Why juice fast?
It's an excellent way to lose weight and cleanse the body of toxins. It’s been esteemed for centuries. It can make you feel lighter, happier, healthier and more focused.
It allows your body and tortured digestive tract to take a break. By taking in only these nutritional cups of joy, our body takes advantage of this opportunity to work on the inside.
Many people do it for health and wellness, mental clarity, spiritual reasons or to lose weight. Consider your reasons for fasting and focus on that while you go through your fast. You will realise you’re doing a great thing for your body. It requires determination, discipline and commitment.
There are 2 types of juice fasting.
Vegetable/Fruit juices only
Make any vegetable juice recipes or juice fasting recipes that you find on this site or our facebook page. Adding avocado and soups can slow the detox process, which can be helpful for some. No need to rush! Try to avoid fruit only juice recipes, or add in only one fruit with the vegetable juices to make it more palatable.
A good plan is to have juices for breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, mid-afternoon, dinner, and a night time “snack.”
Fasts normally last for one, two, three or more days depending on the person and the reason for fasting. There are many people that fast one day each week to give their system a break.
We would advise that there are some people that should not participate in fasting or get advice from their doctor first.
They include diabetics, those with hypoglycemia, aggressive cancer, under 18 unless supervised, people with eating disorders, women who are pregnant (stick to food and juices) or nursing, or anemic.
What to do during a fast:
Drink plenty of water
Include herbal tea
Choose organic vegetables, herbs, and low-sugar fruit
Juice should be fresh, or no older then one day old. Do not use store bought juice or you will be defeating much of the purpose of the fast.
When you drink your juice, you should drink slowly. Swish it around your mouth. It must mix with your saliva so it is more digestible. Juices and water should always be at room temperature if possible, because it is easier on our digestive system.
Will I have low energy during the day?
Most people do not experience low energy. To the contrary, most people experience a spike in energy and clarity, but it all depends on the person. If your energy does get low, take it easy!
What to do during a healing crisis.
Occasionally, depending on the person, the aggression of the fast and how your body is cleansing, our bodies will go through a “healing crisis” when going through a fast. Do not be alarmed. This is a good sign that your body is cleansing and ridding of toxins.
It is accepting all of that nutrition, and taking advantage of the extra energy it has from not expending that energy in digesting our regular food.
The following list is suggested should you experience some uncomfortable effects of cleansing:
Take a rest, so your body can continue on its mission.
Drink some water, to make sure anything unfriendly inside can be flushed out.
Use fiber if constipated (psyllium husks or flax fiber to juice or water), or sienna tea.
Dry skin brushing in an upward motion, helps your skins pores to clear blockages. Our skin is our largest eliminative organ
Exercise by taking a walk, stretching or bouncing on a rebounder to encourage the lymphatic system to flow.
Go in a dry or infrared sauna to help sweat out poisons.
Relax by drinking some tea, aromatherapy or yoga. Relaxation at home will give you many techniques to reduce stress and give you peace to get through your body's detox.
Breaking the fast
Be sure to be gentle here as it is an important part of the fast. If you break it with fast food or pizza, you could do more harm then good and get a stomach ache!
Eat soups, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds for a day or two after. Introduce proteins and heavier type foods gently.
If you are interested but hesitant to juice fast, just try a one day to start. It’s just enough to give your body a short break to cleanse and heal. If you want to join us on our next juice cleanse please sign up to our facebook group. you can pay for your lifetime subscription here on our website (just €5!) http://www.irishrawfoodcoach.com/store/p14/Green_Juice_Challenge_Group_Membership.html