Juice and Fruit Diet

Juice Fast - A 3 Day Plan Including a Green Drink Recipe and Tips

What is a Juice Fast?

A juice fast is a type of detox diet that involves consuming only raw vegetable and fruit juice and water for a short period of time. It is considered one of the more rapid methods of detoxification due to the reduced food intake and absence of solid food.

A typical juice fast lasts one to five days. Consultation with a health care professional is often recommended for fasts longer than three days or for anyone with a preexisting health condition.

The juice can be extracted at home using a juicer. As an alternative, juice cleanse companies such as Blueprint Cleanse, Organic Avenue, and Pressed Juicery sell cleanse packages made up of various fresh pressed juices that are delivered by courier across the United States.

How It's Typically Done:

1) Preparation for a Juice Fast – 3 Days Before - Although it can be tempting to jump into a juice fast, preparation is essential because it affects how a person responds to the cleanse. Certain foods, such as coffee, sugar, meat, dairy, alcohol, and wheat are phased out to reduce headaches, cravings, and other withdrawal symptoms. It’s also important to up your intake of fresh vegetables during the pre-fast. See How to Prepare for a Detox Diet for essential tips to get ready.

2) 3-Day Juice Fast - During the actual fasting days, approximately 32 to 96 ounces of juice is suggested, with at least half of the juice being green vegetable-based. Green vegetables are rich in chlorophyll, which is said to help cleanse and heal the digestive tract.

This is a typical day on a 3 day juice fast:

Drink a glass of room temperature or lukewarm water in between each juice to promote elimination.

To optimize the absorption of nutrients, drink each juice slowly rather than gulping it down. Juices should be consumed approximately one to two hours apart. The final beverage of the day should be at least three hours before bedtime.

Fruits and vegetables used to make the juices often include celery, kale, carrot, cabbage, apple, spinach, beets, and leafy greens. Avocados and bananas don't juice well, and the pits of peaches, apricots, cherries and other fruit, apple seeds, carrot and rhubarb tops, and tough skins of kiwi, pineapple and mangos should be avoided. Organic produce is best, but if it's unavailable, a fruit and vegetable wash (often available in health food stores) may help to remove some pesticide residues. Find out more about common juicing ingredients.

People often find it easiest to juice at the beginning or end of the day and to make enough for one full day. Although juice should be consumed as close to the time of juicing as possible, juice can be stored covered in glass or BPA-free cups or bottles.

Source: altmedicine.about.com

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If you juice the entire fruit and drink the pulp

2007-07-25 14:16:16 by Khashishi

Then you will get all the fiber of the fruit.
If you are anything like me, the calories are a good thing, because I find it's fairly difficult to get enough calories as a vegan. It's just hard to eat enough fruit to supply a enough calories for much activity. Juice is easier to consume.
Juice can certainly be a part of a healthy diet.

I think I'm eliminating fruit juice from my diet

2009-10-21 10:44:21 by mirror-mirror

Til LO arrives (on the outside). He's too big and squeezed in there right now for me to be able to handle the kicks that ensue after he gets juice. I literally have to put my hands on my belly and breathe heavily to get through all the movement. I'm like "WOAH! Stop it!" I can't say I enjoy those eruptions of movement. It's weird to me!!!

"Even" fruit juice "can" be high in Calories?

2011-04-01 13:02:15 by Achernar

Fruit juice is generally loaded with Calories. On average it has a little more than non-diet soda. I don't know how it got a reputation as being healthy.
Nutritionally, Calorie-free drinks like diet soda and Crystal Light are equivalent to water. It's still best to avoid them if you can, because there's evidence they can give you a sweet tooth so you consume more sweet foods. But if you must drink something other than water, something without Calories is probably best.

I think we're deficient in fruit and vegetables

2009-01-05 23:00:32 by -

Even a diet that is heavy on fruits and veggies by american standards is very low compared to other cultures' cuisines.
for example, living in various asian and south american countries, it is a normal everyday thing to eat 3, 5 or more fruits especially citrus fruits per day in addition to drinking a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice. most people i know here do not eat a fruit per day if they even eat a fruit per week.
also i think we're low in vitamin D because of lifestyle. but the solution to that is not pills. it is sunshine.

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