Today, my husband and I started a 3 day juice fast. A lot of people think when you embark on a juice fast or some temporary diet you are trying to lose weight. This is NOT the case for me or my husband. After starting the wonderful habit of juicing a year ago now – we’ve noticed the amazing benefits it can have in just drinking a glass 6-7 times a week. My body weight has amazingly stabilized for the longest period in history and I can easily fit into everything in my closet. This is important – because I love my wardrobe and don’t like to grow out of it! But that’s not the point.
Juice Fasting is about ULTIMATE HEALTH! VITALITY! DETOXING! RELEASING! MIND OPENING! BEING FEARLESS! All of those things. And fine… you do end up losing weight – but that’s not the most important reason.
I’ve read countless books and studies about what the results of a juice fast can offer. The payoff is just incredible! There are even movies on it – have you seen any of them? Juice fasting completely detoxifies your body from the inside out – at a complete metabolic and cellular level. Several organs that are harbors for toxins in your body begin in unison to release toxins built up over time – Your blood becomes purified and your body is able to release toxins from the colon, kidneys, bladder, lungs, sinuses, and the skin clears out all of the unhealthy lifestyle habits or exposures you have had over time. While fasting, diseased cells begin to circulate and are eliminated from your body. The reason your body is able to do this is because your digestive system gets to rest for an extended period of time while still having a huge dose of mega nutrition and live enzymes from the juice.
I am used to eating at least 4 times a day – sometimes more – my digestive organs are constantly working all day long – devoting my body’s energy to digestion several times a day. When you give your digestive system “a break” your body has significant more energy to devote to releasing toxins. The enzymes that normally go to the stomach for digestion are released into the intestines and bloodstream where they eat up diseased and damaged cells. This is why experts recommend doing a fast at least twice a year at the change of each season. And that’s exactly why I am doing one now – Drinking “leaves” as we head straight into fall
Another reason I am doing this fast is I want to learn more about my eating habits and how I use food for emotional reasons. Last night – my husband was watching TV and a commercial for “Kit Kat” came on – he immediately remembered that we had brought back some “Green Tea” Kit Kat from Japan last month. He devoured the whole package in less than 2 minutes. Now – what if this same commercial comes on during our fast? Mmmmm…I wonder what will happen…Will the juice work its magic powers on us and clear our minds from reacting to the marketing and propaganda? I imagine there will be lots of discoveries made about ourselves and new found respect for food. I can’t wait to find out what’s hiding in my subconscious or how my surrounding influences my appetite. I hope to share all my “ah ha” moments with you as they come each day…
After the three days I expect my stomach to be slightly smaller than my fist, this will make coming off the fast and what I consume after extremely important. I will spend the 2 days following the juice fast with smoothies, live raw vegan foods and warm pureed soups at night. I will also add 2 tbsp of flaxseed each day to our meals to continue to help eliminate the toxins from my body.
So here we go!
Day 0 – Check out my grocery shopping yesterday:
I went over to the HHM – Home Healthy Market to stock up on my supplies for the next three days. The majority of their produce is organic – they have very little conventional selection- which makes it super fast to shop. I was in and out in 15 mins! They have the absolute BEST dark leafy greens! I loaded up on several different kinds – Curly Kale, Lacinato Kale, Collard Greens, Rainbow Chard, Parsley….I also stocked up some of these items too…The grocery cart…In the cart:
- 3 bunches laminate kale
- 2 bunches curly kale
- 3 bunches rainbow chard
- 2 bunches collard greens
- 4 packs of celery (I have a feeling I might run out of celery by Sunday…. time will tell!)
- 10 lemons
- Bag of small red apples
- 2 green apples
- 2 grapefruits
- 4 packs of fresh cranberries
- Bag of carrots
- 5 cucumbers
- 1 head of green cabbage
- 3 large beets with tops
- 2 huge clusters of ginger
- 2 garlic bulbs
- 3 different types of herbal tea
Again, all the ingredients I chose were ORGANIC…of course! You don’t want to be putting in toxins (pesticides) in your body when you are trying to release them!Crazy long bill – I only went to two aisles the whole shopping trip – The Produce and Tea aisles! $153 dollars spent on the 3 days worth of supplies – I will definitely have left over tea, fruit, ginger, garlic, and carrots. Of course I will use those ingredients up after the fast to make smoothies, soups, etc. Also, remember this juice fast is for 2 people for 3 days – which averages out to be about $25 dollars a day for one person. This is about the same if you were to go purchase juice at a juice bar. So if you don’t have a juicer – no worries – you can still do a 3 day juice fast for about the same cost and maybe a little cheaper!
Before I went to bed last night – I tied up the pantry where we keep all our snack foods – no reason to even go in there for the next 3 days!
Keep my mind on my juice and my juice on my mind. (Inspiration from Snoop Dogg)Day 1 is almost over - Can’t wait to share all the details with you tomorrow! It’s always easier doing a juice fast with someone else – if you know some family members or friends that might like to do one – share this post with them for inspiration….
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Wishing You Lots of Love & Vitality,
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