Starting a Juice Fast

Okay, so a LOTT of people have shown interest in starting a juice fast.  For more detailed information, I would highly recommend watching Joe Cross’ documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead“.  You can find it on Netflix or watch it for free on his website http://www.jointhereboot.com.  There are tons of experts that will explain what the benefits of such a fast are. Just so we’re clear, this is NOT an easy thing to do.  There will be times when you want to hit someone, you will have dreams about chips and salsa, and you will not be able to eat subs and drink beer with your mom and your brother when they come to visit you for the weekend.  This is a hard endeavor to undertake, but i PROMISE you it will be worth it!

Alrighty, you watched the documentary and you’re all psyched to start drinking some MEAN GREEN!  Step Two would be to buy a juicer.  Join the Reboot has links to places where you can buy them, but I bought mine on Amazon. I would recommend a Breville, as that seems to be one of the best names out there in juicing.  I have seen juicers on Ebay go for like 50 bucks, so you may want to look there, but I paid a little over 150 for my brand new Breville.  You may want to spend some time naming your new piece of machinery. I mean, it’s about to work it’s little heart out making every single meal of yours for the next 10 days, so you should probably give it some credit and name the darn thing!! Mine is Joey, since Joe Cross was my inspiration!  So if you hear me talking about how much I love Joey, yes, he is my juicer!

The next step is to pick a starting date and to start making up a list of meal plans.  I made plans one person, for 10 days.  I drank about 4 juices per day, sometimes less if I wasn’t hungry.  Knowing what you need at the grocery store is half the battle, otherwise you could get home and have way too many carrots but not enough kale, and that just sucks.  If you’re not enough of an organized freak like I am, I have spreadsheets already made.  I have meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, and price comparisons for produce from Giant Eagle, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart.  Leave a comment if you want me to send you a template for this stuff.  Here’s a sample juice menu with totals at the bottom to make grocery shopping way easier:

Juice Menu (3 Day Sample)

If you find these charts helpful, just leave a comment and I can email the whole PDF spreadsheet to you.   I upload the PDF to my Kindle and take it with me to the grocery store.  That way, I know exactly what I need and how much of it!

I wouldn’t recommend starting on nothing but juice right away since your body needs some time to get used to it. What I did was spend one week eating healthier and starting to slowly cut out refined carbohydrates and sugar.  The second week, I started by incorporating one or two juices into my diet, along with healthy foods.  By the end of the second week, I was in the right frame of mind and ready to get the show on the road!

Like I said, I’m no expert.  Please go check out my inspiration, Joe Cross, in his documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead“.  If he can’t inspire you to change for the better, no one can!

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