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    My husband watched a movie called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and is inspired to do a raw fruit/vegetable juice fast. A woman in the movie stopped getting migraine headaches after doing this, so he suggested we do it together, which makes sense.

    We ordered the type of juicer they use in the movie and it will be here in a few days, so now I have to do some research.

    Has anyone done this?

    Does anyone have juice recipes?
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    I thought about doing a juice fast after reading people's testimonials, and bought a juicer for the purpose, but then I read a lot of medical articles on juice fasting and in general, it isn't actually that good for you and is easily botched up. I was also on an intense exercise regimen at that point and making lots of progress, so I was worried about my protein intake at the time.

    I would definitely consider doing one in the future - I think the health benefits are overrated, but the psychological benefits could be good.

    To make it healthier, I've heard:

    - avoid sugary fruit juices (apple, tropical fruits) and stick largely to vegetable juice, and small sips during the day is better than chugging a large glass - you don't want large blood sugar spikes, which aren't good for you (diabetes etc.)

    - mix psyllium husks or other fibre into the juice so you can still poop

    - be careful when exercising - you might not be able to do as much as you could before

    - don't go for longer than a week, even a week is kind of pushing it, unless you consult a nutritionist about whether you have the right balance of nutrients

    - (you probably weren't planning to but) don't put your kids on it, although giving them vegetable juice in addition to their regular meals can be beneficial

    This is a good link, with lots of advice and recipes.

    I really like juicing spinach (mild taste but lots of nutrients), and broccoli stems (which I would've otherwise thrown out). Bok choi was horrible - very distinctive flavour. Ginger is good for hiding unpleasant flavours, as are apple and carrot. My parents were really into juicing potatoes, but I thought it tasted weird.
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    This is probably not quite on topic but one time I did an apple juice fast in highschool to get rid of acne where I ate only apples pureed in the blender for like 2 days, then drank a mixture of olive oil and grapefruit juice and lay in bed for a night feeling sick as hell, then did an enema on myself to pass the "stones". My parents were really mad at me when they found out what I was doing.

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    I can't imagine doing this is healthy for you considering that the whole purpose of stomach acids is to break food down and since juice is already broken down, it may not have any solid items to work on, hence irritating your stomach lining. It would be the equivalent of a person who hasn't eaten in a while. Increased stomach acid disrupts your digestive system, causing diarrhea, which tends to wash away healthy bacterial flora that exists in our intestinal tract.

    Don't sulk your stomach acid in juices. OK!

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    My stepfather doesn't juice, per se, but he regularly throws fruits, veggies, flax seed, and some healthy green powder into a blender and chugs it. (As my little brother says, it looks like ogre spit.) He's especially fond of putting spinach in there. If you use something like flax, though, make sure to rinse the blender thoroughly; it's a pain to get off if allowed to dry on.
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    Fruits are acidic. Vegetables are alkaline. So if the juice is more vegetable and fruit, it isn't acidic.

    I will make juice for the kids but they can just have juice as part of what they eat. They'll eat basically what they eat with some juice on the side if I can find some they like.

    And if we start feeling bad during the fast, we'll just add some solid food to it and do a partial clense. Tons of people do this though and seem to feel good, and I've known a lot of people personally who have done it and felt good. I'm not too worried.
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    I've lived off nothing but two beers a day to break the first hunger pangs around lunch, and before bed so my sleep isn't disturbed. I'm sure you could live off juice. People who freak out about nutrients underestimate the human body and are trying to think too hard about something that doesn't need thinking about.

    All you need to know about nutrition, and this is not medical advice, is that you just need to be maintaining your body's economy. Things that get taken out of the body in large quantities are collagen (so keep your vitamin C up), calcium, iron for women (men can survive off plant iron; trust me, I've had blood tests), and possible other minerals. Other vitamins to watch are B12, and D if you're nocturnal or a homebody; not sure about others. I've never had problems with A, E or K.

    In fact, despite my inconsistent eating, the only nutrient deficiency I've ever had is a D deficiency, and the resultant calcium deficiency.

    The beer fasting was for a fortnight. Two years ago when another depression hit me and I couldn't go shopping, I lived for two months on nothing but bread and water and the occasional pizza delivery for two months. The human body doesn't break down in a week, it doesn't break down in a month, and only your metabolism will change if you do the wrong thing for a year...

    The main enemy will always be hunger and not nutrition; unless you're exercising at which point macro nutrients become important, like supporting the muscle damage with adequate protein and keeping carb intake up to sustain the energy expenditure.
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    I got a juicer for Christmas & mainly juice vegetables. It's a good way to get a large amount of nutrients without getting full from all the fibre. My fave is carrot juice, because it's sweet the only ingredient is carrots although you an add ginger and an oranges beause they combine well. Keep in mind you need quite a lot of vegetables for the juice it makes... so It's best to buy a lot of watery vegetables or add half a cup of water, because pure can be quite concentrated.

    Here's what I like..

    Red bell pepper juice.
    1 large slice of watermelon + 2 red peppers (very rich in lycopene, vitamin C.)

    Carrot juice.
    7 carrots + a nib of ginger + 1 orange. (carrot juice is good 4 salad dressing.)

    Green
    1 lime + 2 leaves of collard greens + 2 green apples + 5 stalks of cellery.

    1 cucumber + 1 stick of celery + 2 leaves of collard greens+ 1 lime + 1/2 bunch of green grapes.

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