If you need to, eat some fresh fruits and some raw nuts such as almonds or cashews to avoid your blood sugar levels dropping too low. You can drink freshly juiced vegetable juices, herb teas, and plenty of plain water.
N.B. All the above foods are examples of cleansing, easy-to-digest, healing and nourishing, and “hypo-allergenic” foods (i.e. those least likely to trigger any potential inflammatory or immune reaction in the gut or in the body). These are therefore perfect foods for a “general” cleansing and “detoxifying” diet.
Recipe: Add three dessert spoons of Greek yoghurt to a bowl and top with fruit of your choice. Add honey for added sweetness if needed.
Recipe (serves 2): Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine 2 chopped sweet potatoes, olive oil, paprika and salt, place on a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes. Toast ¼ cup of quinoa in a pan for 2 minutes before adding 1 cup of water, covering and simmering for 20 minutes. In a bowl, combine 200 grams black beans, 1 chopped bell pepper, a handful of cherry tomatoes, fresh coriander and juice of 1 lime. Add the sweet potato and quinoa once cooked. Serve and enjoy.
Do whatever you feel capable of doing. You may decide to begin on a weekend, or simply when you have more time to prepare. Having said that, there is no time like the present!
Have a warm bath, and try and go to bed no later than 10pm if at all possible. If you do suffer with constipation or IBS symptoms, try giving yourself a gentle abdominal massage with warmed “cold pressed” organic sesame oil. Use large circular clockwise movements over the lower bowel, every evening after your bath. At the start of your 7-day cleanse, make an effort to clear and clean the bedroom and put clean sheets on the bed.