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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 44 of 100 Days Juice Fast

The days are flying by.  I can’t believe that I am almost 1/2 way there. My weight loss stalled over the last week but I know that that is temporary.  I found this cool video for you to watch if you haven’t already.  Happy Juicing!

 

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Day 39 of 100 Days Juice Fast

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I bought some Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea today by Stash and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to bring some chili flake with me to add to the tea.  Wow!  I definitely would recommend it.  I found the image above and apparently I am not the only one fond of this combination.

So today is officially day 39 of a 100 days!!!.  I have lost 30 pounds.  My goal was 40 by tomorrow but I will take the 30.  Juice is going great.  I am starting to get some salt cravings and this will pass. End date is not too far away.

Happy Juicing ! Have a great weekend!

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Day 28 of 100 Days Juice Fast

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Another couple of pounds gone, Yeah!  Doing 3-32 oz juice’s a day.  This last one was heavy on celery, not my favorite. 

I get the question about loose bowels with relation to juicing.  Yes it happens.  Not all the time but it does.

I am 23 pounds away from hitting a very important number.  198 is what my Wii at home says is the line between obese and overweight.  I am very excited.  Happy Juicing Everyone!

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DAY 24 OF A 100 DAYS JUICE FAST

BEETS

 

OH BEETS!

I have a love hate relationship with beets in my juice.  Why? well I know they do good in my body.  I know I get cleansed with them.  They give me tons of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  So for that I love them.  They are messy, stain clothes and carpets, taste a little funny and yes! they cleanse my body.  so for that reason I hate them.  I have come to rely on them for juicing at least in 6-8 juices a week.  I juice them with apples, carrots and ginger.  Sometimes, I add them to a juice just to cut the acidity when I juice citrus.  When I do juice beets I always juice the greens.  I am sure I am getting something from that as well.

I drank tons of water yesterday and my scale tells me that I am stalled at my weight loss but I think he is lying.  I think I am just hydrated.  Happy Juicing all and have a great day!

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DAY 11 OF 100 DAYS JUICE FAST

I have stalled my weight loss over the past few days.  My diet has not changed but I think my body has gone into starvation mode.  I have been lacking one important ingredient and that is drinking large amounts of water. Water was so important in my last fast and because I am in winter I guess I don’t think about water as much.  So today I am going to step up my water consumption.  I plan on doubling my juice intake with water.  Wish me luck

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DAY 9 OF 100 DAYS JUICE FAST

Good evening all.  Sorry for the late post.  The juice fast is going great.  I decided to triple my beet intake yesterday and let’s say it is an eye opening experience.  I gained 2 pounds overnight but I think it is because of my lack of fiber that I am just holding on to the liquid.  I need more water that is for sure.  I have lost 9 lbs so far .  More tomorrow.

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