It’s spring time & we’re on the cusp of summer…and I’m feeling eager to get started on my great juice feast! The reasons are many, and I’ve been getting inspired by people getting wonderful results in body, mind and spirit after their juice feasts.
Lately I’ve noticed that my skin hasn’t been so great (read break-outs), I’m easily bloated for some reason, it takes a lot of coffee to get my energy up in the morning (and it seems to take a large dip mid-day), and my sleep has not been as restful as I’d like.
I think it’s such a wonderful idea (if I can follow through) to re-set our bodies a few times a year with a few days of juice fasting (I’m aiming for 4 times a year- approx at the end or beginning of each new season…
I like the simple guidelines that Sarah gives us and always she presents the information in such a relaxed and approachable manner. (photo from her site )
Her basic routine is to enjoy 6-7 juices per day consisting of greens, herbs (such as parsley, mint), sprouts, various vegetables, roots (including ginger) & fruits.
The next few days are perfect for me to enjoy a juice feast- I’m off of work & the weather is in the 70s. She mentions that the key thing is to be actively engaged & distracted from hunger and to have easy access to your juices!
To accomplish this:
1) I plan to purchase most of my juices- across the street there is a Wholefoods with a wonderful juice bar :). The game plan is to stock up on the juices for the day in the morning- and keep lemon/cayenne/ginger water & rooibos ice-tea in the fridge for hydration.
2) I plan to stay engaged in daily life & distract myself from hunger by: going to the museums I’ve been wanting to check out, tracking down that upholstered reading chair I’ve been looking for, reading/working at a cafe, taking an art class or 2, doing my daily 1.5 hour yoga practice, walk/run/bikerides down to the beach, meeting friends for movies or fresh juice (not meals:)!
I also found more gentle guidance at Gwyneth’s Goop site:
She has great recipes that you could use before or after your juice feast. Clean simple items like vegetable soups, smoothies (which she replaces one meal with each day) and simple steamed fish & greens dishes. ( all images shown from her site Goop)
She has great images and sample detox menu plans that seem not only simple, but delicious.
“According to Dr. Alejandro Junger* (our detox specialist) in addition to the above, there are a few more “basic principles of detoxification” that should be kept in mind while following our detox menus.
- Do deep breathing or gentle yoga.
- Take a couple of spoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil at night to help stimulate your liver to eliminate bile and keep its circulation flowing.
- If your bowel movements get sluggish, you can accelerate things by drinking half a shot glass of castor oil followed by a glass of water or using a mild herbal laxative. Bowel elimination is paramount for correct detoxification.
- The skin gets rid of many toxins so it is important to sweat, either by exercising or taking a sauna.
- Finally, make sure you eat whole organic foods, which have the best chance of having all the nutrients needed for liver and general detoxification.”
So here we go! I’ll keep an ongoing journal of my 3 day juice feast here. 🙂