Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2nd Annual International Juice Feasting Day

I was going to blog about a great article I read on inflammation but then I realized that Sepember 12th is the 2nd Annual International Juice Feasting Day!  I've been contact this past week by a couple of people interested in juice feasting and/or juice cleansing.  In fact I had just posted a juicing  "Question of the Week" on my website ( and then realized that the auspicious celebration was on the horizon.  So with that, I thought I would duplicate my efforts here.  If you want to participate in a "donation only" web conference with the founders of International Juice Feasting Day go to their website:

Q: Can you recommend a juice cleanse?
 (submitted from Raleigh, NC)

A: KINDA- the extent of my juice cleansing has been limited to doing a day or two here and there (normally after I have consumed too much cooked food - like after a vacation). The length of a cleanse varies with most people doing a 7 day. However, some people such as Philip McCluskey ( completely transformed himself with a 100-day juice fast - or "juice feast" as it has been renamed.. Proponents of juice fasting feel that giving the body a break from solid foods can:

  • regulate the colon
  • balance the pH of the body (in essence returning the body to an alkaline state)
  • reduce the cravings for sugar, caffeinne and other stimulants
  • clean the blood, organs, tissues, and cellular structures of the body
  • increase energy levels
  • restore liver functioning by reducing toxic load
  • increase mental clarity and sense of wellbeing
 Juice feasting doesn't mean starvation. Your body will be feed with copious amounts of green and fruit juices. I do know a number of people that have done juice cleansing following the protocols in the book Raw Food Cleanse with good success. For anyone starting a juice cleanse, try to find a good time to start. Choose a time where you will be at home, not too busy, no temptations, and no horrific strenuous tasks. Depending on how long your juice feast is, give yourself time to adjust before swinging back into your busy life. Take it easy and really try to enjoy the feeling of letting your digestive system have a little break from all the work it does. Let your brain be free of the need to think and worry about food. Encourage yourself to concentrate on the healing powers of the juice.

 Below are a few recipes you will normally see with a juice feast. Good luck with your endeavor!!

Vegetable Super Juice
1 whole cucumber
1 sticks of celery
 2-4 handfuls of spinach
 8 lettuce leaves
Optional boosters: parsley and fresh alfalfa sprouts

Healing Juice
3-4 Carrots
2 Handfuls Fresh Spinach
Handful of Flat Leaf Parsley
2-3 Sticks of Celery

Blood Builder (Iron-enriched)
2 bunches Grapes
6 Oranges
8 Lemons peeled
1/4 cup Honey

Ginger/Lemon Cleanse
1-inch slice Fresh Ginger Root
1 Fresh Lemon
6 Carrots with tops

Stomach Cleanser
1 bunch Grapes
1 basket Strawberries
3 Apples
4 sprigs Fresh Mint

Constipation Cure
1 firm Papaya
1/4-inch slice Ginger Root
1 Pear

Skin Cleanse
1 Cucumber with skin
1/2 bunch Fresh Parsley
1 4-oz. tub Alfalfa Sprouts
4 Sprigs Fresh Mint