If you have been reading, you already know that I am doing my first ever Juice Cleanse. My goal is to drink only freshly juiced fruit and vegetable juice for 3 days. I am on day 2 and so far so good!
Why would one want to do such a thing?
There are many reasons for juice fasting, most do it to detox and lose weight.
My purpose is to detox.
This is something I have wanted to do since finishing treatment for breast cancer in May 2011. I so wanted to be able to go to one of those fancy exotic places that specialize in detox, that give you shots of wheat grass and prepare all your coffee enemas. Have not heard of coffee enemas? Neither did I until I entered a world of cancer.
Yes, I wanted to go there and get rid of all the nasty toxins they pumped into me. I couldn't afford to, so I took steps myself to do what I could at home, mainly with diet and exercise. I now eat a high plant diet (fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains), but I wanted to take my health up to the next level.
I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead and was so inspired by the health Joe found by just juicing and exercising. I checked out their website and everything was laid out so simply that I thought, "ok, I can do this myself. Who needs a fancy detox spa?"
I do believe our bodies were created to detox themselves, but due to an environment of chemicals and toxins in our air, food and water, I think our systems are getting overloaded. Some can handle this overload. Others can't. Being a 2 time cancer survivor (Melanoma -Stage 1 and Breast Cancer-Stage 3), my immune system obviously needs help, which is why I have so embraced nutrition.
Every book I read on beating cancer focused in on the liver. If you have cancer, your liver is not functioning like it should. It is overwhelmed and needs help doing its job. Nutrition, exercise, supplements and detox are all ways to help the liver, but especially detox.
I am following this super easy juice plan. It is called Reboot. You must check it out if this interests you at all. There are 5 different of levels of juice cleanses. I am still not sure which one I am going to end up doing. I know for sure that I am doing a 3 day juice only (they call it the long weekend) cleanse, and I am thinking it will turn into one of their other choices, and last up to a week.
I lost 2 pounds in one day, and weight is not something I want to lose, so adding food back by day 4 is pretty much a no choice for me.
I will keep you informed on how the cleanse is going. I will share my juice recipes, let you know what the cleanse cost me, get real with any side affects that come up, and I may even tell you whether or not I embraced coffee enemas. Now you have no choice but to stay tuned... ;)
Meet Joe. He is the same guy as that guy up in the video picture! Whoa.
"Let me tell you my story: around 4 years ago, I was 45kg overweight. I was taking medication night and day. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My blood test results weren’t great… some things were in the normal range but most were either too high or too low. Basically, I was a mess.
When I turned 40, I looked in the mirror and said: “Enough is enough”. I decided to take matters into my own hands. There was no magic pill to cure me, indeed the pills I was on clearly weren’t cutting the mustard, though maybe they were keeping me alive. So, I got to wondering about radically changing my diet. I’d done juice fasts (what I now call ‘Reboots’) before, with success. So I wondered what would happen if I only drank fruit and veggie juices for 60 days? What would that do to my health? It was literally an experiment I planned myself, based on this question: If I only consumed plant food: vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, legumes and seeds, would I be able to get off my medication?
The Reboot Site has the answer to any FAQ's out there, so if you have any, make sure you check it out!