Sunday, 10 January 2016

How To: Survive A Juice Cleanse During Winter


Deciding whether to do a juice cleanse in winter is a tough one. On one hand, your digestive system may be calling out for a break, but on the other, it's so damn cold! Anyone who's ever tried a juice cleanse will know that drinking bottles of refrigerated drinks all day will make you extra susceptible to feeling the chill. Starting a cleanse in the height of summer is far easier, but then again there are all those impromptu alfresco boozing sessions to contend with, soooo...

If, like me, you're juicing in winter - here are some tips to help get you through it in one piece:
  • If you're making your juices at home, try letting fruits and vegetables get to room temperature before you juice them - that way, not everything you drink is so super cold!
  • But if you're ordering one, make sure it's right for you. I went with the 'first timer' cleanse from Imbibery as (even though I'm not a first time juicer) it has lots of warming root veg, ginger, cayenne pepper and cinnamon.
  • While juicing, it's advised to drink water in addition to the juices - but it doesn't have to be cold! Try starting your day with hot water and lemon, drinking herbal teas, and even gently heating up the cashew milk to help you drift off to sleep.
  • If possible, try to do your cleanse on a day you're going to be at home and can rest a lot. Or, if it's a 3-day cleanse, start on a Saturday and finish on the Monday (when you'll be feeling much more energised).
  • Keep your body temperature up by turning on the heating, wrapping up in layers, having hot baths with Himalayan or Epsom salts, and doing some gentle exercise to get your blood flowing.
  • If you don't feel up to a full-on cleanse, split the juices over a few days and add in a heathy, fresh hot meal or homemade soup in the evenings.
  • If you need something savoury, warm and not at all juice-like, mix a teaspoon of Bouillon Powder (I use the reduced salt version) in a mug of hot water. It's a lifesaver!
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