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Juice Fast Overdrive: The Plan

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Over the course of this month, I will put several of Dr. Sandra Cabot’s juice fasting programs to the test. The first one, she writes, is the simplest to do, the one-day juice fast.

Written by: T.J. Murphy

Illustration by Hunter King.
Illustration by Hunter King.

Dr. Cabot’s basic approach to a day of fasting is to use a juicer to prepare three recipes spread throughout the day, each consisting of approximately 30 ounces of juice. Depending on the length of the fast she advises readers on the selection of juice combinations.

Per Dr. Cabot’s description, the following is a menu of choices when it comes to basic juice fasts:

One-day energy fast—“helps control your desire for unhealthy foods while allowing your body to rest some of its systems”

Two-day detox fast—“My personal favorite,” writes Dr. Cabot. “..For 48 hours your body has a break from ‘normal’ activities such as digesting food and storing all manner of nasty toxins.”

Three-day rejuvenation fast—“will in and of itself give new vigor to your body.”

And the biggie, the seven-day deep-cleanse fast—“Seven consecutive days of drinking nothing but raw fruit and vegetable juices (and water) provides the full spectrum of juice-fasting benefits. Your body has ample time to detoxify. A full 168 consecutive hours are dedicated to replacing and repairing damaged tissue.”

One of the things an endurance athlete is immediately concerned with when deciding to perform a juice fast is energy. Do you have to stop training? For my first juice fast experiment this month, I’m going to try the one-day energy fast, performing it on an easy day of training, early next week.