Here's the info I send to everyone when they ask about changing their diet with juicing and raw foods/whole foods:
I always start with talking about juicing when wanting to go on a raw foods or whole foods diet. For me, this was a great way to cut my cravings for junk, meat, sweets, fast food, processed food, etc completely. Not sure where I'd be if I hadn't tried a juice fast, but I think with everything I've learned I'd be where I'm at anyway. So that part is completely up to you, but that's most of what this email is about. However, there are some raw food websites below, and the YouTube channels are very valuable. The Raw Till 4 program is a great one to start with. It shows you what to eat on a daily basis and allows for a cooked meal at dinner time until you can get the cravings down. That's kind of what I am following here, but I just try to eat raw whenever possible. It's a LOT of fruit for the most part, with veggies, leafy greens, and raw nuts and seeds and some cooked grains to round it out. Fruit has the most calories, but you'll have to learn that a 1200 restricted calorie diet will not work on a raw foods/whole foods diet. It won't be enough, you won't have energy, and you'll want to quit. This is the best diet ever because you can eat just about as much as you want all day long. It works better if you pair items together correctly (which you can find on the Raw Till 4 program) and if you don't eat fruits after the end of your veggie meals, but you'll get the hang of it. Also, if you have Netflix, those documentaries are incredibly inspiring and informative. Hopefully you get to watch those. Let me know if you have other questions or anything else I can help you with!
Here are a few websites to get you going on juicing/raw foods.
- First and foremost: http://www.juicefeasting.com/
- Reboots (juice fast plans) with Joe Cross: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/rebooting/plans/
- A good amount of info on juicing: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/detoxcleansing/a/juice_fasting.htm
- It does say that certain fruits or veggies with tough skin should be avoided, but if you peel them you'll be able to juice them.
- However, don't juice bananas, mangoes, or avocados. They don't produce juice and you don't want the fiber and pulp while on a juice fast. After the fast, you can make smoothies with those two foods if you'd like.
- Some more good juice fast info: http://www.doctoryourself.com/juicefast.html
- Vegetable juicing and info: http://www.raw-foods-diet-center.com/vegetable-juicing-recipes.html
- Some juicing recipes: http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/30-days-of-juicing/
- Raw food diet info: http://fullyraw.com/
- Raw Till 4 beginner diet: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raw-till-4/109433292560587
- Raw food recipes: www.rawified.blogspot.com, www.therawtarian.com, www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/
- Why to disregard calories: www.gnolls.org/3374/there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-calorie-to-your-body/
- Why you shouldn't eat wheat anymore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbBURnqYVzw
- Go to YouTube and watch videos from liferegenerator, Freelee, and fullyrawkristina.
- Go on Netflix and watch the following: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead; Hungry for Change; Food Matters; and Forks Over Knives.
- Lastly, my blog where you can see what I eat every day: www.whatieatallday.blogspot.com
Basically, you're going to want to add some good plant-based food to your diet a few days before you try this. You'll also want to start on a weekend or when you know you'll be home. Detox can be tough if your body isn't ready for it or if you have a LOT of detoxing to do. Juice just about any fruit or veggie for 5-7 days. However, you'll want to try to focus on veggies even though they don't taste as good, because too much fruit at the beginning will speed up the detoxifying process and increase the unpleasant detox side effects. The best things to juice are dark greens like kale and spinach, so try to add those to every juice you make. But switch back and forth whenever you can to avoid alkaloid buildup. Other greens like celery, cucumber, green apples, bok choy, and romaine are great. Sweeten veggie juice up with apples, carrots, oranges, and lemons. You can definitely make a good fruit juice as well, as all fruits and veggies are beneficial. Juice almost anything as long as you peel/slice it so it fits and will go through your juicer. Onions can even be juiced. Things like ginger, garlic, parsley, and cilantro are often juiced as well. I'd stick to simple ingredients you know you like already. Don't go too complex and juice a bunch of different stuff together at first until you're comfortable with the tastes. I learned that the hard way. But no bananas!
Do not just go buy V-8 or drink those Naked brand drinks. They're processed and not fresh. If you drink FRESH juice, you'll get ALL the nutrients you need without any added salt or non-food ingredients. You can have other liquids on a juice fast, such as vegetable broth and plain tea. I'd definitely encourage you to drink just as much water as juice. And you can drink as much juice as you want. They say 96+ oz or something. Drink it slowly, drink some water, and you'll get through it. If you're thirsty, drink juice and water. If you feel hungry, drink juice and water. Do not ever limit yourself. You need to feel satisfied or you won't keep going. You can juice for work the night before, which is what I did. Store it in a sealed bottle (like a Mason jar) in the fridge to keep it as fresh as you can.
Do not eat if you want to detoxify. Just keep drinking as much juice as you want. Your body will use all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to get rid of all the built-up gunk stuck in your body. It'll absorb all the good stuff and heal your body. If you stick with a diet of juice, fruits, veggies, nuts/seeds, grains etc, you will definitely see a boost in energy, clearer skin, nicer hair and nails, and weight loss.
You'll want to make sure to follow directions when breaking the fast. You will want to start by eating the things you've been juicing at first, raw and in small quantities. After a day you can add nuts and seeds, and after two days you can add some grains if you're ready. By the fourth day you can add meats back if you so choose. After a juice fast, you feel so clean you shouldn't want to eat processed or fast food anymore. You won't have a taste for it or crave it in the least. It sounds crazy, but it happened to me!
If you don't want to do a juice fast right away or at all, just incorporate fresh fruit and veggie juices into your current diet as well as actual whole and raw fruits and veggies. As you do that, you can try to eliminate the processed foods as well.
After my own juice fast, I stuck with fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, and seeds. Lots of greens, LOTS of fruit, lots of raw, fresh, real foods. It's delicious and nutritious. I still cook meals and eat cooked meals almost daily, but they're usually completely made up of what I'd normally eat raw.
A natural plant-based diet can actually cure diseases and prevent illnesses. I really hope it works for you. Always feel free to ask me questions if you have them! I'll be happy to help you on this journey. :o)
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.