Can you eat food on a juice cleanse?
I had planned to do a 3-day juice cleanse this week. When I penciled it into my calendar, it didn't look like I would have any plans that would interfere, and I would be able to do 3 solid days of juice. However, I didn't factor in the 2 dinners I had planned with friends. So ultimately, I had to alter my juice cleanse and it got me thinking...
How can you incorporate eating on a juice cleanse when unexpected plans require you to do so?
The first step is to be prepared. Showing up to a food truck with only fried options will derail your juice diet cleanse fast - so you want to stay one step ahead. Preparation will ensure that you reap the many benefits of a cleanse.
For example, if you share meals at home with someone, you can let them know about your cleanse plans in advance so they can prepare accordingly and help support your journey.
Next, get clear on what to eat during a cleanse, so you can stock up on the essentials beforehand when hunger hits.
What to eat during a cleanse
1. Add in raw fruits: It's true you can eat while detoxing, and during a cleanse you can't go wrong with raw fruits. They are water-rich and full of fiber. You can also make a green smoothie with your favorite greens, fruit, and berries (fruit can be fresh or frozen). You can't go wrong eating fruit on a juice cleanse.
2. Add in raw vegetables: Raw vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals and delivery that satisfying crunch when you feel like you just need to chew. If you're craving something salty, try sprinkling some cucumber slices with sea salt.
2. Include something more substantial: If you're struggling with feeling like you need something more substantial - or if you're attempting to keep up a normal workout regimen - you can add in some plain steamed vegetables, a plain baked sweet potato, or a plain baked white potato (can be seasoned with lemon & salt). These are healthy and satiating carbs that will not hinder weight loss results.
Can you eat while detoxing?
The moral of the story is that you can be flexible and even eat while doing your juice cleanse, and still get many of the benefits of it. It's not a matter of if you can eat while detoxing, but rather, what to eat during a cleanse (and when to eat it).
Following the above guidelines for snacking on a juice diet cleanse can help you go about your daily activities, like exercising or working out, which would require a bit more energy from food.
As long as you are getting the juice into your body, it's working!