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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Drink Fresh Fruit Juice for More Energy

Have you been feeling down lately? Have you been feeling tired? If you feel like you have run out of energy and need more of it, you can certainly get more just drinking a glass of fresh fruit juice daily. There are fruit juices especially formulated so you can feel revitalized. Make it a point to include fresh fruit and vegetable juices everyday to your diet and drink it first in the morning before breakfast. Fruits and vegetables contain enzymes, minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and many more. And because juice is in liquid form, it does not take much to digest it. All you need is to drink the juice and all the nutrients are instantly absorbed by the body.

Although there are canned and bottled juices available, they contain artificial sweeteners and they are made from fruit concentrates. They do not have any live enzymes either. The liquid from canned and bottled juices have additives like sugar, flavours, artificial colors and salt. It is best to drink fruit juices which are made from organic produce. But, before you can start juicing, you need the best juicer to buy. After all, you would not be able to juice without it. Make sure that you get a juicer which has a low resolution because they will help keep the enzymes intact.

There are various recipes for juice online which can help boost your energy and strengthen your immune system. They are relatively easy to prepare and will not take much time. You can juice various fruits, as well as vegetables. You can juice acai berry, carrots, lemons, grapes, blueberries, spinach and a whole array of other fruits and vegetables. You will be able to see the effects in at least a week, you will notice just how more energized you are and just how you can do the daily tasks without any problems.

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