Recharge your batteries and start your day with fresh energy - that's the promise of a juice cure. Sounds great so far, doesn't it? How you can prepare yourself for this time as well as possible and what tips you can use to fight your hunger pangs during the fasting period, you will learn in this blog article.
#1 Write down goals
During the regimen, there's a good chance you'll find yourself questioning why you're doing the whole thing in the first place. That's why it's a good idea to write down your goals before you even start the regimen. Do you want to gain a new body feeling? Or change your eating habits? Should fasting be a time of reflection for you? Write down your goals on a piece of paper and hang it in a clearly visible place. This could be on the bathroom mirror at home or the bulletin board at work.
#2 Consciously deal with hunger pangs
Let's face it - not eating solid food can make you feel hungry. We don't want to deny that either - but with a juice diet, that hunger pang is already significantly less than with other fasting diets. After all, the juices provide you with a few calories and fructose. But if you do get hungry, have a water bottle or teapot ready. Broth is also a great alternative and will replenish your enzyme levels. In everyday life, hunger is often confused with thirst, as the feeling of hunger is mediated by many mechanisms. Among other things, through receptors in the stomach. If this is filled, the said receptors register the stretching and a feeling of satiety sets in. That's why it makes sense to fight the feeling of hunger with liquid.
#3 Clean out the fridge
Out of sight, out of mind - out of sight, out of mind. If there's nothing in your fridge, you'll be less tempted to want to eat. Of course, that doesn't mean you should throw away any food you still have at home. However, try to remove as many foods as possible from your kitchen cupboards and fridge that have a particularly strong attraction during the fast. Maybe you can stash your stash of sweets at your best friend's house.
#4 Do the juice cure together with someone
Fasting is much easier if you do the juice diet with a friend. If all you can think about is food, she/he will probably feel the same way and you can swap ideas. And who knows, maybe your health journey won't end after the cure, but you'll start a healthier lifestyle together and continue to support each other?
#5 Prepare physically
As mundane as it may sound, physical preparation is lost on most people. You start straight off with a fast, which means your body has to go through a big adjustment. It is more gentle if you provide yourself with a balanced supply of liquids, vegetables and raw vegetables 1-2 days beforehand, in order to optimally adjust your body to the liquid diet. But not only physically, but also mentally the preparation makes a difference. If you know what's coming up and how you can act, for example, when cravings overtake you, it will be easier for you. So you're already on the right track with this blog article!
#6 Choose calm days
If this is your first juice cleanse, it's best to choose quiet days for this time. Holidays or the weekend are great for this. Experienced juice fasters already know their bodies better and can better assess their energy levels. However, as a general rule, avoid stressful periods and strenuous activities, as your energy levels will be down overall due to calorie reduction and liquid food. Your physical performance is affected and you should give your body the rest it needs during this transition if possible.
#7 Take it slow
Try to avoid heavy physical work and hard exercise during the juice diet. Instead, use these days to live more consciously and listen to your body. Are you really hungry or just hungry? How often would you have reached for a snack now? Of course, you don't have to give up exercise completely; in fact, light exercise is very beneficial. Go for a walk and move slowly in the fresh air. Yoga is also an excellent sport during the juice cure.
#8 Dilute juices
As delicious as fresh and cold-pressed juices are, they can get a little too monotonous for some people in the long run, especially over several days. A great tip for this is to simply dilute your juices. Make a grenade-like spritzer out of your pomegranate juice or simply convert your ginger shot into a ginger tea. It's an easy way to get some variety in during your fast, while still taking in extra fluids. If that's not the epitome of "killing two birds with one stone"....
#9 Drink vegetable broth
With our juices, you're getting a lot of vitamins and micronutrients from freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables. However, your body is lacking electrolytes. To balance your electrolyte levels, vegetable or chicken broth is a good choice. Ideally in organic quality and with little iodine and no or hardly any sugar. By the way, this also helps if you should ever feel weaker.
#10 Don't be too hard on yourself
Last but not least, it's important to realize that you're doing this voluntarily to treat your body, and therefore yourself, to something good. If the cravings hit you too hard, it's okay to reach for an emergency snack. For this, we recommend a banana, vegetable broth, nuts or avocado. But it's also no drama to stop the regimen if you're not feeling well with the juice fast. So don't be too hard on yourself and listen to your body. The great thing about a LiveFresh juice cure is that the delicious juices still taste great even after a cure.