Release the Grease 2: Day 7

YAHOO!

Another 7 day amazing Juice and Smoothie Cleanse!  HURRAY!  Today is your last day of this journey.  Congratulations!  I hope that you had an amazing time.

Just stay on it.  Dont break your fast until tomorrow morning.  You are still on throughout the rest of this day.  And now that you have experienced full juicing for an entire week…its time to incorporate more of this juicing experience into the rest of your daily life!

There are a few things you need to consider to fully engage in this juicing/smoothie thing as a lifestyle…or rather incorporating it into your life.

Starting a new healthy habit is exciting. And juicing is certainly up there with cool, trendy, healthy habits.
But just like beginning a home improvement project or a new business venture, properly starting a juicing regimen requires a reality check.

A juicing reality check would have to include these five elements: time, money, space, motivation, and people. Let’s examine each one in detail.
* Time
For maximum nutritional benefits, you should make your juice close to the time of consumption.   Working from home or staying home with children makes this easier than if you leave for school or work.
If you must leave each morning, you will need to get up earlier or prepare your fruits and greens the night before, and run the juicer in the morning. You can make extra quantities and bring it with you to work or school or gym. But you will want to make sure you have time to clean up the juicing operation before you leave, which can take an extra five to fifteen minutes.
* Money
Besides the cost of a new juicer ($100 to $1500), your grocery budget will be stretched a bit. Even if you are in the habit of buying lots of fresh produce, the sheer volume of apples, kale, and cucumbers you will need may stagger you.
After a while this will even out as your new healthy lifestyle spends less money on packaged foods and other health remedies.
* Space
The obvious space consideration is where will the new juicer go? Where will you store it, or will it be one more counter appliance?
Less obvious but equally cluttering is where the large amounts of produce will be stored. Some fruits can’t be refrigerated. Kale and Swiss chard and melons take up a lot of space in refrigerators.
Finally, where do you have room to wash vegetables and fruits and the knives and strainers and cutting boards that go along with juicing?
* Motivation
Why are you considering juicing? Is it part of a well thought-out plan towards a healthier way of life? Has a doctor told you that you are in danger if you don’t change your ways? Are you seeking weight loss, energy, better sleep or more balanced digestion?
Any of the above reasons are terrific, but you owe it to yourself to be quite clear as to why you are starting juicing. You may need to draw upon these reasons when you feel deprived or choose to avoid social events while you are learning to juice.
* People
Speaking of social events, how will your juicing affect the people around you?
Will you be able to fit juicing in around your family’s mealtimes and kitchen space? If you are the main cook for your family, will you be able to graciously prepare their meals and be satisfied with drinking your own juices? (Note: yes, it is very possible to balance this part of life, but you need to consider your own situation.)
Does your work require business meetings that involve meals? Will you be able to bring your juice bottle into business lunches?
This reality check was not meant to dissuade you from juicing! Rather, it is meant to help you plan for things you may have not considered. And it may help you decide to what extent you want to start juicing: breakfast only, replacing one meal a day, or an all-out juice cleanse which you already just experienced.

I say replacing at least one meal a day is ideal!

What say you now?

Peace and Love Friends,

Skai Juice
http://www.skaijuice.com

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Release the Grease 2: Day 6

If you get nothing else out of this cleanse I hope you have gotten into the awesome habit of inundating your body with awesome juices and smoothies.  The benefits that you are gaining are something that you should continue even when you start refeeding your body with healthy foods again. The term “juicing” is often associated with fasting. Indeed, juice fasts have become synonymous with cleansing and detoxification, thanks in large part to television infomercials and medical programs.

A juice fast is a commitment for a certain length of time to only consume raw vegetable or fruit juice, water, and herbal non-caffeinated teas.

A popular reason to begin a juice fast, or “cleanse,” is to shed excess weight or to get a running start on a weight-loss program. An often-surprising consequence of a successful cleanse is an improvement in mental clarity, energy levels, skin tone, and sleep quality. Many people report that hey simply feel “lighter” after a juice fast.

The simple explanation of a juice fast resulting in detoxification is this: a body receives all of its nourishment from vegetable juices only; since the digestive system is barely involved in the processing of the juices, it is allowed to rest. When the digestive system is not defending itself against new toxins, it is able to release stored toxins which are surrounded by fat.

As toxin-containing fat cells are released, the body feels lighter and more energetic.

There are many kinds of targeted cleanses, such as the intestinal cleanse, the gall bladder cleanse, and so on. Critics scoff at that level of specificity. In fact, many claim that the human body is perfectly capable of “cleansing” itself as needed.

Fasting/cleansing advocates agree that the body is a miraculous machine. But they point out that modern life with air and water pollution, sedentary lifestyles, and poor, fried-food and sugar-laden diets has created such an imbalance for our body systems that help, in the form of juice fasting, is needed.

A juice fast, whether for weight loss or just general good health, needs to be entered into with serious thought and commitment and planning. Unlike someone who decides to buy a juicer and make a juice to take to the gym each morning, a faster will be consuming juices only, usually six per day.

There may be digestive (constipation and/or diarrhea) issues involved in the first few days of a juice fast. Since that can affect your activities, you may want to schedule a fast for a time when you can be near home with limited work and social obligations. (Transitioning into a fast by making a couple of juices each day and increasing your intake of raw vegetables may help reduce the problem potential.)

You will want to be sure to have a good supply of fresh vegetables and greens on hand. Since you will not be eating any solid foods at all, you can’t simply open the refrigerator for something to “tide you over” until you get out to the supermarket.

Mood swings and sleep issues may be noticeable in the first few days of your juice fast. It may be wise to sit down with your partner or roommates and get them on board with what you are planning.

Interestingly, you may find that you are not tempted by the sights and smells of food in your home or at the grocery store. If your juices are filling enough (14 – 16 ounces each serving), you may be quite satisfied and not feel hungry.

There are no guarantees, of course. A good tip is when you are tempted to snitch an unfinished sandwich—or even munch on a cucumber slice while you are making juice—to visualize your stomach enjoying its vacation from solid foods!
Essentially what we are doing is a “fast”…we are fasting off of cooked solid foods…but its not a true fast.

More on fasting….

Peace and Love
Skai Juice
http://www.skaijuice.com