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I began my one-day juice fast with a fairly simple recipe: enough oranges, carrots and strawberries to make 30 ounces of raw juice. It was tasty! I’ve done enough experimenting with my juice machine to know that I’m capable of producing some wickedly bad tasting concoctions.
When you get into the evening juices—aka “dinner”—you are advised to tilt the recipes in the way of a wide variety of vegetables, always including the likes of broccoli, beets and/or cabbage. It’s at times like these I will carefully follow the recipes. The times I’ve gone freestyle have not worked out so well.
The one note I’d like to report from my breakfast juice today is that it immediately reminded me how much more satisfying true raw juice is compared to something you get at the grocery store. Perhaps it’s some placebo effect, but I immediately felt a rush of health after sipping up the 30 ounces. It’s just so fantastically different than if I were to down 30 ounces of orange juice from concentrate.
Advocates of short duration juice fasts suggest that the discipline of restricting dietary intake to freshly juiced fruits and vegetables for a specific period of time offers a number of exceptional health benefits, including enhanced fitness, extra energy and loss of excess body fat. Does it work? T.J. Murphy, Editorial Director for Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon, fires up a juicer and gives it a try.