Could you do a 60 day juice fast?
How sick am I?
Documentaries have gotten the best of me lately. Juicing fasts and liquid diets never seemed healthy to me. However, after watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross I was immediately convinced that drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juice could literally change your life. It took months of convincing myself to do it but I sat down and looked at who I was becoming. I was extremely disappointed. I was over-sleeping, over-eating, I had horrible skin, I was losing my hair, I had headaches, body aches, fatigue, and woman-hood problems (we'll call them unmentionables.) My wants and desires were more important than the connivence of my then-current lifestyle. So I made a pact with myself and started to juice all the toxins out of my body.
Can't afford a Juicer? Blend it!!
How I keep track.
Start Small and Make Goals
If you're anything like me, sticking to something as challenging as a 60 day juice fast, can be a daunting task. I knew I wouldn't be able to cold turkey food and commit to 60 days of nothing but juiced fruits and vegetables. So, 6 months ago I started with a 3 day juice fast. It was rough. I was tired, hungry, cranky, and mad that I wasn't eating food. Therefore, start with something like 5 days. The first 3 days are the worst but by day 4 you'll start seeing the effects and day 5 will leave you feeling accomplished and motivated.
Another, suggestion is making a calendar or having a countdown or checklist on your smartphone or tablet. There are a ton of apps that can keep you motivated and committed. You can keep track of your juice intake, water intake, and exercise. You can keep track of your progress and see the changes in your body faster.
What you'll be drinking.
Depending on your personal habits, likes and dislikes, you'll prepare your recipes to your tastes. You can always add and subtract ingredients to flavor them how you wish. Also, there a plethora of free recipes and juice suggestions online and in time you'll be able to throw juices together without even thinking.
How you plan out and execute your juice week can save you a lot of time. I have a busy lifestyle and cannot wake up in the morning and make enough juice for one day. Instead I spend my Sunday and Thursday nights at the grocery store getting enough fruits and vegetables for 3 days at a time. Then I head home and juice the contents all in one go and store them in dark containers (light can affect how long the nutrients stay in the juice.) Juice from a juicer typically stays fresh for 72 hours.
A simple suggestion, color coordinate. Spinach and kale go great with cucumbers, green apples, celery, kiwi, etc. Carrots go well with oranges, red apples, lemons, common sense will get you far and you will have delicious juices each time.
The first juice fast I did I drank 3-4 juices a day and 1 meal. Each body is different so I would suggest doing what is best for you. You'll see a difference in your body even if you just drink 1 juice a day. The amount of micronutrients in each juice is astounding.
The after effects.
In my first 60 day juice fast I lost 8 pounds in the first two weeks. Mostly because my body was detoxing. My skin cleared up tremendously, my hair stopped falling out and my energy levels were so high I stopped needing coffee or tea to wake me up. I started working out by week 3 and ended the 60 days with a 47 pound weight loss. The biggest advantage of the juice fast was that it let me rebuild my eating habits. It's called a cleanse for a reason and it does much more than just cleanse your body of toxins. It provides you a blank state to rebuild a healthy lifestyle.
Blackberry Infused Watermelon Juice
- 3 cups Blackberries
- 2 Mangos
- 1/2 of a Watermelon
- 1 Apple
- 2 Star fruit
- 1/2 inch Ginger Root
- 1 cup Strawberries
- Juice ingredients. Makes 8-24oz of juice depending on size of fruit.
Nutrition for this recipe
|Serving size: 8|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 4 g||1%|
|Sugar 12 g|
|Fiber 30 g||120%|
|Protein 11 g||22%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|