You will have picked up from an earlier post that I made mention that juicing per se is not for everyone. The first reason I mentioned was esthetic. There is just simply no appeal to be had for embarking on a ten day program of fasting, let alone starving one’s self from the things that he loves. By that I do not necessarily mean just food, or in this case, fruit and vegetable juice. But the main reason for not embarking on a 30 day juice fast, or for that matter, a 10 day juice fast, as was the case previously, comes down purely to health reasons.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SMOOTHIE AND THE JUICE
I am saying this just as a brief reminder, folks who are terminally ill will not be taking part in any form of fasting, no matter how healthy the fasting diet is perceived to be for the general public. And just when you’ve got the flu, rather shelve your fasting plans for when you’ve fully recovered. Although it can be said that if you go through your juice recipe book, you’re bound to find a few effective natural remedies all at the sip of your organic glass.
When it comes to an entirely organic juice cleanse, whether it’s going to be over ten or thirty days, the juice always comes up trumps over the smoothie. This is because digestible pulp is extracted and all essential nutrients are retained during the prepping of your juice glass. The process of making smoothies, on the other hand, while they can retain pulp, as well as the fruit and vegetable’s fiber, will eliminate essential nutrients. Also, the detox process does not want the body’s digestive system to be stressed through processing fiber which will be excluded from the required juice concoctions.
ONE DOCTOR’S MOTIVATIONS FOR GOING ON A THIRTY DAY FAST
This doctor gave his patients a sentimental warning. By that he did not mean that the marathon juice fast was going to be bad for them. All he suggested was that it can be psychologically and emotionally draining. The body, his in particular, is not used to such sudden self-sacrifice. Encouragingly, he merely suggested that the first few days would be difficult. Then still another twenty days to go. Almost there. The doctor described the first few critical days, saying that he appeared to have a lack of focus. But after that week and into the next, he noticed that his energy levels started to pick up.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY
The good doctor in question advises his patients on the importance of sipping to enjoy the detox meal. Like wolfing a plate of food down, there is no need to gulp it all down at once. This won’t do any good at all. Meals, and no less the case, detoxification drinks, should be savored and your juice drinks should be sipped. I dare say that this will happen because if you look at the ingredients included in many of the recipes, what’s not to like in regard to taste.
The doctor also leaves his patients with useful tips on overcoming the first pangs of fasting. Things are missing from the daily routine. Like the nice juicy steak which has been replaced by a green drink of note. Or the traditional English breakfast over weekends, now replaced by a colorful Saturday morning fruit and vegetable cocktail. The doctor advises the application of some psychology to strengthen the will for fasting. While sipping the detox juice in solitude, think just why you’re going through this in the first place. Think about the good things you’re doing for your body in the process. The biggest motivation, I find, is knowing that every day that passes, the winning posts draw closer. And by that time a sense of accomplishment and relief is experienced. You are on an emotional but tranquil high, if I may coin that phrase that is second to none.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
No doctor needed to tell me this. All it really took was to focus on what I had previously been enjoying before I decided to embark on the ambitious challenge of cleansing my body over a thirty day period. I’ve always been fortunate in the sense that most vegetables known to mankind are more than welcome on my plate. The personal irony was bitter on first discovery, having previously starved myself unnecessarily of these rich ingredients.
As far as the detox diet is concerned, life never needs to be boring. It’s not as though you’ll be sipping on the same fruit and vegetable drink each and every day. Just thumbing through the first ten to twenty pages of your new detox recipe book shows you just how easily you can take care of the first few days and enjoy something a little different, and spicy every day.
FOCUS ON NUTRIENTS
One startling fact about most of the healthy food we eat today is that it is bereft of the amount of essential nutrients that were once found in our fruit and vegetables decades ago. Today we have global warming and climate change and the pollution. This has caused our soil’s nutrients to weaken. About the best you can do to compensate for all of this is grow your own vegetables instead of shopping at your local supermarket. Growing your own fruit trees poses challenges, I’ll admit, but not to overcompensate, simply focus on sourcing all your fruit and vegetables from organic produce stores. If you’re as vigilant as I am today in mind, body and spirit, you’ll pull this off soon enough.