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5 Day Juice Cleanse/Fast

Updated on August 26, 2013

What is a Juice Cleanse/Fast?

A Juice Cleanse/Fast is a fasting process and a detox practice in which you only drink fruit and vegetable juices to get the nutrition and benefits. This is considered a form of the Live Foods Diet. These fasts may can go on from a few days to months. This type of juice can only be produced by using a power juicer. The idea around this fast is to lose weight, clean the liver, kidneys, other organs, and remove impurities in the body.

My Story

So hi....! First I must say that since the juice fast can effect your health and well being, you should always consult with your doctor before proceeding with this method. I am NOT a medical professional.

I am professional librarian (who did his research) that wanted to cleanse my organs, lose a bit of weight, and gain some confidence by changing some of my lifestyles. I'm a 32 year old man, with a medium build. My healthy weight range is between 155 - 165 pounds. I'm a moderate alcohol drinker, and am around 15 pounds over weight.

The Pros of the Juice Fast

  • Exposure to pure vitamins and antioxidants
  • Cleaning of the body's internal organs
  • The removal of toxins from processed foods
  • The removal of alcohol from lifestyle
  • The removal of caffeine from lifestyle
  • The removal of salt from lifestyle
  • Confidence gained from healthy routine and will power
  • Weight Loss
  • Healthy Glow in Skin

The Cons of the Juice Fast

  • Conflicting information from doctors and nutritionists as to its effectiveness
  • The cost
  • Buying the veggies and fruits
  • The time it takes to prepare the juice
  • The clean up
  • Hunger pangs
  • The removal of alcohol from lifestyle
  • The removal of salt from lifestyle
  • The removal of caffeine from lifestyle
  • Bathroom changes
  • Possible headache and fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability

Liver Detox Tea

What Will You Need to Complete the Fast

The juice fast is a very hard process on the body and even the mind. Fasting is something that most of us wouldn't even consider. It is a process us humans are not used to. The Juice Fast is not cheap and takes a lot to of effort to get started and maintain.

  • A mid-range electric juicer (cost from $40 to $125) Your juicer needs to be the type that pulverizes the fruits and vegetables.
  • A range of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic if possible (cost from $50 - $100)
  • Decaffeinate Herbal teas for drinking in between meals (optional)
  • Liver Detox Tea (3 boxes - cost $15)
  • Large storage bags (gallon)
  • Milk Thistle Pills (1 bottle 1000 mg - $6)
  • Bag of Lemons (2 bags - $10)
  • Will Power
  • Old store plastic bags for pulp removal

The Fast - Process

This process is what I used, you can vary according to your needs.

  • Drink 3 - 12oz glasses of juice a day
  • After drinking each meal - Drink 2 - 12oz glasses of water with a half of a squeezed lemon in each glass (cleans the liver and gives the sense of being full)
  • Take a Milk Thistle Pill with meal
  • Drink a cup of Liver Detox tea in between meals
  • Drink plenty of water through out the day
  • Each glass of juice will contain roughly 250 - 400 calories

Vegetables and Fruits Used in Each Glass

  • 1 apple, granny smith
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 leaves kale, remove thick excess stem
  • 1/3 pear
  • 1/3 medium beat, remove leaves and top and bottom
  • 5 sticks asparagus, cut 1 inch off bottom of stem
  • 1 cup broccoli, remove stems
  • 2 medium sided strawberry, remove leaves
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 1 half cucumber
  • 3 medium Brussel Sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup parsley

Added Information

  • Make sure vegetables and fruit are properly washed
  • Buy produce every two days or every day
  • If you can, try to buy organic vegetables and fruits. This is optional.
  • Prepare a day's worth of raw materials ahead of time in gallon storage bags as a time saver. Cutting produce will cause a gradual decline of nutrient content. Best to prepare one day at a time.
  • Juicing should be done and drank immediately after or very shortly after. Letting juice sit will cause a loss of nutrients. This might not be possible with work constraints. Optional - make juice ahead of time, definitely try make and drink immediately
  • DO NOT put used pulp down garbage disposal - It can get clogged because of the fineness of the pulp. Use plastic grocery store bags to dispose after every use. Pulp will start to smell after a few hours
  • Clean juicer after every use
  • Drinking lemon water after every meal will help body feel full.
  • Try not to weigh yourself. Base weight loss on look and fit of clothing
  • Going #2....you know what I mean... will be tough with the loss of fiber and protein. Lemon water will help this. Otherwise take laxatives. #2-ing (new word) helps remove toxins from body
  • Try to Start on a Monday and end on Friday, that way you can enjoy the weekend and get back to normal or semi normal lifestyle.

Day to Day

Day
Feeling
Observations
1
Pretty Normal, Hunger Pains
Juice Tastes Surprisingly Good, Spirits High
2
Moderate, Little Shakey, Hunger Pains, Slight Headache
Want Coffee and Beer
3
Slugish, Hunger Pains, Headache
Getting Irritable, Hard to be Around Solid Food
4
Moderate, No Headache, Hunger Pains
Want Coffee and Beer, Less Irritable, Notice Clothes Fitting Better, Hard Time Sleeping
5
Pretty Normal, Excited to be Done
Slept Bad Again, Noticing Slimming in Belly

Final Results

After the fast, I am feeling really good about myself. My pants and shirts are fitting like they should again. Lost about 6 lbs. I'm going to continue to try to eat healthy and cut down on caffeine, alcohol, and salt. But........must admit.....Had a Bloody Mary and cup of strong coffee right after on Day 6. It was a Saturday.....

Question

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