A while ago I wrote a post about Juicing For Weight Loss: Is It Ever a Good Idea to Juice Fast to Lose Weight Quickly?
Today I want to describe what you should expect when you start a juice fast for detox or weight loss.
Juicing For Detoxification: What To Expect When You Start a Juice Detox?
First of all, if you have been eating the average American diet (and let’s face it – it is FAR from ideal) – like most of us, you should be prepared for some discomfort when you start a juice fast. In fact the side effect can be so strong, that only the most determined individuals are able to stick to the fast longer than a few hours.
That is why, for many people, going a gentler route and simply incorporating vegetable juices (such as this Super Red Beet-Carrot Juice) into their daily routine, is often preferable, although it will not have such dramatic effect.
However, what you should know, is that it gets easier as you go on, and if you persist you’ll be able to stick with it as long as you’ve intended.
Note: Juice fasting is not really fasting in the strict understanding of the word – and should really be referred to as juice diet. True fasting means consuming nothing but water. However, many people refer to “juice diet” as “juice fasting” – meaning consuming nothing but juice, and that’s what we are talking about here.
Here is an excerpt from a “Juice Fasting & Detoxification: My Personal Experience With Juice Fasts” by Sydney Johnston
REPORTER: What do you experience during your juice cleanse? ANSWER: Honestly, the first day is HELL! I feel constantly hungry and there is an inner war with one part of me asking, “Why in the world are you doing this? Stop NOW!”. And sometimes I’ve started and then quit. Just eating a salad will alleviate the hunger pangs. I think it’s the act of chewing that makes the difference. I’m not sure that I’m really hungry because I drink as much juice as I want and it does fill up my stomach. Several times I’ve decided to fast, started on the juice and then eaten salads or fruit later in the day and then gradually tapered off on the solid stuff. At other times I’ve persisted and haven’t eaten anything solid from the very beginning. My longest fast was five days. After that first day it gets easier. Much easier. Usually, sometime during the afternoon of the second day I start to feel incredible: euphoric, light, almost floating but in a good way. There’s a real “high” on the other side of the suffering at the beginning. During this time I always regret that we humans have to eat at all. It seems so much easier to just skip the whole eating process – and it would certainly be more pleasurable and save a lot of money and effort.
My juicer: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
The juicer I’m using is Breville Juice Fountain, which you can find on Amazon or in any store that carries kitchen appliances. (It is also the same juicer that Joe Cross was using in the “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” documentary.)
Read more about buying a juicer, benefits of juicing and healthy juicing recipes on this blog. Some of my favorite recipes include green juice recipe, Fresh V8 Juice Recipe, Watermelon-Grape Delight and Apricot-Mango Ambrosia.