The Complete Guide To Juice Fasting And Juice Feasting
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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, also known as “juice diet”, “juice cleanse” or “juice detox” are all ways to nourish and detoxify the body by drinking (or eating, in the case of juice feasting) plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The key is to HYDRATE and nourish your cells with the correct vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants that you don’t get from cooked foods.
A person doing a juice FAST consumes only the juices from fresh fruits and vegetables, in as many times a day as they like and can comfortably drink, in place of their solid food meals.
The amount of juices drunk a day is 2-3 liters/quarts a day. In between juices, you may 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, but consider them all as good signs of your body being on the way to healing!
There are various interpretations of juice feasting, though for me, juice FEASTING is consuming juices (1-2 liters/quarts a day) and EATING fresh fruits and vegetables. You may include lightly cooked vegetables (steamed, lightly stir-fried, or blanched), during your juice feasting. The idea is not to be hungry, and you can eat as much as you comfortably want, without forcing.
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.
What Is Best? To Juice FAST or To Juice FEAST?
YOU decide whether you want to juice fast or juice feast. There are no hard and fast rules.
Some people like to keep it simple by drinking only juices, along with water, broths, and herbal teas. This is great, it works!
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 fresh, organic food is the key in healing. This works too.
Whatever you decided to do, it is a detox/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 (or on the left if on desktop). 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.
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 optimum 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 type of 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.
When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Juice Fast/Feast?
There is no doubt that juice fasting is a great thing to do to detoxify and to heal a health condition. However, when it comes to deciding on the time of the year to juice fast, there are a few things you need to consider.
First of all, consider where you live. If you live in a place that is hot and humid all-year round, such as countries near the Equator, then juice fasting at any time of the year is an easy decision. Any time is a good time!
But, if you live in colder countries where there are four seasons, such as in the northern or southern hemispheres, then it might be helpful to juice fast during the warmer months.
Here’s why …
Freshly-extracted juices are generally more “cooling” in nature. For example, during winter, your body will tend to crave a bowl of hot soup, rather than to drink a glass of watermelon juice. Well, occasionally you may want to drink a watermelon juice on a cold day, but your body will certainly not take well to drinking fresh “cooling” juices every day for weeks on end.
During cold months, your body needs to eat solid, hot, cooked food to keep warm. But if you juice fast during the winter, it may lower your body temperature further, thus may cause an uncomfortable feeling of being constantly cold. This is not helpful if you have conditions such as arthritis, hypothyroidism and Raynaud’s syndrome.
If you simply have to juice fast during the winter for whatever your reasons, there are ways to work around it:
- Do juice FEASTING to include lightly-cooked food in your regime.
- Include as many of these body-warming foods as you can as your feasting, and in your juices.
- Add spices in your juices and foods.
- Drink hot broths and soups.
- Drink herbal teas.
- Please refer to this page for some suggestions on what you can add to your juice fast. The idea is to be creative to make it work for you.
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