I started to prepare for my first juice fast in 1991 and at the time had no idea what I was in for. I had just read a wonderful book called Juicing for Life and found the process of juice fasting very interesting. I needed to lose some weight and thought “oh boy!, I can lose a pound a day. I can go 10 days and lose 10 pounds”. I bought a Champion Juicer and jumped in with both feet and a healthy appetite for “the juice”.
When I first heard the phrase re-booting your system I thought that was a perfect way to put it since it is exactly that. I could give myself a gift to reset my over-worked and under-appreciated taste buds, lose the toxic waste (weight) and learn about a whole food plant-based lifestyle. I could let go of the addictions and corporate brainwashing I had engrained deep within my sub/unconscious mind. But then it sank in- that years of knowing what was best for me, was suddenly flying out the window and I felt like I was not in control of my eating habits anymore. As I look back now, this was part of the process of cleansing out the toxic thoughts and propaganda that had shaped my body, life and what I thought was my destiny.
I spent 7 days eating as much raw fruits and veggies as I could and was ready to just start drinking my new health cocktails. They consisted of fresh organic fruit and vegetable strained juices. For this period, all pulp is removed, since the point is to stop the body’s digestion and peristalsis for the length of the fast, allowing the body to use the energy that it normally used to process the food instead in a seek-and-destroy mission. My body was healing the build-up and residue of all the previous illness and abuse I had racked up for years or more accurately, my whole life up until that point. Detoxification was swift and sometimes there were accompanying detox symptoms. My skin was the first to show signs of eruptions. I also felt waves of flu like symptoms but with each day my energy got better and I felt it was really working. After day 4 for me my body’s metabolism had changed and I no longer had any desires for food whatsoever.
Toxins were being released and I was trying to help get them out with daily enemas of water. As I look back now I realize that without the coffee in the enema, I was never really allowing my liver to open up the bile ducts and release the built-up toxins. Max Gerson was an amazing individual and Doctor/Scientist who dedicated his life’s work to showing how people could heal themselves with diet, juice and the coffee enemas which allows the bile ducts to eliminate the diseased cells, toxins and tumors that the body could not clear out easily on it’s own. His work is carried on by his daughter Charlotte in San Diego and the Institute is teaching people from all over the world how to heal from within with The Gerson Therapy.
As my senses became more alert, listening to music was a natural way for me to meditate and in ways I had always dreamed of. A violin playing could not only bring me to tears but lift me up with it’s vibrations and hauntingly beautiful callings. I felt as though the violin was creating a sound track for my fasting journey. This of course led to wonderful sessions of deep classical relaxation.
I broke my fast after 7 days and started to chew again. I was surprised that I really hadn’t starved to death as I had feared and was actually feeling more energy than I had in many years. I had lost a good 10 pounds and it was more than I had anticipated. I was exercising a fair amount each of those 7 days (rowing machine and long walks). Juicing and eating whole foods rich in oxygen has changed my life in more ways than I could ever explain and probably the most important way is that I have no need for doctors visits. My body and health is in balance and I love feeling great all the time.
Fasting with Juice is an art that’s easily mastered. Main ingredients: Honesty, Desire, Determination and The Willingness to Change.
How to start
To begin a juice fast you need to be clear on a few things and of course a buddy or Juice Coach is ideal if you have them available. It all depends on how much “power of your will” you command and only you know the honest answer to that one. Look, if you decide to go for it, then walk the walk because those who talk the talk are a dime a dozen and have nothing to show for it, except in some cases a tremendous amount of knowledge or “buzz words.”
I can speak for myself, my partner Mario, Joel and Suzanne when I say we all have extensive experience “walking the walk.” I have over 20 years of Juice fast coaching and cleansing. We all have our stories and experiences to share with regards to how it changed our lives but more than that, we are living a life now free of illness, cloudy thoughts, low energy and excess weight. I think that a plant-based diet and periodic juice fasts start a process that opens up a whole new world and lifestyle filled with more love, light, fun, aliveness, friends, social opportunities, self awareness, joy and no need for health care. Like Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. This is what I believe and live by every day.
7 tips to a successful juice fast:
- Know why you want it and why you don’t want it. Get mentally prepared with journal work.
- Plan and stick to a preparation period by eating raw food for 7 days
- Prepare a menu for the week. Plan your fast and fast your plan.
- Aid the liver in cleansing through the coffee enemas so that toxins do not re-enter the bloodstream and become reabsorbed
- Listen to your body and exercise every day. Meditation, fresh air and sunlight are essential.
- Break the fast gently with 7 days of raw food. Starting out slow with an apple or something light and easy to digest. You are waking up your digestion and peristalsis.
- Living your new lifestyle with total freedom and total responsibility is an amazing feeling especially when your tastes have been reset, so enjoy the new YOU and don’t let your old lifestyle or group of friends keep you from being happy by lowering your vibration. You deserve to be healthy, happy and full of energy. Thrive!
Step by Step
Taking the steps to get there is more satisfying than the arrival, and yet once arrived, the steps to multiple futures with possibilities are limitless. All I can say is Walk The Walk! Whatever direction you choose is right where you belong. Juice fasting for me is also a type of spiritual journey whether I believe in anything spiritual or not, it’s a deep connection that can not be explained or put into words. Only experienced.
We all want to feel more alive and happy and if taking a little time out of our lives to clean our vehicles (bodies) in the process of life is the answer to maintaining our health, then let’s make it happen.
The S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) part of all of this is that we have years of abuse and neglect to deal with and not very many professional doctors (who are many by the way) that we look-up-to for guidance, know much or anything about diet or nutrition. They are rapidly becoming the less powerful ones to turn to regarding true health issues and healing advice.
Juicing is a process. Put in clean materials (veggies and fruit) and out comes clean, concentrated potent nutrition.
The truth is, If you are eating anything commercially processed, you are building up and lining your organs, digestive tract and arteries with massive amounts of toxins. Our body’s were never designed for all this dead food and especially the quantities in which people are consuming it. Our bodies truly can-not handle it all and so we have created a self-breeding-ground internally for all the diseases we now face and the effects are evident externally as well all around us. WAKE UP and smell the coffee and I don’t mean the drinking kind. When we “reboot our body,” tastes for sugar and fat and other unhealthy habits we hold just naturally drop away. The desires for unhealthy foods are gone. “But I like my diet” you might say, well then stay on it if you think you’re healthy and thriving. You have no idea unless you have traveled to the other side how amazing your life and health can be. Give yourself “a gift” and know first hand, 7 days can change your ways. Now, I know juice fasting is not for everyone and I would strongly advise you to prepare and make sure you are a safe candidate for juicing.
I have personally juice fasted for 30 days along with some other friends and we all did it safely and with life-changing results.
For those first starting out with a juice fast, take the time to prepare and schedule it so that you don’t have distractions, appointments or other issues. It’s a life changer as well as a health changer so if you are not ready mentally and physically, then you could set yourself up for failure. We at Kale U. are experienced and offer coaching for those of you who might need a guide.
There are many like-minded people out there and help is available to bring the acidic body back into alignment so that oxygen-rich nutrition can heal and reverse any illnesses we have. Whole plant foods, living foods, and fresh juices can give your body a chance to heal naturally from the artery and digestive clogging food groups that are being sold to the masses with messages like “you need more animal protein.” Learn the truth about living healing foods and let’s all thrive together on a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle.
Have any of you ever done a long juice fast?
(This does not, by definition include smoothies.) If so, share some of your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!