Detoxing Juice Fast | Vegetable Juice Fast by S.L. Hominuk
Vegetable Juice Fast Detox
What You’ll Need:
*Organic vegetables to make juice from. Ideally, it should be mostly leafy greens, but it can include a small amount of carrots, celery, romaine lettuce, spinach, zucchini, kale etc. Since making your own juice is quite time consuming, I opted for Odwalla’s organic Super Food juice found at my local grocer, and it is quite pleasant tasting! I would additionally add a teaspoon of the :: GreensFirst :: or :: PaleoGreens :: to at least 3 of my glasses of juice for the day’s total. Or, if you are on the run, you can find a juice bar and get a shot of wheat grass from places such as Wild Oats and Whole Foods. Trust me, these green drinks look worse than they taste!
* Optional – a Juicer. However, if this is your first time attempting a Juice fast/Detox program, I suggest saving your money and buying one for under $50.00 if you are mind set to do this from scratch. Then, if you find yourself really getting into juicing, you can upgrade to a more sophiscated machine which will better suit your long term needs. But, for right now, just something cheap will do the trick.
I keep stressing organic vegetables and filtered water because regular vegetables are chemically farmed and/or genetically engineered, and only 1% of municipal tap water in the US is suitable for drinking! This is one of the reasons our health is on the decline and why we have to detox our bodies despite thinking we are living a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s Begin: The primary goal for doing a detox is to remove the toxins caused by diet, medications and environmental factors ingested into our bodies. It is ideal to stop taking all of your supplements while doing a fasting program such as a Juice Detox. If you are taking any medications, you should wait until you are finished the course of the medication first, then proceed with a Juice fast/Detox. Please refer to the disclaimer at the end of this article to be fully informed to help you decide if this is something for you or not.
Let’s Continue: If you want, you can ease into the Juice fasting Detox by first spending a few days on a fruit and vegetable diet, consuming ONLY uncooked organic fruits and vegetables for anywhere from 1 to 5 days. Some individuals never get beyond this point because after eating high-quality, natural organic fruits and vegetables for a few days is enough for them to start feeling better, and they do not find a need to go further. However, I found this harder to do then just throwing myself into the fast itself. I’m Blood type O, which coincides with being a big meat eater so I just wanted to get this over with as fast as I could! Obviously, everyone is different and your body will let you know which it prefers.
If you never have been a liquid diet such as a Juice fast/Detox, plan on at least doing this from anywhere from 1 to 3 days. Others perhaps with some experience, can aim for 5 days. While doing this Juice fast/Detox you cannot eat anything solid, so when you feel hungry, you will instead slowly sip a glass of vegetable juice. Actually, “chewing”, yes, chewing, will help salivate the juice and help you to feel more satisfied. Every time you get hungry, have some juice but aim for trying to get by on as minimal as you can tolerate for each day.
Consequently, no one can starve to death by consuming juices for a few days. Not even me, who can shamelessly usually eats two double doubles with cheese, vanilla shake and fries at In and Out. You may or may not feel hungry during your days of juice dieting. Hunger is very individualized, but most people report that their hunger goes away after three days. However, all hunger completely disappears once the body shifts to it’s built-in-fat burning metabolism and starts living off its own stores. Yep, that’s right, not only is this a great way to detox, but you are also burning unwanted bodyfat!
As I previously indicated, everyone carries a different level of toxicity, and each of our bodies deals with it in a different manner. In general, if you are very toxic, when you are detoxing you may experience some cold or flu-like symptoms such as a headache, runny nose, tiredness, fever and so on. Know that this is just part of the process as your body is unloading.
DO NOT resort to taking anything to ease these symptoms! They will go away within a few days, simply rest as much as you can, take it in stride and know that you will feel better then ever only within a mere 3 days! The longer you can do the fast obviously, the more successful the amount of detoxing will take place and your health and wellbeing will be in a better state.
SUMMARY: Drink nothing but this vegetable juice and mentioned water for 1 to 3, to 1 to 5 days.