Many have attempted to carry out a juice diet plan, but few have been successful. Consuming nothing but juice for at least a week – that’s a serious undertaking. Unless you know what you’re getting into, you can’t really make a solid commitment.
You’ll need fortitude, motivation, and, of course, knowledge. What’s involved in a typical juice diet plan, anyway? Usually, it details two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. It’s not a rigid plan; you can definitely substitute ingredients. It merely serves as a guide for what you’re supposed to consume in those days that you’re doing a juice fast.
You may be interested, yet intimidated, by what the process entails, so what should you know or do in order to commit to such a drastic change in your feeding routine?
First, you need to understand that it’s a purely liquid diet. You should absolutely refrain from eating solids, even fruits or vegetables. If you eat a solid, then what you’re doing can’t be considered a juice fast. Accept this, and if it’s something you still want to do, resolve to follow through.
Second, complement your juicing with plenty of water drinking. You may think that you’re getting all the liquids you need from the juices, but there’s still plenty to benefit from thirst-quenching and flushing with water. In fact, you’re expected to drink about 16 ounces of water after each juice meal.
Third, be open to the idea of substitution; otherwise, the diet would seem even more of an ordeal. What if you hate broccoli or you can’t find kale? Feel free to replace any ingredient with another item that bears a similar set of nutrients and composition.
Fourth, you have to be prepared to have your will tested, especially in the early days. You may experience headaches and general weakness. You will also likely have cravings. These are normal occurrences and you’re better off expecting them than hoping they just won’t happen. The best way to deal with these tests is to juice some more.
Your juice diet will consist of a lot of green, but it is not ruled strictly by that color. You can include red apples, red tomatoes, blueberries, red/purple grapes, oranges, lemons, and garlic among ingredients of a non-green color. Here’s an example of a green juice diet dinner: 2 Granny Smith apples, 4 kale leaves, half a cucumber, 2 cups of spinach, 2 celery stalks, an inch of ginger root, and a medium-sized carrot. Take these and juice away.
You know the benefits are plenty, so now that you have an idea of what to expect, are you prepared to commit to a juice fast?