Mention juice fasting and people will either look at you with a “deer in the headlights” stare or they will spout off about how that is for hippies or those darn naturalists and vegans. Juicing raw vegetables to fast should not be thought of as an instant fix to lose weight. Instead it should be considered a bridge to a different lifestyle, one of energy and vigor.
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What Raw Juice Fasting Is and Is Not
First and most importantly, raw juice fasting is not a quick fix to lose pounds in a hurry. Instead it is a jolt to your internal system to change how you eat in the long term. Here are the main aspects of a raw juice fast:
- Initially you should plan to fast for 2-3 days with raw fruits and vegetables only. After that, give yourself time to assess how you feel.
- If you find it too much of a shock to your system or mental state, then adding an occasional meal will help you cope.
- As you get adjusted you can extend for longer periods of time. People fast for as little as two days to a length of 60 days.
- Beginners are encouraged to start out on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday rotation in order to avoid major disruption of your job or school activities.
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How to Complete Your Goals With A Raw Juice Fast
When you decide to try a raw juice fast, it is necessary to determine what is your ultimate goal. Although you may know people who have tried or plan to try this fast, everyone is different in how they react to this, both physically and mentally. Because you have grown up eating meat and solid food at meals, it can be very intense to buck this tradition. Until you attempt a raw juice fast, you have no idea how your body and mind will react. Here are some factors to consider:
If you are goal is to just try this out or do it sporadically, buy a juicer that is in the mid-range price. On the other hand, if you plan to make this a complete lifestyle change then it is imperative you buy a more expensive model that will hold up to the rigors of daily juicing.
Grocery shopping is simple. Buy lots of produce with a high water content. Fruits like watermelon, oranges, strawberries, apples, blueberries, pineapple, lemons, and peaches contain a large amount of water. Vegetables like celery, carrots, kale, spinach, and cucumbers are excellent examples of raw juicing favorite foods.
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Remember that juicing enough raw fruits and vegetables to sustain you is not easy. Keep drinking plain water and only exercise moderately in order to retain energy. Avoiding hunger and fatigue is a challenge in the beginning.
With continuous effort you can be successful at raw juice fasting. Before you know it all your goals will be achieved and you be ready to mentor others.