Sunday, October 9, 2011

5 Day Juice Fast

How many fruits and vegetable servings are you eating a day?  For me, it's possibly two servings of fruit a day and maybe 4 servings of veggies a week (and usually steamed so there goes most of the nutrients!)  After watching the documentary, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead I decided that I needed to "reboot".  Joe, the now very good looking (not so good looking before) Australian, drank nothing but juice for 60 days with no hard food and documented it all. 60 DAYS!!  Yes, that is extreme, but as he filmed his process, he inspired many along the way, including me.

This last week I researched juicers and decided on the Breville 800 on amazon after reading a million reviews.  It was more than I had planned on spending on a juicer, but I also wanted the best. Today I went to Wholefoods and stocked up.  I wrote down all the recipes that sounded good and started plopping those ingredients into my cart.  I will admit, I was a little overwhelmed shopping.  For one, I didn't know what half of the vegetables even looked like, Kale, Chard, ginger root, etc etc.  I didn't even know the difference from a pear and an Asian pear.  However, the lovely produce specialists at Wholefoods were more than happy to help me.  Now I can tell you that there isn't just one kind of chard, but many!  I was also getting nervous as I watched my cart overflow with all organic veggies and fruits... this was going to add up.... in which I did, to $200.  I bought for 5 days, with 6 juices a day.  However, as I sip on my first juice writing this, one juice recipe really gives you two large glasses of juice, so I probably could have just bought for 3 juices a day!  (Note to others planning to do this!)

$206 worth of fruits and vegetables at Wholefoods Market
My Breville
The ingredients of my first juice.  2 apples, 2 Asian pears, 2 carrots,  6 handfuls chard, 1 cup cabbage and a beet
It was super yummy!

I am hope to do this juice detox in 5 days.  There are longer ones, which I think I will do in November, but this is a good start!  I'm excited to see how I feel at the end.  Here are just a few benefits of juice fasting:
  • Purification
  • Rejuvenation
  • Resting of digestive organs
  • Drug detoxification
  • More restful sleep
  • Better skin beautification (I still get high school break outs!)
  • Reduced allergies  (I have so many!)
  • Anti-aging
  • Clearer and sharper mind
  • Mental clarity
Wish me luck!

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