D.I.Y Juice Reboot
Please tell me I’m not alone in using food to do more than fuel my body. it’s so easy to buy into the lie that food is a replacement for love. That it can keep my calm and help me feel apart of what is going on around me. For years I ate late at night and I finally figured out what drove all the snack food binging. After my kids would go to bed I would go over my day and go over and over all the places I had messed up. The more time I spent thinking about it, the more food I needed to stuff down all of the emotions. Once I changed my thinking, the late night binge snacking stopped.
Food Is Not A Replacement for Love
Carol Tuttle wrote a great article on this very subject that I love and try to read at least once or twice a year.
Another place I tend to lose the big vision of what I want for my body is when I am in the car. Basically, my brain tries to convince me that food choices do not factor into my life if eaten in the car. Lie, lie lie. This is such a lie, that for me, it comes from buying into the “good girl” mentality. Basically, I got all my jobs done so I deserve to take a break. Deserving snacks means that I have to prove up when it comes to deserving love and deserving the air I breathe. Which is a lie. Journaling on this one has really helped my car trips meet my goals. Please realize not perfectly but has really helped.
Benefits of Juice Fasting
A 30 Day Juice Fast is Not For Everyone
There are so many ways to incorporate juicing. Find one that works for you.
- take 24 hours and add all the juice you can drink while still eating food
- take a three-day break from food and juice
- replace one of your meals with juice for 2 weeks
- replace 2 of your meals with juice for a couple of weeks
- stay on your current eating plan and just add some fresh juice every single day
Which Juicer Is Best
That totally depends on your budget and goals. I have this juicer and love it. This last juice fast I did, I found myself in a different state than my favorite juicer so I ran to a big box store and found this one.
The difference is between centrifugal and masticating. The more expensive juicer is a masticating juicer and it uses so much less produce to get the juice extracted. My husband and I both commented that the increased amount of produce could have actually paid for me to buy the more expensive juicer.
A masticating juicer chews through your produce slowly and extracts more juice. The upside is the juice stays fresher longer than the centrifugal. The downside is the expense upfront. Will you continue to use it or is that a test run to see how juicing goes for you? The juice is also sweeter if the heat has not broken down the enzymes and you really can taste the difference from a centrifugal juicer. A masticating juicer can also make baby food, pasta, and ice cream out of frozen bananas. Yes, it’s amazing. Trust me and just try it. The pulp is very dry and extracts so much more that a centrifugal. It does take a bit more effort to clean a masticating juicer, but worth it to me in how much less produce I have to buy to make the juice.
A centrifugal juicer spins really fast and the juice is extracted from the spinning motion. The pulp will be very wet which, to me, is wasting the juice. It is loud but super easy to clean. Plus it is so much cheaper upfront; but if you juice a lot, the cost of produce could have made up the difference in the prices of the juicers.
My Favorite Juice Recipe
one whole lemon partially peeled
one large carrot
one large apple
two – three massive handfuls of super greens
one entire head of celery
one cucumber with the skin on (make sure it is organic)
Add in some ginger if you are feeling cold during your juice feast. It will warm you up and add a bit of zing to your juice.
Giving your body a break from digesting is part of the beauty of a juice fast. using the centrifugal this last round I found that I had to strain the juice to get all of the pulp out. With a masticating juicer, I don’t have to do that. I really tried to stay impartial, but can you tell I love my masticating juicer? I have had mine almost 20 years and it’s still going strong.
Adrenals Determine Your Success
The stronger your adrenals are the better your fast will go.
Simple Adrenal Tips
Will I Lose Weight?
Yes, but it will be short-term weight loss. A juice fast, for me, is motivated by health not weight loss. If it’s motivated by weight loss you will be discouraged when the weight comes back on as you add food back in. I don’t even weigh myself during the fast so that I don’t buy into the “weight-loss” game.
Please remember to stay flexible on a juice fast. There have been times when my plan was seven days but my body needed to be done at three. So I always go into it with a desire to meet the needs of my body, No matter how many days you end up doing it make sure to celebrate that you gave it a shot.
My Personal Benefits Juice Fasting
- increased clarity
- better sleep
- improved mood
- improved skin quality
- arthritis pain GONE!!!!!
- more energy, at least after the first day
- better focus
- feeling aligned and able to meet project deadlines
- tapped into more joy
- tapped into my own rhythm
So tell me have you ever done a juice fast?
There is a great documentary on Amazon Prime called The Science of Fasting
So tell me, are you interested in doing a juice feast?
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