Have you made and already broken your 2014 New Year Resolution to work out, eat healthy and lose weight? I didn’t even bother to make a resolution, more less break one – but now that January is almost over, I’m feeling the need to officially kick off what I expect to be a fabulous year and the best way I know to do this is with a juice fast.
Yes, I know. A juice fast is hard and a bit of work, but trust me in that you will feel amazing after the first three days. Yes, that means the first days will leave you feeling tired and with a slight, possibly huge headache. Yes, for three days you’ll be lethargic and foggy – you’ll probably want to quit or smack me or do both. But, if you hang in there, on day four, the feel fabulous part of it will kick in and you’ll love me again :)
Note: Not familiar with a juice fast? Click here to read everything I know about juicing and then some!
Today, let’s focus on those first three days… the ones where you’ll feel miserable. The degree of miserableness will depend on how awful you are eating for the 5 days leading up to it your juice fast. Stick to eating processed food, sugar, flour, caffeine, dairy and meat for those 5 days and you probably will feel pretty miserable on days one, two and three, BUT… if you start today to prepare your body for the awesomeness that you’ll feel after day 3, you’ll only feel slightly miserable with a light edge of a headache as your body detoxes. I’m choosing to be prepared, since I’m not a huge fan of self-inflicted pain.
Getting prepared is simple – start 5 days prior to beginning your fast.
- Start drinking one or two juices daily for a meal or snack. I’ll do carrot or green juices.
- If you drink soda or coffee, start eliminating the amount you consume each day so that by the time the day before your fast begins, you are down to one serving of a any decaffeinated beverages.
- Start eliminating sugar, flour, meat and dairy from your diet. I eliminate one group a day, but you could do each group gradually.
- By Sunday (or the day before the fast begins) you should only be eating vegetable soup, beans (I add beans to my soup), and a handful of nuts. I adapted this from some things I found over at Join the Reboot.
Remember, this is only 10 days out of our lives. I’m pretty sure we’ll survive and actually feel better because of it! xo Amy