Although I have been an enthusiastic exerciser for several years now, I only recently made a commitment to eating well in order to maximize wellness. Since I began studying to take my Group Fitness Instructor exam, I have begun learning more and more about the importance of nutrition. While there are a variety of things that we can do to ensure that we’re putting the right vitamins and minerals in our bodies, juice fasting can be particularly effective. In recognizing this fact, I am in the process of beginning a juice fast. So far it’s going extraordinarily well and I think that’s because I paid attention to the information and advice offered from experts on the subject. If you’re also about to start a juice fast, I wish you the utmost success in your endeavors. Here are three strategies that I think will help you:
As with any other area of life, preparation is a tool that can make you more successful in your juice fast. Thus simply making a mental commitment to the juice fast is not really a good idea. Instead, write down exactly when the juice fast will begin and end, which fruits and vegetables you’ll use, and where you’ll purchase them from. If money is an issue, take the time to make a budget for yourself. This morning after I completed my work out, I went to my local Arden’s Garden and bought enough juice to last me for several days. I also bought a variety of different juices (in terms of color and nutritional content) so my taste buds and visual senses wouldn’t grow bored.
In using the word “transition” here, I’m referencing the importance of eating foods and/or drinking substances that are conducive to your juice fast. This means that you shouldn’t be eating things like hamburgers and hot dogs the day before the juice fast begins. Instead, you should spend the week before the juice fast consuming “transition” foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy nuts to prepare your body for your dietary shift. If you choose to eat unhealthy foods prior to the fast, you’re going to make it more difficult for your body to get rid of toxins. In offering juice fasting tips, Drew Canole notes that “People often overeat, drink soda or even eat fast foods before a juice fast because they’re scared of the juice fast. They think that they have to eat and drink as much as they can because they are fearful of being hungry during the juice fast. The point of going on a 3-5 day juice fast is to help eliminate toxins from your body. Now if you engage in these activities before you start a juice fast, your body is going to work twice as hard to eliminate toxins.”
Keeping a journal of your experiences as you juice fast can be helpful for many reasons. First, it gives you an opportunity to express and examine your feelings and moods throughout the fast. This will increase your knowledge of how you are responding to your altered diet on both physical and psychological levels. If you plan to do another juice fast in the future, this record of your response to the diet can help you improve upon the way you juice fast. In addition to providing you with a record of how you’re responding to the fast, the information you record can be used to help your friends and family members in the event that they attempt to juice fast. To help them, you can refer to experiences you’ve listed in your journal-such as a lack of appetite, the experience of intense cravings, and feelings of enervation or extensive energy-to give them a sense of what to expect.
As I transition into my juice fast today, I find that I am feeling very peaceful and nourished. Additionally, I feel good about the fact that I have the self-discipline to push the plate away. I think that you can experience some of these great benefits from juice fasting as well. If you’re in the process of preparing to go on a juice fast, please consider implementing some of the strategies I’ve listed above. Good luck! :)
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