The first time I heard about juice fast was while watching a documentary called “Fat, sick and nearly dead”, around that time we also watched “Food matters”. I was so curious about the subject that I had to dig a bit on this, I found many people talking about how to fast… how? So it wasn’t only just juicing and drinking for a certain amount of days? No, not really! There are some things to know as well as different opinions and juice fast gurus out there, I’m far from being one, but there are some things I can share with you before jumping on a juice fast: how, when, how much, what, but the main question should be why? Otherwise there’s no reason for doing this in the first place. Juice fast is a way to “reboot” all your system, physically and mentally, it comes with benefits like losing weight, but I will make a stop here to warn about it, yes it helps to get rid of some pounds, but some of those pounds will inevitably come back once you go back to your regular solid diet, some of those pounds will go away if you get rid of bad habits but in my opinion this shouldn’t be the main reason for a juice fast. The main reason for a juice fast is to give your body a break and the chance to get rid of toxins and connect with your inner self, embrace your body, a time for insight and a time to think about the way you eat.
When we drink a juice we give to our body all the properties of fruits and vegetables, remember liquids are absorbed easier and faster. Think about beets, sweet potatoes, fennel,celery,kale, cabbage, for example, you might eat them often but you might as well eat them cooked, so some of their properties are gone because of that, but if you put kale in a juice you probably won’t even notice is there and at the same time you are having a great source of protein and vitamins, same for the other vegetables even the ones you don’t like or those you are not brave enough to try. You can mix some fruits to make it tastier and here comes the other important part of juice fast, how much fruit and how much veggies, the vast majority agree on the 20% percent fruit and 80% vegetables to keep the blood sugar levels in the right balance, but we are all different and our bodies can’t react the same way, some people are sick of vegetables and at some point they can’t handle the taste, other can even go beyond the percentage, so the rule is always listen to your body and believe me you will.
How much juice should you drink? There’s also an approximate amount and goes around 96 oz. to 120 oz. per day. and a lot of water too!! Here we go back to the rule of listening to your body, I read about people that said was too much, others said was not enough, but I was doing well with this amount, and here’s a tip if you decide to juice fast, always have an extra juice in your fridge, you never know, some day you feel more hungry and is better having an extra juice than to break the fast. You can spread this amount in 4 or 6 portions, but be careful not to leave your juice in the fridge for too long, not more than 48 hours if they are sealed properly and refrigerated, and depending on the produce used for the juice. Is important to always wash your produce and only used the peels if it’s organic.
What can you drink during juice fast? Juices, water, tea, coconut water, vegetable broth. I was drinking hot water and lemon before my morning juice, this is part of what is known to be “the master cleanse” some people fast only drinking this, drinking it empty stomach is good to cleanse and help your detox, just a tip. There are some vegetables low in water like avocados and bananas, I will suggest you to add them later using our blender. You can use liquid chlorophyll, spirulina or chlorella powder into your juice/water.
How long? as long as you think you need, set yourself a goal before you star and try to stick to it, I read some people do 3-day detox but I also read that is not enough time to really give your body the time to cleanse, but it’s up to you and the way you feel. I would say at least one week but you can go as long as you want.
What happens once you are done with your juice fast? First of all if you did it all the way don’t throw your effort and great job to the trash, by running desperately to the first fast food restaurant or pizza place near your place. What you just did was a reboot, it wasn’t a miraculous diet or a magic trick, it is serious, your stomach is used to liquids and your system is feeling brand new, so be careful and go back to solid food slowly, you don’t have to stop drinking juices from now on they can be part of your life, same as smoothies! So go from juices to smoothies and raw fruits and veggies, do it gradually and see how you feel, you might need more than a few days.
Exercise? Yes, just pay attention to the way you feel, waking is the most recommended exercise during juice fast, or maybe you will have energy to do more than that or you will prefer to do yoga, it all depends on how our body is reacting to the new diet.
Going back o the beginning, if you’re planing to do a juice fast to improve your health this means you want to adopt better habits and get rid of the old ones, after a juice fast your taste buds are also rebooted, this is the time to say goodbye to those sugary treats, carbonated drinks full of colorants and chemicals, processed cereals, salty chips etc. You know the list goes on and on! Take the best out of your juice fast and include more raw stuff to your diet.
While you are doing a juice fast take the time to do all those things you haven’t done because you “haven’t got the time”, enjoy a sunset, take the dust off that book, go and grab your camera, relax, breath, meditate, enjoy!
There are more details about juice fast, I listed the main points but if you think you might be sick please go and make an appointment with your doctor, this post is based on my own experience and what I read before fasting, I’m not and specialist, neither a doctor, and my intention is to share my opinion. Hope it’s helpful!
One of my all time favorites is what I call The Heavy Metal Pineapple
(the “heavy metal” in the name is because of the cilantro, check the note at the end of the post)
- 1 cup of cilantro, washed
- 1 lemon peeled (unless is organic) but usually is good with peel and seeds
- 1/2 Pineapple, peeled and sliced
- 1 or 2 jalapeño chilies, if you like spiciness don’t seeded them
- 1 English cucumber, (unless is organic)
Run your ingredients through the juicer.
Cilantro: is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. etc.
Jalapeno Peppers: Fight Migraine Headaches and Sinus Headaches, Prevent Sinusitis and Relieve Congestion, Fight Cancer, Help Lower High Blood Pressure, etc
Pineapple: Packed with minerals and vitamins, prevent coughs and colds, strengthens bones, keeps gums healthy, etc.
Lemon: boosts your immune system, aids digestion, cleanses your system, good source of potassium, etc.