WOOOOOO today is DAY ONE of my 5 day juice feast! I haven’t been juicing very much of late, well, not since my last juice feast in the depths of winter – not always the best move 🙂 I’m so in need of a detox just now following a recent spell of over-indulging in the drinking of wine and generally not taking care of myself as much as I choose to.
The interesting bit is that my mum is joining me as of tomorrow. She’s not really that in to juicing although she did join me on a 7 day juice retreat ran by Jason Vale Juice Master in Turkey in 2009. It was a great week although the juices were all high fruit based with some vegetables and very minimal greens. Whilst they tasted great, they were very high in sugar and not as nutritious as the ones I make at home.
What is a juice feast?
A juice feast is where you only drink juice for a set period of time. We’re not talking shop-bought Mr Delmonte here either, it’s freshly made juices using fruits, vegetables and lots of GREEEEEENS which you juice yourself and drink as soon as possible to ensure the highest amount of nutrients. It’s very different from a fast as the emphasis is that you can (and should) drink as much as you care for to ensure maximum nutrition and enjoyment. Juice feasting really gives your digestion a break from having to break down food to absorb nutrients and therefore allows the body to ‘clean house’ for a bit. It’s important to take it easy and not over-exert yourself. Also, if you haven’t done one before I’d recommend trying a one day juice feast to see how you get on – you’ll notice the benefits!
I’ve done umpteen juice feasts before, not normally any longer than 8 or 9 days but figured a wee 5 dayer would be just the ticket.
So the plan is juice, juice and juice until Sunday, rest lots, laugh lots and have a generally bloody good time! I’ll let you know the wonderful juicy delights I make and how it’s going. I’m excited to see how my mum gets on…
Juice Loose Aboot this Hoose Juice
3 stalks asparagus
3 stalks celery
2 handfuls of kale
1 handful spinach
This juice is HEAVY on the greens and if you’re new to juicing you’re probably gonna think this tastes like earth and slime and ponds and frogs. Add more pears or apple to sweeten the juice or alternatively leave out the kale or spinach.
The truth is that juiced greens are an acquired taste. You kinda need to work your way up with them until the fruity sugar becomes too overwhelming and you cut it down to replace with greens. Once you get in to them though they’ll transform your health so radically you’ll wonder how you made it this far 🙂
“The healing elements that are found in green leafy vegetables are so powerful and synergistic, no combination of synthetic medicines or supplements could ever match their power”
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/