View Full Version : Is there a right way to do a juice fast?
04-26-2008, 02:59 PM
I've been pondering the idea of doing a fast for some time now :rolleyes: I'm not ready to do it yet. Maybe a few months from now-like during the hottest months of summer. The type of fast that makes the most sense to me is a juice fast. Is there a right way to do this?? Like drinking fruit juice in the morning and veggie juice in the afternoon and evening?? Is it possible to drink too much juice? What should I be concerned with?? I assume food combining is important. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts; preferably from a few people that have done a juice fast or another fast. But everyone's thoughts are welcome, of course :)
04-27-2008, 12:52 PM
I wonder the same thing. I know some people drink up to a gallon of juice a day and call it a feast. I'm also not ready to do it yet, but I'm gathering information. I hope some experts add some info here soon!!!!
05-02-2008, 03:20 PM
Ok, I would be far from an EXPERT but I have completed several 3 day juice fasts and my last fast was 12 days and I am currently on day two of however many days this juice fast will be... I'm shooting for better than 12.
Things I've learned:
The first day is the hardest.
After the first three days your hunger goes away.
I typically listen to my body and usually consume about 3 quarts of juice per day.
I do not adhere to fruit juice in the morning and veggie juice in the afternoon.
I will typically do 1 quart of veggie juice, 1 quart of some green juice blend (today I did granny smith apple, collard juice and celery) and 1 quart of fruit (today was grapefruit). This is just what works for ME.
Drink when you feel hungry. After the first 3 days I usually put myself on a schedule so that I am consuming the juice I want to drink because the hunger signal is gone.
Best of luck and enjoy the ride.
05-02-2008, 03:52 PM
I echo Heather's post...
I am on day 1 of my Juice Fast. I'm aiming for 30 days...
I have done several Juice Fasts and have a couple of juicing books that help me out... (1) The Juiceman's Power of Juicing and (2) Juice Fasting and Detoxification. These are my "Juicing Bibles" and when I'm having a weak moment, I'll grab these and read them the same as I do when I grab Alissa's book and get encouragement for eating RAW.
What works for me is treating my juices as "Meals". That way, I look forward to having them with my family when they are sitting down to eat. Between Juices I drink water or add lemon to it and enjoy!
For me, I make sure that one of the juices during my day is a Green Juice. Lucy is always telling us: "Green Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Green Smoothies....." Well, on a juice fast I imagine her saying: "Green Juice, Green Juice, Green Juice..." and I can't agree more! The Green Juice seems to give me energy and gives me an inner calm that only Life-Giving nutrients can give! My favorite is: Celery Stalks, Bunch of Romaine or Spinach, 2 Apples, 1 Lemon...process through the juicer and enjoy! Of course, Carrot/Apple is always a YUMMY combination!!!
It IS possible to drink too much juice, too... Just like you can overeat, you CAN overdrink. I think that 8-16 oz per serving is enough for me. I wouldn't do anything over 20 oz at a sitting... Be careful if you're a diabetic too....
I hope that helps! Hugs on your journey!!!
05-02-2008, 04:16 PM
Absolutely everything you might want to know can be found out from one of these three sources:
Angela Stoke's e-book, "A Juice Feaster's Handbook" at www.rawreform.com
I'm on day 50 of my juice feast (will go 90 days) and I can't think of a single question not answered in one of these places.
I gave kind of a long synopsis of my fast on this thread: http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?p=413380#post413380
Please check that out - I go into a lot of detail there.
I don't do fruit in the morning and greens in the evening either - I think that would mess up my sugars. Fruit juice is SO rapidly assimilated into the system; I *must* slow it down by drinking greens with it. So I usually drink 2 cups green juice and then shortly after 1 cup fruit. Combining hasn't been a problem for me at all, as long as I don't drink a lot of fruit juice alone.
05-02-2008, 05:13 PM
Approximate Juice Schedule & amounts from Juice Feast Experts:
1 quart of water with 1/2 lemon squeezed in & 1/2 tsp-2 Tbs of MSM powder
by 8am: Green Vegetable Juice (1 Quart)
10:30/11am: Green Vegetable Juice or Fruit Juice (1 Quart)
12:30/1pm Lunchtime: Green Vegetable Juice or Fruit Juice (1 Quart)
3:30/4pm Late afternoon: Green Vegetable Juice (1 Quart)
6:30/7pm Early Evening: If hungry, Green Vegetable Juice (1/2-1 Quart)
Drink juice every 2 1/2-3 hr. Drink in about 15 min max.
05-03-2008, 11:22 PM
Thank you for the help, rawbiez!
GilmoreGirl: what is MSM powder?
05-04-2008, 11:16 AM
They talk about the whole schedule & MSM here:
Be warned that it tastes horrible, even in juices or smoothies. Maybe if you start with a small amount you can learn to tolerate it. You can be successful without it, it's just what they recommend & many use.
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