The term “juice fasting” can bring to mind a lot of different associations from people. Some might think of an insane, extremist fad or a regimented diet for quick weight loss. Others might think of fasting as a wonderful and abundant healing tool, while others might already be fasting regularly or working up to one, or including it as a part of their spiritual practice.
Here’s the thing: juice fasting can be all of these things. It just depends on what context it’s used in, the intention and reasons behind it, and the way it is done and the attitude that accompanies it.
I have zero interest in or support for faddy diets and programs that will only serve to leave the individual undertaking it with little or no education on the process (usually because it is not at all good for the body!), that encourage short term regimes that may get you surface level results in the short term but certainly not lasting results, that don’t give you strategies and support for how to maintain results you feel great about long term, and that disregard the emotional aspect of healing, growth and self improvement. Not to mention that they are very often just downright awful for your health!
Juice fasting, however, if undertaken in the right context and for the right reasons, can be an incredible tool to get you the health results (and spiritual connection) you are after. Here I am going to share with you some base information about juice fasting and how you can incorporate it into your life if it feels right for you.
What is juice fasting?
It is a certain period of time when all you consume other than liquids such as water and herbal teas is fresh fruit and vegetable juice. Some people also have strained vegetable broth when juice fasting. Just as important is what you are NOT consuming when fasting, and that’s any solid foods at all, or any liquids which will tax the body such as coffee, caffeinated teas, milk, soda, pasteurised juice, blended smoothies, protein powder mixes, diet drinks and so on.
Why juice and what types of juice?
By juicing your fruits and vegetables you are extracting the fibre from them and just drinking the liquid with all its organic hydration, nutrients, vitamins and enzymes. Although we do need fibre in our diets, going for a certain period of time without fibre and without putting in offensive foods and liquids, you give your body a chance to spend less energy on digestion. A massive amount of energy is spent on the digestion of what we consume every day and rarely are people giving their bodies a break from…