Juice Fasting 101
So you have decided to try juice fasting finally. Well, let me be the first to congratulate you on trying something that many people won’t do. I will be honest with you that it is hard to commit to a program where you aren’t eating solid foods for a while, but mentally and physically it is worth it. Now lets get started.
What is juice fasting?
Juice fasting is the process of when a person replaces all of their meals in a day with fresh juice from vegetables and fruits. You decide on a timetable of how long you would like the fast to last. This can be 1-day, 7-days, 30-days or longer (if longer than 7-days it is recommended that you be advised by a doctor). It is recommended that 16oz-20oz of juice be drank per meal. You are also to drink water throughout the day as well. You can follow my 10 Day Juice Fast Plan if you would like to.
Are there side effects?
For the first 1-4 days all of the toxins will be flushed from your system. You will have to use the bathroom a lot, as the vegetables will act as a diuretic. You will also experience some hunger pains while your body adjusts to the different nutrients it is taking in. Usually around day 3 you will experience some headaches, as this is just your system resetting itself.
Juice fasting for beginners
The first thing you will need is a juicer. Breville juice extractors work the best for getting all of the essential nutrients out of the fruits and vegetables. They are little pricey, but well worth it. I currently use the Breville Compact Juice Fountain and it works great for all of my juicing needs. Otherwise just pick up a juicer from your closest store when you are buying your ingredients.
After securing a juicer, now plan out your meals and what you would like to eat. It is best to try and keep your vegetable intake at 80%, as fruits can be very acidic and can make your stomach hurt if too many are ingested. My favorite drink is the Mean Green. It consists of 6 leaves of kale, 4 celery stalks, 1-inch worth of ginger, 2 green apples, ½ lemon and 1 full cucumber. This drink makes about 20oz and is featured in the film Fat Sick & Nearly Dead.
Once you have all of your ingredients and the juicer, go ahead and start with your first juice. Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day as well. If you need some juice ideas, check out these juice fasting recipes.
Exercising while juice fasting
During your first few days while your body detoxifies you should just relax and take it easy. When you are about a week in you can start exercising while juice fasting, as long as it is light exercises. A light jog of a mile or two, or just a long walk will be fine. You can find more information on exercising while juice fasting here.
What to expect
While you are on the fast you can expect to lose weight as you are flooding your system with 100% vegetables and fruits. Also around day-5 and on you will think more clearly and have an abundance of energy. It will be almost like a euphoric state of mind. Sleeping at night will be easier too, as you will sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more rested.
You will feel hungry from time to time, especially if you are watching TV with all of those cheeseburger commercials, but just power thought it and drink a glass of water.
Coming off of a juice fast
When you hit your goal and decide to come off of the juice fast be very careful with what you put in your body. For the first 5-days you will want to eat fruits, vegetables, salads with light dressing or smoothies. This will allow your stomach to thicken the lining in it so that it can digest regular foods like chicken, beef or even the occasional piece of pizza.
Hopefully this juice fasting guide for beginners will get you started in the right direction toward eating healthier.