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Has anyone here ever done a juice fast?

I'm thinking of doing a 7 or 10 day juice fast to detox and am curious if anyone has had any experiences they could share. I juice veggies daily, but I'm a little scared to bite the bullet and try this!
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Evan Timothy 12-6-06
Lucy Caroline 1-11-13

Re: Has anyone here ever done a juice fast?

  • Skip it. You're body naturally detoxes you. It will just make you grumpy and any weight you lose will be easily gained back once you start solids again. Don't go to extremes for weight loss if you want it to last.
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  • I totally expect to get flamed for this because this definitely isn't the board for this kind of question, but I have and have been very happy with it.  I plan to do my next one in January.

    The one I do (Cooler Cleanse) has six juices a day (two green, two red, grapefruit, coconut water, and almond milk), for about 1200 calories.  I do it for three days.  I often buy an extra almond milk to bring my daily calories up to 1400.

    It isn't a colon cleanse of any kind so I don't think of it as detoxing, but I use it as an opportunity to put only healthy things in my body for a few days (I do three days).  I unfortunately don't have the discipline to kick start healthy eating otherwise.  It is too easy to start your diet tomorrow or to cheat.  The process and cost of cleansing makes me not want to cheat at all.  And after a cleanse, I find it very easy to eat well because my body stops craving crap and wants lots of healthy foods.  That's what I really like about it -- it makes me more in tune with how I feel after eating various things.  I lose only 2-3 pounds, but become far less bloated, and particularly because it starts me eating healthier, I do keep the weight off and continue to lose afterwards.  And during and after the cleanse I feel fabulous, light, clear-headed, full of energy, glowing, and happy -- not grumpy at all.  I do not crave food at all while I cleanse.

    Not all cleanses are the same, so definitely do your research if you go this route.  I would never, ever, ever want to do something like Master Cleanse.  But I think there are some out there that aren't nearly as evil as H&F makes them out to be.  So I figured that as someone who has actually done them, and not to clean out my colon or lose 10 pounds in 3 days, I would chime in.

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    Skip it. You're body naturally detoxes you. It will just make you grumpy and any weight you lose will be easily gained back once you start solids again. Don't go to extremes for weight loss if you want it to last.

     

    ^Cosign. It's not even worth the trouble because as soon as you start solids again it will come back and come back with a vengeance.

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  • I'm not really looking at it as a weight loss method. I'm more interested in rebooting my body and getting rid of carb cravings. I crave veggies now since I've been juicing, so I know my body responds to it. I just don't know if I have the self control to pull off an extended fast or not. 

    And I'm new, so please forgive my ignorance, but if this isn't the right board to post this question on, what would be? 

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    Evan Timothy 12-6-06
    Lucy Caroline 1-11-13
  • It's the right board, you probably won't get the answers you want though. Fasts aren't recommended here
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  • What I meant by this not being the right kind of board for this question is that this board tends to be very hostile to certain trends.  Juice cleanses are one of them.  If you ask a question about juice cleanses on this board, you will get pretty much exactly the first and third response, every time.  Even from people who have never done juice cleanses or have read up much on them.

    If you want more reviews, you can look up "cleanse" on http://dorishinyblog.com/ you'll read reviews of the various cleanses she's done.

    Other reviews:

    http://www.realbeauty.com/health/diet/cooler-cleanse-challenge

    http://lipglosslush.com/2011/05/cooler-cleanse-review/

    http://www.wired.com/reviews/2010/11/blueprint_cleanse/all/1

    Juice cleanses are very big where I live, many of my friends do them semi-regularly, and as I said my husband and I have done it and are about to do it again.  I enjoy them, feel great on them, and for me they kick-start better habits.  They're not for everyone, but I wanted you to have a more balanced perspective from someone who has actually done one because I knew that you'd get a bunch of "worst idea ever"s from others.

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    I'm not really looking at it as a weight loss method. I'm more interested in rebooting my body and getting rid of carb cravings. I crave veggies now since I've been juicing, so I know my body responds to it. I just don't know if I have the self control to pull off an extended fast or not. 

    And I'm new, so please forgive my ignorance, but if this isn't the right board to post this question on, what would be? 

    Your body is craving carbs because it needs carbs! Carbs are not the devil, healthy carbs and correct portion control are better than avoiding them all together.   

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    What I meant by this not being the right kind of board for this question is that this board tends to be very hostile to certain trends.  Juice cleanses are one of them.  If you ask a question about juice cleanses on this board, you will get pretty much exactly the first and third response, every time.  Even from people who have never done juice cleanses or have read up much on them.

    If you want more reviews, you can look up "cleanse" on http://dorishinyblog.com/ you'll read reviews of the various cleanses she's done.

    Other reviews:

    http://www.realbeauty.com/health/diet/cooler-cleanse-challenge

    http://lipglosslush.com/2011/05/cooler-cleanse-review/

    http://www.wired.com/reviews/2010/11/blueprint_cleanse/all/1

    Juice cleanses are very big where I live, many of my friends do them semi-regularly, and as I said my husband and I have done it and are about to do it again.  I enjoy them, feel great on them, and for me they kick-start better habits.  They're not for everyone, but I wanted you to have a more balanced perspective from someone who has actually done one because I knew that you'd get a bunch of "worst idea ever"s from others.

    Meh, maybe because some of us are scientists, registered dieticians, nurses and doctors who actually understand that "cleanses" are nothing but a bunch of BS without having to try it.  Or maybe it is common knowledge.  There are absolutely no scientific facts supporting their claims; it's nothing more than a gimmick to "cleanse" you of your money. 

    Do you really take advice from bloggers, beauty magazine editors who have no background in nutrition or any scientific/medical education?  Just because a bunch of people do it or because it's popular in your area doesn't make it the greatest thing either.  And I don't think anyone said it's the "worst idea ever"; they said it's useless and unnecessary. 

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    Juice cleanses are very big where I live, many of my friends do them semi-regularly, and as I said my husband and I have done it and are about to do it again.  I enjoy them, feel great on them, and for me they kick-start better habits.  They're not for everyone, but I wanted you to have a more balanced perspective from someone who has actually done one because I knew that you'd get a bunch of "worst idea ever"s from others.

    My only question is, if they work so well and kick start better habits, why do you have to do another one?  Shouldn't you sitll have the "better habits" from the first time you did it?

  • Sorry ladies. I didn't realize I was asking one of the obnoxious questions that you all hate. I usually lurk on Getting Pregnant and that didn't seem like the right board to post the question on. 

    To clarify, I'm not doing this for weight loss. I work out regularly and eat pretty healthy. I've just had positive responses from my body from juicing on a regular basis and was kicking the idea around to try and push myself. I'm not looking for a quick fix. It was just a thought to see what my limits were.

     I promise, no more fasting questions. ;) 

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    Evan Timothy 12-6-06
    Lucy Caroline 1-11-13
  • image +v+:

    What I meant by this not being the right kind of board for this question is that this board tends to be very hostile to certain trends.  Juice cleanses are one of them.  If you ask a question about juice cleanses on this board, you will get pretty much exactly the first and third response, every time.  Even from people who have never done juice cleanses or have read up much on them.

    If you want more reviews, you can look up "cleanse" on http://dorishinyblog.com/ you'll read reviews of the various cleanses she's done.

    Other reviews:

    http://www.realbeauty.com/health/diet/cooler-cleanse-challenge

    http://lipglosslush.com/2011/05/cooler-cleanse-review/

    http://www.wired.com/reviews/2010/11/blueprint_cleanse/all/1

    Juice cleanses are very big where I live, many of my friends do them semi-regularly, and as I said my husband and I have done it and are about to do it again.  I enjoy them, feel great on them, and for me they kick-start better habits.  They're not for everyone, but I wanted you to have a more balanced perspective from someone who has actually done one because I knew that you'd get a bunch of "worst idea ever"s from others.

    If you are going to look at these slushyglossylipstick sites, also look at it medically. 

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/fasting

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/detox-diets/AN01334

    "There's little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool"

    We just care enough for you to be healthy and not do something that is unnecessary and will have negative affects.  You don't want to put your kidneys and liver on vacation.  You want everything working as it should be.

    FWIW, I do get a colon cleanse every 5 years, from my colonoscopy doctor.  and insurance pays for it.

  • LOL, mdd beat me to it. The people most hostile to cleanses on this board tend to be those with scientific backgrounds, which should tell you something. 

  • I have used the juices V suggested, but not as a 3 day cleanse. I will drink one juice to supplement breakfast or lunch for a week. I can't give up food altogether. There is a happy medium FTR
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    If you are going to look at these slushyglossylipstick sites, also look at it medically. 

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/fasting

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/detox-diets/AN01334

    "There's little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool"

    We just care enough for you to be healthy and not do something that is unnecessary and will have negative affects.  You don't want to put your kidneys and liver on vacation.  You want everything working as it should be.

    FWIW, I do get a colon cleanse every 5 years, from my colonoscopy doctor.  and insurance pays for it.

    Where the hell did I say that I was trying to remove toxins from my body?  Also, your links talking about fasting, not about consuming 1400 calories of juices a day, which is what I do.

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    My only question is, if they work so well and kick start better habits, why do you have to do another one?  Shouldn't you sitll have the "better habits" from the first time you did it?

    Because sadly, my lifestyle is such that a few months later bad habits creep back in.  That's something I'm working on.

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    image clea:

    If you are going to look at these slushyglossylipstick sites, also look at it medically. 

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/fasting

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/detox-diets/AN01334

    "There's little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool"

    We just care enough for you to be healthy and not do something that is unnecessary and will have negative affects.  You don't want to put your kidneys and liver on vacation.  You want everything working as it should be.

    FWIW, I do get a colon cleanse every 5 years, from my colonoscopy doctor.  and insurance pays for it.

    Where the hell did I say that I was trying to remove toxins from my body?  Also, your links talking about fasting, not about consuming 1400 calories of juices a day, which is what I do.

    I think your original post said you wanted to detox.  Sorry, I thought that meant remove toxins.

    You said A JUICE FAST.  Sorry, I thought that meant fasting.  You are the one who called it a fast.  I didn't say you were not going to consume calories.  FYI, the wikipedia definition of fasting is: Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.  SOME is the operative word here.

    You said juices only.  Sorry again, I thought that meant not eating some foods during that time.

    You can do whatever you want.  Your life; your body.  Go for it.

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