How to Cleanse Your Body With Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Three Parts:Preparing to Start a CleanseDoing the detoxEnsuring your success!

There are all kinds of cleanse diets out there that promise a variety of results. This diet helps you to take a few days to concentrate on cutting out unhealthy foods and incorporating lots more fruits and vegetables into your diet. It’s a great way to gain new healthy habits that will leave you feeling good in the long run.

Part 1
Preparing to Start a Cleanse

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    Decide if a cleanse is right for you. Cleanses work best as a way to jumpstart good eating habits. Cleanses do not detox your body. Weight loss resulting from cleanses is usually temporary. Cleanses do help you to be more conscious of your food choices, your eating habits, and help you to practice eating fresh, healthy foods. If that’s what you’re after, go for it![1]
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    Clear your calendar. Cleanses take effort since you will be radically changing how you prepare your meals and how you eat. You might also notice changes in your energy level. Make sure your schedule is flexible enough to accommodate unforeseen effects of the diet.[2]
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    Taper off forbidden foods. Before you start your cleanse, slowly cut back on foods that don’t fit into your cleanse such as coffee, alcohol, salt, sugar, and sweeteners. Tapering off ahead of time will help make the adjustment easier and will reduce unpleasant feelings associated with withdrawal.[3]
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    Shop sensibly. Along with lovely, colorful fruits and vegetables, make sure to purchase foods that will supply your body with energy. Choose foods that contain protein and healthy fat such as eggs (or egg whites), poultry, fish, legumes or tofu.[4]

Part 2
Doing the detox

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    Start your day with a fresh breakfast. In the morning, eat any raw, ripe fruits you like. You might blend them into a smoothie or eat them as-is. Be sure to include in your meal carbs in the form of vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. You can also add an avocado to your breakfast for a protein-boost and to make your meal more filling.[5]
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    Lunch on a salad. In the afternoon, eat a large vegetable salad with as many different vegetables as possible. For dressing, mix olive oil with any fresh citrus juice. Avoid adding salt to your salad or dressing to minimize water retention during your diet. If you’d like to make the meal more substantial, add a steamed potato or yam (hold the butter and/or brown sugar).[6]
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    Power up at dinner. In the evening, eat any combination of raw vegetables and fruits you would like. Add 20-30 grams of protein to maintain your energy and help your body to function like it should. You can eat three extra-large eggs, a half-cup of diced chicken breast, a four-ounce fillet of salmon, or a half-cup of black beans, for example.[7]
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    Snack clean. Hungry between meals? Snack on any raw fruits, vegetables, fresh juices, and smoothies made with raw fruits and vegetables. You can dip your raw veggies in guacamole made with avocado, red onion, and lemon or lime juice.[8]
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    Drink clean. At any time, drink as much water, sparkling water, peppermint tea or chamomile tea as you would like.[9]

Part 3
Ensuring your success!

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    Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will reduce bloating, help you feel more full, and aid in your body’s natural cleansing processes.[10]
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    Embrace healthy carbs. Carbs get a bad rap but the truth is your body needs them to function properly. Your diet should contain at least 120 grams of carbohydrates a day.[11]
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    Limit your cleanse. Limiting what you eat can leave you with low energy and can be logistically difficult. Limiting your cleanse to three days until you have a lot of experience with what kind of diet your body needs to function at its fullest. [12]

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