How to Begin a Juice Fast

orange-juiceDo you want to juice fast, but haven’t the slightest clue about how to begin?  Do not put it off any longer because you are not sure.  Today you learn how to begin a juice fast.

What is a Juice Fast?

A juice fast is a fast of drinking mostly fresh fruit, vegetable and green juices.  You can also include herbal teas and other liquids if you desire.

Reasons Why People Fast

  • Social Action
  • Political Action
  • Spiritual Goals
  • Personal Goals
  • Break Food Addictions
  • Major Dental Work
  • Healing the Body
  • Detoxification
  • Weight Loss

Starting Your Juice Fast

You made up your mind that you are ready for a juice fast.  Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Why am I fasting?
  2. When will I fast?
  3. Where will I fast?
  4. How long will I fast?
  5. What kinds of juices will I drink?
  6. Will I tell people about my the fast?

The Pre-Fast Diet

You know the reasons why you are fasting and you have set a date.  A few days before beginning your fast, you should do a pre-fast diet.

The purpose of a pre-fast dies is for preparation.  You prepare your body, physically and mentally for the fast.

A typical pre-fast diet is one to three days.  The number of days that you pre-fast is determined by you.

A pre-fast is great for those who have never fasted or those who are reluctant about starting their juice fast.

What to eat on a pre-fast diet?

Exclude the following foods:  grains, breads, dairy, fish and flesh foods.

Day 1:  Cooked vegetables, salads, fruits, and juices

Day 2:  Only raw salads, fruits and juices.

Day 3:  Fruits and juices

You are gradually moving toward your primary goal: preparing your body and juice fasting.


You do not have to follow the pre-fast diet above.  You can do a mono-diet.  A mono-diet is when you eat one food for that day.  For example, you may choose watermelon as your mono-diet food.

The advantage of doing a mono-diet with cleansing foods is that when you begin your fast it may help shorten your fast.

Another way you can pre-fast is by missing a few meals.  You can take two or three days and skip dinner on those days.

Going for It

If you are ready and feel that you can do the fast without doing a pre-fast diet, then go for it, especially if have fasting experience.  Everyone is different and you should always do what is best for you.

Some people need time to adjust and prepare.  During this time, you prepare yourself for the challenge of fasting.

It does not matter if you gradually move into your fast or jump in;  you have to stay disciplined and focused to successfully complete your fast.

A Quick Juice Recipe

Strawberry Newton

1 medium apple

1-inch wedge peeled pineapple

1 cup strawberries

Wash fruits.  Remove and discard strawberry greens.  Juice and serve. (The Juicing Book)


Discussion:  Have you done any fasting lately or do you have one planned?


Information Source:  Juice Fasting and Detoxification


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Barley Grass – A Nutrient-Dense Superfood

I start eating alkaline on January 28, 2013 and have bought supplements that will help me.  Dr. Maiysha T. Clairborne and Dr. Robert Young both recommend a concentrated green powder.

Dr. Clairborne shared the brand that she likes and I am going with that one (Green Vibrance).  They both shared information about grasses, specifically wheat grass and barley grass.

In my quest for a good green powder, I kept coming across barley grass.  I am not a stranger to Barley grass, because I have taken it in the past.  The difference is that in the past, I did not know a lot about barley grass, but today, I know more about barley grass.

You are probably thinking, “Grass is for cows, how can it be good for me?”  Today you will learn about Barley grass and how beneficial it is.

About Grasses

Grasses are nutrient-dense, even more so than vegetables.  Wheat grass and barley grass are good sources of chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll gives grasses the power to regenerate our bodies at the molecular and cellular level.

About Barley Grass

Barley grass has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for at least 1800 years.

You can grow barley grass by soaking and sprouting the seeds.  When the young leaves reach the desired height, you can juice the grass.  Make sure you use a juicer that juices this grass.

I own a Green Star Juicer and I have used it for juicing wheatgrass.  It worked fine.

Barley grass is said to be the only vegetable on Earth that can supply the body with all the nutrients it needs from birth to old age.

You can buy barley grass at your local natural food store.  Many concentrated green powders have barley grass as an ingredient in preparations.

What’s So Special About Barley Grass?

Barley grass has chlorophyll, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes.  Barley grass also has buffer minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium which help maintain cell integrity.

Barley grass has four times as much thiamine (vitamin B1) as whole wheat flour, and thirty times as much as milk.  It even has more vitamin C than oranges.

Barley grass tends to be less potent and does not have the tendency to bring on the dose related nausea that wheatgrass does.

A Few Benefits of Barley Grass

Known for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol

Balances the pH of the body

Alkalizes the cells, which helps the body function at its best

Helps maintain a healthy digestive tract

Discussion:  Have you tried barley grass or other grasses?  If you have, how did it work for you?


Source of Information

1.  The pH Miracle

2.  Eat Your Disease Away

3.  Natural Health News

4.  Mountain Rose Herbs

Foods to Eat When Following an Alkaline Diet


happy-harvestMy goal for 2013 is to eat an alkaline diet and have not set a start date.  I am doing my research and preparing for the dietary change.  I am sharing with you the information I learn from my research.

You learned about the foods to avoid when following an alkaline diet and in this post you will learn the foods you should eat when following and alkaline diet.

Interested in maintaining good health?  Learn more about specific foods you can eat.

In this post I share with you what Dr. Robert Young, author of The pH Miracle recommends.

What To Eat


Vegetables are the main focus of your diet.  The meals you eat should consist of a high percentage of vegetables.


Grasses are nutrient-dense, in fact more so, than vegetables.  Examples of grasses are barley grass, wheat grass, and alfalfa.  Grasses are good sources of chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll helps regenerate the body at the molecular and cellular levels.

Low-Carbohydrate Vegetables

Examples of low-carbohydrate vegetables are:  asparagus, broccoli, greens of all kinds, okra, peas (fresh), sprouted grains or beans or seeds.

Eat grains and legumes in limited amounts because they are high in complex carbohydrates.

Raw Foods

Cooking foods destroys the enzymes.  The more uncooked (raw) vegetables you eat the better it is for you.  Raw foods have energy or living enzymes that gets transferred to you when you eat raw foods.

Fresh, Organic Foods

Organic foods are not exposed to harmful pesticides and other chemicals used to help in growing food.  Organic foods have higher amounts of nutrients than conventional (non-organic) foods.

If you have a concern with the price of organics foods, you can focus on buying organic foods that are on the dirty dozen’s list.


Drinking clean, pure water is important in having a healthy pH and a healthy body.  Make sure stay hydrated.

Non-animal Protein

You do not have to worry about getting enough protein, because there is protein in plants.  Vegetables have amino acids which are the building blocks of protein.

Eating a variety of vegetables, grasses, green and dark green leafy vegetables helps you get the essential amino acids that you need.  Do not skimp on the greens.


Dr. Young says that including soy in your diet is a smart addition to your diet as a source of protein and a variety of nutrients.

Fresh soy sprouts or a soy sprouts supplement are best.  Other soy foods you can eat include:  soy beans, edamame, tofu, soy bean oil, and lecithin.

Note:  Some people avoid soy and do know that eating soy is not necessary.  However, if you choose to eat soy, stick with the traditional forms of soy foods.

Fresh Fish (Occasionally, or as a Transition Food)

If you choose to eat fish make sure it is fresh(newly caught) and from a clean (unpolluted water), healthy source.  Choose salmon, trout, red snapper, swordfish, and tuna for higher levels of omega-3 oils, but be sure to avoid shellfish.

Essential Fats

Eat healthy fats and not the fat that clogs arteries.  Saturated fats and partially hydrogenated fats clog the arteries.

Examples of healthy fats are:  flax, borage, evening primrose, grape seed, and hemp oil.  Olive oil is also beneficial and it is mostly monounsaturated.  Be sure that you buy cold-pressed oils, which are oils extracted without the use of heat.


Sprouts are full of vitamins, minerals and complete proteins.  Sprouts are living plant foods that can transfer life energy to you.

Herbs and Spices

Use fresh herbs and spices, when possible.  They provide flavor and nutrition.  Herbal teas are also beneficial.


The fiber in the vegetables are lost when juiced.  However, vegetable juices help your body get a greater concentration of alkaline salts, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and enzymes.

Lemons, Limes and Grapefruit

Lemons, limes and grapefruit are chemically acid, but once in the body, they have an alkaline effect.

Tomato and Avocado

The tomato and avocado when eaten raw are alkalizing and low in sugar.  Avocados are beneficial and have protein.


Source of InformationThe pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health

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