Last weekend, along with my social media detox, I did a juice fast – and now I want to tell you a little bit about it.
Before I started the fast I searched around the webs to find a few good recipes, when I stumbled upon this woman’s program and decided to stick to it for a few days. All the recipes were tasty! I almost skipped the lemonade because she said it taste like crap – but I’m glad I tried it, because it ended up being my favourite liquid of the weekend! (Its funny how we’re all so different.)
Let me just start by saying that I tasted almond milk for the first time in my life that weekend (it was a part of the program). I’ve been drinking it for years but never knew what it tasted like. Weird? Mhm! But that’s one of the things a juice fast does to you – everything you consume gets this intense taste, and the appreciation for food after a cleanse is so much bigger.
The reason I did the cleanse in the first place is because I found myself kind of “out of it” the Thursday before I started. When Maria called me to see if I was up for a yoga class I had to kindly decline because I seriously felt totally lost when it came to my usually so high vibe and trust in life.
In other words; I did the cleanse for spiritual and mental reasons more than physical.
I’ve done a 6 day juice cleanse before (that’s where the picture above is stolen from, you can read about it here), so I felt like I knew what to expect this time. I knew I’d feel full because of all the nutrients, I knew I’d have enough energy to get through the day without turning into a completely emotional monster, and I knew I’d get sick of cleaning the juicer.
I also knew that a lot of food habits, not so cool thought patterns and limiting beliefs would come to the surface – which I was ready to investigate.
I am definitely one of those people who has this ingrained habit of turning to food when I subconsciously dont feel strong enough to face whats in my head and heart. A juice fast kind of forces me to look inward. I mean, no amount of green juice can cover up my emotions – I can assure you that.
And at the same time I’m giving my body all these nutrients that’ll make me think more clearly – and deal with life in a better way.
Like I said, I juiced for two days and that was enough time for me to get centred, tidy my head and find happiness within myself again.
If you’re looking to do the same I have a few tips for you:
- Drink smoothies and eat whole foods at least a few days before you begin.
Depending on what kind of diet you’re coming from you’ll ease into the fast and probably avoid the worst detox symptoms – such as headaches and nausea.
- Watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (it’s on Netflix!) while juicing to have some other juice-people company you during these days.
- Don’t be too busy while doing the fast – but get in some light exercise like walking.
- Don’t panic if you poop like a crazy person – you might just be carrying a lot of shit with you.
- Drink loads of water and green tea.
- Don’t watch Cupcake Wars – you will get out of this world cravings.
- Keep a journal! It might be good to write down whatever comes up for you emotionally. I also got way more creative, so I wrote down a lot of good ideas (in my opinion at least), and fun things I wanted to do in the future.
- After you’re done you’re gonna want to ease into food again with smoothies and whole foods. Don’t break the fast with a block of chocolate and four cups of coffee, unless you want to really damage your poor intestines.
Happy juicing ♥︎