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How to Juice Feast

How to do a Successful Juice Feast

We have shared with you the many health benefits of juice feasting and why it can assist in the healing process for cancer patients, the differences between a juice feast and a water fast, the recipes for our Liquid Sunshine Green Juice, other healing green juices, the many health benefits of wheatgrass and even Immune Boosting shots. You can find links to those posts below.

But with all this information, you are probably asking yourself: how can I put all these things into practice? How can I successfully do a Juice Feast?

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to learn and educate yourself in regards to healing. In the era of digital information, we are constantly bombarded with this or that diet, this or that protocol. However, it is at this “breaking point” that we can start to pay more attention to our inner wisdom, and nature’s guidance. A juice feast can be a decisive turning point on your healing journey, as long as it is performed with the right mindset and intention, and in a safe and nurturing way.

Step one

You may want to ask yourself:

  • Why do I want to do a juice feast?
  • What am I looking to achieve during and after this juice feast?
  • How can I make it work with my current lifestyle?

Finding your true motivation, the inner knowing that this journey will help you heal, and determining the steps necessary to make it work considering your life and daily demands (work, relationships, habits, time, etc.), are the first steps towards a successful juice feast.

Step Two

The second step you want to take is to find a health provider that can support you during this journey. It may be a holistic doctor, naturopathic doctor, or other specialist in this area. Your health practitioner can discuss with you previous experiences and address concerns you might have about doing a juice feast.

Here are some questions you may want to answer and share with your health provider:

  • Have you had any prior experience with a juice feast, fast or cleanse?
  • How long did it last?
  • What was your experience?

What to Keep in Mind

Doing a juice feast can be your decision, or come from a recommendation from your health provider. Once that decision has been made, you want to keep some very important things in mind for the most positive experience and outcomes.

  • This is a time for rejuvenation and healing. We encourage you to make time to be introspective and mindful during this period. 
  • Some people may be concerned that they will lose more weight while on a feast. Remember that toxins are stored in the fat cells, so eliminating or losing weight, especially fat, is a good thing.  Your body will recalibrate after the feast is over.
  • While on a juice feast, it is important to read about fasting and its benefits. Read books that will encourage and support you in your journey.  Avoid video media where food will be shown and advertised.  Avoid going to restaurants.

Before Starting a Juice Feast

Although most people focus on the juice feast itself, the weeks or week prior to your juice feast can be equally important for your success and a smooth journey. You may want to consider a few (or a lot of) changes in your diet and lifestyle habits.

  1. Removal of ultra-processed and processed foods
  2. Greatly reducing or even eliminating animal products
  3. Reducing and eventually stopping the consumption of coffee and other stimulating compounds
  4. Adopting an organic, living whole foods diet
  5. Increasing green salads and smoothies
  6. Introducing one to two pints or even a quart of green juice daily

Juice Feast Guidelines

Now that you have the right equipment and produce, are supported and informed, and mentally and physically prepared to start your juice feast, how do you do it? We will answer all those questions for you.

How much juice should I consume?

If you are currently drinking one quart of green juice a day, increase to three or four quarts a day. This is what is usually recommended to start, but every individual is different, and you can adjust the quantity daily. 

What can I consume besides green juice?

While on the juice feast, you consume ONLY non-sugar liquids. 

  • Green juice
  • Wheatgrass shot
  • Other healing shots, such as ginger carrot, beet turmeric and garlic lime
  • Water (consider adding electrolytes or 1 tsp of Himalayan pink salt per quart of water daily, especially if drinking purified or distilled water)
  • Herbal teas
  • Green tea (although we want to avoid stimulants, the beneficial effects of green tea for chronically fermenting cells, highly outweigh any negative effects)

Useful Tips

  1. Although freshly made juice is always better, if you like to drink your juice first thing in the morning, you can consider saving some juice from the day before in the refrigerator. At least one quart is a good amount to start your day with!
  2. Try different green juices. Making your own green juice recipes is totally acceptable. However, strive to maintain sugars low by using mostly green vegetables, and a very small amount of low-sugar fruits (green apples and pears), beets, carrots, or other root vegetables, since they are high in sugar. You can also use these foods in small amounts to make the healing immune-boosting shots we have shared with you
  3. If you tend to get bloated when drinking green juice, taking digestive enzymes before/ during/ after drinking may alleviate those symptoms.
  4. For variety, and especially if you are doing a long juice feast, adding a little bit of pickle juice, sauerkraut juice, olive juice, stevia, or hot sauce to your green juice, may provide you with just enough diversity to be able to continue enjoying your feast and even extending it.
  5. When drinking your juice, visualize all the positive benefits. Feel the life-giving energy from the organic veggies filling your body and all your cells with the healing vibration of lots of nutrients and enzymes.  Positive thoughts and feelings about the juice will increase the potency and healing effect of the juice in your body.

Possible Detox Symptoms

As your body starts to get rid of toxins accumulated in fat cells, it is normal to experience some symptoms of detoxification. Again, each individual is unique, and while some people have little to no symptoms, others may feel some uncomfortable effects. Focus on the journey and the benefits, knowing that those symptoms mean that your body is doing what it’s meant to be doing, and that you are getting rid of all the things that are not beneficial to you. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Lightheaded or weak
  • Diarrhea
  • Tired
  • Skin rash

If the symptoms become too intense or do not subside after a day, consult with your health practitioner and/or consider stopping your juice feast.

How to Help the Body Detox and Reduce Symptoms

Symptoms of detoxification are normal, and our body’s innate intelligence will know how to detoxify and eliminate the toxins that are being released. That said, there are things we can do to stimulate and help the detoxification process. (if approved by your health practitioner)

Basically, we want to support the body’s natural detoxification processes through:

  • Sweating
  • Urinating
  • Expelling Feces
  • Breathing air

We can enhance these processes through:

  • Colon Hydrotherapy or Colonics
  • Coffee or Water Enemas
  • Drinking more juice and/ or water/ tea
  • Sleeping
  • Resting
  • Stretching and movement (not strenuous or exhaustive)
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage or Deep Tissue Massage
  • Infrared Sauna or
  • Exposing a large portion of your body to sunlight
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation/ prayer

How Long to Juice Feast?

Under our medical supervision, most of our patients do a 10–21-day juice feast. However, this is a very personal journey, and while some people feel the need to stop early, others extend their juice feast for weeks.

Extending your initial proposed duration for a juice feast is fine, and it is also fine to stop early if the circumstances require it to be so. Communicate with your health providers for support and if it is considered safe and beneficial, you go as long as you can.  Our experience has shown that at least a 21-day juice feast gets the best results. 

Each day you are on the feast is a positive step toward helping your body get rid of toxins and saturating it with the vital nutrients it needs to heal.

For extended periods of juice feasting i.e., 14 days or more, you may experience some lightheadedness.  If so, inform your health practitioner.  Adding 1 tsp of Celtic Sea salt to a quart of water and drinking it throughout the day will usually alleviate these symptoms.

When to Break the Juice Feast

It is time to break your juice feast if:

  • You have reached the number of days you have agreed on with your health practitioner and you do not want to extend.
  • You were advised to stop earlier for medical reasons.
    • Continue with two quarts of green juice.
    • Continue with raw vegetable blended soups; start adding more whole
    • Add in more salads (you can start using oil or avocado based dressings)
    • Integrate a small amount of nuts, seeds, avocados, and healthy oils.
      • Prepare to break your feast by buying some whole raw foods. You will continue to drink green juice but now you will incorporate raw soups which will start engaging the digestive system again.
      • Depending on how long you are on a feast will determine how many days you will transition to a full variety of foods.
      • For every 3 days on a juice feast = 1 day of no fats (avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut products, nut milk, and oils).
      • Raw soups and then salads will be eaten before incorporating any fats. Remember your organs have been at rest.  If you reintroduce fats too quickly or in large amounts, it may cause mild to severe discomfort.  You will be less likely to have any symptoms if you slowly reactivate the gallbladder and liver.
      • When you do get back to solid food, chew your food very well. Small pieces of food are much easier for the body to digest and process, especially since you have not eaten solid food for days or weeks.Next add in soaked nuts and dehydrated foods such as crackers in very small amounts.

      Transitioning from a Juice Feast to Living, Raw Foods

      Coming off a juice feast is just as important as the feast itself. During the feast, digestion shuts down and enzyme production is highly reduced. Because of these changes, food must be reintroduced slowly.

      Be mindful of chewing your food thoroughly until it becomes a liquid in your mouth. Many people benefit from also taking additional digestive enzymes with their foods, at least until they no longer feel digestive discomfort.

      If you were coming off a 10-day juice fast, this is how you could safely transition to solid food.

      Day 1:

      • Continue with two to three quarts of green juice.
      • Add a very high liquid content smoothie.
      • Add blended raw vegetable soups at one or two meals.

      Avoid: nuts, nut butters, seeds, oils, avocados, and grains.

      Day 2 & 3:

      • Continue with two quarts of green juice.
      • Add more blended raw vegetable soups; you can add sea vegetables such as kelp and wakame or nori (seaweed)
      • Try a small green salad (do not use oils or avocado in the dressing)
      • Add in a limited amount of fruit (berries, green apples, and pear).

      Day 4:

    Most Common Questions

    Should I stop my medication?

    DO NOT stop taking prescribed medications, unless ordered by your health provider.

    Can I practice movement/ exercise during a juice feast?

    Absolutely! But DO NOT OVEREXERT by running or doing strenuous workouts.

    Moving your body is a crucial aspect of a successful juice feast! Any type of movement or exercise during a feast has great cleansing benefits, as it stimulates lymph circulation and assists in the removal of toxins. As long as there are no physical limitations or contraindications, daily movement, such as walking, or rebounding (jumping on a small trampoline) are beneficial.

    How much should I drink? And is it going to be really hard?

    Drink three to four quarts of fresh green juice daily. The first three days as your body adapts to not having food, five quarts may be needed.  Once your appetite subsides, then three quarts may be sufficient. Usually the first three days are the most challenging and once you pass this point, the juice feast becomes much easier.

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