Experience the miracle of juice fasting/feasting, as a means of detoxifying your body
What is the difference between a Juice FAST and a Juice FEAST?
Juice FASTING and juice FEASTING are also known as “juice diet”, “juice cleanse” or “juice detox”. They are all methods of detoxification (“detox” for short) to rid your body of toxins, then nourish it by drinking (or eating in the case of juice feasting) plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The key is to HYDRATE your cells with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants that you don’t get from cooked foods.
A person doing a juice FAST consumes only fluids like fresh fruit and vegetable juices, possibly three times a day in place of their solid food meals, i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The amount of juices drunk a day is possibly about 1-2 liters/quarts a day. In between “meals”, you might also drink vegetable soups, herbal teas, and plenty of drinking water. Just pure fluids. With this kind of fast, healing reactions may happen earlier in your fast and possibly more severe.
There are various interpretations of juice FEASTING out there. But for me, juice feasting is: Feasting on a greater amount of juices as you normally would (up to 3-4 liters/quarts a day).
If you want to, or if you can still eat after drinking all that juices, you may EAT fresh raw plant foods. You may also eat (less of) lightly cooked (steamed, lightly stir-fried, or blanched) plant-based foods only during your juice feasting. The idea is not to be hungry, just bearing in mind to drink much MORE juices than solid foods.
During juice feasting, you eliminate all other harmful foods from your diet: Flour and sugar products, processed and deep-fried foods, dairy and meat products, soda, alcohol and caffeine.
So, to Juice FAST or to Juice FEAST?
YOU decide whether you want to juice fast or feast. There is no hard and fast rule. Some people don’t have the time (or budget) to drink huge amounts of juices and would just go on a juice fast, drinking juices 2 or 3 times a day and plenty of other fluids. You would still have some benefits from doing a juice fast.
Some people cannot afford to go hungry (as in the case of diabetics) so prefer to eat alongside juicing. Then go on a juice feast as described above. Feasting on juice is the key in healing.
Or some people can’t afford the time/money to juice feast and want to eat and not do a full pure juice fast, so you eat and drink only plant-based foods, no problem. Then set aside a time to do this while eliminating all the harmful foods.
However you do it, it is a juice cleanse that’s unique for you. Drinking an increased amount of juices provides you a variety of nutrients which you would otherwise not get. The amount you drink determines how fast you will heal from your ailment. YOU decide how fast you want your healing.
How to Juice Fast Safely and Successfully?
You will naturally have many more questions about doing a safe juice fast/feast. I’m breaking down the information to smaller digestible articles in the links below. If you are seriously considering a juice fast/feast, please thoroughly read up all you can about it. Come with me as I share with you from my personal experience.
Before we go further, there are two very important factors we need to consider:
1. The current state of your health
You MUST NOT attempt juice fasting if your current state of health falls under any of these categories mentioned below:
- You’re pregnant or nursing.
- If you are diabetic or suffer from hypo/hyper-glycemia, a juice FEAST is more suitable but with greens only.
- You have any kind of eating disorders (then close supervision is vital for the success of your healing).
- You will be or have just undergone a surgery (wait till you’re fully recovered after the surgery).
- You are on daily prescription medication. Please consult with a health professional who is skilled in nutrition or detoxification. You MUST NOT discontinue or reduce your medication on your own accord.
- If you have a kidney or liver disease, you’re anemic, have low blood pressure, a terminal disease, epilepsy or any other chronic conditions, it is not advisable to juice fast/feast UNLESS you’re on Gerson Therapy. (This topic is currently not covered on this site, but is in the plan.)
Juice fasting/feasting is best for people who have health problems and WANT to get well. But, if you fall under the above categories, you can fast only under close supervision of a health professional, not on your own.
If/when you decide to go on a juice fast/feast, do get acquainted with all the implications, and know what to expect in order to benefit most from your juice fast. You don’t want unwelcome surprises.
2. Is your juicer safe to use for juice fasting?
All that I have to say here about safe juice fasting includes using a safe juice extractor. I often discourage use of a centrifugal juicer for juice fasting as it may do more harm to you than good. Please read about whether your juicer is safe (will open a new window).
If you can, invest in a good gear juicer (like the Alpha Juicer or the Green Power Kempo) that will last you a lifetime in providing you fresh juices in the best form. Another disadvantage of using a centrifugal juicer is that it’s not as effective for juicing green vegetables which are the most important ingredients in a healing fast. Also, a word of caution, by using a centrifugal juicer, the result of your juice fast may not be as effective as if you would use a gear juicer.
I’ve had people tell me that they get well too using a centrifugal juicer. Fine with that. But I’ve also come across people whose health had deteriorated even though drinking juices over the years, which I discovered were extracted using centrifugal juicers. The cause may or may not be the juicer used, but, understanding what oxidation does to the body, I would not take the chances of drinking oxidized juices. You decide which way you want to go.