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How to Do a One-Day Juice Fast

How to Do a One-Day Juice Fast

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Committing to a juice fast for one day a week is an ideal way to lose weight at a steady, healthy pace while continuously improving your overall health. But even if you don’t want to juice fast one day a week, you can do it on those occasions where you need a tune-up, or after a binge weekend, or to prevent a cold coming on. Whenever you use this one-day juice fast, you will feel its benefits! In this guide, we give you the basics on doing a one-day juice fast, as well as a lot of tasty recipes for juices that you can use on your fast.

As your body begins to tune with the rhythm of your eating versus fasting days, you’ll cleanse more effectively and lose weight more efficiently. Your body will start to anticipate your weekly juice fast cleanse as the day approaches and will make good use of this time. Just this minor change can bring unprecedented relief to digestive system disorders and other acute ailments. This new habit also can help curb tendencies to overeat throughout the rest of the week.

Optimally, the 2 days before your fast, you should eat more lightly and get your body ready for it. Also, if you can, you should eat more lightly 2 days after your fast. It’s best to ease back into your “normal” eating style.

If you’re in a pinch and you really just need a break from eating now, you could consume a liquid diet of fresh smoothies and/or raw vegan soups the day before your fast as well as a day or two after. This gives you an immediate break from eating solids, and your digestive system still gets some time to transition from a diet of solid foods to juices.

Your fasting day will consist of four juices: breakfast, lunch, and dinner juice as well as one for a snack in the afternoon. Below are three recipe choices for each meal. Choose one from each group, but be sure not to switch them around and have a snack juice at breakfast, or a lunch juice at dinner—or to drink just one of the juices for all four meals. Each of these juices is made for that specific meal. Ready for some juicing? Here we go!

Breakfast

Choose one of the following 32-ounce juices.

Carrot Apple Lemon Juice

Sweet carrots and apples are perfectly balanced with the tang of tart lemon, savory celery, and robust bell pepper.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing carrots, Fuji apple slices, celery, red bell pepper slices, and Romaine lettuce leaves.
  2. Stir in hand-squeezed lemon juice.
  3. Serve immediately.

Apple Ginger Parsley Carrot Juice

Sweet with a warm, gingery kick and the zest of fresh herbal parsley, this juice is the definition of vital!

  1. In a low-rpm juices, alternate pressing carrots, Fuji apple slices, ginger, and curly parsley.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Cucumber Beet Carrot Juice

Mildly sweet and incredibly thirst quenching, this juice has a full and rich, savory flavor.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing carrots, cucumber, red beet, and beet greens.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Lunch

Choose one of the following 32-ounce juices.

Tropical Paradise Juice

This scrumptious juice will transport you to a stress-free tropical paradise. This juice explodes with bright, sunny flavors, leaving you in total bliss.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing papaya slices, pineapple slices, ginger, and kiwi.
  2. Gently stir coconut water into juice.
  3. Serve immediately.

Apple Holy Basil Tomato Cilantro Elixir

This stress-releasing elixir will leave you with an incredible feeling of emotional well-being. The flavor is similar to a home-cooked Italian tomato soup—very yummy!

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing Granny Smith apple slices, tomato slices, and cilantro.
  2. Gently stir in holy basil extract.
  3. Serve immediately.

Red Grape Strawberry Juice

This mildly sweet and fruity juice is reminiscent of a strawberry icicle pop. The taste is smooth, and you’ll be tempted to drink it quickly. But restrain yourself, and savor each drop.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing red grapes and strawberries.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Snack

Choose one of the following 32-ounce juices.

Celery Swiss Chard Kale Juice

This earthy, filling juice is a perfect bland of sweet and savory flavors.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing carrots, celery, kale leaves, green apple slices, and Swiss chard leaves.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Carrot Parsley Cabbage Juice

Aromatic parsley makes this sweet and slightly pungent juice tingle on your tongue.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing carrots, celery, curly parsley, spinach, and green cabbage.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Cucumber Beet Coconut Juice

With a slightly tropical twist, this sweet juice has a deeply satisfying mild and clean taste.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing cucumbers, red beet, and beet greens.
  2. Stir in young coconut water.
  3. Serve immediately.

Dinner

Choose one of the following 32-ounce juices.

Celery Cucumber Kale Chard Parsley Juice

This juice is wonderfully grounding. It has a mild herbal flavor that complements its smooth sweetness.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing celery, cucumber, green apple slices, kale leaves, chard leaves, and parsley.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Romaine Celery Kale Pear Lemon Juice

This flavorful juice has a mellow taste that’s savory, delicately sweet, and just a bit zingy.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing pear slices, celery, kale leaves, lemon sections, and romaine lettuce leaves.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Kale Mustard Red Grape Lemon Juice

This juice is a zinger, with its potent sweet taste and stimulating, spicy and zesty taste sensation.

  1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing red grapes, kale leaves, lemon sections, and mustard green leaf.
  2. Stir and serve immediately.

Making juice fasting a part of your healthy lifestyle is the best way to experience lasting health.

Once you get into the routine of juice fasting, you can figure out which wholesome yet cleansing recipes you like best. If you decide to incorporate weekly juice fasting into your ongoing health maintenance program, you should invest in a few inspiring cookbooks. We recommend Bo’s other books, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Smoothies. These books will give you ideas for meals and snacks that work well before and after your fasts.

This one-day juice fast will give you the boost you need, and make you feel great! Happy juicing!

From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Juice Fasting by Steven Prussack and Bo Rinaldi