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  1. Commit to It! If you’re truly sick and tired of being sick and tired then you will do great with a cleanse. If you’re only kind of sick and tired of being addicted to sugar and processed foods, then it may take hitting “rock bottom” as we say in the addiction world before you’re ready to really change.
  2. Eat whole foods. I recommend starting your cleanse just eating fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and oils. All in their purest, rawest forms possible. A great place to get you started is the Whole Living Action Plan. Try to do this for a week. Eat as much of these things as you want. When you’re eating a clean, plant-based diet, you don’t have to do extreme cleanses!! Then add in a bit of gluten-free grains. Leave the dairy and eggs for the third week.
  3. Juice Your Greens– Organic celery, cucumber, fennel, mint, dandelion greens. These are alkalizing and incredibly cleansing. You can add a carrot or half a beet in there for some sweetness. Green juices are like liquid vitamins and are really effective, in my experience, at helping curb cravings for junk and sweets. The more greens the better and this is just one way of getting them in.
  4. Avoid caffeine while on your cleanse- switch to warm lemon water with a dash of raw apple cider vinegar in the mornings. This concoction helps your body remove toxins.
  5. Understand that your taste buds will change their preferences- Be patient If you eat healthy enough, your taste buds WILL change and you’ll start to crave greens and healthy foods. The catch? You actually have to eat as clean and pure as much as possible! And it’s so worth it. You’ll feel amazing.

Bonus step: Add oil pulling to your morning routine –it’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique to cleanse the body of toxins.

Namaste, Jenna

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Jenna Pacelli is a Holistic Health Coach and Yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay area who loves to run, sleep under the stars, bake things, and dream about all the ways she can help people get healthier, happier and more balanced.