Everything you need to know to
Before Your Cleanse
Preparing for your cleanse is key to getting maximum results. Follow these nutritionist-guidelines for a minimum of 1 day, but ideally 3 days before you begin your cleanse.
- Bottles should arrive frozen.
- Store the bottles in your freezer until you are ready to use them.
Thaw bottles in your refrigerator.
- Thawing may take 24-48 hours depending on how cold your refrigerator is. It is best to separate them in the space that you have.
- If cleansing, thaw one day at a time.
- Once thawed, bottles should be kept refrigerated and consumed within 24 hours.
Foods to cut out before cleansing
- Eliminate processed foods including all products containing refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and refined seed oils. Cut out dairy, meat, and processed grain products.
- Cut out all alcohol, sodas, and other sugary drinks. Minimize coffee and tea to one cup per day and drink it without cream or sugar. If you cannot drink your coffee black, swap sugar with a natural sweetener like honey and replace cream with a clean plant milk.
Foods to increase before cleansing
Eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible in the days leading up to your cleanse. Do not limit fresh fruits! Include other healthy carbohydrates like baked white and sweet potatoes, beans, and whole grains like rice, quinoa, and oats.
You’ll want to ensure that you are drinking half your body weight in ounces of filtered water the days leading up to your cleanse. You can also enjoy caffeine-free herbal teas without restriction.
Clean out your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer
The #1 place to start is making sure to always read ingredient labels. If you look at a label and you cannot pronounce an ingredient or you don't know what it is, it probably isn't a whole, healthy food.
Avoid these ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, refined seed oils (also including canola oil, “vegetable” oil, and soybean oil), added colors, added preservatives (ie - potassium sorbate), artificial sweeteners, enriched flour, gums, maltodextrin, and anything ending in “-ose” - Yep, that’s refined sugar.
When going through your foods, we suggest making 3 piles and tossing (or donating) the first pile:
- Foods with junk ingredients that you can live without
- Foods with junk ingredients that you CANNOT live without
- Foods with clean ingredients
During Your Cleanse
This is a list of the most-commonly asked questions during cleansing. Read up on these before your first day to help set yourself up for success with your cleanse.
How exactly does a cleanse work?
During a cleanse you will drink 6 bottles of cold-pressed juices and/or plant-based smoothies for 3,5,7, or 10 days. Always drink plenty of water in between bottles. And while you can snack on the list of approved foods below, focusing primarily on the juices and smoothies will render the best results.
In what order should I drink the bottles?
While there is no right or wrong order to follow when drinking your juices and smoothies on cleanse days, our nutritionist suggests the following:
- Skinny Cleanse: Tarte Greens, Sweet Greens, Citrus Carrot, Cool Greens, Sweet Roots, Sweet Greens
- Protein Cleanse: Sweet Greens, Citrus Carrot, Sweet Roots, Vanilla Cashew, Cacao Hemp, Peanut Butter
- Lower Sugar* Detox Cleanse: Lemony Greens, Citrus Mint, Apple Celery, Strawberry Greens, Vanilla Greens, Protein Greens
How often should I drink each bottle?
Drink the bottles as you become hungry. If you find you don’t need all 6 bottles daily, save the extras to extend your cleanse or to use as a snack or meal replacement after your cleanse.
What if I am hungry?
If 6 bottles a day is not enough for you, try eating raw fruits and/or vegetables. Any are good, but ripe bananas are extra filling. If you are still hungry, try a plain baked white or sweet potato or some plain steamed vegetables.
Can I drink coffee and tea?
Yes, but drink it without any cream or sugar. If you cannot drink your coffee black, swap sugar with a natural sweetener like honey and replace cream with a clean plant milk.
Will I need to be close to a restroom?
No, this is a myth. Most people do not see any changes in their frequency or urgency when they do a juice cleanse. As opposed to typical powder and capsule cleanses that are harsh on your digestive system and can make you feel like you can’t leave the house, fresh juices provide a gentle cleansing effect on the body that rarely leads to any unnatural bathroom necessities. This type of gentle detox is exactly what your body needs to thrive.
Should I expect any side effects, and how do I prevent them?
The vast majority of people who do a juice cleanse will experience no negative side effects at all. However, because your body is detoxing it is possible that you may experience some of the following:
- Detox bloat & flatulence
- Fatigue or brain fog
- Strong cravings
- Skin breakouts and reactions
- Body aches
Steps to minimize or avoid the potential detox symptoms of cleansing:
- Preparation is key. Before starting a juice cleanse we highly recommend up to a week of preparation to reduce unpleasant symptoms.
- Drink plenty of hydrating fluids such as water, coconut water, and caffeine-free herbal teas.
- Avoid dairy, gluten, alcohol, and processed foods.
- Include more fruits and vegetables every day leading up to your juice cleanse.
- Work on limiting your coffee intake to one cup per day.
Should I be drinking water?
Yes, drink water as often as you need to. Being properly hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins more efficiently.
After Your Cleanse
If you go back to poor eating habits, the weight you lost during cleansing will come back on. However, if you follow the nutritionist-guidelines below you can maintain your cleanse results for the long-term.
Maintain the weight loss and lose 2-3 pounds more each week
You’ll want to continue loading your body with raw fruits and vegetables and the easiest way to do this is by transitioning into the Stay Skinny Method. This pack was designed specifically for post-cleanse weight loss goals and is the perfect way to transition back into eating real food.
This weekly weight loss system is nutritionist-developed to ensure that you maintain the weight you lost during your cleanse and then continue to lose an additional 2-3 pounds every week.
Purge your pantry and fridge
If you didn’t purge your pantry and freezer before you cleansed, be sure to take the time now to rid your house of processed food. When you’re surrounded by unhealthy foods you’re more likely to make unhealthy choices.
Don’t try to finish up all the bad foods in your house before you purge. If it’s old, get rid of it. If it’s newer, consider donating to a food pantry.
Read your labels
If it comes in a box or bag, make sure to read the label. Ingredients you can’t pronounce? Toss it.
Avoid these: High fructose corn syrup, refined seed oils (also including canola oil, “vegetable” oil, and soybean oil),hydrogenated oils, added colors, added preservatives (ie - potassium sorbate), artificial sweeteners, enriched flour, gums, maltodextrin, and anything ending in “-ose” - Yep, that’s refined sugar.
Eat and drink in moderation
Avoid dairy, processed grains, refined oils, and alcohol as much as possible. We’re not asking you to cut them out completely. But be mindful.
Follow this rule: Eat clean 80-90% of the time. That leaves wiggle room for weekend parties, family get-togethers, and those times when you really just need that piece of chocolate to cope.
Add these to your grocery list
Stick to whole, plant foods as much as possible. This means shopping the outside aisles of the grocery store. Fresh is always best.
Stock up on lots of raw fruits & vegetables for snacks, healthy fats like avocado, raw nuts, & hummus, and some dairy-free options like coconut yogurt and almond milk.