Juice Feasting & Fasting

Feasting

I am new to feasting but as I learn, the main difference from fasting to feasting is quantity. Fasting has much to do with deprivation and feasting is just as it sounds – PLENTIFUL. While juice feasting, you need to drink at least one gallon of freshly made fruit and/or veggie juices daily – to include one head of celery and 2 lbs. leafy greens. This is in addition to your water consumption. Also known as juice flushing, this quantity of juice helps maintain your daily calorie requirements, enables the body to detox, rebuild, and rejuvinate your body’s cells, and helps maintain body weight. Juice feasting also enables a person to fast/feast/flush for longer periods of time. See Nutrient Dense Nutrition and Raw Reform Blog in our Links section for more yummy details.

Fasting

As many of you may know, I did a month-long January fast (check back if link is unavailable due to maintenance) as part of my transformation to being Vegetarian and a Raw Foodist. Not too long into the fast, I realized how empowering a fast can be for your personal outlook on health, food, and living. I have decided it is a yearly goal – to fast during January.

Why fast?

Fasting provides the body with a much needed break from the heavy work of digestion. From the moment food enters the mouth, ENZYMES and acids begin the process of digestion. Once the food reaches the stomach and then the small intestine, cellular metabolism begins and the body distributes the nutrients and wastes throughout the body. These ENZYMES are necessary for digestion but are also vital for regeneration and rebuilding of ALL cells. Our body creates its own enzymes but enzymes also come in all raw foods that have not been heated over approx. 118 degrees, at which point they begin to be destroyed  – along with many vitamins and nutrients. Most people are eating overheated and overcooked food whose enzymes have been destroyed due to high temperatures. Hence the heavy burden digestion puts on our body.

Fasting on freshly made fruit and veggie juices stops the body’s concentration on digesting food and utilizes the body’s enzymes on bigger jobs such as regenerating and rebuilding. Removing the fiber and pulp from the food by juicing provides very high doses of vitamins and nutrients without the ‘substance’ which requires digestion.

Fasting is a great cleanse for the colon too! The intestines get clogged up with mucus, food, and bacteria that begin to ferment and cause problems. A fast of 4-10 days can usually clear out the bowel.

How to fast?

It is best to use organic produce whenever possible. As easily assimilated all those nutrients are from juicing, so are the toxins added to today’s produce. If you’re unable to use organics, wash your fruits/veggies in lukewarm, soapy water or with food grade hydrogen peroxide diluted in water. Peel fruits/veggies that have no protective skin like those on a banana or melon, and avoid non-organic fruits/veggies whose skins are directly exposed to toxins such as berries, grapes, and leafy greens.

Prepare for your fast several days prior by eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods and drinking lots of water. During your fast, it is best to avoid medication and supplementation due to the increase of assimiliation; however, consult your physician before making such decisions.

A juicer or blender can be used to create fabulous juice. Depending on which juicer you have – follow directions as indicated. So many are available and having one is better than not having anything; however, be aware that a juicer that turns at too high of RMP creates heat and begins to destroy nutrients. Also a blender that tears and spins the food to harshly creates oxidation and makes for a less tasty juice.

When using a blender – chop your ingredients, add to blender, top blades with water or coconut water,  and blend. Use a cheesecloth or nut-milk bag to strain juice from pulp. Drink and enjoy!

Chew your juice! As simple as it sounds – chew while drinking juice. It helps begin the digestive process and makes you feel fuller!

So how much should you drink to keep a happy medium between deprivation and cleansing? Drink when you’re thirsty and hungry while trying to maintain at least 2 L – 1 Gal of juice per day.

How Long to Fast?

A fast of 3 days can provide much benefit to people with indigestion problems such as gas, bloating, bad breath, and lack of energy. A fast of 4-10 days can provide even more benefit for colon cleansing, renewal of energy, empowerment to eat well after the fast, and rejuvination of the spirit. Fasting for even longer only magnifies the benefits and helps break the state of dis-ease.

The body provides many signs as to its current state of health. Many of us have forgotten the feeling of perfect health and do not realize we can live without such symptoms as a plugged nose, sleep in the eye, bad breath and body odor, lack of energy, moodiness, dull hair and skin, poor eyesight, blood sugar imbalance, gas, bloat, and so on.

Ever wake up with sleep in your eye and a paste-like coating of white on your tongue? Many of us do from time to time – usually based on what we’ve been eating lately.

Ever wonder why breakfast is called BREAKFAST? While you’re sleeping your 8 hours, you are FASTING. The morning meal Breaks the Fast – breakfast.

Now putting those two together – signs of detox are present while the need to fast is still there. If you wake up with a paste-like tongue, bad breath, sleep in the eye, poor energy, etc. you can still use the detox. When you wake up one morning without some of these symptoms, you know you’re on the way to better health and are soon ready to eat again. Another sign to end a fast is hunger. Hunger usually ends after day 4 and does not return until at least after day 10-15.

The Journey

Day one of fasting is usually difficult because of the hunger pains.

Day two is often harder because you psychologically wonder if you will ever get to eat again. Just remind yourself you will eat when your body is clean.

Day three slowly gets easier and less hunger or no hunger starts.

Day four is usually the clean slate day – no hunger and a feeling of empowerment begins. You may have a headache, acne, worse breath, and other fowl detox signs begin this day. Just keep it up and drink LOTS of fluids.

DO NOT fast for weight loss!

Prior to starting my last fast, I weighed 175 pounds and finished at 150 pounds, 30 days later. Weight loss should NEVER be the reason to begin a fast but it is in fact a ‘side-affect’ to fasting and should be taken into account before deciding to fast. I am starting this fast at 145 pounds and cannot afford to lose 25 + pounds this time around. I will fast for 14-30 days, depending if I’ve lost too much weight. I will be increasing my juice quantities this fast to keep my calorie intake higher than last time.

How to come off a fast?

The answer is – slowly and patiently.

Coming off the fast is just as important as being on the fast. Your stomach has shrunk to its original size, your gut has less intestinal bacteria, and your body is not in digestion mode.

Spend 1/3 of your ‘fasting time’ coming off the fast slowly. So if you fasted for three days – use one day to adjust to eating again. If you’re fast was 10 days long – use 2-3 days adjusting.

Eat mainly raw or lightly cooked foods, drink lots of water, and avoid processed foods, alcohol, and carbonation.

Taking a supplement of acidophilus, drinking rejuvelac, eating lacto-fermented foods such as saurkraut, yogurt, lemons, and the like – can help rejuvinate the intestinal flora.

 Some people like to use an enema the day before and after fasting to assist with the cleanse.

Most of all – be thankful for your strength and try to best to maintain healthy eating afterwards.

Take care and enjoy yourSELF,

Stephanie –

Bare Necessities Cafe

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