So…my wife and I recently finished a modified juice fast. Typically, a juice fast is where you have nothing but vegetable juice (with maybe a tiny bit of fruit thrown in) for every meal. This is usually done as a way to detoxify or cleanse the body. I wrote about some of the benefits and dangers of doing a juice fast last week.
I recently posted my healthy fats diet, but I realized that I forgot to add one thing to it. Lately, instead of having the supplement drink, I have been having 12 ounces of fresh vegetable juice in the mornings. There are a number of benefits to juicing – which is why we have been doing it every day recently – and a juice fast will simply intensify these benefits.
As I stated in my article about juicing, one of the dangers of doing a juice-only fast is that your daily diet may be missing important macro nutrients. Our bodies need fat, carbohydrates, and protein in order to function properly. Since the typical vegetables and fruits that are used for juicing do not contain a lot of fat or protein, we had to make a few modifications.
Our Modified Juice Fast
We decided to have vegetable juice twice in the day – once for breakfast, and again for dinner. Here are the basic contents of our vegetable juice:
- Beets (with stalk)
- Lemon and
This combination actually makes a pretty good mixture! We usually juice enough so that it makes about 28 to 30 ounces for us to share. So between the two “meals”, we consumed between 28 and 30 ounces of these ingredients above in a concentrated form. After the first couple of days, I got used to having only the juice for a meal; and since I knew that my body was still getting nutrients, I wasn’t worried.
My stomach would actually feel full after drinking the juice, and this sensation lasted for a few hours. I can see how people are able to do long-term juice fasts without allowing hunger to overwhelm them. Actually, I once went 35 days without eating at all (40 without solid food) when I was ill back in 2007, and I remember the hunger pains letting up after a few days.
For lunch we throw a bunch of stuff into a food processor and make a smoothie. This is our major modification to a normal juice fast, and it is how we ensure that we consume enough fat and protein. Here are the typical ingredients:
- Almond Milk
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Frozen Grapes (we sometimes use this in place of ice)
- Whey Protein
- Green Vibrance
- Udo’s Oil 3,6,9 Blend
By adding the Almond Milk, Greek yogurt, protein powder (I use Dymatize Nutrition Elite Whey Protein Powder), and the Udo’s Choice Oil Blend 3.6.9, we are able to add a lot of healthy fat and protein to our daily diet. To be honest, we use the supplements (including Green Vibrance, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals) even with our normal diet, but they become even more important when our food intake is limited.
The smoothie weighs in at around 400-500 calories per serving, and the natural sugars from the fruit (especially if we use frozen grapes) help to give us a good energy boost in the afternoon. I usually take around 2 hours to finish the smoothie, partly because I don’t want a huge surge of sugar to enter my body at once, and also because I am naturally a very slow eater !
Overall I was pleased with the amount of energy that I had, and I didn’t feel as though I was starving myself. We hit a couple of snags along the way – 1 dinner and 2 lunches that were planned in advance, and overlooking a dozen eggs that we still had in the fridge – before starting. Also, we also went out of town on a mini vacation recently and so we weren’t able to keep juicing or making smoothies while we were away (of course we did take some Naked 100% Juice Smoothies with us).
We plan to do it again for another 10 days or so. What we will do differently is make sure that we have more “meals”, so that we are still eating 5 or 6 times a day. Also, we may cut back on the amount of fruit (it’s really not a lot, though) in our smoothie…we’re still trying to perfect our recipes.
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