Green vegetables juice diet
Well, I finally did it. I gave my blender a vacation and plunged head first into a five-day juice fast (or juice feast, as some prefer to call it).
To be honest, I wasn’t exactly excited about it, either. I mean, I love to eat, so the thought of doing a juice fast scared me a little. But I wanted to experience one first hand.
I’ve written about juice fasting before. Long term weight loss is best facilitated by permanent lifestyle and diet changes rather than short term liquid starvation diets that are not sustainable. When you end the juice fast and return to old eating habits, the weight will always come back.
As far as detoxification, cleansing requires fiber, which even the greenest of juices lack. So my overall views about juice fasting have not changed, but I did gain some insights from doing it myself.
This is the first fast I have ever done. I’ve never once felt the need to do one before. I am often surprised and perplexed when I hear raw foodists and other healthy eaters say that they need (or want) to do a juice fast. I wanted to see how a juice fast might improve my sense of well being, beyond what I already feel from my healthy diet.
Since being introduced to green smoothies back in 2008, my diet has transformed over the years. For the last two years, I have eaten a low-fat, mostly raw vegan diet. I eat a LOT of fresh sweet fruit, about two bunches of leafy greens per day and small amounts of plant fats like avocados, nuts and seeds. I do eat cooked quinoa, brown rice, beans and steamed veggies as well. I have made a lot of fitness gains on this diet, not to mention the 40 pounds I lost. I feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life.
I followed a 5-day juice fasting protocol that involved starting the day with coconut water and lime. Then I made a large juice using lots of fruits and greens for breakfast. My lunch juice included vegetables and greens, but less fruit. My dinner juices were savory and usually contained no fruit. On average, each juice was about 32 ounces. I also drank tea whenever I felt like it.
I purchased an Omega 8005 masticating juicer to do this juice fast. I always wanted to get a juicer so this was a good excuse to finally purchase one. I’ll write more about this juicer in a future post, but I really like it a lot and I’m glad I bought it.
I didn’t come up with my own juicing recipes and instead relied on an e-book that outlined a 5-day fasting protocol complete with recipes. I’m actually glad I followed a program because it guided me though everything I needed to know about my fast and gave me lots of great recipes. I’m not sure I would have been as successful with the juice fast had I tried to wing it on my own.
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Diet food2010-06-30 08:56:36 by Jewel0523
Is not necessarily about low fat. Its about balanced foods that include healthy fat in moderation (important for so many reasons including satiety, fat soluble vitamins, normal body function, heart health), lots of vegetables, whole grains in moderation and lean proteins.
That being said "Diet" side dishes are abound.
Roasted cauliflower dressed with a drizzle of olive oil and curry powder
chickpea, cucumber, red onion, bit of feta, red and green pepper, tomato, oregano, lemon juice, salad
Slice of whole grain bread topped with chopped tomato, basil, onion
options are endless. Try cookinglight.com for many more options.