Optimal Pre-Fast Guidelines
Optimal: 3 -7 days prior to fasting, as possible:
Prepare your body for cleansing, by reducing your intake of:
- processed foods
- meat, chicken, fish
Do not go cold-turkey or you could experience mild to severe detox symptoms. If you normally consume any of the items listed in large quantities, ease off of these substances slowly over the course of a week so that you have completely eliminated consumption at least 48 hours prior to beginning the juice fast.
Minimal Pre-Fast Guidelines
24 – 48 hours prior to the juice fast:
Consume all raw foods, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds only. In addition, avoid all foods listed above.
To prepare your digestive system to move away from solid fibrous foods to strained juices, we recommend consuming raw fruits and vegetables only for 24 to 48 hours before beginning our 3-day juice fast. If you are fasting in cold weather and feel the need for cooked food, choose vegetable broth lightly steamed non-starchy vegetables (like leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower). Drink filtered water, lemon water, raw coconut water, fresh juices, and herbal teas.
This practice can hugely benefit your health, and is a part of our own self-care. Still, who wants to talk about colonics, fecal matter, or voluntarily having tubes stuck up the backside? We get it. Any ill-at-ease feeling that comes in reading this next section may be far outweighed by the discomfort you’ll feel if you skip this part of the program.
Colonics before the juice fast will make you more comfortable and help you get more out of the cleanse. Before beginning a juice fast, it is essential to clean out the colon as fully as possible. Once the colon is cleared of solid foods its processes of digestion slow down significantly, but if the colon is not cleared, toxins will remain trapped in the body and can cause discomfort.
The ideal time for a colonic is the evening before the first full day of the juice fast, or the morning you begin. After a colonic, enemas during the fast are optional. Having extensive experience with both open- and closed-system colonics, we recommend the closed system, which enables the therapist to perform body work—lymphatic-drainage massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, etc.—during your session.
By clearing the colon before the juice fast, you encourage the body to establish healthy bowel habits and retrain the colon as one of the main detoxification passages. A colonic in particular minimizes the symptoms of detoxification, and reduces hunger during the fast.
On the morning of Day 1 of the juice fast or the evening before Day 1, get a colonic from a qualified colon hydrotherapist, or self-administer a ‘double’ enema (see instructions below). If you didn’t choose to have a colonic on Day 1 of the juice fast, we recommend administering a regular enema on Day 2 and Day 3 of the fast for the most comfortable detox experience.
Without colon therapy of some kind (even an at-home delivered enema) you can experience some adverse reactions due to toxic overload. Some side effects that can be experienced when not cleansed prior to a full-fast are:
- flu-like symptoms particularly-body/head/joint aches
- abdominal discomfort
- fever, bloating
- sinus congestion
- skin rash/welts
- bad breath
- increased body odor from sweating the toxins out the pores of your skin.
If you experience a lot of detox symptoms, we recommend an additional colonic right after the 3-day juice fast, or a sequence of daily enemas. If you choose to extend a juice fast beyond 3 days, a colonic is ideal on Day 4 or 5 of the fast, and possibly once more. Follow the recommendations of a colon hydrotherapist.
To find a good colon hydrotherapist, ask a trusted doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, reflexologist, or acupuncturist. If you live in the United States, consult The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. Make sure the therapist uses a closed system, and remains in the room doing bodywork throughout the session. In Kansas City we recommend: Cathy Basse (Overland Park), offering a 15% discount to Enjoy participants when they use the code: [goddess17], and Caroline Cawrey (Shawnee, Your Wellness Connection).
If you choose not to have professional colonics, you’ll want to self-administer enemas to clear toxins from your bowels. You should begin daily enemas at least 3 to 4 days in advance of the juice fast.
To administer a double enema, fill the colon with the contents of one enema bag filled with warm water only, and expel immediately, then do a second enema, with the bag 2/3 full, this time adding 3 or 4 drops of fresh lemon juice and 1 cup of chamomile tea, holding for 5 to 15 minutes before expelling. You can purchase enema kits at most pharmacies or online. Look first in the feminine hygiene section, not the enema section, as there you’ll generally find only prepared enema solutions, not just the bag and tube, and we recommend against those chemicals. In the feminine hygiene section, you’ll usually find a “douche/enema/hot water bottle” combo or order online. This contains everything you need.
Administering your first enema will likely be awkward. Relax, breathe, and you’ll quickly get the hang of it. Enemas soon become an easy 20-minute routine. Allow time for this for this practice, as you don’t want to be rushed. If you don’t have time to do an enema in the morning, work it into your evening routine. The easiest position to administer an enema is on your hands and knees in the bathtub.
After inserting catheter or pipe (a natural balm or coconut oil makes it easier), take several deep breaths to relax the stomach muscles, so the water can reach the transverse colon. After filling the bag, bleed the air from the line by hanging the bag higher than your body for gravity flow.
Your body will be moving toxins into the colon more than usual every 24 hours during a prolonged fast. Once peristalsis and defecation reflex slow down and cease (as happens when fasting) these toxins don’t effectively exit the colon unless you do enemas.
We recommend 1 to 3 enemas each day of juice fasting.
Daily Fasting Routine with Enjoy Cleanse Packages
Early Morning (Optional)
1 (8-oz) glass warm alkalizing vegetable broth (see recipe below)
*Gentle Exercise – 30 minutes of gentle movement, no strenuous activity
*When heating water for tea, we don’t bring the water to a complete boil, as boiling destroys enzymes 100%, kills some nutrients.
Herbal Tea (see additional drinks section)
1 glass warm vegetable broth
Dry Skin Brushing (see bodywork section)
Detox Bath (see bodywork section)
Vegetable Broth (Optional)
This broth will alkalize and mineralize your body during the fast.
- 1 cup sliced or shredded red beets (scrubbed but not peeled)
- 1 cup sliced or shredded carrots (scrubbed but not peeled)
- 1 cup chopped celery, (stalks and leaves)
- 2 cups of mixed vegetables (such as beet greens, turnips, spinach, cabbage, flat-leaf parsley, broccoli, cauliflower)
- Fresh lemon juice, to taste
- Celtic sea salt
- Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste
Vegetable Broth Directions
- Wash the produce in a solution of 8 cups warm water and 1/2 cup white vinegar.
- Fill a 5 to 6-quart stock pot with 1 ½ quarts filtered water, and add the vegetables.
- Cover, and cook slowly for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat, and allow the veggies to steep in their broth for another hour, or more.
- Strain the vegetables, and save the liquid broth. You should have approximately 4 cups of broth.
- Add lemon juice, salt, and red pepper flakes (or cayenne) to taste.
Breaking the Fast
Stage 1 – half as long as your fast – 1 1/2 days for a 3-day fast
- Fruits and non-starchy vegetables only.
- No animal products, heavy proteins, fats.
- Your body is not ready to digest these concentrated foods, and after fasting, these foods will most likely make you feel sick.
- We also recommend steering clear of leafy greens.
The best way to ease your body into eating solid foods again is with a breakfast of high-water content fruits: such as melon, grapefruit, berries, grapes, apple, or mango.
Consume small quantities, you’ll get full very easily. Go slowly, and see how your body reacts. You can also have fresh juice. There is no need to strain now.
Rest of Stage 1: Once you have broken the fast with juice or fruit, other ideal foods include:
- fruits: watermelon, papaya, grapefruit, orange, apple, peach, pineapple, cantaloupe, mango, melons, grapes, berries
- sprouts: alfalfa, clover, sunflower
- smoothies: made with fruit
- soups: homemade vegetable broth or miso soup
- homemade strained almond milk
- To help stimulate digestion, drink 1 (16oz) glass filtered water with 2 tablespoons raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon raw local honey.
Stage 2 – half as long as the fast – 1 1/2 days for a 3-day fast
Same as Stage 1, but add any of the following:
- leafy greens: spinach, kale, chard, collards, arugula, beet greens, dandelion greens
- vege-fruits : avocado, cucumber, tomato
- raw alkaline nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, watermelon seeds
Stage 3 – slow transition back to regular eating
Same as phase 2 but slowly start adding in other foods such as:
- steamed vegetables
- baked sweet potato
Eat small portions. You’ll find that much smaller quantities will fill you up.
Avoid any heavy or fried foods, dairy, gluten, meat, and grains for at least a week after the fast. These foods cause congestion, and can be difficult to digest.
If you suspect food food sensitivities and allergies, this is an ideal time to add in the suspect foods one at a time each day in its whole form to see how your body reacts.
For example, to test dairy products, add in whole milk (not skim). To test wheat, try cream of wheat, not bread.
Some of the most common sensitivities/allergens include: dairy, gluten/wheat, soy, corn, citrus, nightshades (tomato/bell pepper/potato/eggplant), and melons.
Do not eat these foods until Stage 3 if you want to test them. Keep a food diary, and a pattern will develop. Then, consult an allergist or health-care practitioner to get tested for an accurate diagnosis.
The information shared here does not replace the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner. Please consult your healthcare professional before participating in a juice fast, particularly if there are existing medical conditions or concerns.