I haven't given a full-blown effort to a juice fast before, but I am a huge fan of a cleanse that would be a good way to prepare your body for a juice fast. It's called the Clean Program, and I like it so much because the goal isn't to lose weight but to rid your body of toxins, so it isn't some scary, extreme diet. It's actually supposed to be an all-around cleanse where you focus on your eating, exercise, and spiritual habits... That last part sounds weird I guess if you're not into that sort of thing but it's mostly about managing your stress and eliminating negative moods, or at least practicing to manage them.
ANYWAY, in regards to the food aspect, the idea is to consume a liquid breakfast, solid lunch, and liquid dinner. It's a 21-day endeavor that allows you to consume only "clean" foods. The liquid meals are "clean" smoothies, soups, or juices. It encourages lots of juicing, and it is a super fun way to get to know an unfamiliar world of food. There is a long "No"-list that seems almost too restrictive (no bread, sugar, red meat, dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, even certain fruits and vegetables!), but if you enjoy cooking, you shouldn't have a problem with it. And, while consuming two liquid meals a day and cutting out BREAD (auuhghhh) doesn't sound very satisfying, after the first two or three days, you don't feel like you're depriving yourself at all. I have actually come up with some of my all-time favorite snacks and recipes from experimenting with foods on the "Yes"-list. Plus, it's a real eye-opener when you go grocery shopping. I never would have realized how much stuff has soy or wheat or corn in them. Anyway, I lost 13 pounds (which all but 2 has stayed off!) from doing this cleanse and I have gained a sincere appreciation for food and have become much more in tune with my body.
If you saw the documentary I'm thinking of - Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead?? - there was a scene toward the end when the guy's coworker said she noticed how clear his mind was functioning. That's seriously exactly what happens when you do this cleanse. It's an amazing feeling. I imagine it's only that much more heightened when you do a juice cleanse. Also, something really helpful from doing the three weeks is that once you break the cleanse and you start incorporating "regular" food back into your diet, you're able to monitor how certain foods make you feel.
You should check out the book if you're considering doing it: "Clean" by Alejandro Junger. There is a website, too (www.cleanprogram.com), where supplement powders are sold, but I never bought any of those... They probably help but I'm a regularly broke college student, and I always complete the 3 weeks fully satisfied, so I don't think they're really necessary.
Also, if you're into documentaries, I highly recommend the movie May I Be Frank!! It's my main source of motivation whenever I'm feeling down about my weight and weight-loss journey.
At risk of sounding like a total marketing agent :P... I hope this information dump helps!!
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