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7 Day Juice Fast: Some Recipes & Lessons Learned

Every now and then i like to give my digestive system a break as part of my larger effort to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. I recently did that via a 7-day juice fast. During that seven days i enjoyed some of super tasty juices for which i have a few recipes! Check em out:

1. Life Juice (1-2 Apples, 1-2 Leafy Greens, 3″ Burdock Root, 1″ Ginger, 1/2 Lemon w/peel)

2. Mean Green

3. Pomegranate-Blueberry Juice (1 large Pomegranate, 10-15 Blueberries)

4. Citrus Flush (1 grapefruit, 1 orange, 2 carrots, 1 orange pepper) * Add 1-2″ Burdock for a delightful flavor enhancement

5. Minty-licious (4 Celery, 1 Apple, 1 Lime, Handful o’ Mint, Handful o’ Spinach)

6. Red Velvet (3 Carrots, 2 Granny Smith Apples, 1 Orange, 1/4 Beet)

7. Random Experiment (2 Sweet Orange Peppers, 1 Head Romaine, 1/5 Orange, 1 Grapefruit, Handful of Parsley) tasted “interesting.” Not bad, but prob wont make this one again.

8. The REAL V8 This one hit the SPOT when i wanted “something to eat!”

Some Lessons Learned

I’ve done similar things before and thought that i had gotten all of the mistakes out of the way. But, i neglected one important — i’d say essential — rule of fasting. One must eliminate for optimum results. I spoke with several people who had done this type of fast/cleanse (one who went 21 days on juice) and none of them seemed to worry about elimination. However, whenever i looked up “juice fasting” on the web, folks would advocate doing something daily to give the colon a lil rinse. It makes sense to me; when We fast, the body begins to push toxins out of muscle tissue and organs. A major channel for getting those things out of the body is the the colon.

On day 4, i got really sick. I felt nauseous and had terrible stomach pains. I believe this was “healing crisis.” Healing crisis is a wide range of uncomfortable physical symptoms that one may experience as the body attempts to purge itself of medications, heavy metals (other environmental pollutants), excess wastes, and many other things that might be stored in ones body tissue. By all accounts, the best way to minimize healing crisis is to eliminate the toxins one’s body is attempting to remove.

Another possible problem are my fruit & veggie combination juices. Some online resources recommend juicing fruits and veggies separately. I’ve also heard that one should minimize the fruit juice and drink it during the early hours of the day. I mixed the fruit and veggie juices and drank fruit juices into the evening. Maybe those actions were problematic and contributed to the wackness i felt on day four (and beyond — i was extra sleepy for the remainder of the fast).

The lesson for me is that next time i juice, i’ll need to be ready to drink some special tea, do a salt water flush, or do daily enemas. Maybe that will help me avoid some of the healing crisis symptoms that i believe i experienced this time around. I’m going to experiment more with the fruit & veggie combinations, and try to keep the fruit juices as daytime drinks.

Have you ever done a juice (or water) fast for more than a day or two? If so, what was your experience like? Did you consult with fellow fasters or an expert? Please do share.

– Much Love

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Tryna Get Healthy For The New Year?

Happy 2012!

I hope that you are well. If you — like many people — have made a New Year resolution or intention to improve your health, then you might wanna check out some of the info below.

The first is a great blog that i’ve been checking in recent days, called Finally, No More Acne. It contains great information about everything from detoxing to women’s menstruation. The blog also has some great recipes that i can’t wait to try!

Next, is a film that i watched recently, called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (watch it for free on Hulu). The first half chronicles that dis-eases and natural cures of a wealthy Australian businessman and explains why he decided to change his lifestyle. The 2nd half follows a trucker whom the businessman met randomly as he was filming his journey. It’s pretty interesting, and i recommend watching it with an open mind and will to learn!

You can literally exercise ANYWHERE!

Finally (for now), i recommend looking into some fitness routines to compliment whatever eating program you find that works for you. I’ve personally been a big fan of Brenden Brazier’s Thrive series. I’ve noticed that the philosophy behind it (looking for nutrient dense, alkaline-forming foods) is now popping up in grocery stores in one form or another. Did i mention that Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) has been on the Thrive program? Keeping all of that in mind, you can be sure that  Thrive Fitness is worth checking out!

If you’re making some changes to your lifestyle, let a brotha know! I’m always happy to listen to folks’ concerns and offer my unprofessional opinion. Also, i’m always searching for health information. If you have some info, raw or cooked vegan recipes, have ventured into the world of detoxing, etc., def hit me up. Much Love.

– Brotha Onaci