The best way to ease into a colon cleanse, which should not be a shock to the system, is to spend a week preparing (and you have almost 2 before your cleanse). First, drop any food or drinks with artificial ingredients (diet soda, packaged convenience foods, fast food). For another day or two, drop carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) – just eating lean protein, vegetables, fruit, and plenty of water. In my opinion, a little coffee (1.2 cup) or tea is fine during this week of getting ready to cleanse. Others are more purist on the issue of caffeine, but a caffeine withdrawal headache is a big disincentive to continuing, so if you are used to caffeine, have less than usual per day, but enjoy it. Day 3 or 4, depending on how you did without carbohydrates, drop protein, and just eat fruits and vegetables, steamed, raw, as much as desired, along with any juices that appeal, a cup or two of green tea if desired, and plain water. This 5-7 day plan of eating allows you to get the most out of the herbs that stimulate elimination.
Exercise restrictions are not usually a problem, but many people find their energy level changes through a cleanse – it takes energy to mobilize the material that builds up in our systems, so you may feel a little tired or low energy during the first few days. Often, people feel an increase in energy toward the end and following a colon cleanse. You don’t want to push yourself, but simply staying active isn’t going to hurt. The key is to listen to your body – remember with some harder types of exercise your body requires specific foods and nutrients to get you through and you aren’t getting those during cleansing. Sometimes it’s better to do simple exercises such as yoga, etc.
Amanda McQuade Crawford
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