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How to do a juice cleanse

Hi there, don’t forget to join us for our Juice Feast Monday starting, Monday, April 7, 2014.   It’s easy and you can select whatever method works for you. Whether you juice, or drink great tasting smoothies or even vegetable broths. Enjoy the experience of greater physical and mental clarity when reducing digestive stress from heavier foods.  Other healthy benefits you may experience are removing toxins from your body, boost your energy level, improve your digestive function, and cleanse your colon.

We are excited that so many people have contacted us interested in participating in the one-day per week juice cleanse.  Since the response has been so great and there have been so many questions we thought we would provide some additional ideas and encouragement. It looks like most people believe that Monday is the best day for them to join our day of cleansing. But if Monday doesn’t work for you, don’t just skip it; pick another day that works better for you. Just like other things that we teach, there isn’t a perfect approach to a juice cleanse. Many people are old pros at juice cleanses but others have asked many questions and we’ll try to provide some answers here:

What is a juice cleanse?

Also known as a juice fast a juice cleanse is when someone consumes only vegetable juice and water for the whole period of time. In this instance we’re talking about doing it for one day. During the juice cleanse no food is consumed that includes any fiber. The goal is to give the digestive system a break while still providing the body with nutrition.  Of course, this is your juice cleanse so you can do it the way that works best for you. Ann recently read that someone decided to call it a “Juice Feast” which makes it sound so much more appealing than a “Fast”.

Will I get hungry?

We often get hungry because our body doesn’t receive enough true nutrition. Since we continue to consume living juices throughout the day, the cells of the body are satisfied and therefore there is little hunger experienced. If you do get hungry, have a glass of fresh juice, some pure water or a teaspoon of BarleyMax.

The BarleyMax and juice will provide nutrition while the water will fill you up.

Will I have any adverse reaction?

Because this is a cleanse, the goal is to move and remove toxins. Some may experience a little headache or some other minor body discomfort. Ensure that you drink plenty of fluids as this will help to flush out the toxins and minimize any discomfort.  It is only for a day, therefore any significant detox symptoms will be unlikely.

What if I don’t make it the whole day?

The goal isn’t perfection. Give it your best shot. If you don’t make it this week figure out what adjustments you can make and try it again next week.  Maybe you will have to work into it for a few weeks. It’s all about the journey not the destination.

Are there any special juice recipes?

The goal is to make juice that you enjoy and that will help feed and cleanse your body. Experiment with different juice recipes. If you like things spicy throw a little cayenne pepper or ginger in with your vegetables in the juicer. Just be a little careful as spices can be intensified when in the form of a juice.  There are many fun juices available at www.hacres.com/recipes/beverages. We’ll highlight a couple of fun recipes at the end of this post.

What else is there besides juice?

A juice cleanse means you drink a lot of juice. Remember BarleyMax, CarrotJuiceMax and BeetMax are all juice powders so they count as juices. But if you want something different, try a modified juice cleanse by adding freshly made vegetable broths to the menu. Broths can be consumed anytime you feel a little hungry. Because the broth is just the liquid from boiled vegetables it has a lot of nutrition with no fiber. We’ll include a broth recipe at the end though it isn’t really complicated – start with some purified water in a pot. Add your favorite veggies and spices. Let boil for about 30 minutes, then strain off the cooked veggies and what is left is the broth. Save the cooked veggies so when you are eating fiber again you can blend them to make a delicious soup.

I’m not ready to try a juice cleanse yet, what can I do?

You can modify your juice cleanse to include green smoothies. While it still includes fiber because the veggies and fruits are blended together, it will reduce some of the digestive stress on the body and cleansing will still occur.  You will also get greater nutritional assimilation from the blending. Check out our website for some great smoothie recipes at www.hacres.com/recipes/beverages.

Ok, that’s about all of the tips we can think of at this time. Oh! Don’t forget to share this with your family and friends; they may want to tune up their bodies too.  We look forward to hearing from you. Let us know what was your juice of choice.

Stop by our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hallelujahacres) on Monday for another great recipe and let us know how you are doing. Post your efforts on your own Facebook page so others can grab the idea!

Fun Juice recipes:

Energy Juice – Submitted by Health Minister Audrey Lee

Ingredients

 

  • 4 celery ribs
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 lemon, unpeeled
  • 1 lime, unpeeled
  • 1 large apple, seeded or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 handful parsley
  • ½-inch piece of ginger

Power House Green Juice Special

Ingredients

  • 3 apples (2 Fuji, 1 Granny Smith)
  • ¼ beet
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 bunch collards
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bunch kale
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • ½ head romaine lettuce
  • 3 Asian pears
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • 1 head bok choy

Note: This recipe should make around 80 ounces.  Pour into 8-ounce jars filled to the top and you’ll have 10 juices to drink throughout the day. Notice that it has 3 apples and 3 pears so if you are sugar sensitive (dealing with cancer, diabetes or candida) it might be better to pick a different juice.

Basic Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 cups of water or nut milk
  • 2 handfuls of leafy greens (kale, collard, spinach, dandelion or chard)
  • 1 frozen banana (can be replaced with ½ avocado if sugar issues)
  • ¾ cup any fruit (blueberries, pineapple, mixed berries, mango,etc.—can be frozen if using a strong blender)
  • 1 TBS. Quality vegan protein powder

Blend all ingredients together.  Place in two 16-ounce mason jars. Take with you and enjoy!

Vegetable Broth

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups water
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped turnips
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup mixed chopped fresh herbs such as basil, tarragon, and chives

Preparation:

Put all ingredients in a 4-quart heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Boil, uncovered, 20 minutes, then pour through a large fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing hard on and then discarding solids or saving for a vegetable puree soup later.

Note: Broth can be made ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered, 1 week or frozen in an airtight container up to 3 months.

Have a great weekend!

Ann and Paul

Comments

  1. Rhonda Nelson April 6, 2014

    A 24 hour fast can be calculated from 6 pm Sunday evening to 6 pm Monday evening. So to break the fast in the evening what foods do you recommend?

    • AM & PM April 6, 2014

      Hi Rhonda — It isn’t necessary to break a 24 hour fast with any special foods as the digestive systems haven’t really shut down in the short period of time. You might consider though not eating Monday evening at 6 pm as there would be more benefit in waiting to break the fast Tuesday morning. Thanks AM & PM

  2. Rudy Watkins April 6, 2014

    JUICING VS NUTRABLAST ?????
    Great article, nice job Paul & Ann. I have a question for you. I have been through George’s classes, but it was almost 20 years ago. Back then you either juiced or used a blender. Tremendous difference. I get the advantages of juicing. However I just dont have time on my schedule and Im wearing too many hats. HOW DOES GEORGE COMPARE USING A JUICER WITH A NUTRABULLET. i could do that in 5 minutes in the morning VS 1 hour to make juice and clean my GreenPower. On the commercial they state that it breaks the cells open to release the nutrients as it liquifies. Perhaps it could be better than juicing??? Maybe one of your PhD nutrition gurus has compared this.
    Thanks in advance for your HELP.
    Rudy

    • AM & PM April 6, 2014

      Hi Rudy — Life does get busy and it is sometimes difficult to fit everything in our lives. While Nutri-bullet and VitaMix claim that their blenders will juice, they are missing the point that juicing is removing the juice from the fiber. No matter how much the produce is blended the fiber is still there and needs to be digested. We have performed studies that demonstrate that the nutrients are more easily assimilated with blended but it still doesn’t compare to the nutrient absorbability when vegetables are juiced. With that said, if we had cancer we would juice — no questions asked and we would use a good juicer like the Champion, Green Star or Green Power. Being healthy, we would consider using a less efficient juicer like the Breville or JuiceMan Jr. Or, if we just couldn’t fit juicing into our schedule we would drink a couple of green smoothies a day — lots of leafy greens. Hallelujah Acres has the juice powders (BarleyMax, BeetMax and CarrotJuiceMax) that make it convenient when juicing isn’t convenient.

      Bottom line — Nutri-Bullet’s claims are just marketing but blended salads and green smoothies are still awesome!

      Thanks,

      AM and PM

  3. what is the best juice fast recipe for somebody with that has a breast lump?

  4. I’m curious about a schedule…how many times in a day should we consume a juice?

  5. Just an FYI…. Gerson Theropy recomends not juicing citrus peels because “The citrus peels contain undesirable fatty and aromatic acids, as well as commonly being coated with beeswax or another protective sealant.”

  6. Barbara April 9, 2014

    Barley Max just arrived, getting my bag of 25 lbs juicing carrots the weekend, joining you on Monday. By the way, I did a Daniel fast (Daniel 10) the beginning of the year, 21 days, and i’ve never felt better!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot do all raw due to leaky gut but lots of blended salads, smoothies and juice.

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