Let’s talk about the positive results you should see from a juice fast… (Let me know if I’m glowing.)
- “Glowing” skin (due to new healthier tissue emerging)
- Cleanses your body of toxins
- Ease digestive issues
- Cure diseases
- Sound sleep (wake up feeling refreshed)
- Previous injuries begin to heal
- Mind, memory, and eyesight experience precision and clarity
- Spiritual journey: sense of peace and calm within
Now, let’s talk about negative side effects… I personally haven’t had any of these but I do like to think of myself as a pretty “clean” eater so my body didn’t have to cleanse my body of anything crazy (coffee, fast food, chips, junk food, etc.). I promise I don’t have super-human control. I love my dark chocolate and can’t resist a good Mexican night. (Chips and queso? Yes, please!) I just try to keep those nights to a minimum. One night at week at the most.
- Bad breath
- Headaches (often from giving up coffee or alcohol)
- Body odor
Don’t let this list keep you from trying a juice fast if you want to try. Remember that oftentimes the most common side effects of juice fasting aren’t due to the incredibly healthy veggies and fruits you’re putting into your body. It’s the lack of “junk” your body has grown accustomed to over the years. If you’ve been drinking coffee every morning since you were in college, you’re body isn’t having an adverse reaction to the celery/apple/wheatgrass drink you’re now consuming. It’s just going to take some time for your body to stop craving those unhealthy substances you’ve been feeding it all these years.
*This is one of those disclaimers: Let it be known that I am not a RD (registered dietitian) and you should always check with your doctor before conducting a juice fast. Of course, you should not juice fast if you are pregnant or nursing. Check with your doctor if you are diabetic or have any other health ailments.
What I juiced today…
Fruity Breakfast juice: I made this one up out of the contents of my fridge. Feel free to add your favorite fruit! I think mango and/or blackberries would be a good addition. When making fruit juice, I always hide a green veggie or two in there, you can’t taste them and it packs on the nutrients! (recipe makes approx. 8 oz. juice)
- 1 kiwi
- 1 green apple
- 2-3 kale leaves
- 1 cup of blueberries
Green Lemonade: The cucumber overwhelms a little bit on this one. I’ll probably take it down to a half cucumber next time. Other than that, it’s good and refreshing. (Recipe makes approx 12. oz. juice)
- 1 head of romaine lettuce (Fresh, not packaged. I used just shy of a whole head.)
- 4 kale leaves
- 1 cucumber (with skin)
- 1 green apple
- 1 lemon (you don’t have to peel it)
- 1 thumb-size of ginger
Best Broccoli: Same as yesterday. Really, this one is so good that I wanted it two days in a row! (recipe makes approx. 10 oz. juice)
- 1 cup broccoli pieces
- 3 carrots
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1/2 lemon
I also had a coconut water (16.2 oz.) taking my total liquid consumed to a total of 46.2 oz.
Hungry?… Days 2 & 3 were definitely the worst for hunger cravings. Today I’ve been pretty satisfied today with no specific cravings. It took less will-power than I thought not to grab a dark chocolate kiss out of the basket at my hair salon.
Energy?… I had a training today from 1-6pm and I had a normal level of energy throughout.