Last December I did a ten-day juicing fast (where I consumed no solid food, and only drank vegetable and fruit juices) and can report:
a. feeling great!
b. having the best oatmeal of my life (first day after the fast)
c. losing a total of 25lb (10 during, and the rest after)
So, I'm no great expert, but I did my research before starting and can share it as well as my experience during and after the fast. If you're interested, here's the info you need to start.Juicers
Since squeezing apple juice by hand isn't fun, the first thing you'll need is a juicer.
There are two types: centrifugal & masticating. I've owned both; first an inexpensive centrifugal one, and now a pricier masticating juicer. The centrifugal ones work by spinning really fast (12000 RPM) and squeezing the juice out of your veggies. The masticating ones work like a meat grinder; they slowly crush / squeeze the juice.
Masticating juicers produce higher quality juice from leafy greens (arguably other fruit / veggies as well) and they make a bit more juice from the same amount of produce then the centrifugal ones. Their main drawback is in the longer preparation and juicing time. They have smaller chutes, so you'll have to cut up your apples into eight pieces before dropping them in (which can be annoying, especially in the morning).
Centrifugal juicers have much larger chutes and are much faster. (It's fun to watch an apple disappear and turn into juice in like half a second.) So, you can throw in a whole carrot, or a pear and it will eat it up. You won't be able to do that with a masticating juicer. Their drawback is that they don't produce as much juice from leafy veggies like kale.
To sum up: if you have the patience and want a higher quality juice get a masticating juicer. If you want your juice faster, with a bit less hassle, go for the centrifugal one.
Here are the two I can recommend (the latter one I currently own):
- (Centrifugal) http://www.amazon.com/Breville-JE98XL-Fountain-850-Watt-Extractor/dp/B003R28HWQ
- (Masticating) http://www.amazon.com/Omega-J8006-Nutrition-Center-Juicer/dp/B001L7OIVIRecipes
First, don't be surprised that the healthier (not loaded with fruit) veggie juices don't taste good. Think of it this way: the worse the juices will taste during the fast, the better the solid food will taste after it. Also, after a week or so you'll get used to the taste. That being said, if you find great-tasting recipes, please tell me about them.
There are many resources out there, but here are my favorite:
- (These actually taste ok; start with these) http://s.doctoroz.com/sites/default/files/dm_uploads/Weekend_Juice_Cleanse.pdf
- http://juicerecipes.com/What to do after the fast?
1. Buy a kitchen scale. This was super important for me. My body doesn't really tell me that I've had enough to eat until after 15 or so minutes after eating. I've heard somewhere that that delay in the signal helped our ancestors in the past by making them overeat, store energy in fat and stay alive longer. So, since I don't naturally know when I've had enough, I have to prepare the correct portion size in advance. To do that accurately and, most importantly, without slowly drifting to larger amounts, I use a kitchen scale.
After I got the scale, it turned out that my cup is actually two cups. That my cereal bowl holds three servings of cereal. Finally, I found that I'm just as satisfied with a "real" (the 2000 calorie diet one on the label) serving size of cereal and milk as I was with my triple portion.
I imagine that after a year or so I'll be able to tell the right sizes by just looking at them, but for now I'm going to use the scale.
2. I knew absolutely nothing about nutrition. So, I did some digging and found that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has sponsored much of the research in the US to find how much of each nutrient a healthy human needs. They have a number of sites like health.org
, and choosemyplate.gov
that have that information in an easy to understand form, with tools and more.
They produce a document every five or so years called The Dietary Guidelines. I think it's a good start: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf
(For other countries take a look at wikipedia's List of Nutrition Guides: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nutrition_guides
3. Get a good app to help tracking calories. One with a large database of products and lots of users. Look for one where you can scan barcodes and add your own recipes. This helps in making recording what you eat a quick and painless process. The one I use is called "MyFitnessPal" (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
). It's great.
So, that worked for me and I hope it works for you too.