I believe I am going to really enjoy writing this post for you. It is influenced by my absolute love for the juicing diet and there is nothing more I enjoy doing than waxing lyrical about the things I love in this domestic environment of mine. But even at this early point in my juicing campaign, I have to acknowledge that it will remain challenging for me to provide you with motivations and sufficient inspiration to go on an organic juice cleanse every once in a while. The main reason, which can also be linked to my ongoing journey with cooking traditionally, but healthily, is that even I have much to learn.
IS IT REALLY A DIET?
I have one more question; is going on a detox juice diet really fasting. After all, you are still consuming something every day and not just that, several times during the day. As far as I have gathered the detox juice recipes that I have begun sifting through all serve different purposes and of course, are followed by different consumption regimes. Juice fasting, by the way, also known as juice cleansing, has been described as being controversial. Controversial to whom? Those who enjoy being unhealthy? But it is essentially a rigorous program of food consumption of only fruit and vegetables, and a few other natural ingredients normally known as spices, to enhance flavoring and cell and tissue development. That it is indeed a diet there is no doubt.
Up until just recently, that is to say, before I discovered the unusual but invigorating world of juicing and its healthy purposes, I always associated fasting with religion. It was a deeply spiritual and personal affair if anyone decided to embark on a fast. Of course, in some religions it is considered obligatory to fast at certain times of the year. Fasting installs a sense of humility and gratitude. It also encourages the spiritualist or devotee to do unto others what he would like done to him, and more. For me personally, fasting has become a more recent affair. Because of poor judgment and difficulties, I had no alternative but to fast.
CLINICAL FASTING PROCEDURES
It is not entirely understood by others who have never suffered or endured shortfalls or shortcomings in life why I would say today that in hindsight, fasting was good for me. In the context of The Juicing Blog, it has enlightened me to the possibility that my body will indeed be able to withstand the self-sacrifice and dietary restrictions required to complete a successful short-term program of juice dieting.
There are those who are more than willing to embark on the hard and fast but clinical processes of enemas and ingestion of laxatives to thoroughly cleanse the body’s intestines. These procedures do work and there are strong-willed and disciplined men and women out there who are more than prepared to go through a clinical detox lasting up to two weeks.
I’ve mentioned that there will be men and women embarking on a fasting mission for purely spiritual and religious reasons. But, in the context of The Juicing Blog, we certainly need to make mention of why thousands of others do so. And most of the reasons that motivate such people to take up a juice cleansing regime are purely to do with health. There is a belief system in place that motivates some people to use these health diets to help them alleviate the pressures and pains of arthritis, chronic pain, infections and even depression. There are also those that believe that the detox fruit and vegetable diet will help them to heal certain organs of the body which may be going through some form of trauma or another.
There are other motivations to do with dealing with addictions. And it has been proven that the detox diet does help people curb their caffeine and smoking addictions. It most certainly also helps them to reduce their bad habits of overeating.
Before I close my post on a high, time to make some notes. These are just reminders for the day you decide you really want to do this. Just remember that your fruit and vegetable juice diet overall will be apportioned between 80 percent vegetables and just 20 percent of fruit. Also note that mainly to aid efficiency in waste disposal and to reduce the usual discomfort associated with it, fruit and vegetable detox juices consist of little or no fiber. When preparing your juices ahead of time, always remember that your refrigerated juices have a maximum life of just under four days.
I compare going on a juice diet to going on a holiday. You will be doing something entirely new and unexpected. There is great uncertainty, certainly, but more excitement in looking forward to seeing the end results of taking part in this expedition. Because it will be arduous for many, you could compare this diet to going on a very long walk or day long hike. In the spiritual sense of the word, the detox diet can be regarded as a mini retreat. But this is not to say that you are about to withdraw from the conventional world.
No, not at all. You can do two things for yourself here. My preference is, indeed for a little quiet introspection. After the first few days of the routine have passed, a sense of calm and relief sets in, in knowing that you are well and truly capable of cleansing your body and mind. You can be as garrulous as you like too, by sharing with others your joys, perhaps some pains, of fasting on just fruit and vegetables in liquid form.