You just finished a 3 day juice cleanse.
But now, you don’t know what to eat.
If you read our post How To: The Best Way to Juice Cleanse, you know that your post-cleanse is super important.
We’ve got you covered: what to eat, what not to eat, what to do, what not to do.
But first, let’s talk about body alkalinity.
Your body was too acidic.
It was causing you pain, bad sleep, low energy, and a feeling of bleaah.
You knew a cleanse would get rid of all that bad.
And it’s worked. So let’s continue with more foods that work.
But to understand what TO eat, let’s see how you first got to that bleaah place.
Did you drink a lot of alcohol? sugary drinks like soda? lots of caffeine like coffee?
How about eating fried foods? meat? or processed foods?
These foods are acid forming, meaning they cause your body to become more acidic.
An acidic body leads to inflammation, chronic fatigue, and a host of health issues.
PRO TIP: The game plan is to keep your body balance by reinforcing alkaline-forming habits.
1. Drink plenty of water
Drinking enough water helps keep your body systems working efficiently. You drink a lot of water during a 3 day juice cleanse diet, so you'll get the hang of it.
Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. An easy rule of thumb is 8 cups of water daily.
Splurge on a water bottle, so you'll have easy access to water all day long.
If you like water with a little bit more oomph, adding lemon will boost its alkaline powers and give you a refreshing taste.
2. Balance your meals
There's an easy way to eat what you like.
Balance out your meals by combining alkaline with foods that are acidic.
Focus on foods that are high in potassium like lemons or bananas.
Here’s the chart of Acid-forming vs Alkaline-forming foods. Eat more of the foods on the RIGHT:
3. Trade coffee for tea
Green Tea is a great alkalizer
Green tea is highly alkaline. If you like to try new flavors, give jasmine, sencha or matcha a try. Teas are high in antioxidants and can help you de-stress.
If you can't give up the black gold, then switch to a less processed, less acidic coffee. They'll be labeled "low acid." Cold brewed coffee is also a lot less acidic.
4. Stay Raw
Add more raw food into your diet
Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. This means eating it raw steamed as opposed to frying it. On that topic, just stay away from frying.
A 3 day juice cleanse diet floods your system with raw fruits and veggies, so continue the good work after your cleanse.
5. Prefer naturally sweet
Refined sugar is one of the most acidic foods and leads to many other health issues. It's hard because sugar pops up everywhere, so quit adding sugar if you can. Ditch those sugary drinks.
If you must sweeten, use coconut sugar, agave, or small amounts of honey. These are natural sweeteners with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
6. Go easy on the meat
Tofu is a delicious source of protein
You don’t need to cut out meat entirely, but try to eat more veggie sources of protein. This means more tofu and beans. Veggie proteins are a lot more alkaline-forming.
7. Eat more greens
Leafy greens are highly alkaline and rich in oxygen. Load up on leafy greens every day: Drink green veggie juice or add salad to your meals.
Greens contain high amounts of chlorophyll, which contain high amounts of oxygen and oxygen = alkalinity.
You can even add green powders and liquids to your smoothies or juices. Look up powders like spirulina or wheatgrass. Chlorophyll also comes as a liquid you can drop straight into a drink.
8. Snack on Fresh
Smoothies and juices are great ways to snack on fresh foods throughout your day
Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet by snacking on them, making fresh smoothies or green juices.
Try to eat some carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, cucumber, potatoes, or celery every day. Soak and sprout your nuts and grains for more alkalinity.
This is a great reason to start a 3 day juice cleanse diet. You break your body out of its old bad habits and build healthy habits like drinking juice.
9. Chew your food
It's less obvious than it sounds. It's important to remember that digestion begins in the mouth! Saliva is alkaline-forming, so chewing every mouthful 20 to 40 times is ideal. Plus it gives your stomach an easier time.
10. Sweat it out
Sweating releases toxins through your pores. The more we sweat, the more toxins we release. The fewer toxins in our systems, the less acidic our bodies are.
Infrared saunas, steam baths, and hot yoga classes are fantastic ways to take your sweating to the next level.
11. Move your body
Movement keeps your lymph system flowing
Exercise regularly to actively move acids out of the body. This keeps the lymph system flowing and creates more alkaline blood. Biking, running, and swimming are great at getting the lymph going.
Make sure you remember to stretch to counteract acids that build up from intense activity.
12. Sleep and de-stress
Stress creates cellular acidity. Always work on bringing yourself back into balance by creating restorative rituals to re-balance your mind-body connection.
Go to bed early, meditate, take baths, exercise, or simply go for a walk after dinner. Do whatever it is that makes you feel centered.
These tips aren't all or nothing. Fit as many as you can into your lifestyle to keep those acidity effects away. Try it today and plan on dramatically improving how you feel with a 3 day juice cleanse diet.
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