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Next week I will be going on my first juice fast! I will be doing it for 7days. I am planning to make lots of green smoothies which I am used to making.<br><br>
However, I have a few questions regarding the ingredients of the smoothies. Can I just add anything I like or is there a specific guideline to follow in order to get the proper amount of nutrients and still benefit from the fast?<br><br>
Obviously I know I shouldn't be putting in sugar for example. But what about soy milk? Or proteins like hemp seeds etc?<br><br>
Then do I just drink a glass of smoothie when I am hungry or is there a specific way of doing it?<br><br>
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What are you goals for this fast?<br><br>
if you are embarking on a fast, its best to use guidelines or follow a specific regime.<br>
just jumping into it blindly is not a good idea.<br><br><a href="http://www.fitnessthroughfasting.com/juicefasting.html" target="_blank">http://www.fitnessthroughfasting.com/juicefasting.html</a>
 

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Oh. I was thinking of a body cleansing? I have no need to loose weight of things like that.
 

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Oh. I was thinking of a body cleansing? I have no need to loose weight of things like that.</div>
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ok. please follow a specific regime or plan. its best to set an achievable goal for the purpose of the cleanse.<br><br>
if you want to do a body cleansing are you detoxing a certain substance or for an addiction?<br><br>
im asking these questions bc without setting a goal and defining the reasons for the fast it doesn't really make much sense to do one at all.
 

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Then maybe I shouldn't do one.<br>
I have no addiction or anything. I thought it was a healthy thing to do once in a while. To get a good load of vitamins etc.
 

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its best just to eat a healthy balanced diet on a regular basis rather than do a fast.<br><br>
fasting isn't really proven to do much in the way of being healthy, there are many other reasons to fast however such as spiritual.<br><br>
anyways, maybe just try to add juicing into your regular days meals. juicing is a great way to get loads of nutrients down quickly. you will still see the benefits from adding a glass of fresh juiced fruits and veg into your routine, like more energy and hydration.
 

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thanks a lot.<br><br>
I think I will just replace the fast idea with just green smoothie for breakfast or lunch. I think that will be healthy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I fruit fast once a week to help with my arthritis, cravings, and my chronic stomach issues caused by stress. Fruit fasting keeps my mind focused and my body clear of baddies. I have a few chronic issues though, if you don't see a defined need for it, then it'll be less worthwhile.
 

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From what I've read about fasting, it's not a good idea. Our organs are made to clean out our system, so just eating whole foods is enough to keep things in great shape.
 

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But our digestive systems can't keep up with the volume of food most of us put into it. A fast gives your system a break while not starving it of nutrients. I've done fasting for years and only have good results from it.
 

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From what I've read about fasting, it's not a good idea. Our organs are made to clean out our system, so just eating whole foods is enough to keep things in great shape.</div>
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This is my understanding too, I've never seen research that indicates there are any real physical benefits to fasting, although I'm not an expert! I think increasing the amount of green smoothies instead sounds good to me.<br><br>
Although I enjoyed reading <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FPlant-Based-Nutrition-Health-Stephen%2Fdp%2F0907337279%2Fref%3Dsr_1_3%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1325237168%26sr%3D8-3" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plant-Based-...5237168&sr=8-3</a> this book which I thought helped me get good perspective about how healthy my own diet was and where the flaws really were, I thought it was very informative(albiet, it's a few years old now). That's just if you're interested in vegan health and diets, as it's based on scientific studies and so should be fairly reliable.
 

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I just did a two day raw food stint over Christmas and I loved it. I made lots of juices, but I made sure to include sprouted grains and lentils, salads, and raw bars (date/ fruit/ granola bars)- it got me more calories and I felt fuller. I think when juicing you remove all the fiber (pulp) from the food and can easily get starved. I see how much waste comes off of my fruits and veggie s in the pulp dispenser and a tiny glass of juice comes out.<br>
Good luck with whatever you decide though- its nice to mix it up once in a while.
 

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this is the point I've made before about people trying to "fast" without doing their homework before jumping in. There is a huge difference between fasting and making green smoothies. (I'd recommend the green smoothies over fasting any day!) Do some research, and really, since you're just trying to cleanse yourself out, you want to make sure you have a LOT of produce on hand to juice, because you want to FEAST, instead of fast....fasting has no real point, other than to starve yourself. Feasting is different though, and you need to keep your current caloric intake up, with the juices.<br><br>
also, you have to know how to break a fast too....you don't just start eating food once again, you do it slowly, and with small amts of greens first, from what I've read.
 

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I'm not at my computer atm so can't dig up references, but there has actually been a lot of research that shows that fasting can, in fact, be highly beneficial. I recommend reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Fasting and eating for Health". Among other things, he cites studies which indicate that humans and other animals that limit their food intake through periods of intermittent fasting tend to live longer. This isn't something that should be done though without a great deal of research and medical supervision in the case of extended fasts.
 
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