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
- 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
- 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!
- 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
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