It’s hard to just jump into a 10 day juice fast without any preparation. The first time I tried, I failed, because my body was not used to the drastic change. So take five days before you begin your juice fast and prepare your body.
Cut out white flours, fried food, fast food, sugar/desserts, processed meats, alcohol, and slowly give up on coffee.
Add soups, salads, and smoothies with a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butters (with no added sugar), whole grains, beans and legumes.
Substitute your meat for wild caught fish. And by the end of the 5 days, most of your proteins should come from nuts, legumes, and beans.
Quit all dairy gradually, switch over to nut milks. If you are a cheese lover, switch over to goat cheese.
Do drink lots of water and stay hydrated. You should divide your weight by 2 and drink that in ounces.
Do get at least 8 hours of sleep!
You are more than welcome to get creative and come up with your own recipes throughout these five days. I will however share some of my favorite ones throughout the day with you. I will keep updating this same post, throughout the 5 days, so just keep checking back in!
Day 1. I started off my day with a glass of warm water infused with fresh squeezed lemon juice. It was such a beautiful, bright day outside that I couldn’t resist bringing my yoga mat out on my balcony and doing some light yoga and some Pranayama breathing exercises. Engaging your body in just a few breathing exercises in the morning will wake up your body and give you energy for the day. After my light workout, I had one of my favorite morning juices. It is very hydrating!
What you will need: 1 Green apple, 1 Cucumber, 1/2 inch Ginger 1 Lemon (I juice mine in the peel)
For lunch I made up Avocado Boats. Avocado is probably one of my favorite foods. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
What you will need:
1/4 of a bell pepper
1 handful of diced tomatoes
1 stem of green onion
5 leaves of basil
1 handful of chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Cut the avocado in half, carefully scoop out the avocado, and mash it in a bowl with the other ingredients. Carefully transfer the salad back into the avocado boats and enjoy!
For dinner I had a cold tomato soup with wild caught shrimp. It does have an acquired taste, and if you don’t like the taste of onions, you might have to play around with it. This is my goto soup because it is so light, simple and delicious.
What you will need:
1 cup plain low fat plain Greek yogurt
1 organic ripe tomato, quartered
1/2 shallot peeled
2 stems fresh dill
1 cup wild caught cooked shrimp
Place all ingredients EXCEPT the shrimp into your Vitamix or blender. Blend until smooth. Portion the shrimp into the center of a soup bowl and pour the cold soup over it. Garnish with dill or cilantro. Enjoy!
Throughout the day I consumed a lot of water, and other fruits and veggies. And I did have a couple of squares of 80% dark chocolate. I can’t wait to create more fun and healthy recipes tomorrow!
Today I had about a gallon of water before and during my morning hot yoga class. I probably should have eaten breakfast before, but I woke up late and didn’t have time for anything but water. After all the heat and sweating, all I craved was an ice cold shower and fresh fruit, which inspired my breakfast!
Fruit Pebble Cereal
What you will need :
5 organic strawberries
1 handful organic blueberries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon raw honey
As you would with a cereal, combine it all in a bowl and enjoy the nutritious breakfast!
For lunch I had a delicious Tomato Basil Soup .
For my mid-day snack I created a Zucchimus. Basically it’s a hummus made from zucchini and it’s delicious!
What you will need:
2-3 chopped and peeled Zucchini
1/3 cup tahini sauce
1 can organic chickpeas
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 basil leaves
6 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Slice up all your favorite vegetables, dip and enjoy!
For dinner we went out to Purple Cafe with friends and I had something so delicious that I will try recreating as soon as possible. It was a ball of goat cheese, rolled in crushed hazelnuts, served with warm cranberries, and thin crisps.
I started off my day with a fresh citrus juice!
What you will need: 2 grapefruits, 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 inch ginger
For breakfast I combined almond butter, fruit and a hint of basil to create these delicious and satisfying sandwiches!
For lunch I had a salad from one of my favorite combinations. Beets and goat cheese!
What you will need: 2 medium sized cooked beets, fresh bell peppers, 1/4 of a red onion sliced, warm, slightly roasted walnuts, goat cheese, cilantro to garnish.
Mix and enjoy!
I woke up craving something sweet and since I had plenty of fresh, organic strawberries, I went with a simple strawberry and banana smoothie.
What you will need: 5 Strawberries, 1 banana, half a cup of water, light ice. Blend, enjoy.