What Should I Eat During This Cleanse?
First things first, during this cleanse, you should avoid gluten, dairy, processed sugar, caffeine and alcohol. This will allow your body to heal itself so you can get your energy back.
In order to maximize your gut’s ability to digest food, Dr. Junger warns against mixing too many different types of food. He believes it can overload the digestive system. Each food type requires different enzymes in order to be digested; mixing too many together at once may cause poor digestion. If you overload your gut with too many different types of food, you could be engaging in what Dr. Junger calls “food dumping,” which can lead to exhaustion and ruin the efficiency of your digestive system.
As you plan your meals for the 3-day jumpstart cleanse, Dr. Junger has several rules that can help you avoid food dumping. After the first 3 days, you can continue to eat this way if you notice a positive change.
First, Dr. Junger wants you to pair veggies with grains, beans or animal protein. This is because vegetables don’t require special enzymes for digestion, so you can pair them with another food group pretty easily. Your body won’t be expending any additional energy on digesting the vegetables versus the grains, beans or animal protein.
Second, you should not pair animal protein, grains or beans together. Since each of those food types require different enzymes for digestion, eating more than one type can burden your digestive system.
Third, for the 3-day jumpstart cleanse, Dr. Junger recommends a multi-enzyme before every meal. It eases digestion for every meal, and you’ll automatically be taking a load off your gut to allow it to heal and restore itself.
To make following this cleanse easier, check out Dr. Junger’s Jumpstart Cleanse shopping list.