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Q: Am I going to get enough nutrients on a Juice Feast?
A: Juice Feasting involves drinking the juice of 12-20 pounds of fruit and vegetables every day, in addition to using Vitamineral Green, spirulina/chlorella, bee pollen granules, and 1-2 Tablespoons of high-Omega-3 content oils. For most of us, no matter what our dietary history before a Juice Feast, this is more nutrition – and more bioavailable nutrition – than we may have ever received in our lifetimes, save our months/years of breastfeeding.
Q: Where do I get my protein? My doctor says there is no/not enough protein in produce.
A: Protein is made from amino acids as building blocks, and amino acids are in everything. Our best protein sources on the Juice Feast are: the 2lbs of leafy greens which are approximately 30 percent protein; Blue-Green Algaes such as Chlorella, E3Live AFA, and Spirulina (65% protein); Green Superfood Powder Concentrates such as Vitamineral Green and Pure Synergy; and bee pollen. The World Health Organization estimates that we need around 35 grams of protein each day, and we meet or exceed these protein requirements on a Juice Feast. In fact, I (David) have done weight training and muscle building while Juice Feasting, which would have been impossible with any lack of protein. John Rose, my mentor, has done this for years during long Juice Feasts. See Day 29 of the Juice Feasting Program for more on weight training during the Feast. Finally, It is commonly known among the world of Plant-Based eaters that if you are consuming enough calories in a day, it is impossible to be protein deficient. For more on Protein, see the very informative Day 28: Proteins for a definitive file and answer to this question.
Q: What about B-12? I hear that you cannot get enough B-12 on a plant-based diet? How can I get B-12 on the Juice Feast and beyond?
A: This is such a great question. Dr. Gabriel Cousens of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, and Brian Clement of Hippocrates Institute in Florida have been researching this issue for decades. Both are in agreement that everyone should be supplementing their diet with B-12, no matter what their diet has been, or is now. I have spoken personally with both Dr. Cousens and Brian Clement about this issue. Dr. Cousens has written an excellent article on B-12 which you can find on Day 17: Bee Pollen and B-Vitamins. Brian Clement has told me that he has data showing that persons who eat a meat-based diet have more B-12 deficiencies than persons eating a plant-based diet. This is significant new information, as the conventional wisdom has been that meat-eaters have more B-12 in their system from eating meat. According to Brian Clement, his data shows otherwise. Those of us in the world of plant-based nutrition are waiting with B-12 baited blood for that data to be made public.
Sources of B-12 are sea vegetables and blue-green algaes, but we probably cannot access B-12 in sufficient quantities from these sources. Supplementation is easy. You can take a supplement sublingually (under the tongue) or get B-12 injections once a month (ouch). We prefer the sublingual route. For that, you can get liquid, living B-12 from the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center or Hippocrates Health Institute, or you can buy a sublingual B-12 from Source Natuals called Advanced B-12 Complex. We advise every Juice Feaster to take one of the above B-12 supplements each day of the Feast, and for the rest of their life. When you read the B-12 file on the Program, you will not want to be without it again. Thank you for listening to this important aspect of our Q&A.
Q: Will I suffer any oxygen deprivation from Juice Feasting?
A: One of our greatest sources of oxygen is the living water that we drink, and there is nothing more hydrating than the living structured water we find in plants. Moreover, our blood tends to be a poor carrier of oxygen when it is burdened by yeast overgrowth, heavy metals, and other forms of toxicity. Finally, many of us are somewhat deficient in Iron, particularly women. Drinking 2 lbs of greens each day, in addition to the spirulina/chlorella, and boosting our assimilation of iron by removing uneliminated waste matter from the intestinal wall all serve to boost the oxygen-carrying capacity of our blood during a Juice Feast.
Q: I am taking a multi-vitamin. Should I continue to take it?
A: Probably not, unless it is food-based, and even if it is, you are consuming 12-15+ lbs of freshly juiced produce each day, which means that a multivitamin has officially become nutritional child’s play at best. Your multivitamin is now the produce, green superfood powder concentrates, blue-green algaes, hemp oil, and bee pollen.
Q: Don’t I need fiber? 30-92 Days sounds like a long time to be without fiber. Can’t I just drink green smoothies instead?
A: Great question!
Allright, fiber is an essential nutrient, so why would we want to take it out in the Juice Feasting program? And then why have I (David Rainoshek) put something in that looks like a bulking agent? Why not just drink Green Smoothies and go that route? Here is the answer:
Normaly, fiber is great for moving things through the intestinal tract and colon and an appropriate pace, but when the body must separate out juice from fiber, there is an energy expenditure there that is significant. One of our main aims in the Juice Feast is to reduce this burden as much as possible – give the body a vacation from solid food – so that the saved energy can be transferred to cleansing processes.
The reason that fasting works is that you are giving your body physiological rest from digesting food. This rest allows the body to go about the process of “housecleaning” with the energy saved from the usual act of digestion. Juice Feasting works with the same principle. When you remove the fiber from your produce and drink plant juices, you give the body physiological rest. This principle is also known as “Physiological Compensation.” My colleague John Rose writes about Herbert Shelton’s explanation of this principle:
Physiological Compensation – “Energy saved in one department may be expended in another.” When we give our bodies a “solid food vacation” by only drinking freshly made fruit and vegetable juices, the energy that would have been used to convert the solid food into liquid is then redirected or re-channeled to the elimination cycle. Even though no solid food is going in, there will be massive amounts of uneliminated waste matter coming out of our intestines. Once our colon, which is our major channel of elimination, begins to free itself from its toxic load, then every cell in our bodies will start dumping out its accumulated waste matter into our system to be eliminated.
Also, you will be using some bulking agents during the Feast, such as Intestinal Drawing Formula and the Green Superfood Powder Concentrates such as Vitamineral Green or Pure Synergy.
Next, why are we then putting in Intestinal Movement Formula (IMF) and Intestinal Drawing Formula as an apparent bulking agent to replace the fiber?
We are not replacing any fiber or compensating for its lack, and this is important. By drinking juices, we have purposefully placed the body in a physiology of cleansing at a level that you cannot achieve by drinking smoothies, and this is critically important for healing years-long health challenges and eliminating deep cellular toxicity. Once this process has started, we need to support the organs of elimination and make sure that toxins released are not re-introduced into the body via the permeable membrane of the intestinal tract or colon. In the interest of doing this, we have included IMF to encourage bowel movements commensurate with the level of toxins being released and to encourage old uneliminated waste matter in the intestinal tract and colon to separate from the walls and move out. In tandem, we have included Intestinal Drawing Formula to hold onto any released toxins so that they are not reassimilated. This release of toxins could not be achieved on smoothies as you will not enter a significant cleansing state while taking solid food. Finally, the IMF and IDF included in the Juice Feasting Protocol do not arrest the cleansing process, but actually enhance and support it.
So, to reiterate, Juice Feasting places your body in a significant cleansing physiology not achieveable by the eating of solid food including Green Smoothies, and that cleansing must be supported to reduce or eliminate cleansing reactions and healing crises, hence the use of IMF and IDF. Green Smoothie Feasting is creative, and if you are not needing or looking for the level of cleansing that Juice Feasting allows, please by all means drink loads of Green Smoothies. They are one of my favorite things in all the world – Katrina and I drink a quart of deep Green Smoothie every morning for breakfast, and sometimes for dinner. Leafy greens should be at the center of your Plant-Based cuisine.
Thank you for such an excellent question, and I hope this clears up this question and leaves you with the information you need to take your health to the next level.
Q: What happens to my metabolism during the Juice Feast and Post-Feast? What kind of cuisine will be appropriate for me after the Juice Feast?
A: Great question! This answer is provided by one of our Juice Feasting Consultants, Matt Monarch:
The less your body has to work on digesting food, the lower your metabolism goes and the more efficient your body becomes. When you are only drinking juices your body doesn’t need to work as hard during digestion and this is why the metabolism decreases. Think of the metabolism as an engine of a car. The more you rev the pedal the more energy is exerted and the faster the car goes. The less solid food you eat, the less you have to “rev the engine of your body” to digest it. For a car engine and the body, the more you rev the engine during its lifetime, the earlier it is going to burnout and die.
The more you leave out of your diet, the less energy is exerted in digesting food and the lower your metabolism becomes. The further you go down this step ladder, the more your metabolism decreases:
Whole Food Vegan
100% Raw Food Eater – Unbalanced (eating all day long)
100% Raw Food Eater – Balanced (consistent)
Blended Raw Food Diet
Juice Feasting IS a GREAT thing. You expel masses of waste on a cellular level during this process. Since you have less obstruction on a cellular level, your body becomes a more efficient biological machine, absorbability increases, and you need less food to maintain even higher energy levels. Isn’t this what we want??? The metabolism doesn’t need to work as hard and therefore you are going to live longer (you are not revving that car engine so much, shortening its life).
Physically, it can be very easy to maintain your weight after a Juice Feast. Your body DEMANDS the food that will keep you well after the feast. It can’t handle those older processed foods anymore and it is far more likely that someone will make better solid food choices, after Juice Feasting.
The issue lies where some people emotionally can’t keep up with their physical body and they can’t handle eating less food responsibly. If the “100% Raw Food Eater – Unbalanced” goes on a 92 day Juice Feast, they would do well to aspire to become a “100% Raw Food Eater – Balanced”, or there is a possibility that they may gain weight. The majority of raw food eaters are not balanced on their diet and they eat all day long, overlapping meals before they are digested, which creates excessive fermentation. After a juice feast, some people continue to indulge all day long on dried fruits, bananas, avocados, nuts and seeds. This may result in weight gain. I have seen it happen. Their body just doesn’t need all that food.
In my opinion, Juice Feasting is far superior and safer than water fasting. Your metabolism won’t slow down as much as if you did a water fast, because water fasting is further down the step ladder. The poisons released on a cellular level during a fast are HIGHLY ACIDIC and create free radicals. The alkaline juices help neutralize these acidic poisons, preventing free radical damage.
People are able to take care of their daily responsibilities on a Juice Feast because they have less energy spent on digesting their foods and have masses of energy. Additionally, the toxins are what slows someone down during a fast and the juices help alkalinize the system, making those toxins less harsh on the body while providing all the nourishment needed by the body. Additionally, cleansing the colon on a periodic basis is highly recommended on a Juice Feast. If people are pulling the toxins out with enemas, they have even MORE energy; those toxins won’t be slowing them down.
Your body will become a more biologically efficient machine if you do a Juice Feast. Your metabolism will become MORE EFFICIENT, which is a GREAT thing. Try to prepare yourself when you come out the other end.
Q: Can my child with [insert health challenge here] do a Juice Feast?
A: Children should not do a cleansing programme like a Juice Feast, unless under a Medical Doctor’s supervision. Children are still growing, and cleansing such as in a Juice Feast is too strong for a growing child. That being said, we have loads of parents out there experiencing the healing of their children by removing the top offending foods (meat, dairy, wheat, processed sugar, and soy) from their diet and implementing a plant-based diet. If this is a new idea to you, cool. Go check out www.rawfamily.com and read about the Boutenkos. That will give you a nice introduction into the real potential here for our children.
Also, children love juice, and believe it or not, Green Vegetable Juice. If your child is having health challenges, you can more gently CLEANSE-REBUILD-REHYDRATE-ALKALIZE by getting in more fresh green juices and smoothies, which children love. Kids love chlorella and spirulina too, and goji berries, etc. etc.
Q: Is there an upper age limit for Juice Feasting?
A: John Rose, our Juice Feasting mentor, colleague, and friend has Feasted people in their 90s. I (David Rainoshek) am writing about Juice Feasting as a means for lessening the health challenges of our later years. Juices are the most bioavailable form of nutrient-dense nutrition that a grown person can access. We have assimilation problems as we age, and deficiencies, and we get dehyrated, and toxic… all taken care of by Juice Feasting. You get the picture. As with any healing programme, consult a health professional for personal, individualized guidance.
Q: Can I drink tea on the Feast? What kinds?
A: Hot tea can be a delight on a Juice Feast, a boost to your immune system, can help you access the specific healing/balancing/tonifying properties of herbs, and offers you a taste change from the juices you will have consistently throughout the Program. When doing teas, stick to non-caffeinated herbal teas. Black teas will wear on your kidneys and adrenals, and imbalance your blood sugar. Our favorite teas on a Feast are ginger and lemon, peppermint, licorice, Roobios (red tea), and Good Earth Original. Ron Teegarden also has some wonderful teas at www.dragonherbs.com.
Q: Can I drink Kombucha Tea on a Juice Feast?
A: Kombucha Tea is an excellent transitional element in shifting into a cuisine of living foods. It is loaded with probiotics, and many people achieve some benefits in their health as they shift. That being said, Kombucha is made with processed sugar and black tea, and has a caffeine content to it that is not desireable on a cleansing programme. Please hold off on the Kombucha until you are completely broken out of the Juice Feast, and then drink in moderation – a few ounces a day max.
Pharmaceuticals and Over the Counter Medications
Q: Can I Juice Feast while taking my pharmaceuticals? Can I get off my medications?
A: This one requires prudence, and we suggest medical guidance. We understand that half of all Americans are on pharmaceuticals, and the rest of the westernized world is not far behind. We can also say that from our education and experience in Juice Feasting and Live Food Nutrition, most, if not all, of the pharmaceuticals prescribed merely palliate and address symptoms instead of removing underlying causes. Many, many Juice Feasting students and adherants of Plant-Based Live Foods have left their pharmaceuticals behind for good. One of your coaches, David Rainoshek, M.A. did:
That being said, there are tens of thousands of pharmaceuticals out there, and we cannot advise you, our many wonderful students, on each and every one, and whether it is safe or not to Juice Feast while taking them. We are not medical doctors. Please, please, please consult your physician or health professional about your pharmaceuticals and Juice Feasting before embarking on this Program. Log in to our website, and go to Day 64 for a list of excellent health centers that understand Juice Feasting, cleansing, and Live Food Nutrition and can adequately guide you on this important question.
Q: Hi there! I’ve inspired my neighbour to cleanse but his inquiry was whether he’d be able to smoke marijuana during the cleanse?!!? I’m curious as to what peoples’ views are on this one. Thanks.
A: You can let your neighbour know that marijuana is usually craved by people who are over-acid due to the fact that smoking it creates an alkaline state in the body. If he is quite emotinally attatched to smoking it, you can let him know that he can start by adding in lots and lots of greens into his diet, then when he feels balanced enough to let it go, he can start Juice Feasting!
Here is what David Wolfe says in Sunfood Diet Success System about marijuana;
The alkaloids in the marijuana smoke neutralize the acid condition, relax the body, and tune into a resonant consciousness. But smoking marijuana actually perpetuates the same biochemistry that created the desire for alkalinity. Because smoking marijuana interferes with the ability of the blood to carry sugar. The more one smokes, the more sugar the body desires. Also, the higher one gets the more acid-forming foods the body asks for to come down. This cycle can be broken by eating significantly more green-leafy vegetables and wild herbs which alkalize the body, loosen the tissues, and open the mind.
There you have it, smoking weed is not the best cycle to be in and can be left behind with a proper understanding of how it all works! We definitely do not encourage the use of marijuana at any time, but in particular cleansing and smoke are not a good mix!
Q: How long should I Juice Feast? I see lots of programs for 7, 14, or 21 day fasts and cleanses. Why so long? And how do I know when I am finished with the Feast and should break it?
A: Excellent questions. First, it is important to recognize that the health challenges that you are transforming have probably taken years to develop. Hering’s Law of Cure states that we heal in the reverse order in which we took on our challenges. That means that the older the challenge, the longer you will need to Juice Feast in order to experience significant or complete healing. On balance, we go back in time 120 days for every day we Juice Feast for programs over 30 days, so you can get some idea by determining how long you have had your challenge.
There are a lot of 7-21 day programs out there, and anyone who tells you that you can completely push the reset button on your physiology in 21 days probably also has a bridge made out of broccoli that they can sell you.
The reason that we have created a 92-Day Program is thanks to John Rose’s discovery of two things:
- Most people need more than 7-21 days to heal their health challenges.
- Most people can heal their health challenges, provided that they place their body in a cleansing physiology long enough with the right food and lifestyle ingredients added in.
- You can accomplish this with time and food and lifestyle ingredients by drinking fresh juices for 60-92 days.
We feel that to give you anything less than this information would be to just suggest half-measures when you are looking to heal yourself as completely as possible. We also feel that just offering half measures is another way of creating false hope and cultivating disdain. We want you to know what you can do on your own in an atmosphere of self-empowerment and abundance informed by the best nutritional and lifestyle choices available.
YOU ARE THE BOSS
That being said, you may not be looking to transform every last health challenge you have, or may find that juicing for even 30 days is enough for you because you already eat the best diet possible (a live plant-based diet). Don’t feel like you need to go for 92 Days just because the Program is that length. You need to assess for yourself how long is appropriate based on your own understanding of Juice Feasting and history with cleansing, your current level of health, how much you weigh, and how long you have had your health challenges.
Let’s look at weight as an indicator of your time need. You will lose about 1/4 lb a day on a Juice Feast – more at the beginning, less per day as you go along. This will be determined based on your age, activity level, and whether you are drinking enough juice. People who drink more juice actually return to a healthy physiology and weight than people who drink less juice than they need. Why? Because your metabolism will slow if you drink less than you require for maintenance. The Feaster drinking all the food they need for the day will experience an increase in their metabolism, and thus return to a healthy weight and physiology more efficiently.
If you are Juicing down to your ideal weight, then here is how to calculate that: Give yourself 100 lbs for the first 5 feet of height. For every inch over 5 feet, you can add 5 lbs. So, a person who is 5 foot 7 inches is looking at a ballpark ideal weight of 135, or 100 lbs for the first 5 feet and 35 lbs (7×5=35) for the seven inches.
Q: I think I really want to do a Juice Feast, but how do I know WHEN I should start Juice Feasting? How will I know I am ready?