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There is so much information out there on juicing and I had a few questions for the Forum:
* Juice fast means no solids, right? I have read (and believe to be true) that a "juice fast" involves consuming only liquid. I have seen where people juice for one or two meals and then eat solids for the last meal, and that was confusing to me. I only drink liquid for my fast.
* I have always juiced my fruits and veggies and drank that straight. But I recently read that the "straight" method equals a concentrate and water should be added to the concentrate, and the result of that combination will be what I measure for my daily consumption. I have been drinking 64oz of concentrate a day (plus tons of water), which method is correct? Or does it matter?
08-12-2012, 01:27 AM
In most peoples opinion and from what I have done myself a juice fast does mean no solids yes. If you are being true to a "juice fast" then it would only be juices that were consumed during this time. I know there are definitely different opinions about what can be a "juice", but in general people drink fruit and vegetable juices.
I know some people do drink nut milks, coconut milks and also possibly raw apple cider vinegar during a "juice fast" as well as other "juices" I probably didn't include also. Some of this varies from person to person I am sure and some people choose to do their own variations of a juice fast, but no solids is definitely important in my opinion during a juice fast and again is the general rule.
You can drink your fruit and vegetable juice straight during a juice fast definitely. I imagine some people might water theirs down, but I have never heard of this as a general rule at all. All I can think of relating to that, is maybe some people are trying to water down the sugary content of the fruit juices.
By juicing a much higher ratio of vegetables to fruits though you can easily manage this yourself and also get all of the nutrients your body needs during this time. Most people believe somewhere in between a 60/40 to 80/20 ratio of vegetable juice to fruit juice is about right. With %60-%80 being vegetable juice and the other %20-%40 being fruit juices.
I also know for sure you can drink as much vegetable and fruit juice as you mentioned plus water on top of that like you are doing. I don't believe that either method would be considered "correct" per say, but I know I myself haven't encountered a lot of people who dilute their vegetable and fruit juice with water because they consider it to concentrated. That concentration of nutrition is a good thing in my opinion and is what the body needs during a juice fast.
I guess I would also define that more as a juice feast cleanse vs a juice fast cleanse, which is also what I personally favor myself. I favor drinking more juice than drinking less juice versus a juice cleanse and it sounds like you are following that type of juice cleanse also. This way not only is your body and digestive system getting the break it needs. You are also providing it with a massive amount of nutrients and other goodies that it can use to further cleanse, reboot and heal your body.
So in my opinion and from what most people follow, No solids during your juice fast unless you want to do a hybrid juice fast/cleanse and also don't worry about diluting your juice with water... As long as more of your juice is vegetable juice and especially leafy green vegetable juice then that concentration is what you want.
I hope that helps some.
08-12-2012, 03:52 AM
What juicer guy said. Also, I have never heard juice referred to as concentrate. In what context have you heard this? Are people saying that neat juice is concentrated nutrition or fruit sugar etc. or are they saying they are using a branded concentrate? If so this wouldn't be raw, obviously.
08-12-2012, 05:32 AM
I have to say I agree with what you've said. I liked the raw juice cleanse site. Thanks again.
I believe I have used too many fruits/sweet juices in the past during cleanses though, but even so, gained some health benefits from doing juice fasts
Also, to the OP, not much has been mentioned about elimination. When you do all-juice, you rarely poop due to there not being fiber. I believe that it is best to eliminate this poop. Not everyone feels it's necessary though, but I do. That is probably why some people recommend say a juice/smoothie "fast" - so that you don't have to worry about elimination, as the smoothies contain some fiber and that helps you poop.
I also believe in watering down fruit juices, if you're going to add them at all due to the amt of sugar....
08-12-2012, 05:33 AM
Understand that "juice fast" is sort of a made up term anyway. Fasting means to not eat. (no calories) A juice fast is nothing more than a liquid diet. Long story short, you are the one who chooses what you are going to eat or not eat so you are the one that gets to make the rules for you.
08-12-2012, 05:37 AM
Ditto to what Delmar said also....but I like to be "loose" with the semantics. Fasting, feasting....you say tomaydo, I say tomahdo.....LOL
08-13-2012, 06:07 AM
Hmmm, maybe I do disagree somewhat with you Delmar! I don't think of a just fast/feast as only a liquid diet as I believe that during a fast/cleanse, you should probably not do any protein/fat for awhile. Like I think that during a fast nutmilks are out, except on a rare occasion. Because you want your cells to seek protein so they get protein from other cells through autolysis --where the body seeks the protein from the crappiest cells it can find...not your heart or liver etc, but from diseased ones, like cysts/tumors etc. So anyway, when I think of a juce fast I think of no almond milk for example..... but having a little bit just slows the cleanse down a bit.......Just sayin'.....Of course it may just all be semantics...LOL
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