Has anyone watched the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead? I watched it over the weekend and am thinking about trying the juice fast. If anyone has tried it I was curious how it went and if they had any tips? I am not a Vegan just a flirt slowy making my way and wondering if this detox could help me.
I've seen the documentary, and it was inspiring. I do juice, but have not done the fast. I saw an interview with the filmmaker, and he suggests getting the caffeine, sugar and dairy out of your diet BEFORE jumping into the fast, otherwise the side effects (I'm guessing mostly headaches) can be pretty painful.
I also just watched this documentary! I watched it with my husband and my parents over the holidays and was amazed that it had such a powerful effect on my dad in particular! He is usually very skeptical but he and my mom are researching juicers to buy one. While they intend to use the juicer as a supplement to their diet (not for a fast), I think it's a great start.
I am wondering, though, if anyone has thoughts on whether using a blender to make smoothies could/would be more beneficial since then you'd get the fiber from the fruit and vegetables instead of just the juice. I guess juicing provides maximum nutrition because it's more concentrated? If anyone has resources to go along with this idea I'd love to see them.
I'm actually doing a juice cleanse right now. Let me tell you, as someone who eats out every meal and drinks soda and starbucks everyday, It's taking a lot of will power. Like you, I saw the movie and thought I have to do this. I drove in. No prep before hand, it actually wasnt that bad. I would recommend starting on a Friday morning. None off the side effects kicked in until that first night and it so super nice to spend day two and three at home. I want to do at least 10 days maybe a month. Like the guy in the movie I have about 50 pounds to lose so maybe even 30 days to jump start a healthy eating plan. I wouldnt recommend using a blender. The point of juices is to give your digestive system a break. There's a book called the 3 day cleanse. It talks about the why that is. I'm not going to lie. To make one day of juice your going to spend about an hour and a half. I bought a really nice juicer so the juices stay good up to 3 days. It takes about 4 hours to make three days worth of juice. Also there are a lot of juice cleanses that will deliver. Kinda pricey, but then a again so was my juicer.
She advocates a mostly raw vegan diet and having both juice and smoothies. Juice gives you a burst of energy; with smoothies you get the fiber and some protein etc. depending on what you add.
I'm not doing a fast but doing two meals a day of either green juice or smoothie.
I've only been doing it for a week and a half and I feel fantastic. Lost a few pounds and my exzema is gone.
There's a short cut to making juice btw; blend your green veggies, then push through a strainer! I have a juicer but in my tiny NY apartment setting it up and cleaning it is a hassle. This way I can have some juice and then put the fiber back in the blender with more greens and other stuff for a smoothie. I've also found that when using a juicer, unless you have a really powerful one, you can put the pulp back in after one pass and get more juice. Saves money.
I love the film. Ive watched it three times and shared it with quite a few people. The fast does sound inspiring but I am resisting because at this point I think it would be too taxing.
Something to think about...eating superhero, or a super clean diet is a form of a cleansing detox. The longer we dont put junk in our bodies the more cleansed we become. Another thought is...get off sugar or caffeine or wheat or whatever is making you sick. I think if people would get off of sugar and white flour alone it would make a huge difference for so many.
We (meaning I) always want these extremes thinking thats the thing that will fix me, when really eating gobs of fresh fruits and veggies and grains and sea veggies and other medicinals whether it be superfoods or herbs and just avoiding the crap would be so much more of a balanced approach.
Thats where I'm at...this week anyway:) But i do love the documentary.
Juice fasting is hard. Really hard. I am so amazed at anyone that can go a good length of time. I have an active life and never have the time, energy, money, or willpower to go past 5 days. 10 is the longest I've ever gone.
The changes are insane though. You feel your mouth, skin, bowels, and liver detoxing. You watch your whole body look bad, make the turn, and look great.
A good compromise is going raw. If you can stick to a raw vegan diet, you get a lot of the benefits of a fast, just slower and a little easier. I would like to get the point where i have juice for breakfast every morning, but even that is kind of a hassle for clean up when you have two kids to get to school, yourself and another to get to work, a dog to walk, and you like sleeping in. ;)
Good luck! I think if I attempt a juice fast again, it will be when I'm getting tons of produce from my garden, CSA, and Bountiful Baskets. It will be the best way to go through all of that produce before it goes bad.
I highly recommend that movie to everyone though. It is a great way to look at how food can be your medicine.
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