It’s officially Spring. Flowers are in bloom and I have my windows open most days. Sometimes it feels more like Autumn, but that’s OK with me.
Spring is a time where a lot of people feel motivated to juice fast. As you all know from my juice fasting video blog, juice fasting isn’t for everyone (especially long term juice fasting), and it certainly doesn’t have to be (if you’ve grabbed my free juice fasting audio, you’ll learn why it doesn’t have to be and how you can benefit from juice fasting while still eating food).
Over the past few weeks I have received a lot of questions about juice fasts. I’m going to cover all of them for you very soon, but today I want to cover the most important of all of those questions, “Should I do a juice fast?”
I can’t tell you just from looking at you, or even from reading an overview of your health history. I can advise you though, on how to know for yourself if it’s the right time for you to do a juice fast.
Before starting a juice fast, ask yourself these three questions.
1. What are your honest motivations? Be very honest with yourself here. If your motivations are weight loss, clearer skin, and ridding yourself of symptoms, then there is probably a better way to reach that motivation as opposed to juice fasting. Juice fasting will not rid you of emotional eating tendencies, or make you lose weight and keep it off if you don’t go back to a way of eating that isn’t good for your body type. If you’ve been eating very well and are familiar with the less extreme methods of juice fasting as presented in my free audio, then a longer juice fast (beyond 2-3 days) may be right for you. If you’re eating donuts, pizza, and sodas or not properly combining your meals, you definitely do not need to do a juice fast! Cleaning up the quality of your foods and following food combining will be enough detoxing for you at this point. Many people juice fast for spiritual reasons, which is fantastic. However, you’ll get more out of your spiritual experience from fasting if you improve your diet and lifestyle first, and then do a fast. You may even fine that you feel increasingly spiritual just from improving your diet!
2. Are you wanting to embark upon a fast out of self love or self loathing? If you’re wanting to fast because you feel as though you can’t handle your cravings, or don’t know how to lose your last 10 pounds, chances are good that any weight loss or other progress you see during your fast will come right back when you start eating again. Many people actually find it easier to fast than to just give up dessert (I’m one of those people!), or changing their eating habits! This is because giving up dessert or improving your diet while still eating requires more of a balancing act and lifestyle shift in order to maintain the change in the long term. For example, giving up dessert in the long term often means that something else has to become part of your life that replaces the sweetness or pleasure that dessert currently provides, OR you just have to open your eyes and see what’s already there that you’re overlooking. If you’re interested in fasting because you’re disgusted with yourself, then NO! Do not do the fast. If you’re wanting to fast because you feel great already, and you want to feel even better, then I would say YES, go for it (provided the answers to the other two questions also line up for you)!
3. How do you feel when you think about breaking your fast? What emotions does that first meal evoke in you? If you salivate just at the thought of your first meal, or if you feel anxious about that meal, then I wouldn’t advise a fast. This makes it much more likely that your break fast won’t go smoothly, and you’ll feel awful post-fast and feel as though your efforts were a waste and possibly even a set-back. Remember that fasting makes your body so much more sensitized.
The most important thing is to listen to your body. The body does not respond well to being pushed beyond it’s limitations when it comes to being properly nourished physically and emotionally, and it’s very true that most people do better with a seasonal cleanse when they include some healthy foods as opposed to just juice. Extreme back and forth with consumption is very irritating to the body, and often results in symptoms.
I’ve noticed that most people want to do fasts to experience a transformation of some sort. I’m no exception. I’ll share with you what I’ve learned personally. You can have a transformation every single day. You can experience a higher level of spirituality, and improve your quality of life every day. You don’t have to fast.
If you are ready for a fast, and feel excited about it, then by all means, go for it! Juice it up! You have my most sincere blessing!
I’m interested in your juice fasting experiences. Did you find that they are beneficial, exciting, invigorating, or depressing, cold, and difficult? Would you fast again in the future? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
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