This usually results in weight loss. However, depending on the length of your fast it is not likely to be a permanent change, so don’t be disappointed in yourself if you gain back the weight. Remember, the goal of a juice fast is to cleanse your body, not lose weight, so remember to drink lots of water while fasting. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is through a healthy diet and exercise.
Things You’ll Need:
- A quality juicer, either the centrifugal type or the masticating type
- A variety of fruits and vegetables
- Lots of water
- Decide ahead of time the length of your fast and plan for it. It is usually best to start with no more than three days. Don’t have your favorite foods and beverages lying around tempting you. If you normally cook for the rest of your family, it’s best to plan for take-out so you don’t have to be in the kitchen, or ask someone else to do the cooking for a few days if possible.
- The day before your fast, go to the grocery store and select a healthy variety of fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Try to pick more vegetables than fruits, because the sugar in too much fruit can be trouble for a fast. Excellent examples are: beets, zucchini, celery, leafy greens (especially kale and chard), cucumbers, kiwis and apples. You will need at least three selections per meal, so be sure to buy enough. Bring your fruits and veggies home and put them in your fridge for the morning.
- In the morning, replace your morning breakfast and drink with your first glass of juice. Choose your vegetables and fruit; usually two fruits and a vegetable are good for breakfast. Wash them thoroughly. Juice according to your juicer’s instructions. Drink immediately because the nutrients rapidly decrease with oxidation. Follow with a full glass of water.
- Around the time you would normally have lunch, get ready for your second glass of the day. Pick different vegetables and fruit than you had for breakfast. Try to use more veggies than fruit. Proceed as in Step 3.
- For dinner, prepare your third glass of the day. Again, pick different fruits and vegetables. The goal is variety; you want to give your body as many pure nutrients as you can. Proceed as for breakfast and lunch.
- By now you’re probably really hungry. Have willpower! Usually after the first couple days it gets easier, not harder. Try not to talk about food or put yourself in situations where others are eating. Of course, sometimes it’s unavoidable, so do things to distract yourself. Try keeping a journal with your notes and goals, or just for venting. Go for a walk, clean, or work on your computer.
- Proceed as with the first day until the scheduled end of your fast. Don’t reward yourself with greasy, bad food for your first meal. Ease back into solid food with a fresh salad or low-sodium soup. Don’t shock your body and undo the good you’ve done!
- If you didn’t make it all the way to your goal the first time, don’t get down on yourself. Just try again at a later date. If you did make it, congratulate yourself! Fasting isn’t easy, and you did it!
- Don’t use too many carrots, they are very high in sugar.
- If your’re using a centrifugal juicer, it can be difficult to juice leafy greens. Try cutting an apple or other hard fruit and pressing the greens between a couple pieces. The pressure from the hard fruit will help to juice the greens.
- Consult nutritiondata.com for good nutritional information
- Always consult a doctor before undergoing any type of fast or diet.
- Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day during your fast.