A great way to kick-start your week is by starting off with a beautiful and energizing 24-Hour Juice Fast!
So, what’s fasting? Well (the short answer), it’s a technique that involves restricting the food intake for a set period of time; this sometimes includes a restriction on the beverage intake as well. Some people do a traditional fast (sometimes referred to as a dry fast): no food or beverage intake. Some will participate in other types of fasting techniques: like no food intake, but still drinking only water or only freshly blended juices.
We are going to focus on fasting while consuming only freshly blended juices. And we’re talking about clean, fresh juices that are wholesome and delicious for your beautiful and amazing human system!
So, here we go:
Start your fast the day before. Consume your last meal of the day between 3pm and 5pm (that means no more food consumption after 5pm). If you happen to experience some hunger or cravings, satiate those feelings with a nice glass of pure clean water (room temperature); you can squeeze a bit of lemon in it if you like. Do not have any snacks or any small nibblings: or else the fast will not take its full effect.
Starting the Day:
Upon waking in the morning, consume your freshly blended juice somewhere between 10am and 12pm (or whenever you get that first initial urge to eat). If you happen to get a bout of hunger within a 3 hour time span, consume another juice: the same one you drank before. Sometimes after that first juice, you are pretty much good to go until about 5pm. But everyone’s system is a bit different: so use your intuition.
(EASY JUICE RECIPE: Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Green Apple, Ginger, Cucumber, Lemon)
When 4pm rolls around, just watch and monitor exactly how you are feeling. Some people are extremely hungry around this time. Others may feel as if you could fast for a bit longer. So between the hours of 4pm and 6pm, wait for that really strong “stomach growl” to roll around: you’ll know exactly when that moment is! At this time, you want to break the fast with something light and easily digestible. Here are some options:
*Fruit Salad (your choice)
*Mixed Green Salad
*Hummus and Fruit
*One Whole Avocado and some Turkish figs
***AVOID: heavy dressings, cheeses, breads, nuts, seeds, animal meat, baked goods, fried foods, greasy foods, alcohol, soda, prepackaged juices, coconut water, all dairy, candy, gum, jams, jellies, nut butters, peas and corn.
(These things have the potential to aggravate your digestive system after fasting)
Again, these are just some options so that you have a general idea of what to aim for; so stay somewhere along these lines and you’ll be all good. The digestive system becomes a bit more sensitive during this time. So take your time as you reintegrate certain foods back into your diet.
If you want, use this as opportunity to buy a journal and keep track of what worked for you and what didn’t. You can also jot down any emotions that may have been felt during the entire process.
The Following Day:
The following day, just wait for your body to experience a natural sensation of hunger (like that big ol’ stomach growl from the day before). Do not eat just because it’s “time to eat.” Because of the level of sensitivity in the body, your system will start to let you know exactly when it is ready to consume food: listen to that. When you experience hunger, you can eat something similar to what you broke the fast with the day before or something slightly different. As far as bringing the other foods and beverages back into the diet, just listen to your body as you do so. Continue to be receptive and open to any and all feelings and changes the body may be still adapting to. Eventually, you will slowly start to decide which foods you will want back in your diet.
Fasting is amazing! It is a great technique to allow the body to rest, heal, and experience a sense of rebirth and rejuvenation throughout all of its systems. If you have never committed 100% of your energy to fasting before, this 24-hour fast will give you a good taste of what it is like to experience fasting. If you choose, you may endeavor in longer fasts: 3 days, 7 days, 14 days or even longer. However, if you are going to partake in any fast longer than 3 days, it is highly advised that you work with someone that has walked that path before and can provide you with guidance along the way. But for now 24-hours should do the trick!
If you like the effects of this fast , consider doing this once a week. Your body will always feel great and amazing. You will feel radiantly healthy and lighter. You will begin to shed all old and unhealthy eating habits. And (bonus), if you fast for one day a week for a year, that works out to about 50 or so days of fasting a year (not bad ya?)
So now you have the tools! Get out there and rejuvenate that amazing system of yours. Get excited about life. Get exited about change!
…make it a CLEAN FOOD week…