Considering a cleanse such as the 2-Step Cleanse and Detox from Optimal Health Science? In a previous post we discussed how to approach exercising during a cleanse. Just as important to consider is the part that nutrition plays during a cleanse. Our eating habits can have a big impact on we look and feel. Do you need to eat differently during a cleanse? Are there any foods that you should avoid? In this post we will answer these questions and share other tips to keep in mind during a cleanse.

The Importance of Nutrition to Overall Health

Scientific evidence shows us that well-balanced nutrition gives our bodies the fuel we need to survive and thrive. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore—it can actually be enjoyable. The National Health and Medical Research Council of the Australian Government says that while eating a balanced diet is essential for optimum health and wellbeing, “enjoyment of a healthy diet can also be one of the great cultural pleasures of life.” Eating a variety of different foods is the best way to ensure that we get all the nutrients we need, including carbohydrates, protein, essential fats, vitamins, and minerals.

What to Eat and Drink During a Cleanse

During a cleanse, it is still important to follow the basic principles of a well-balanced diet, including eating a variety of different foods, especially raw whole foods when possible.

Optimal Health Science recommends that you plan to eat meals that are low in fat and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates during a cleanse.

What kinds of foods are low in fat and high in fiber? The answer—vegetables, especially leafy greens, as well as fruits and whole grains. It’s best to avoid overly processed or packaged foods. Even though processed and packaged foods can be very convenient, they tend to have less nutritional value than raw whole foods. They can also include artificial chemicals, food colorings, and sweeteners that don’t do anything for your health, and can even be harmful.

When you are filling your days with healthy foods, don’t forget that proper hydration is a must! We get some water from food and other drinks, but drinking water on its own is also important. You should aim to drink up to 8 or more glasses of water per day. Exactly how much water you need can vary depending on variables like your weight, how active you are, and whether you live in a hot or cold climate.

Making a Plan for Your Cleanse

You should not use a supplement such as 2-Step Cleanse more frequently than 30-days on and 30-days off. During this time, you do not need to make drastic changes to your diet. You will likely have the best results if you try to fill your regular diet with low-fat, high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as much as you can. It may take some extra planning at first to prepare nutritious meals, but it’s worth the effort. You may even find that the more you eat healthy, highly nutritious foods, the more you enjoy them.