With a little planning, juice fasting can work well
for you even if are out at work most part of the day.
If you work away from home but want to do an extended fast, juice fasting might pose a bit of a problem. But with a little planning, it can work for you.
Before we get into the tips, here are some things you’ll need to keep in mind:
- As mentioned earlier, to do a safe and effective fast, I always suggest that you invest in a good gear juicer if you can. Not only does it preserve the most nutrients and enzymes in your juices, it also reduces oxidation of your juices for far longer compared to the juices extracted using a centrifugal juicer.
- During a juice fast, what you want to achieve is to get as much of these as possible into your body to nourish your cells: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, liquid. You don’t get any of these from shelf-bought commercially packed juices. Avoid them, even if they say it’s 100% pure juice, unless you know for sure that they are 100% pure juice. You don’t want the chemical additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, and artificial sugar in your system, not especially when you’re doing a fast.
- During the weekends, you may prepare your juices in advance for the next couple of days (using a masticating juicer). Store your juice in mason jars in the fridge and make it easy to grab a jar for a drink anytime of the day. Here is a juice cleanse recipe that is very nutritious.
- Drink as much green juices as you comfortably can. You’re not limited to the recipes on this site. See what’s available at your market, or what’s seasonal. Example of some ingredients to include in your juice menu:
Cucumber, wheatgrass, barleygrass, lettuce, endives, spinach, celery, watercress, cabbage, zucchini, beetroot, carrots, turnip, tomatoes, asparagus, green apple, lemon/lime, etc. Or see this page for some tips on making great tasting green juices.
Remember that it is best to drink your juices as fresh as possible. But sometimes this is not an option for some people. Here are some ways to get around it. Just apply any of these tips where it suits you.
- You will have to pack your juices in the morning before you leave for work. Juice your fruits/vegetables as chilled as possible to keep it cool for a longer time to reduce oxidation. Throw in a quarter or half a lemon (with peel) into your juicer when doing this, also to help minimize oxidation. Besides, lemon enhances your juice taste, detoxifies and helps melt away the fats. Invest in the biggest thermo flask you can find/afford. Juices need to be kept away from light and oxygen to preserve as much of the nutrients as possible.An airtight container can work too, but make sure it’s not transparent or in light color such that it allows light in to destroy the nutrients. Fill the juices to the brim so that there is very little oxygen in the container. (The “dark side” of oxygen is what causes oxidation).