Preparing for a Juice Fast in 5 Steps

Juice fasting is an excellent way to lose weight and detoxify the body. The key to sticking through your fasting goals and coming out the other side refreshed and cleansed comes down not just to discipline but to preparation.

In other words, the key to a successful juice fast is planning!

In this article we will review what this means and how you should effectively plan for a successful juice fast.

Understand your Goals and Reasons for Fasting
The first thing I’d advice you to carefully look at are your reasons for doing the fast in the first place. Is your number one goal to lose weight? Is it symbolic of a personal change in your life and wanting to start fresh? Is it connected to the seasons? Is there perhaps a spiritual connotation to your fast? Alternatively, or additionally, are there any specific health goals you have in mind, such as wanting to see how a health issue reacts to a juice diet?

Clearly identify the reason or reasons for fasting. It’s okay if it’s as simple as “to feel good.” The idea here is that any actions we make will stand on stronger ground when we know why we’re doing them.

Plan Your Diet
While fasting on nothing but vegetable and fruit juices is a simple rule to follow, we benefit enormously through planning what our diet will consist of beforehand. A sample juice fast diet should incorporate your favorite juice blends while taking care to mix things up and eat a variety of foods.

To this end I’d suggest you incorporate in your diet greens, such as spinach, kale, and wheat grass, along with carrots, tomatoes, and your favorite fruits as staples to stock up on. Plan out an entire days worth of blends and then buy at least that much for many days so that you will a good stock available for your fast.

You’ll also appreciate having ginger on hand to vary the flavor of many of your blends.

Take Stock Of Your Kitchen Tools
Obviously you will need a juicer in order to complete this fast. Ideally a nice masticating juicer will work best, but even a food processor and juicer machine will do the trick. If you’ve never used a juicer before I’d advise you to purchase one and get comfortable using it before starting. However, they are a breeze to operate. You’ll quickly learn the only trick involved is to clean it as soon as you’re done using it!

Beyond this, you will need a good knife and a cutting board and that’s it!

Planning for Obstacles at Work and in your Social Life
How will you fast while at work and how will you deal with dinner invitations and being out in general? These are often the hardest parts of completing a fast. Ideally at work you could have access to a juicer to make fresh blends but of course this is not practical for many situations. In this situation you’d be best to prepare your foods before hand and bring them in tupperware cups to have on hand. The same goes for your social life – have your blends prepared. Better yet – go to a juice bar with some friends at least once during your fast!

Ready, Set, Juice!
Once you feel you’ve identified your reasons for fasting, planned your diet, made sure you have the right kitchen tools, and have planned for how to make it through any obstacles at work and in your social life, you are ready to go!

Let me suggest one last tip to make the most of your journey: keep a log or a journal of some kind and track your food and energy levels. This will make it easier after the fact to assess the diet and make the most of any future endeavors.

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Avoid These Common Fast Weight Loss Mistakes

Most people will try to lose weight at some point in their lives, and of course results will always vary. Some people find it incredibly easy while others will struggle with it for a long time. Even though it all boils down to basic science and burning more calories than you consume, there are many ways to go wrong when it comes to losing weight. Just ask any yo-yo dieter or somebody who has been struggling with their weight since their teenage years. Maybe it’s the combination of seemingly easy answers with a need for fast results. Or it could just be related to human nature and the temptation to find the quickest way to do things. In any case, there are common weight loss mistakes that people make all the time, and here are some that you should avoid.

Too much too soon – just because you can lose 10 pounds in one week doesn’t mean you should. In fact, any more than 2 pounds a week is not a good idea. People want instant gratification but when it comes to losing weight, you should look for a more gradual approach that keep your body healthy at the same time. This isn’t a race so try to find a way that you can blend healthier practices into your lifestyle rather than simply exercising your butt off for two weeks.

No planning – the process of weight loss can be a journey and as such, it requires a certain degree of planning. Many people tell themselves that they want to lose weight and jump into it without any organization. They might give themselves a deadline and do everything possible to eat healthy, but there is no overarching plan that ties everything together. It’s important to have a general idea of where you want to go and what it takes in order to get you there. This involves taking a close look at your eating patterns to get a handle on your overall caloric intake. It might also require a bit of daily menu planning and addition to recording information about exercises you do.

High expectations – it’s good to reach for the stars and set goals for yourself, but when it comes to weight loss you need to be realistic as well. You can’t expect yourself to lose weight at the same rate during a given period of time. Nor should you compare your results for your body to anyone else, otherwise it will drive you crazy. Set reasonable goals and be proud of yourself for reaching them while remembering that even little steps help in the overall picture.

Doing it Alone – one mistake people make is isolating themselves for one reason or another when they are trying to lose weight. You might feel alone in the process or maybe even embarrassed about needing to lose weight. But it’s important to recognize there is a lot of help available from friends and family, on the Internet, and from your physician. Open up those lines of communication because trying to do everything on your own can be very difficult.

Obsession – when you make fast weight loss during mission in life it can potentially become an obsession. Many people spend way too much time thinking of fat-free foods they can buy or how they can cut calories from their overall diet. They might spend a lot of time getting up and off the scale while thinking about the numbers constantly. It’s important to find balance when it comes to how you go about things because going too far in one direction can set you off kilter. Try your best not to turn this process into an unhealthy obsession that jeopardizes your health.

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