Did you know that your body could benefit greatly if you commit to juice fasting just one day a week?
Juice fasting is an easy way to detox and manage your weight. Sure, a long-term fast will likely help you lose weight and feel great, well, faster, but short-term juice fasting allows the body to change (for the better) gradually, and with little to no interference with your schedule or routine.
Steven Prussack and Bo Rinaldi, authors of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Juice Fasting, say once-a-week juice fasting can actually do more good for your health in the long run than if you just did one or two long fasts. You might be fasting for a small amount of time, they say, but the frequency and regularity of your weekly juice fasting has far-reaching healing effects.
Also, says Prussack and Rinaldi, short-term fasting keeps you from getting in over your head with a larger commitment that could be hard to keep. After your first successful 1-day fast, you’ll be more likely to try another and have continued success.
Besides having a much lower commitment level than a long-term fast, juice fasting just one day a week will help you lose weight at a slow, steady pace, which is healthier than rapid weight loss. This is a major benefit because the slower the weight loss, the healthier it is on the body and the more likely you are to keep it off.
“Once your body begins to tune with the rhythm of your eating versus fasting days you’ll detox or “cleanse” more effectively and lose weight more efficiently.”
Once-a-week fasting, also called “single-day juice fasting” or “1-day juice fasting,” can be used anytime you want to give your body a break, rest your digestive system, or when you feel you need rejuvenation. It can be especially useful after the holidays, which can leave you feeling bloated and tired after overindulging on way too much heavy fare.
If you make the commitment to juice fasting once a week, in addition to losing weight, this frequent body detox can help you bring “unprecedented” relief from digestive system disorders and other acute ailments. It can also put the brakes on the urge to overeat throughout the rest of the week.
Your skin will look brighter and more refreshed, you will feel more energetic and less moody, and you will even feel lighter after just one fast.
To get started on your once-a-week juice fast, try the following green smoothie recipe or simply use it as a guide. This green smoothie recipe features one of the world’s healthiest greens - spinach - making for a low acid to alkaline, calcium and fiber-rich green smoothie, and it has off-the-charts healing and detoxifying value. Feel free to tweak the recipe to your tastes, keeping in mind any food allergies or intolerances you might have.
Green Smoothie Ingredients:
- 4 cups of fresh spinach leaves (highly alkaline)
- 2 medium-large bananas (low acid)
- ½ large pineapple (low acid)
- 1 ½ cups of filtered water
Tip: Try alkaline water, also called “ionized” water, which can help your body absorb nutrients more efficiently, neutralize acid in your blood, and enhance your metabolism.
Green Smoothie Directions:
- In a high-speed blender, combine spinach, pineapple, bananas, and water
- Blend until completely smooth
This green smoothie takes just 10 minutes to prepare and it makes 2 servings.
Sample Once-a Week Juice Fast Menu:
Breakfast, Lunch, Snack: 32-ounce fresh juice (three total for the day)
Suggestion: pear, apple, ginger –OR- apple, pear, lemon –OR- apple, carrot, orange
Dinner: Green smoothie
For more awesome vegetable and fruit juice smoothie recipes (and soup), pick up a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Juice Fasting by Steven Prussack and Bo Rinaldi.