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5 Things To Know Before A Juice Cleanse

There are many questions that come with starting a juice cleanse. For those that are curious about the details of a juice fast, I have listed 5 things  that immediately come to mind when doing a cleanse.

1. Have a good, quality juicer.

I am fond of the Breville Juice Fountain Plus  . It has lasted for over 3 years and has survived my less than gentle handling. I know it can be a bit pricey but it is durable. I had purchased a cheaper one, can’t remember what brand, and the motor blew in a few months. My juicer still gets alot of action, especially during the summer months when the weather warms and there are more fresh fruits and vegetables to be had. Don’t skimp on this tool, it is worth it in the long run.

2. Have a good source of organic fruits and vegetables

Needless to say, if you are contemplating a cleanse then health is important to you. Use only organic fruits, vegetables, and especially leafy greens. I know, pricey again. I have to be honest here. When juicing for my kids I go organic. If I’m the only one drinking it then I throw in whatever is around the kitchen, even if not organic. Here is a good article that will help relieve any guilt you might feel about using conventionally grown produce. Always keep plenty of produce around during a juice fast. Keep a variety too. There is no counting calories at this time so you may find yourself consuming quite a bit of juice to stave off the hunger. Also, yield can really vary on each piece of produce. A huge bunch of spinach or kale shrinks down to a small volume of raw juice.

3. Your bowels WILL loosen

Not the most fun stage of the cleanse but it happens. I’m telling you what I know from personal experience. Individual results will vary. Everything is fine for those first 1-3 days. You may notice more or less in your usual volume of waste. It will all generally become softer and then things will eventually let loose! It is best to try to schedule days 3-5 of a juice fast on a weekend so that you are in the comfort of your own home when nature calls. Once past this stage, bowel movements will become few and far between.

“Because pure juice contains little to no fiber, juice fasters may use enemas or herbal or saltwater laxatives during the time of fasting to efficiently expel waste from the intestines and colon. Another method to achieve this effect involves mixing psyllium husks in with the juice. Because psyllium is not absorbed by the body, but greatly increases in volume upon water absorption, it creates the bulk necessary to facilitate evacuation.”- Wikipedia

4. Hunger

The stages of a juice fast are as long(or as short) as you make them. You will definitely feel extreme hunger at some point. You will feel light-headed and/or nauseous. You will be irritable and low on energy. You should probably avoid any rigorous exercise during your juice fast. I cannot over emphasize the importance of staying hydrated during the fast. Do not limit your intake of juice. Drink as much as you need to in order to keep the hunger pangs tolerable. This is not a time to count calories or limit volume.

5. Weight Loss is Fast

Extreme weight loss may be the goal from some fasters. There are a few other reasons why people try this fasting method. When I did my 100 day juice fast all those years ago, I lost about 100 pounds. When I was in the thick of a long juice fast it wasn’t uncommon for me to lose a pound a day. Results vary, as I was morbidly obese. I was down around 26 pounds after 23 days of juicing.  A juice fast of 3-7 days will result in mostly water weight being lost which can calculate to around 2-7 lbs for women and up to and around 10 lbs for men. More about water weight can be found on this page.

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This fasting method, like many other detox diets, is a hot button topic. A juice fast consists of only consuming raw juice from plants, vegetables, and fruits. There is an abstinence of solid foods.It can vary in the amount of time one wishes to fast. Some fasts last for just a few days and others for several weeks.

There are the usual warnings that come with any cleanse, detox, or fast. Fasters should always consult their physician before starting a juice fast.

 

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DAY 1 OF 100 DAYS JUICE FAST

*UPDATE 2017- I feel the start of another juice fast coming soon. I am still deciding on start date and length of the fast. More to come….

Today is day one of a 100 days of juice.  Yes you read right, juice.  Call it a juice feast, juice fast, juicing, liquid diet… whatever you call it.  I will be juicing and drinking only juice from vegetables and fruits from my juicer for the next 100 days.  Why?  Well I juiced before and lost approximately 70 pounds.  Last summer I watched a video that transformed my life.  Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross.The movie had practical knowledge and it walked us through some misconceptions about nutrition. Joe Cross gathered the knowledge from several great doctors and  nutritionists.  One of them I enjoy reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

In June 2012 , I weighed in at 310 pounds.  Doesn’t sound too crazy until you realize that I am a 5’8″ tall man.  OK, I said it I am 5’8″.  Over the course of 60 days I lost 60 pounds (a pound a day).  It was hard to wrap my head around what I was doing but after a few days and a good routine the pounds started to come off. My heart rate improved, my blood pressure normalized and I got more energy.    No, I am not selling anything.  I want to share this experience with all of you.  I recommend that you consult with a doctor before attempting any dietary or exercise regimes.  All information on this blog is my personal experience and may or may not relate to other people.

I think we are all addicted.  I know I am.  First step is to realize that we are addicted, right.  I am addicted to sweeteners,  processed food, junk food  and caffeine.  The typical American diet.  I love food.  I think we all do.  I have a double dose because I am an emotional eater.  So not only am I addicted but double down when I am sad, happy, worried…etc.

I started today with Liquid Sunshine recipe borrowed from my favorite Juice spot , Juice It Bellingham, WA.  It was so good my wife had some and my 1 1/2 year old daughter had some too.

You won’t see 1/2 naked pictures of a obese middle aged man today. I want this to be about the experience.  April 22, 2013…here I come

Just some stats.

44 years old

240 pounds

obese

100 day juice fast

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