Juice fasting has been a hot topic in most health related communities for quite some time. But after the release of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead it became a national obsession.
In the documentary, Australian Joe Cross admits that he is severely overweight, facing numerous health problems, and also has a rare disease that causes his immune system to overreact to perceived threats and create rashes and hives all over his body. In a desperate attempt to save his health, he went on a 60-day juice fast and traveled across America as he did so. Along the way he met trucker Phil Staples who also went on a juice fast and lost hundreds of pounds.
Now, I don’t know what to think of the whole juicing thing. A lot of people have recommended going on one now that I have switched to Veganism (at least most the time). According to popular opinion, it will cleanse me of toxins, hormones and chemicals that are regularly found in animal based products. Not to mention pollutants found in tap water, the air and the shadow government’s airplane trails or whatever.
The Medical Side
For those who don’t know, I am a skeptic. Atheist, free thinker, rejector of all things without evidence. While I can see how some people could make an argument for juicing, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of medical or scientific evidence either for or against it. It certainly seems effective in cleaning you out in a bathroom sense, and it will undoubtedly make you shed pounds fast. It can also apparently help “reset” your taste buds into better enjoying fruits and vegetables.
Again, all of this is conjecture. I have no idea if it is true or not. But I am pretty sure it is at least safe to do it for a couple of days at a time. You are still getting plenty of fluids, nutrients from the produce, and I have gone days without eating when I have had the flu without dropping dead.
With this in mind, I decided I wanted to find out for myself if juicing offered any real benefits. So I have decided to go on a three day juice fast and potentially put my family through my horrible attitude for 72 hours.
Because I saw the documentary, I figured I would follow by Joe Cross’s 3-day juice detox. It works by consuming five planned juices a day. Then you have a single meal at the end containing only fruits and vegetables. Apparently I can’t cheat and claim a potato is a vegetable, or chocolate covered cherries are a fruit. Damn.
This handy infographic was found on the website of Dr Oz, who I think is on television so must be credible, right?!
As you can see, the juices all sound disgusting.
The Shopping List
I already bought a used juicer from a second hand shop for $25 today. Everything listed on the top of the chart is for a single day. Which means the produce I will need to buy from the local farmer’s market will be:
12 red apples
6 golden delicious apples
6 pieces ginger
18 celery stalks
48 kale leaves
12 plum tomatoes
6 small red bell peppers
1 small red onion
6 cups parsley
3 large sweet potatoes
6 large beets
24 leaves swiss chard
The Planning Process
Obviously, this is not going to be an easy feat. Not with two young kids that I still have to feed, and all that. So my plan is to make three days worth of meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I am going to make these all easy to reheat, dish out and give out. So I won’t have to worry about cooking or buying anything during the course of what I am sure is going to be a very long and exhausting three days.
This will happen on my husband’s weekend, and I am unabashedly giving him child duty for days two and three. Hopefully day one will be easy enough and I won’t need his help. Which means this officially begins on Monday of this week.
Every day I will post a quick update on the blog saying how I am doing. Then I will publish a post a week after the fast so I will have some time to examine how I really feel, and how I felt about doing the fast.
Who knows, maybe this will be an amazing experience. More likely I am going to hate everything.