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Liquid Lunch – Go Fast With Juice

Emma French's picture

Cabala juice fast ingredients

A few days ago I started a juice fast (though strictly speaking the term is “feast”, if you are drinking something other than water). The idea is that tons of energy is usually commandeered by processing food in the body, and by not eating you give your digestion a rest. Thus repair and renewal can be the focus. I am imagining my body shouting: “Wow, look at all this yumminess I get to play with!”, and then jumping around, kind of like a kid in a candy store, only it is the rainbow-colored fruit and vegetable candy store of nature’s table.

Fasting has always been used to cure disease. Other mammals stop eating when sick or injured, knowing instinctively that the healing process will be much faster and more effective when they abstain from solid food for a while…though I guess they don’t get to drink yummy juice like we do. During a fast the body burns up spent cells, abnormal growth tissues, and other accumulations such as pharmaceutical residues, sending them into the bloodstream for elimination.

I mostly haven’t had dramatic symptoms during the detox process, but the first time I did a juice fast I had a prickly, irritating sensation – as opposed to an actual red rash – all over my body on days eight and nine. It was suggested that this could be a release of childhood medication, which seems feasible because, as was the fashion in the 70s, I was routinely given antibiotics for my frequent upper respiratory tract infections. In fact, even then I used to suffer occasionally from this tickly non-rash, so it now seems likely I was reacting to the pills; thankfully I have managed to avoid antibiotics for many years.

The juice

The basic juice cocktail I use is super yummy if you like some sweetness with an earthy note and a citrus tang. According to Texan “wholefood medicine cowboy”, Don Tolman, this recipe was used by the ancients, and is a highly effective detox combination, which apparently targets each of the body’s seven physiological systems. The red-skinned apples target the circulatory system ie. the blood and heart (as do beets), the yellow-skinned ones target the liver and skin (as do lemons), and green apples target the lymphatics. For more information, scroll down to the “Free stuff from Don” link near the bottom of the home page in the “Popular links” section of his site: www.thedontolman.com

Cabala cocktail:

(C) = 5 lbs. carrots

(A) = 2 red apples

(B) = 1 beet fist size

(A) = 2 yellow apples

(L) = 1 whole lemon (including rind if organic)

(A) = 2 green apples

Drink at least ½ gallon per day (there is no maximum amount). Cease supplements and medications if possible.

I sometimes add extras, for example orange, celery, ginger and/ or greens to avoid flavour fatigue. On my current fast I have been putting stuff like cabbage and cauliflower into the mix because some friends gave me a sack of organic greens from their garden. Or you could add specific things in order to target a particular ailment more heavily. For a mega treat I occasionally also add some kiwi fruit, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberry or mango, depending on what’s in season – yummmmm…..

You can use any juicer. The masticating models produce more liquid and preserve more of its enzymes, and if you buy a model which has a decent-sized chute to load the produce into, you will avoid spending extra time chopping. Centrifugal juicers are way cheaper, and on the plus side you usually don’t have to cut things into tiny bits, but you don’t get as many nutrients in the juice, and it doesn’t keep as long either.

Supporting the process

There are a number of things you can do to assist with elimination, like home enemas. Adding a little sea salt to your drinking water is another way to flush out your bowel, though too much salt induces nausea. For a deeper clean, you can have a professional colonic irrigation; the first time I had one I was in la la land afterwards, and had to cancel my appointments for the rest of the day so I could go home and spend several hours in the bath contemplating the ceiling…which, admittedly, is one of my favourite things to do even when I’m not in la la land.

Could you decide not to eat?

When I say I am on a juice fast, a lot of people look at me as though I am crazy, and tell me they couldn’t possibly give up eating, even for one day. But it is possible, even if you are a bit of a gourmet like me. Because as much I love food, I have actually found that once the decision not to partake of solids for a certain period has been made, it is quite easy to stick to, precisely because it removes a lot of that complicated decision-making we humans have about meals.

At first you do have to repeatedly remind yourself that you are just not eating solid food right now, but your brain soon gets the message. The great thing is that you get to drink as much juice as you want, or as much as you can be bothered extracting, so you never feel over-indulgent. And if you down enough of this fruit and vegie cocktail, your blood sugar stays on an even keel.

Cravings

If you are anything like me, you will be thinking about food quite a lot during the fast. Because the juice contains so much carrot and apple, I don’t pine much for sweet foods, but I do start to yearn for savoury dishes. I sometimes experience an intense craving for a very specific food, as though it is the visitation from a spirit, or a gustatory hallucination. And the weird thing is that I will suddenly taste something I have not eaten since I was a teenager living on grilled cheese toast with tinned spaghetti (eww!), and it feels like the energetic imprint of that meal is somehow being released from my cells (yay!).

Sucking on a small pink Himalayan rock salt crystal helps me reduce the savoury cravings, and its added benefit is that it is the original antibiotic, hence the saying about rubbing salt into the wound. And speaking of wounds, it is great to do some emotional release work in conjunction with the physical detoxing, because not eating can help you get in touch with buried feelings, especially those to do with deprivation.

Going back onto solid food

This is often the most difficult part, because once you allow yourself to eat again, the part of you that felt deprived may be tempted to go a little rampant. The idea, especially initially, is to replace at least one meal a day with juice, thereby recalibrating your body to need less food. You are supposed to first eat some stewed apple and prunes, then raw fruit and salads, as well as smoothies and soup. It is amazing during fasting how sensitized my palate becomes to the full spectrum of flavours – or rather to the anticipation of them. Admittedly, I usually contemplate my first solid meal a tad obsessively – after all, it is a kind of reverse of the last supper...

Effects

So after about a week without solids, this vegie speed usually has me bouncing off the walls. 14 days is a common stint for people to go on juice; the body apparently responds to multiples of seven. I once did a 10 mile hike after nearly 21 days – my maximum on the sauce – and people were amazed at my energy. While juice fasting I also need less sleep – I didn’t think anything could turn me into a morning person. I have clarity and decisiveness – not to mention motivation for action – in spades, and my concentration and stamina are also off the chart.

But more than this, I reckon that steeping our cells in the juices of living foods, with their rainbow hues of liquid light, intensifies the radiance that we humans simply are beyond the physical body. During my current fast, I have been in awe of my psyche’s attunement to a supremely inspired spectrum of possibilities which seemed beyond reach before; I am indeed a kid a candy store – Mother Nature’s cosmic one…

Have you ever done a juice fast? What effects have you noticed?

Emma French

Comments

Emma French's picture

Thanks Fiona - great to hear

Thanks Fiona - great to hear that you enjoy juice! I agree that juicing really feeds our life force. And another great thing about it that I forgot to mention is that you can juice nearly any vegetable, which is nice if you don't have another use for it and don't want to waste it.

Bill H.'s picture

Juicing

I too believe fasting is a way to promote healing. It also gives us discipline when it comes to eating. I am starting to get into juicing and find the possibilities endless. You can find all kinds of info and many people have differing opinions as to what is best. Find what's best for you.
Just do it. The health benefits are there to enjoy.
Go here to see how one many saved his life by juicing.
http://stayfitafter50.com/juicing-drink-your-way-to-a-healthy-weight-and...

Emma French's picture

Great clip

Hi Bill
Thanks for your comment. The site you provided a link for looks interesting, and yes, I love the film there is a trailer for on the site - Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is super inspiring! I have a friend who saved her life with juice fasting too.

Bill H.'s picture

Baby Boomers Can Benefit from A Healthier Diet

Thanks Emma. My site was originally intended to cater to the over 50 demographic, but I feel most of what I write about there is applicable to anyone who wants to get healthier. However, since many baby boomers suffer from so many chronic illnesses such a diabetes, I think juicing could be of real benefit to them to help control that devastating disease. So much of taking control of that condition is watching what you eat and of course controlling your blood glucose level. Raw food is one of the best ways to do that. Also, regular exercise is a great treatment to prevent disease. http://stayfitafter50.com/disease-prevention-tips/

Malcolm's picture

Hi Emma ,

Hi Emma ,
Congratulations Emma, it's a definitive article. I was particularly interested in the idea that past feelings of deprivation can emerge.
I've done a couple of juice fasts recently and lost a lot of weight, and being of a portly nature I was detoxing and more sluggish than bouncy, but my skin felt terrific.
And you are right when you say that it takes the hassle out of eating. If all there is is another juice, it's more of the same so I didn't anticipate, salivate or contemplate the next meal. I recall walking into a supermarket during a fast and enjoying the various food smells wafting about without any desire for them - it was remarkable.
I can't help adding this little ditty I sang as a kid. It re-emerged from my memory bank a few days back and it goes to the tune of "On top of old smokey"

"On top of spaggetti, all covered in cheese
I lost my poor meat ball when somebody sneezed
It rolled on the table and on to the floor
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door"

Emma French's picture

Thanks!

Hi Malcolm
It's always exciting for me to hear of people who've made a huge difference to their health by fasting and drinking juice, because it encourages others to have a go - congrats! And like you, I became a lot more sensitized to smells and really learned to appreciate food in this way when I wasn't eating it.

Rebekah Stephenson's picture

Amazing!

This was so interesting to me. I have read other people's stories of juice fasting before, but found yours to be a more interesting read personally. I have toyed with the idea of juice fasting before, but I don't know if I could go 100% liquid. Do you get hungry at all? I know that for me, if I got too long without food my blood sugar can act up and I can feel pretty icky. I also can't sleep at night if I feel hungry in the least. My growling stomach will keep me awake. These are the things that have made me hesitant to do liquid only (although I believe in the health benefits of it all).

Emma French's picture

Hunger pangs

Hi Rebekah
Thanks for commenting! The thing is that when you fast you really learn the difference between conditioned hunger and real hunger. If you are drinking enough juice, your blood sugar stays pretty even - and that is best achieved by sipping the juice throughout the day, rather than guzzling it at set times. Then any hunger you feel on top of that you realize has a big emotional component because we are so used to tasting food. And like Malcolm above, I became a lot more sensitized to smells and really learned to appreciate food in this way when I wasn't eating it.

Anonymous's picture

Blend it?

Hi Emma

I loved your piece and I have a question. Can you use a blended instead of a juicer?

Xx Tania

Emma French's picture

Blender versus juicer

Thanks Tania!
If you use a blender instead of a juicer you are getting heaps of nutrients and it is super easy to digest, but not as easy as it is to digest juice. Juice is absorbed straight into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract. Thus with juice, your whole digestive tract gets a rest, which is not the case with smoothies as they contain fiber. Hope that helps!

DrawMearg's picture

Liquid Lunch- Go Fast with a Juice

Another great piece from Emma French. A juice feast or fast? Most probably both if to fast is to make strong. Strength in both body and mind is enhanced, letting go of old habits, no more three meals a day to meet with the factory fodder expectation. Then freeing the mind to do what it can do best, imagine.
Imagine if juice fasting was to become a regular exercise with the world in general. How much dis-ease would be cleared up and how many sentient beings would be spared.
Look forward to the next inspiring piece. ox

Emma French's picture

Great perspective

Hi DrawMearg
Glad you liked the piece - thank you! Yes - it is not only the digestive tract that is freed up, but also the imaginative mind. It would indeed be an amazing world if everyone ate from nature's table and did regular juice fasting - I hope this encourages them!

Fiona 's picture

Inspiring

I love juicing!!

I think you're right about the effects if juicing in our aura, there is so much more going on than we know and feeding our energy is literally feeding our spirit, our life force,xx

I've never thought to do a fast/feast with juicing though!! Might try that soon, what an interesting idea!! But it will mean giving up my morning porridge & my omelettes but it'd be good to get me back in the mindset of drinking more water too!

Love this post, thank you for the inspiration, Fiona,x

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