I’ve compiled a list of tips and videos that can help you begin your juicy journey. Take a look below!
Top Ten Juice Fast Tips Videos
Tip #1: Equipment
Tip #2: Groceries
Tip #3: Juice Prep & Cleanup
Tip #4: Water, Water… & MORE Water!
Tip #5: Length of a Fast
Tip #6: When to Start a Fast
Tip #7: Detox
Tip #8: UnSabotage Yourself
Tip #9: Support Systems
Tip #10: Tracking Your Progress
Bonus Tip #1: Transitioning Into a Fast
Bonus Tip #2: Breaking Your Fast
Additional Juicing Tips Videos
Would you climb Mount Everest without the proper gear? Of course not! Same goes for a juice fast – you need to make sure you have all the equipment necessary before you embark upon your cleanse. Here are the things you’ll need to get started:
- Juicer or blender
- Good cutting knife
- Cutting board
- Strainer or nut milk bag
- Air-tight containers (a thermos or mason jars)
A point about juicers vs. blenders:
There are lots of people who will say that you need a juicer to properly fast. I say, PSHAW! If you want to use a blender, go ahead! If you do use a blender, however, you are going to want to make sure you are straining the juice fully so as to remove the fiber, so I would invest in a nut milk bag.
I advise buying enough groceries to last you three to four days. One of the great things about using the 101 Juice Fast Recipes eBook is it clearly outlines how much produce is in each juice! Browse through the recipes, circle the ones you’d like to try, and make your grocery list based on the juices you will be drinking for the next few days. For a sample grocery list, click here!
Juice Prep & Cleanup
On your juice fast, it is typically suggested that you drink between 64-96 ounces (2-3 liters) of juice daily. That is between 2-3 quart/liter-sized mason jars of juice. For busy people like myself, I recommend making your juice ahead of time, sealing it in an airtight Thermos or mason jar, and keeping it cold in the refrigerator. This way, you always have juice on hand. Making your juice all at one time also helps with cutting down your cleanup time. Make sure that you are taking your juicer (or blender) apart and cleaning the pieces after each juicing session, to avoid bacteria and bad odors.
I tell ya; the key to successful juicing is drinking BEFORE you get hungry. It’s changed everything for me. I set an alarm on my phone, and I drink at least 16 oz (usually 20+) every 3 hours, and drink huge amounts of water in between (about a gallon a day). This is how you get through the days without cravings.
Length of Fast
Take the time to decide how long you are going to fast. If you are a beginner, you may want to shoot for a one to three-day fast to start. This will allow you to get used to the flow of juicing. Remember, this is for YOUR health and longevity, not a comparison with someone else to “beat” how long they can go without solid food. Shoot for a time frame that is most realistic for you and your life.
HOWEVER! (Here comes the big “BUT”!)
Remember the most important rule of juicing – LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you find that you are feeling weak or extraordinarily hungry, it may be a sign that your body is ready to break your fast and transition back to solid foods. Listen to your body and intuitively end your fast at a time that works for you. You may find that time is before or after the initial day that you had planned on completing it.
Give a lot of consideration to when you will begin your fast. A suggestion for those of you who work outside the home; you many want to consider beginning your fast on a Friday. Why a random Friday? Because the first few days of your fast may be a bit uncomfortable due to detox symptoms. You may want or need to spend Saturday and Sunday in the comfort of your own home.
Planning for Detox
Detox is a natural part of the cleansing process. Many people do not look forward to the headaches, the nausea, the fatigue, the coated tongue, the body odor…
I’m not making this sound like fun, am I? I know, I know, but it is a necessary event. Poisons (or in this case, toxins) sting twice – once on the way in and again on the way out. So, think of this as a good thing! The headaches are a sign that you are releasing the toxins from your body!
I sound way too happy about detox, don’t I?
You may not share my enthusiasm, but you should plan for it, nonetheless. Understand that you may feel less than perky the first few days, so make sure you are getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water. You may also want to schedule enemas and/or colon hydrotherapy sessions. Both enemas and colonics introduce quarts or gallons of water into your system through the anus in order for you to “flush” the small and large intestines, which is where a lot of toxins will be stored. It may not be pleasant to think about, but it is a great way to help release the toxins from your system.
CONSTIPATION & BOOTY MAINTENANCE
Breaking Your Fast
G.B. Shaw wrote, “Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast.” Depending on the length of your fast, you should plan taking four to six days to transition back to solid foods. For more information on the foods you should and should not consume when breaking your fast, click here to download the How to Break a Juice Fast ebook!
Track Your Progress
Even if you are doing a short fast, it is important to track the progress you are experiencing. During this process, it is not just about the numbers you see on the scale, but also about how your body is changing. I remember the day I realized I could finally, FINALLY breathe out of both nostrils! That was a huge moment that I achieved because of my fast (I had been plugged up for years!). So, make sure you are taking note of all the changes in your breathing, your thinking, your body movement, your clothing, your moods, and yes, even your weight.
Questions, comments, things to add? Feel free to post them below!