• Juice Fasting – Spring Rejuvenation

    Nothing beats a fresh juice fast for purifying and rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit.  I began annual Spring cleanses back in the late 70’s to give my body a rest from the assaults of modern day life.  They were my way of taking a step back and recalibrate my digestive system, a system that was often challenged by my underlying and undiscovered food allergies.

    I’ve continued the practice throughout the years and I am so happy that I have.  Since the 70’s a plethora of books have been written and published on the topic but I keep coming back to a little paperback that I bought for $3.95, How to Keep Slim, Healthy & Young with Juice fasting (sadly it’s out of print).  So today I’m happy to report that I am on day 9 of my juice fast, Paavo Airola style and feeling great!   I’m going to keep going for one more day, in total 10 days and then begin breaking my fast which is a four day gradual process.  I’ve been juicing daily at work and using my little juicer that I bought in 1979, best darn juicer I’ve ever owned!  

    Back in the day when I was a flight attendant, I used to take my Harvest Gold juicer with me all over the world and juice in my hotel room!  Before refrigerators were placed in hotel rooms, I’d pack a plastic garbage bag in my luggage and load it up with fruit and veggies from the local open market / farmers market.  I’d then take the bag, place it in my sink, cover it with ice to keep it cool, juice, and fast to my heart’s content.  Here’s a photo of my mighty little machine, twenty-twenty hindsight, I wish I had bought more than one!

    Do you have a favorite juicer?


    Juice fasting works for me but check-in first with your physician or other health-care provider before embarking on any type of fast or cleanse.

3 Responsesso far.

  1. Jennifer says:

    One day I hope I can juice fast like you Denise! In the meantime, love the retro book! Please keep us updated on your juice cleanse!

    • Kouichi says:

      Here are some great jucies:Cabbage JuiceCabbage juice is known for its abtiily to heal peptic ulcers. It’s is full of vitamin K, C, fiber, manganese, B6, Folic Acid, Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, phyto-nutrients anti-oxidants. very low in calories. Cabbage is so good for you. Recent studies show that people who eat most cabbage have a significantly lower risk of colon, lung, ****** prostate cancer. Even compared to other people that eat lots of veggies. Red cabbage has even more nutrients protects against Alzheimer’s disease (Food Science Technology). Juicing cabbage is a superb way to get the best out of your cabbage. Cabbage provides anti-carcinogenic glucosinolates (anti cancer fighters). When you cook cabbage, you kill the special myrosinase enzyme that makes the cabbage so healing, thus making cabbage less effective as anti cancer food. Drinking it straight might be a little too much in the beginning. Then, simply mix it with carrot juice. Start with juicing carrots. Every day add some cabbage leafs until you’re used to the taste (The taste isn’t that strong). You may also try other cruciferous family members of cabbage such as kale, broccoli, collard greens. ===================Carrot JuiceHere’s my favorite carrot juice recipe. I make this juice almost every morning. Very quick easy:1 lbs large carrots (washed peeled)1/2 lemon (peeled)few green leafs such as red lettuce or carrot greens1 applePut all ingredients in your juicer. (A centrifuge juicer is easiest for carrots.) Mix. Drink immediately. I peel the carrot for taste (otherwise it tastes too earthy). I find this recipe sweet enough, but if you’re a beginner juicer or have a sweet tooth, add an apple for extra sweetness. The health benefits of carrot juice? It provides Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin E many minerals (including calcium). Great for pregnant nursing mothers, eyesight, bones teeth, liver nails, skin hair as well as helping in ****** skin cancer prevention. ======================Jicama Carrot ParsleyGood juice for jicama lovers.1/2 of a jicama7 carrotshandful of parsleySlice the jicama into strips. Wash the carrots cut into pieces. Process all the vegetables in the juicer.=================Tomato JuiceAre you looking for the best of all tomato juice recipes! This one is! You can juice the tomatos in a juicer but if you have a high speed blender such as a VItamix or Blendec Blender you like more body to your juice, you might like to use the blender in stead. Here’s the recipe for your own V8 juice: quick, easy yummy!3 cups chopped tomatoes1 stalk celery1 cucumber3 drops stevia (optional)1/2 teaspoon himalaya sea saltPeppercayenne pepperJuice the tomatoes, celery, cucumber in your juicer. Add drops stevia if you like a sweeter taste, salt, pepper cayenne pepper to taste. If you like you can also add a 1/4 onion, fresh oregano basil red bell pepper.Mmmmm so good! ==================Spinach JuiceThis juice recipe is perfect for starters of veggie juicing. It’s soft sweet. Very tasty. Not bitter or strong at all.1 bunch spinach2 apples1/2 lemon, peeled (optional)Put all ingredients in your juicer. A twin gear juicer such as the Green Star Juicer is best for extracting greens. Mix well enjoy. You don’t have to add the lemon, it’s good enough without it. But I just love lemon, so I always add a little. ============================Wheat Grass Juice w OrangeJamba Juice has a great wheat grass juice recipe: They serve their wheat grass with a slice of orange. I really like that idea. It makes the wheat grass a little fancier. in case you don’t like the taste of wheat grass after finishing your juice, you can take a bite of the orange! Wheat grass is so good for you! It has most of the vitamins minerals needed for human health. It is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes. It has up to 70% chlorophyll (which builds the blood). It’s an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc. it’s one of the best alkaline foods. Read more about the amazing qualities of wheatgrass.=======================Golden GoddessFresh apples, jicama, beets and carrots will leave you feeling divine. 1 Golden Delicious Apple washed, seeded and quartered4 carrots washed1/2 jicama peeled and cut in slices to fit in juice hopper1/2 red beet washed1 inch fresh ginger root1/2 small lemon peeled Wash all vegetables. If vegetables are not organic be sure to peel. In juicer place apple slices one at a time, carrots one at a time. Add jicama, beet, ginger root and lemon. Juice all ingredients and pour into glass and enjoy.

  2. Rashi says:

    A food processor would atclauly work as well as a juicer and there are some very inexpensive, though small, processors out there. Anyway, working w/a blender, for your veggies: beets, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach are my first choices and all will do well in your blender. Avoid celery and any stringy, super tough veggies as they don’t pulp well. For fruits: pineapple, pears, apples, oranges, banana’s, peaches, strawberries, lemons, limes. Peel everything then cut your veggies/fruits throw in the blender, add ice and put some liquid in the blender before you pulp your fruits/veggies, and while you’re learning just blend a bit, stop, move the food around, pulp again. Add liquid if needed. Now you won’t extract as much juice this way, the end result will be thick. Add lots of ice and you’ll have to add either water or some other liquid to have a juice consistency.Enjoy.