fasting and cleansing certainly aren’t modern inventions, yet today we need them more than ever.  

The differences between cleansing and fasting can be confusing. “Cleanse” is the entire 14-day program of clean eating, and the “fast” is the 3-day period of juices and liquids only, coming in the middle of the cleanse, or Days 8 to 10. Though the recipes vary from one seasonal cleanse to another, the program’s structure and schedule remain the same all year.

We often get asked to weigh in on “juicing versus blending,” like it’s a contest or a prize fight. We both drink juices and smoothies, with different benefits in mind, and recommend both. Green smoothies and whole blended juices retain the nutrients in skins, piths, and seeds, along with fiber, which slows down the assimilation of sugars and pushes food through the digestive system, binding and bulking toxins to assist the body in expelling them. Fresh juices, either with their pulp or strained, provide a more concentrated, nutrient dense food, and facilitate a less vigorous digestive process, reserving energy for detoxification and regeneration. That’s especially helpful in periods of illness or during a cleanse. Specifically for fasting, we recommend drinking fresh juices strained to remove as much of the pulp as possible.

Weight loss is commonly a natural result of a cleanse. If you don’t have extra weight to lose, your body will naturally recalibrate after the cleanse is over. We prefer to focus on gaining health and exploring new ideas, rather than on losing weight or giving up favorite foods. To gauge the effectiveness of your cleanse as it’s going forward, look for subtle shifts in your body, like more energy, deeper sleep, more regular digestion, clearer/softer skin, mental clarity.

During a cleanse, some of the weight loss, about 2-4 lbs. is often water weight and colon matter that will return once you complete the cleanse. The typical average sustainable weight loss reported from participants is approximately 1/2 – 1 lb. per day if you have extra weight to lose.  

JUICE FASTING QUESTIONS

In our experience, the ideal middle ground for most of us is juice fasting. It offers all the benefits of fasting, such as the intense healing process in the body, while slowing down the detox process so that it’s comfortable. A well-programmed juice fast delivers significant, easily absorbed, concentrated nutrients, which aid the cleansing process, with sufficient calories to fuel detox. Juice fasting is not only easy and safe, it’s extraordinarily effective, and we’ve seen thousands of people experience its benefits. What they report ranges from simply feeling better to significantly improving health, alleviating a variety of health conditions, including headaches, high blood pressure, sugar imbalances, sinus problems, skin conditions, and digestive issues. Fasting and cleansing contributes to wellness, and can—with proper guidance—be safely practiced for periods of up to 120 days.
While it’s wonderful to feel the benefits, we want you to know what actually happens in the body during and after a cleanse. During a fast, your body taps into energy by burning excess fats, along with sugars and other carbohydrates. The liver is the star in this process – converting fats into three water-soluble compounds called ketone bodies that then deliver energy throughout the body for use.

Our bodies store toxins chiefly in fats, to keep those damaging chemicals away from vital tissues. During a fast the liver breaks down fats more rapidly, promoting the release of those toxins. Fasting boosts the body’s built-in detox processes.  

In addition to the detox benefits, fasting aids digestion, nutrient absorption, and healing. Fasting reduces the energy and resources normally devoted to the digestive system, and diverts it to the immune system and metabolic processes, allowing the body to rest and rebuild. During fasting, your core body temperature decreases as your metabolism slows down, along with other bodily functions. Your base metabolic rate, or BMR, is reduced to conserve energy, and your blood sugar levels drop as the body utilizes reservoirs of glycogen in the liver. The stomach and intestines get a break from constant digestion, and instead, have supplemental energy to restore glands and muscle in their lining; at the same time, these organs become more efficient at removing waste matter. Hormone production, particularly that of anti-aging growth hormones, increases during fasting as well.

Fasting enables the body to become a more efficient self-healer, enabling it to use its resources more fully. This heightened power results in more efficient regeneration at a microscopic level. DNA and RNA genetic production become highly efficient during a fast, synthesizing vital proteins the body needs for healthier cells, tissues and organs. Medical studies have shown that fasting cuts off the supply of nutrients to tumors, helping the body’s natural defenses break down abnormal growths and expel them.

We highly recommend that you fast as outlined in the cleanse plan, however, you do not have to fast to derive benefits from the cleanse. In our program, there are 3 basic levels of cleansing intensity from eating clean, to raw foods, to the most intense, juice fasting. The deeper the intensity, the more benefits you derive from the cleanse. This program is designed to maximize the cleanse benefits with a 3-day juice fast in addition to the clean eating and raw food portions of the program. However, if for any reason, you prefer not to or cannot fast, you can still participate and receive great benefits from the 14-day clean eating program.

 

If you choose not to fast this time, we recommend that you continue eating raw, vegan, grain-free foods as per the menu plan for days 5, 6, 11, and 12. Raw foods are more cleansing than the cooked foods, and will deepen the benefits beyond just clean eating and you can repeat any of the menu items found on these days. You can always repeat the cleanse another time and consider fasting when you feel ready. The cleanse program is beneficial to your health and will help you adapt healthy new habits either way.  

No. You don’t have to, but we highly recommend it for an optimal cleanse benefits and minimum discomfort. Colonics before the juice fast will make you more comfortable and help you get more out of the cleanse. Before beginning a juice fast, it is essential to clean out the colon as fully as possible. Once the colon is cleared of solid foods its processes of digestion slow down significantly, but if the colon is not cleared, toxins will remain trapped in the body and can cause discomfort.

Read the Colon Cleansing Guide  , available with our 14-Day Guided Cleanses, for more information to make the most informed decision for yourself.

If you choose not to do any colon cleansing, you may experience more significant detox symptoms and hunger during the fasting portion, and you may not receive the maximum benefits. However, you can still fast, and we encourage you to focus on hydrating as much as reasonably possible to maximize your benefits without colon cleansing.

It’s preferable to have slightly more fruit-based juices during the day to help break down toxins in the body. Vegetable-based juices are generally more alkaline and contain more minerals, so they’re better in the afternoons and evenings to help rebuild the body and prepare it for rest. Juicing is not a strict science, so you may fare well drinking sweet or savory juices any time of the day, but these are good general guidelines.

When fasting, it’s necessary to strain all juices to ensure that you’re not asking your system to deal with solid food, including fibrous pulp. Solid food will encourage the digestive process to begin again and bring on hunger—not desirable during a fast. For cleansing without juice fasting, straining isn’t necessary.

If you feel you need more juice, more calories, or have low blood sugar, you can repeat any of these juices during the same time period of any given day in the program. If it’s still morning, for example, go ahead and make yourself another batch of that day’s morning juice.

Yes. Fasting and cleansing contributes to wellness, and can—with proper guidance—be safely practiced for periods of up to 120 days. You may decide to extend your juice fast beyond the 3 days in our 3-day cleanse. A benefit of extending a 3-day juice fast is that from the fifth to the tenth day of the extended fast, the body begins to work on deep-tissue repair, addressing old injuries and chronic, long-term conditions. You can extend our 3-day juice fast up to a total of 15 days, simply repeating the cycle of juices as outlined, so you go through each cycle five times.

If you choose to extend the juice fast beyond 3 days, you’ll want to extend each stage in transitioning out of your fast so it’s half as long as your fast, all in. If you fast for 10 days, make each stage of transition 5 days, so you’re back to a whole foods diet 15 days after your fast ends. You’ll need to modify the meal plan accordingly.

Extend a juice fast, including our 3-day fast, only with professional guidance and coaching. Some people extend a juice fast up to 120 days. For those new to this practice, we recommend fasting no longer than 15 days.

Follow the menu plan as designed carefully and read the Break-Fast Guide , available with our 14-Day Guided Cleanses. After experimenting with many ways of breaking a fast, we’ve found that this simple method works the best. Our program’s transition back to eating, in stages, is easy to follow, gentle, and safe. Essentially, you’re moving through three meal plans: from all-liquid to high-liquid, high-water-content foods, to clean, whole-foods.

Detoxification uses a lot of energy, and your body goes through quite a number of changes, so it needs rest. If you push yourself during a cleanse, especially a fast, you will take energy away from your body’s natural detoxification process and hinder the benefits. Nurture yourself as much as possible, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Allow extra time during the cleanse for rest, retreat, reflection and rejuvenation. We advise against intense exercise, particular during the juice fast, but encourage moderate walking, stretching, rebounding, yoga, and tai chi. Take a break from running, cycling, lifting weights, or other strenuous activity. In short: Listen to your body. Rest when it wants to rest, move when it wants to move.   

We recommend organic foods whenever possible, especially during a cleanse. If you’re working with budget restrictions, or live in an area with limited accessibility to organic produce, you can rely on the guidelines provided by the Environmental Working Group. See EWG’s Dirty Dozen PlusTM and Clean 15TM, combined, they’re a great resource for determining where to put the emphasis in choosing organic produce.

14-DAY CLEANSE QUESTIONS

During our 14-day program, the meal plan excludes:

  • all animal products (red meat, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs),
  • gluten
  • grains
  • legumes
  • refined sugar
  • natural and artificial sweeteners except stevia
  • caffeine
  • alcohol
  • recreational drugs
  • refined and processed foods

Though some of these excluded foods may have great nutritional value, they’re harder to digest than fruits and vegetables, and eliminating them temporarily frees the energy in the body normally spent on digesting them for cleansing and repairing.

Generally, no. During the clean eating portion of the cleanse, have as much as you like of foods within your day’s meal plan, which includes the recipes, snack lists, and drinks. You don’t want to feel consistently hungry, and that’s not beneficial to your cleanse, but do try to eat only when you experience hunger.

Adjust portions: Double, increase, or decrease the recipes as necessary, or add snacks from the Tasty Snack List. Be sure to adjust the shopping lists accordingly. Our experience has been that most people feel little or no hunger after the first couple of days of the cleanse. But each body is unique—yours will tell you what it wants.  Our portions are quite generous for the heartiest appetite. You may find the food is too much for your appetite. You can either cut down on the portions and prepare less or share extras with a loved one!

The only time you may experience slight hunger is usually the first 24 hours of the fast, if at all. You can drink water, herbal tea, or more juice to minimize hunger.

  1. Join The Decadent Detox Program.
  2. Create a Login and Password.
  3. Login and access your Dashboard.
  4. Download the Pre-Cleanse Materials on the Dashboard: Pre-Cleanse Checklist, Success Guide, Recipes, Shopping Lists, and Focus Chart. 
  5. Prepare your body for cleansing – eliminate items. Follow the instructions in the Pre-Cleanse Checklist.
  6. Join the private Facebook Group 
  7. Mark the Scheduled Support Calls on your calender
  8. Clear your calendar to have as much rest as possible during the cleanse.
Go to the Dashboard and download the recipes. The Meal Plan and Recipes are in that document.
Head to the Dashboard and download the Shopping Lists from the top row.

You do need a blender and a juicer to participate in this cleanse. If you don’t have one, ask a friend if you can borrow these appliances.
Or purchase them prior to starting the cleanse.
Download the Pre-Cleanse Checklist from your Dashboard to see the necessary kitchen equipment.

Refer to the tasty snack list with your menu plan and recipes. Try to carry some of these with you during your day. In any portion of the cleanse, you can also simply follow the following general guidelines for that day:  

  • Clean eating portion-Days 1-5, 13  & 14: you can eat anything that is unprocessed and vegan, no dairy or animal products. Good choices are vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Raw portion – Days 6 ,7, 11 & 12: You can have some raw fruit, raw nuts or seeds, or some cut up vegetables without processed dips or sauces. No greens or fats on days 11.
  • Fasting portion– Days 8-10: It is more important to follow the recipes on these days, but in a pinch, you can purchase prepared juice only if it is organic, cold-pressed, non-pasteurized, no HPP, and with a relatively low fruit content. These are available in some but not all juice shops. Go for the all green or veggie one if possible.

Stores: Most grocery stores or even convenience stores will have some cut up vegetables or raw fruit or raw nuts, if possible, organic, to purchase in a pinch which are all fine if you are not in the fasting portion.

Restaurants: Clean eating portion: ask the chef to prepare a vegan vegetable plate. No sauces or butter, or a vegan salad with no cheese, no croutons, and no dressing, and with oil and vinegar or lemon juice on the side, even if it is not on the menu.  Raw portion: you can order a raw, vegan salad with no cheese, no croutons, no dressing, and with oil and vinegar or lemon juice on the side, a cut up raw vegetables plate or a fruit bowl.  Restaurants will generally gladly accommodate you if you explain your guidelines.

This is very rare, but if you experience more severe physical symptoms, or extreme discomfort, first review the Common Detox Symptoms and potential remedies, available with 14-Day Guided Cleanse. Make sure you are hydrated, and try the natural remedies listed first. For sinus headaches, the remedy may take 1-8 hours to relieve sinus pressure.

If you still feel extreme discomfort after following all of the above, you can slow the detox process by:

Clean eating portion: Slow down a cleanse by adding more raw fruits and vegetables and good fats such as avocado or nuts and seeds. Hydrate intensely. You can stay in clean foods mode as needed until all symptoms have subsided and you are ready to move into the fasting portion.

Fasting portion: if you ever need to break a fast, always begin very gently with high-water raw fruits and vegetables such as melons or cucumbers. This is critical as your body is not ready to digest other foods, particularly greens and fats.

If your symptoms are beyond normal detox symptoms as described in our Common Detox Symptoms, please seek professional medical assistance. Your symptoms may be completely unrelated to your cleanse and you shouldn’t ignore any serious symptoms of illness.

Don’t panic. All is not lost! Just get back to the meal plan and clean eating and continue to cleanse your body. Extend your clean eating by a day if you need to make up for some set back.

See the Sleep Tips Guide, available with 14-Day Guided Cleanse, for more information on how to sleep better. Most participants report sleeping much more deeply as they cleanse.

Medications: Take any needed medications as prescribed or consult with your healthcare provider.

Supplements: We recommend eliminating all supplements, including natural supplements, during the 3-day juice fast, as pills and capsules tend to stimulate hunger. They are fine during the non-fasting portion of the cleanse.

Detoxification uses a lot of energy, and your body goes through quite a number of changes, so it needs rest. If you push yourself during a cleanse, especially a fast, you will take energy away from your body’s natural detoxification process and hinder the benefits. Nurture yourself as much as possible, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Allow extra time during the cleanse for rest, retreat, reflection and rejuvenation. We advise against intense exercise, particularly during the juice fast, but encourage moderate walking, stretching, rebounding, yoga, and tai chi. Take a break from running, cycling, lifting weights, or other strenuous activity. In short: Listen to your body. Rest when it wants to rest, move when it wants to move, but be gentle with yourself.

We recommend organic foods whenever possible, especially during a cleanse. If you’re working with budget restrictions, or live in an area with limited accessibility to organic produce, you can rely on the guidelines provided by the Environmental Working Group. See EWG’s Dirty Dozen PlusTM and Clean 15TM, combined, they’re a great resource for determining where to put the emphasis in choosing organic produce.
Follow the menu plan as designed carefully and read the Break-Fast Guide, available with 14-Day Guided Cleanse. After experimenting with many ways of breaking a fast, we’ve found that this simple method works the best. Our program’s transition back to eating, in stages, is easy to follow, gentle, and safe. Essentially, you’re moving through three meal plans: from all-liquid through high-liquid, high-water-content to clean, whole-foods.

It’s preferable to have slightly more fruit-based juices during the day to help break down toxins in the body. Vegetable-based juices are generally more alkaline and contain more minerals, so they’re better in the afternoons and evenings to help rebuild the body and prepare it for rest. Juicing is not a strict science, so you may fare well drinking sweet or savory juices any time of the day, but these are good general guidelines.

If you suspect you’ve got food sensitivities or allergies, during the breaking the fast period after Stage 3, beginning on Day 14 of the cleanse and beyond, is an ideal time to check for sensitivities as you reintroduce these foods. The most common sensitivities/allergens include: dairy, gluten/wheat, soy, corn, citrus, nightshades -which include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, and melons. Reactions to look out for: sudden indigestion, headaches, sinus congestion, nausea, dizziness and heart palpitations. The best way to test suspect foods is to add them back to your diet one at a time. Each time you re-introduce a food, observe how your body reacts over at least 48 hours before reintroducing another suspect food. Add each food in its most whole form. To test dairy products, for example, add whole milk, not skim; to test wheat, try cream of wheat, not bread. We’ve seen many people discover food sensitivities or allergies after fasting, even if they’ve eaten a given food without symptoms all their lives. Don’t confuse this informal test, though, with self-diagnosis. If you suspect sensitivities or allergies, consult your healthcare practitioner.

We recommend a cleanse at the change of each season, so we’ve developed four specific programs, for summer, fall, winter, and spring. Eating in harmony with nature and in keeping with the seasons supports the body’s built-in health and cleansing processes. Foods harvested in the spring, like asparagus and greens, promote detoxification after winter, while foods grown in the summer, like berries, melon and cucumber, help to cool our bodies and keep us hydrated. In the colder months, warming root vegetables help to strengthen and sustain the body. By eating local, seasonal produce we support our communities, reduce our carbon footprints, and get fresher, better-tasting food that’s easily available.

Probiotic replenishment is vital for a balanced internal ecosystem that supports health. Probiotic-rich foods are cleansing and improve digestion and are essential for the assimilation of protein and all nutrients. To get your daily dose: drink water kefir or milk kefir and other probiotic-rich beverages, such as kombucha; eat 1/4 cup of fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut or fermented pickles, with every meal during the cleanse, except during fasting days, and beyond; add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to your smoothies; drink a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder in solution. If you use probiotic capsules, break them open to release the powder, because gel caps are not easily digestible.

At least once or twice a day, we recommend that you drink filtered water with fresh lemon juice, to alkalize the body. This is particularly beneficial on rising, after a night’s rest, to alkalize the body, stimulate the digestive tract and prepare the body for food. Drink your lemon water warm or at room temperature, not iced.