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A Safe, Enlightening 3 Day Fast

written by Head Health Nutter June 1, 2008

Last post we discussed whether fasting is healthy. While the debate still rages, for those who are convinced and curious to try it, here’s my method for a safe, 3 day fast.

Based on my Natural Healing Bible (The Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition), two Naturopathic Doc’s have seen my method and agreed it was safe for most relatively healthy people. Of course, before starting any new health program, please consult your MD and/or your ND.

The Prescription for Nutritional Healing recommends we fast at least 3 days a month and follow a 10 day fast twice a year. There are different types of fasts and depending on the length of fast, it accomplishes different things:

3 days helps the body rid itself of toxins and cleanses the blood.
5 days begins the process of healing and rebuilding the immune system.
10 days will help prevent illness and disease by giving the body time to reverse the damage caused by long-term exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxins.

Precautions to take:

  1. Fasting on water alone isn’t recommended. This releases the toxins too quickly and will cause hard-to-manage, highly unpleasant detox symptoms.
  2. Fasting for more than 3 days should only be done “under the supervision of a qualified health professional. If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia, or another chronic health problem, even short fasts should be supervised by a doctor. Pregnant and lactating women should never fast.
  3. Chewing signals to the stomach to digest and so doing so during a fast may lead to additional discomfort, such as heartburn. Chewing (gum or food) is not recommended.
  4. A final word of advice: It took years to wear your body down, and it will take time to build it back up to its peak condition. But believe it can be done. Then, whenever you feel unwell, fast and feel better.

Following a live-juice diet (see below) will tamper the side-effects of detoxing as it removes toxins more slowly than an all-water fast and promotes healing by supplying the body with vitamins, minerals and enzymes. This type of fast is also useful as it is more likely you will become accustomed to the taste of raw vegetables and continue a healthy diet high in vegetables once the fast ends.

The 3 Day Fast

The following Fasting Procedure was designed for those of us with diets laden with stimulants and food addictions. It will prepare your body for the fast so it is less of a shock to your system. For those with fairly clean diets, skip to step #2.


Step #1: Preparing to fast (Week 1 & 2)

Slowly wean yourself off sugar, other stimulants (coffee, cigarettes and alcohol), meats, fish and dairy. I took a calendar and marked every second day or so the food/substance I was cutting out of my diet. By the end of the second week, your diet should be down to simply fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts. If you’re craving some real meals, look online for vegan recipes or here for Live Lighter’s elimination diet recipes. (Update: If you’re craving some sweets, check this list for raw food desserts!)

Step #2: Blended raw food (3 days)

Three days before the fast, blend all your food in a processor. This is vacation preparation for your digestive system as blended food is partially digested already. It eases the digestive workload, slowing it down and prepping it for a lack of food. Try Live Lighter’s recipes for smoothies, blended detox green drinks, delish detox blender recipes, cleansing drink recipes and more detox blender recipes.

Step #3: The fast (3 days)

Drink your meals. “Consume at least ten 8-oz glasses of distilled water each day, plus pure juices and up to 2 cups of herbal teas. Dilute all juices with the water, adding about 1part water to 3 parts juice. Do not drink orange or tomato juice (too acidic), and avoid all juices made with sweeteners or other additives.”

Here are 17 of the most detoxifying drinks to help you with variety but the following are the best juices to have during your fast:

  • Fresh lemon juice : add juice of 1 whole lemon to a cup of warm water.
  • Master Cleanse recipe: in 1 pint of distilled water, mix 2 tbsp. natural maple syrup, juice from 1/4 lemon slice and cayenne pepper (to taste).
  • Pure juices like fresh apple, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery and grape juice (use your juicer if you have one and the time).
  • Green drinks are good, made with leafy green vegetables (like spinach, kale, collards and swiss chard).
  • As a general rule (as per Prescription for Natural Healing ), do not combine fruit and vegetable juices. Apples are the only fruit that should be added to vegetable juices. I have yet to find out why this is important…does anyone know? (Update: Molly answers this in her comment.)
  • Healing Juice: 3 carrots, 3 kale leaves, 2 stalks celery, 2 beets, 1 turnip, ¼ pound spinach, ½ head of cabbage, ¼ bunch of parsley, ¼ of an onion and ½ clove of garlic. If you don’t have a juicer, place vegetables in pure water and boil them, adding no seasonings. Save the vegetables from the broth to eat after the fast.

The Prescription for Natural Healing says to, “Continue your normal daily routine, including moderate and mild exercise. Avoid strenuous activity.”

FASTING TIP : Plan your fast days on the weekend to allow for relative inactivity and low to no stress. Your body needs rest to divert all its energy into healing, plus, it isn’t getting any food energy. This is where fasting becomes dangerous as simply breathing requires a certain amount of calories. To live, the body draws from its storage: fat. If you lack a lot of fat, it’s especially important for you to be aware of your available energy.

Step #4: Blended Raw Food (3 days)

Return to blending raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts for 3 days after your fast. The Prescription for Natural Healing says,

“The desired effects of the fast can be ruined by eating cooked foods immediately afterward. Because both the size of the stomach and the amount of secreted digestive juices may decrease during fasting, the first meals after a fast should be frequent and small.”

Step #5: Reintroduce Food (Week 4 and for as long as you want)

Slowly reintroduce solid foods back into your diet. Start with raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Then add easy-to-digest and hypoallergenic foods like those allowed on the elimination diet. Get tasty elimination diet-friendly recipes here on Live Lighter.

If you think you might have food sensitivities or allergies, this is an ideal time to test these foods out. One at a time, slowly reintroduce wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, sugar and nightshade to your body. Choose one for one day, and during that day consume 2 to 3 servings. Note any reactions. Wait for a day and then on the third day, try another food. Repeat until you’ve tried all the possibly offending foods.

Detox Symptoms

These 5 steps to a safe and enlightening 3 day fast will help you get through your natural down cycles and help heal your body. Expect some discomfort as your body releases toxins. You may experience: fatigue; body odor; dry, scaly skin; skin eruptions; headaches; dizziness; irritability; anxiety; confusion; nausea; coughing; diarrhea; dark urine; dark, foul-smelling stools; body aches; insomnia; sinus and bronchial mucus discharge; and/or visual or hearing problems.

These side effects will pass fairly quickly. Once they do, be prepared to feel GREAT!

Good luck and happy fasting. Come back and let us know your fasting experience.

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Emmanuel Lopez | Motivatorman June 2, 2008 at 11:15 am

Thanks for this Stephanie,

I am looking into doing a 3 day cleanse and your tips were very helpful and encouraging.


Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) June 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Let us know how it goes, Emmanuel!

Dwayne January 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Seems like a lot of work for a three day fast. I could see doing this for a ten, or more, day fast. It just seems like overkill to me.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) January 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

@Dwayne: yes, it does seem like a lot of work for a 3 day fast but fasting can be dangerous, especially for certain individuals. For you and many others, it might be overkill indeed. This formula was designed especially for a SAFE and enlightening 3 day fast.

Molly Pham January 14, 2009 at 12:36 am

I think I may know why not to combine fruit and vegetable juices. I learned from a couple health books recently about food combining for proper digestion. Fruits break down the fastest since they turn to sugar faster. So you should always eat fruit on an empty stomach and alone with no other foods. When combined with other foods, the fruit will begin to have a fermenting effect on your food because it breaks down quickly. Anyway, the books I learned this from are “Total Health Makeover” by Marilu Henner and “The Body Ecology Diet” by Donna Gates. You can also do a search online for food combining and get information.
Thanks for your information on this website. Very helpful!

Geneva January 30, 2011 at 1:33 am

The reason why the apples don’t bother the green juice is because the apples are slightly alkaline.
Most of the greens are alkaline so it is like + like.
Oddly enough the Lemons, however acidic, leave an alkaline trace (ash) when digested.
This is why lemon water is suggested. To begin the day with an alkaline beverage is good for the system. It gets people to drink water and alkalizes the body.
Thanks for all the good info and the encouragement.
Geneva in Los Angeles

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) January 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

Hey Molly! Thanks for sharing your information and your sources. It totally makes sense now. 🙂

Food combining sounds interesting and definitely deserves some more of my attention.

Dwayne February 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I was a little harsh in my above comment. I am glad you took the time make this page as it does have good ideas. I am starting my second 3 day fast tomorrow using ideas from here.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) February 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

It’s cool, Dwayne; the above plan helps reduce the severity of the detox symptoms… just makes it a little easier on your body and mind.

Good luck on your fast and let us know how it goes! 🙂

Rachel February 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I am starting my three day fast today…although I did not get use your preparation advise, at least I know where to go if I am having a hard time with it this time. I have a question though, what were the unpleasant symptoms associated with detoxing to fast? They were mentioned above but I was wondering about specifics.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) February 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Hi Rachel,

Everyone is different and will have their own specific set of detoxing symptoms. Here are a few common ones:

Headaches, dizziness, joint paint, exhaustion, emotional unrest (like irritability) and worsening of pre-existing physical complaints.

It’s great to be aware of your detox symptoms, but don’t focus on them. Try stress management techniques (like deep breathing, stretching, even sleeping) to naturally cope with any uncomfortable symptoms.

Persevering is well-worth it when you get increased vitality, shining eyes, clear skin and an overall improvement in health.

Good luck, Rachel, and please come back and tell us how it was for you!

jr March 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I’m 15 and starting the 3 day water is it good or bad for me cause I’m a teen

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) March 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

Hi Jr.,

First, let me just say that it’s absolutely amazing that you’ve taken an interest in your health at an early age. Kudos to you! 🙂

Second, I’m curious as to why you feel you need to fast? Youthful bodies have amazing regenerative and detoxing abilities.

I didn’t notice my body slowing down until 25, when I had been eating crap for most of my childhood and teens with 5-7 years of heavy smoking and partying.

To answer your question, though:

I don’t recommend a water fast for ANYONE except under medical supervision. It’s dangerous because detoxing requires nutrients to eliminate the junk from your body. If you don’t have the extra nutrients available when detoxing, your body will suck nutrients it is already using, like from your bones!

If you really want to do some internal cleansing, Jr., please consider, “An Easy, Gentle Cleanse for the First-Timer” http://www.livelighter.org/an-easy-gentle-cleanse-for-a-first-timer/. It focuses on how to reduce your exposure to toxins and provides you with some ideas in how to assist your natural detoxification abilities.

dan April 6, 2009 at 4:44 am

What if you take prescription meds,can you take them during the fast? It seems like they would screw up your fast.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) April 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Dan, nutritional fasting is not for everyone. It can be dangerous for certain individuals – for example, those with pre-existing health conditions, pregnant women or underweight people.

Definitely check with your doctor especially if you’re on prescription meds to see whether or not they think it’s wise.

Raquel April 9, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Hello there!
i am thinking about following this cleanse, but i have some questions…
is it best to only have one serving of the special juices( master cleanse, green drinks& healing juice)
and are you able to have unlimited amounts of the pure juice?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) April 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Hi Raquel! Oooo… so glad you’re cleansing, you’ll feel like a million bucks when you’re done. 🙂

Very good questions. What I did was to have 1 warm lemon drink in the morning, and use the more substantial drinks (such as the green drinks and healing juice) as meal replacements.

I enjoyed as much as I wanted of the master cleanse drinks, pure water, diluted pure fruit juices and teas.

Enjoy your fast and please, come back and share your experience with us!

Tara April 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Thank you for posting this fast info! I’m half-way through the third day and feeling great! I sort of want to eat everything, but every HEALTHY thing. Like, I can’t WAIT to eat the veggies from the healing juice. Also, I miss chewing. Each day I’ve chewed some stuff – like pineapple cores one day and jicama the next day – and then spit it out (sorry if that grosses anyone out). And I’m really challenged to drink that much water!! But warm lemon water in the morning is delightful – something I could really get used to. Thanks, again!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) April 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Nice, Tara! One of the best side-effects of a fast is the resetting of your taste buds. I craved veggies, too, and when I did try junk food, it was waaay too salty/sweet/sour/fatty etc.

Thanks for sharing your experience! Especially, since you’ve mentioned chewing…

You seem to be doing really well but you jogged my memory: chewing signals to the stomach to start digesting. If there’s no food to digest, stomach acids may actually cause you discomfort, like heart-burn. I’ll update the post right away!

Thanks, Tara!

Dustin May 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Hello. I am going to do a three day fast soon and my mom told me she wanted to do it with me. Here’s the thing… she takes blood-pressure medication, sleeping pills, and gets headaches when she doesn’t have her coffee in the morning. What are your thoughts for this?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) May 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Hi Dustin,

It’s great you and your Mom want to fast together. It would be a great bonding experience!

But fasting isn’t for everyone, especially those on medication with pre-existing health challenges. Your Mom should definitely consult her doctor before attempting a fast.

Her headaches indicate a caffeine addiction – it might be best that she wean herself off it (when she’s down to one cup a day, switch to decaf).

If she wants to go ahead and detox, a much safer alternative is an easy, gentle cleanse for a first-timer (http://www.livelighter.org/an-easy-gentle-cleanse-for-a-first-timer/).

Good luck to both you and your Mom. We’d love to hear about your experiences so please come back and share with us!

Head Health Nut

regina June 2, 2009 at 6:34 am

sound good. I am being led to do a raw blender drink for health. does anyone know of any detox retreat centers to go in U.S. where it is not outrageously expensive? please any feedback would be helpful.


Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) June 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Hey Gina, i’m not sure about inexpensive US detox centers but I’ve been to one here in Canada. They offer detox meals or juice fasts and it’ll run you about $1000 for two nights. Sounds expensive but it’s not considering what you get.

I highly recommend saving up for this place. Here’s a link to Part 2 of my review of Grail Springs (access Part 1 by clicking the first link in the article): http://www.livelighter.org/grail-springs-holistic-health-resort-%E2%80%93-part-ii/.

You could also take a vaca at home and make it into your very own personalized detox retreat. There’s a ton of green detox blender meal recipes here on Live Lighter as well as detox tips. Actually… that would make a great article!

Thanks for the kickin’ post idea, Gina. Stay tuned for an upcoming post inspired by you: “How to Detox on a Budget.”

Head Health Nut

Hermes July 30, 2009 at 5:53 am

Some of the detox symptoms told here (eadaches; dizziness; irritability; anxiety; confusion; nausea, visual and hearing problems) may be related to brains craving for glucose , instead of the release of toxins. Body cant burn fats fast enough to fill necessary glucose shortage, specially if its your first time fasting and this is a new condition to body. Therefore brain starts sending signals. Thats why pure water fast is more difficult since you are getting sugar when you do juice fast. So if you are doing pure water fast and starting to feel very dizzy (it usually starts at the second day worsen at night and goes back to normal at the third day’s morning because brain functions slow down while sleeping and it receives enough glucose) drink as little as 1/10 glass of fruit juice or if not avaliable just swallow 1/4 of a teaspoon sugar. You will see, even this very small amount of sugar will be enough to make glucose related symptoms go away for the rest of the day.

Thank you for the article

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) July 31, 2009 at 12:39 pm

@Hermes Thanks for enlightening us about the symptoms of a lack of glucose to the brain.

This type of stress to the body is why I recommend different levels of cleansing before embarking on a juice fast. I believe fasting with water only should be performed by those who are already fairly healthy and have limited their exposure to toxins.

And thank you, Hermes, for your suggestions in how to lessen the severity of the symptoms!

Steph Miller
Head Health Nutter

Debbie August 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Hey, I am not sure whether what I am doing right now is right but this is my second day of a 3 day fast. I only drink water and herbal teas, no food. The first day was unbearable, I was soo hungry, but today I only have mild flu-like symptoms and cope well with hunger. But is it ok to have water and herbal tea together as your detox plan?
Thanks, Debbie

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 7, 2009 at 8:42 am

@Debbie Thanks for stopping by Live Lighter and asking your question.

It is definitely ok to drink water and herbal teas on your fast. I suggest you also include watered down fruit and vegetable juices, too, as your body requires nutrients to eliminate toxins. You will find by consuming these nutrients, that your detox symptoms will lessen in severity.

Good luck!

Steph Miller
Head Health Nutter

Christy Jefferson August 11, 2009 at 1:00 am

Hi Steph,

Thanks so much for this site! I was recently led to want to try a fast, and you’re site is the first one I’ve come across in my quest for information. The information and plan you provide here is so helpful and I’m so grateful! I do have a few questions… I’m 29 and very healthy & athletic. I’m a vegetarian and eat about 70% raw on an average day. For this reason, I’m tempted to skip step 1 and shorten step 2 before diving into my first day of fast. Do you think this is unwise? Also, I do 30 – 60 mile mountain bike rides regularly. There is not usually a 3 day period when I don’t do a bike ride. Must I sit out my ride for those 3 days do you think?

Thanks so very much for your help! I’ll keep you posted on my adventure! 🙂


Christy Jefferson August 11, 2009 at 1:34 am

PS… I almost forgot… I don’t have a juicer. Can I just make a juice drink in my blender?


Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 11, 2009 at 8:55 am

@Christy I’m so glad that you’ve found Live Lighter helpful!

Considering your current health condition (it sounds excellent!)diet and lifestyle, I see no reason for you to do step #1.

Step #2 is only 3 days so I suggest you do this one because it simply prepares your system for the lack of food. In this step, you blend all your raw food in a blender (I don’t have a juicer either). Try these recipes: http://livelighter.org/category/cleansing-detoxing/green-detox/

While on the 3 day fast, avoid consuming all solid food, even blended. The idea is to give your digestive system a complete break. But you do need nutrients to help the release of toxins and so that’s why we suggest watered down juice.

As for the exercise, as much as you might not like it – don’t do it! (except for light walking and stretching) 🙂

The reason for this: Your body can exist in only 1 of 2 states: 1) protection or 2) growth, repair and rebuilding. Exercise releases stress hormones and produces free-radicals (the metabolic waste which you’re trying to get rid of on the fast!). Exercise inhibits the release of toxins and self-healing mechanisms of your body.

Think of the fast as a vacation for your body.

The juices I consumed during the fast mainly consisted of the Master Cleanse recipe, watered down Ceres Juice (a pure juice from South Africa) and the roasted veggie juice (see juice recipes above). If you’re looking for a green juice during your fast, I’d just buy a bottle from the store to enjoy. Also try these detox drinks: http://livelighter.org/category/cleansing-detoxing/detox-drinks/

Good luck and please come back and let us know how you did!

Steph Miller
Head Health Nutter

Lisa August 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I am 3/4 of the way through day 3 of my d day fast, and I just found your site today! I tried the Beachbody 2 day fast formula, and felt so good still today, that I continued with just water for the day. My question is, since I hadn’t really researched fasting prior to doing this (needed a fast after a 7 day cruise), I was drinking black coffee and green tea. Will this have an adverse affect? I’m not experiencing any real symptoms, except for hunger pains occasionally through the day.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm

@Lisa Hmm… the Beachbody 2 day fast formula – I’ll have to check that out!

As for your question, green tea should be ok but the caffeine in the coffee (green tea has caffeine, too, but it also has compounds in it that have a calming effect) will stimulate your nervous system which may interfere in your body’s ability to detox released chemicals. BUT, if you’re not experiencing any real symptoms, then you should be good to go. Please come back and let us know how you did. 🙂

Steph Miller
Head Health Nutter

acai? August 17, 2009 at 11:45 am

I am starting a three day fast today. I am using water but also drinking pure acai juice, about ten ounces a day. Should I be mixing other drinks also or is the acai juice enough?

Lisa August 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Thanks for you prompt response. I did surprisingly well. The reason I wanted to do the fast in the first place was to break my “addiction” to feeling the need to eat because it was “time” to eat. And the 3 day fast helped me to accomplish that! I have been eating when I feel hungry, instead of when I should. It has also been easier to eat fruit to satisfy the hunger, instead of reaching for my typical snack, which would have been carbs or fat laden, like pretzels or chips. Great site! Thanks for the great info.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 18, 2009 at 11:13 pm

@acai? Haven’t done much research on acai just yet but this article (http://hubpages.com/hub/Acai-Juice—The-Straight-Facts) says it may be one of the most nutritionally-dense berries on the planet.

However, I’d still mix it up a bit to get a wide range of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Try some of the suggestions you think you might like in the above post and good luck!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 18, 2009 at 11:40 pm

@Lisa Thanks for coming back to let us know how you did on your fast. Yes, different people fast for different reasons and it’s great to hear that you were successful with your goals! Fasting is definitely a ‘fast’ (ha ha) way to break food addictions. 🙂

If anyone is interested in other tips and tricks to curb addictions, check out this post: http://livelighter.org/2008/07/23/the-cure-to-emotional-eating-and-other-addictions/.

Tina August 21, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Hi, I had a question for you. I have only fasted for 24 hours before on straight water. Then I am doing a 3 day water fast now. I will complete it at 1230am tonight. The first day I was just hungry…the second day was a nightmare! I hurt so bad ..dizzy …sick in pain! I almost quit last night but I feel asleep and then awoke at 1230am and felt a bit better then before so I decided to continue! I do feel a bit better today as long as I don’t get up to fast or move to quick. I have alot of the side effects you listed. My question is I am hungry but now I am afraid to eat! I was thinking of eating like chicken noodle soup along with some crackers…or maybe a piece of toast…what about mash potatoes? What should I eat after midnight tonight? I don’t want to get sick after eating and from what I have read it sounds like some do! Please help!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Hi Tina,

Well, as you have read in the post and in the comments, I don’t recommend water fasts because they release the chemicals stored in your body too fast. It is way too much for any body to handle.

With juice fasts, especially the one that I outline above where you spend a month preparing your body for the lack of food, your body is still getting nutrients that bind to those chemicals and help flush them out at a more steady pace. By doing this, you lessen the severity of side effects.

What I would do in your case is have some watered down juice and chicken broth for the first day coming off your fast. Stay away from solid food as it will be another shock to your system.

Then I would follow step #4 as outlined above, sticking to blended foods like protein smoothies and the green blended meals for 3 days. Then I would start to slowly introduce solid foods, like veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds. Once your system is handling that well, you can start incorporating other foods (fresh!) from your usually diet.

Good luck and I hope you’re feeling better!

Zoe August 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Just wondering: in the Step 1 preparation phase, (week 1 and 2), am I allowed to eat eggs or soy/tofu?

Zoe August 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Hey, in addition, I was wondering why it would be OK to drink the Warm Lemon drink – juice of 1 whole lemon sounds pretty acidic to me! – when tomato and orange juices are considered too acidic for the stomach? Thanks!

Zoe August 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Hi again, I’m so sorry about the third comment in a row, but all these questions keep popping into my mind the more I consider actually taking on this matter of juice fasting. Anyways, I was wondering whether unsweetened applesauce would work as a substitute for pure fruit juices. I also wanted to know if it would be plausible to just buy like organic Heinz Baby food – wouldn’t that just basically be like pureed fruits and veggies too? Thanks… ! 🙂

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm

@Zoe Thanks for taking interest in the juice fast and I’m happy to answer all of questions, no matter how many! 🙂

Question #1: You can leave the eggs and the tofu til last. On the 15th day, though, start the blended raw food.

Question #2: Believe it or not, lemons are alkaline! They actually cleanse your body of excess acids and help stabilize your Ph levels.

Question #3: unsweetened applesauce is a great idea for the blended stage (Steps 2 & 4) as, like the blended foods, it’s practically digested already. For Step 3, though, I’d suggest sticking with the juices. The idea is to give your digestive system a complete break.

As for the organic baby food, I don’t see why not! But again, I’d suggest it as alternatives or additions to Steps 2 & 4.

But then again, this is YOUR fast and ultimately it’s up to you what you’re comfortable doing. By consuming applesauce and baby food in Step 3, your digestive system will still be getting a much larger break than what it’s used to.

And of course, if you enjoy your first juice fast, you always have the option to try going completely liquid on your second fast. 🙂

Good luck and please feel free to ask more questions!

Head Health Nutter

Zoe August 27, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Hi, thanks for your helpful answers! I guess I’d like to ask another question… Of course I know that doing a completely liquid juice fast will reap the most benefits, but from what I understand that you used a blender – that’s not really liquid now either right? Or were you not intending to go completely liquid? Thanks a lot again, Steph. 🙂

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 28, 2009 at 11:33 am

Hey Zoe,

You’re most welcome for the answers. 🙂

If you’ll notice above Steps 2 & 4 (6 days in total) are the blended raw food days. Step 3 (3 days) is the juice fast phase.

The blended food phases are included in order to prepare your digestive system for no activity before the fast phase and for activity after the fast phase.

Please feel free to keep those questions coming!

Jamie August 28, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Hi. I am 13 and want to fast. I have IBS and i havent been feeling well lately. I am 5 ft and around 114 pounds-it changes from day to day- but i want to know if i am doing this right…

today is my first day so i can drink tons of water, make vegtable or fruit juice with my juicer and drink tea?

tomorrow, can i have broth, water, juice and tea?

and on the third day i can eat regular veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, regular soup, juice, tea, and water?

then the fast is done? or do the follow up? (below)

Along with things from day three i can have….
day 4- wheat, like bread.
day 5- wheat and milk
day 6- milk, eggs, wheat and sugars.
day 7- normal foods?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Hi Jamie,

I have IBS, too (it’s quite common these days), so I know how you feel. It can really interfere with all aspects of life. If you feel a fast will help you, it may just be what you need. But it can be dangerous so I’m glad you’ve asked some questions.

If you’ve prepared your body as suggested above, symptoms should be tolerable. Just make sure that you take it easy during the days you consume only liquids and juices. (Those you mentioned above are perfect and to add a variety of nutrients, look to the posted recipes above)

I suggest 3 days for the actual juice fasting but 2 is perfect, especially for your first time, age and condition (most people with IBS are malnourished because they are unable to absorb all nutrients from their food).

Based on your final question, I take it your goal is to find what foods may be causing digestive troubles? Fasting may speed up your body’s release of offending foods but you’ll want to consider eating allergy-friendly foods for about a week coming off your fast, before you start reintroducing foods one at a time.

Allergy-friendly foods consist of an elimination diet and there are different ones out there. The first one I did was really strict and I blogged out it. You can read about it here: http://livelighter.org/category/cleansing-detoxing/elimination-diet/

And of course, here are some recipes to help you out: http://livelighter.org/2009/08/19/elimination-diet-recipes-compilation-post/

There are a few different ways you can perform the reintroduction phase, too. And that’s a great post idea, Jamie. Thank you! 🙂

Stay tuned this week for “Discover your Food Sensitivities!” post.

Suzanne November 19, 2009 at 11:22 am

I was glad I could find someone to ask this question. I started a 3 day fast by eating only fruits and veggies 2 days before my fast and now I am on my 3rd day. While drinking herbal teas, green drink, water, and carrot, apple, celery or parsley juice these last 2 days I find I burp on ocassion. What is that all about? Is that an indication that even the juices are not digesting?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) November 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Welcome to Live Lighter, Suzanne!

Thanks for your question. Raw veggies are hard to digest (especially when your body isn’t used to them) so some gas is to be expected.

Since you report that it’s only occasional, I wouldn’t worry about it. If it’s painful or unusually frequent, please visit your doc.

Also, if you’re using a blender, air bubbles sometimes get trapped in meal/drink which may cause gas. Try letting it sit in the fridge for about 10 minutes for the air to release before consuming.

Please feel free to return and tell us how you did, Suzanne!

Head Health Nut

Suzanne November 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

Hi, I just finished my 3 day fast and I am breaking it today with more raw fruits and vegetables. I used a juicer for my raw veggie juices and my burping was not that bad, it just surprised me since I had nothing in my stomach but liquid. Thank you for your response. My only other question would be whether taking a whole food fiber drink of sprouted seeds, grains and legumes with probiotics would be acceptable on the first day after your fast. It is called super seed formula. I may not get your answer today so I will wait until tomorrow to use it until I hear from you. By the way, I did great on this fast with not other side effects than gas.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) November 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

Congrats on finishing your 3 day fast, Suzanne! And I’m ecstatic to hear that you had no other side effects – lucky Girl! 🙂

As for your question about taking a whole food fiber drink with probiotics – DO IT! Since chewing activates the digestive system, you’ll need the fiber to catch up a bit from your 3 days without chewing.

Plus, during a cleanse, we tend to lose much of our gut flora so it’s always a good idea to replenish it!

Miranda December 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Hey this was a very interesting article to read, I’ve been thinking about fasting for a while, and this is alot of help. I am just curious, I am 17, and I’m tiny, I’m only 5’3 and I weigh 105 pounds, and I want to do this for the cleansing effects, but could this be bad for my health? I read somewhere up there that it isn’t very good if you have little body fat. Just wondering

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) December 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Hi Miranda,

Thanks for reading Live Lighter and your question. It’s a good one.

Fasting can be dangerous for many people, including those without much fat. I would recommend going to your doctor first for their advice.

However, if you want to cleanse, fasting isn’t the only way to go! Try this super easy and gentle cleanse for a first-timer: http://livelighter.org/an-easy-gentle-cleanse-for-a-first-timer/

Please come back and let us know what you end up doing and how you did.

Steph Miller

ellie January 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm

i love to hear the right way to fast! i usually do a week long, or 3 day fast, and i always end up feeling awesome afterwords~! if anyone thinks its not healthy dont worry, i only got a a little sleepy and occasionally dizzy, not bad at all! everyone should try this, but then again, dont use it for the wrong reasons people!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) January 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hey Ellie, thanks for your comment; it’s great to hear that fasting works for you! 🙂

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

Sharlene January 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Hi, I have been on a 21 day fruits and vegetables and water fast and I see and feel a difference in my body. I want to end my fast with a three day fast of water only. Would this be okay for me? And thanks for all the great information.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) January 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

Hi Sharlene, Great to hear that you’re feeling a difference since fasting for the month! Whoo Hoo!

Thanks for your question. This is, of course, your fast and you’re the only one that really knows what’s good for you. Your doctor also, since they will have your medical history.

Since you asked, though, I personally think water fasting is more dangerous and a bigger risk than one needs to take to get the benefits of fasting.

Nutrition is absolutely necessary for proper physical and mental functioning. I always suggest a juice fast since you get nutrients while still giving your digestive system a rest. Plus, you need nutrients to carry the chemicals that you’re detoxing out of your system.

Let us know what you decide and please come back to let us know how you feel!

Oh, and have you read up on the follow up steps to fasting and detoxing? We end up losing a lot of beneficial gut bacteria (for instance) and need to replenish after our fasts/detoxes.

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

Raffi February 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Hello. I am 17 years old and I’m starting my three day fast this upcoming Friday. I have never fasted before, I have decided to do this for self discipline, and to purify my body. I was wondering if there were more light drinks that are also nutrient filled,(not heavy ones like smoothies)..the warm lemon drink in the morning was a perfect example..are there any more?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) February 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hey Raffi,

Thanks for popping by Live Lighter. I’m glad to see that you’re reading up on juice fasting before attempting it for the first time.

Here are some light but nutrient-dense detoxifying juice recipes to help you out:

1) http://livelighter.org/pom-aloe-cleansing-drink-recipe/

2) http://livelighter.org/the-17-most-detoxifying-drinks/

3) http://livelighter.org/a-thanksgiving-day-tonic/

Please come back and let us know how you did!

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

LiquidO March 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

Hi, I have a question – it says not to drink orange or tomato juice because it’s too acidic, and yet the Master Cleanse uses lemon juice, isn’t that acidic?

Also, would it be ok to do a 3 day fast drinking just water and apple juice? Thanks in advance!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) March 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

@Liquido: Although lemons are acidic, they have an alkalizing effect on the body. For an explanation: http://phbalance.wikispaces.com/Lemons+Alkaline%3F

As for your 2nd question: it’s always your fast and you decide on how you want to do it (everyone is different).

However, I highly suggest to continue supplementing your body with as many and as much nutrient variety as possible while fasting. I prepare by having an assortment of juices ready to go.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

Autumn March 8, 2010 at 2:44 am

Hi im 20 and am going to start the three day fast tomorrow. I think this will not only be great self discipline for my body, but allow time to cleanse itself as well.I was just wondering if fasting for three days had any weight loss benefits? I’m comfortable with how I look, but i’ve heard people turn to fasting for quick weight loss. Can anything really be lost in three days?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) March 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hi Autumn, thanks for your question. I don’t think you have to worry about losing weight on a 3 day fast – if any weight is lost, it’s probably water and perhaps built up waste in the colon.

Good luck and enjoy your fast!

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

LiquidO March 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

So why exactly are acidic juices frowned upon during a fast? Is it dangerous in any way?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) March 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

That’s a great question, LiquidO, and will make a great future blog post!

For now, if I had to guess, I’d say it may have something to do with the smaller amount of our secreted digestive juices when fasting. (It may affect our digestion)

The acidic juices would also interfere with re-balancing our pH levels (alkaline foods help the detoxing process).

Steph @ LiveLighter.org

Lea April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I love your website and I’m learning a lot from it. I’m wondering if purchasing one of the pre-planned detox systems (in a store like Whole Foods) is a good idea, or if I should stick to the homemade version. Any ideas?

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) April 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Hi Lea, thanks for stopping by Live Lighter and I’m happy you’re finding some value here. 🙂

Your question is a good one. Personally, I’ve only tried one commercial detox system (a Renew Life Product) and I used it with The Hormone Diet’s anti-inflammatory detox plan because it had all the herbal detox ingredients that Dr. Natasha Turner suggested to take during that cleanse.

It worked like a charm, by the way! 🙂

So based on my personal experience (so far) I would suggest purchasing a pre-planned detox system which has the herbal supplement support that you need while detoxing with foods.

Hope this helps! And to help you choose a product, stay tuned for next week’s post (inspired by your question!), “Herbal Supplements that Help Support Cleansing.”

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

Natasha August 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Hi I’ve just started a ten day detox. I’ve been drinking herbal tea. Your site says to only have two cups per day. Why is this? Is having more than two cups ok?

Steph (a.k.a. Head Health Nutter) August 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Hey Natasha, thanks for popping on by Live Lighter and I hope you’re detox is going well so far.

You can have as many herbal teas as you want on your detox, depending on the teas. Generally, they are harmless but there are a few you should limit. I’ve listed a few (and why) in, “Supplements & Herbs to Support Cleansing” http://livelighter.org/supplements-herbs-to-support-cleansing/

Good luck and please let us know how your detox goes!

AngelaJ123 October 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Your site has alot of much needed information that I was looking for. I am on day 2 of a 3 day water and fruit juice fast. I wanted to know how many days should it take to come off the fast and start back eating solid foods? I have apples, fresh veggies and soup that I plan on eating one day one and two. Also is it true that an enema at the end of the fast helps your body to remove toxins built up as well?

Head Health Nutter October 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Hey Angela, great to hear you’re on a 3 day juice fast – how are you feeling?

What I do is use 3 days before the fast and eat blended veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds (green detox meals: http://livelighter.org/category/cleansing-detoxing/green-detox/) to prepare my digestive system for the food restriction.

Then for 3 days after, I eat the same blended foods to prepare my system for solids. (I outlined my steps in this post: http://livelighter.org/how-i-lost-25-lbs-in-3-months/)

Based on my sources, yes, an enema does help remove toxic build up, though I haven’t personally tried it yet. I did, however, go to a health retreat for a juice fast and tried a hydrotherapy colonic which had incredible physical, mental and spiritual effects on me (I mention the colonic in my review post: http://livelighter.org/grail-springs-holistic-health-resort-%E2%80%93-part-ii/).

Good luck with the fast and if you try any of my green blended meals, please let me know what you think!

Gloria December 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Hi…. thank you for your site 🙂
I’ve done a few 3 day juice fasts after a bad cold to promote healing quicker…. and occasionally just when I felt I needed a fine tune up. unfortunately I have always had a low immune system and get sick quite a bit. This past “sick”…. still not sure exactly what it was (virus or not) has been the longest to heal from….. I am very weak, and have had blood taken that has showed extremely low white blood cell count. I’ve had an appetite like never before (probably because my blood wants to strengthen). But Im not getting better fast enough. I desperately want to juice fast, but am worried about weakness (form detox) since I am already weak. I know the fast will help….. but I’m just not sure how to know when the times right….. do u have any suggestions? thnx so much….

Head Health Nutter January 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Hi Gloria, thanks for reading Live Lighter and sharing your story. I’m sorry to hear about your health – being sick is no fun and would be especially irritating if it’s a constant occurrence!

Have you consulted your medical and/or Naturopathic doctor? I ask because from what I understand, fasting is great for those who are generally healthy but carries greater risks for those who have health conditions (I wrote a post about it: http://livelighter.org/when-is-fasting-not-a-good-idea/).

What I do suggest, however, is doing a mini-cleanse where you focus on eating only healthy, fresh, whole foods, especially those known to boost your immune system. Focus on nutrition and I’m certain you’ll start feeling better.

Good luck, Gloria, and please come back to let us know how you’re doing or what your doc(s) said!

Gloria January 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

thank you for your reply….
yes… Ive been consulting… seeking…. test after test…. a friend who deals with chinese medicine treated me saying it was clearly an extreme case of deficiency….
I decided not to solely juice…. what I did was go on a mild raw live superfood detox….. very nourishing…. meals but liquified…. this was a good in between and helped a great deal with inflammation, and cleansing. ( i did incorporate one juice with dandelion root, beets, celery, bok choy, cuc and ginger a day)
Its been a long process, and I’m slowly getting better :))
my blood is normalizing, and as soon as I am in the clear Im going to juice fast to finalize it all…
thank you again…. :)))

Steph (a.k.a. Head Health Nutter) January 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Ooo… a mild raw live superfood detox sounds great! I’m happy you chose to forgo the juice fast (for now) and even happier to hear you’re getting better – keep going with it!

The juice recipe you mention sounds delish, and if you’re looking for a variety in blended raw foods, try these: http://livelighter.org/category/cleansing-detoxing/green-detox/)

Sending you tons of healthy vibes! Steph

Butterfly Powers January 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

The water you drink is very important. Please check out Kangen Water with all it’s health benefits and uses. I wish I could afford a machine.

Head Health Nutter January 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hey Butterfly!

Yes, water is super important… Kangen Water sounds like the structured water our guest bloggers determined to be the healthiest: http://livelighter.org/the-best-h20/ and http://livelighter.org/what-is-structured-water/.

Thanks for this info – it looks fascinating and I’m excited to do more research on it!

Geneva January 30, 2011 at 1:40 am

I posted this under Molly’s post regarding Apples and greens…
I thought I would post it again here….
The reason why the apples don’t bother the green juice is because the apples are slightly alkaline.
Most of the greens are alkaline so it is like + like.
Oddly enough the Lemons, however acidic, leave an alkaline trace (ash) when digested.
This is why lemon water is suggested. To begin the day with an alkaline beverage is good for the system. It gets people to drink water and alkalizes the body.
Thanks for all the good info and the encouragement.
Geneva in Los Angeles

Head Health Nutter February 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hey Geneva, thanks for helping clarify why apples work with the green drinks, as well as why acidic lemons have an alkalizing effect on the body. And you’re most welcome for the post – it’s comments like yours that really add value! 🙂

Anthony March 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

I am attempting my first 3 day fast for Lent. While I am doing it for spiritual reasons I am delighted to hear about the health benefits. I haven’t done any preparatory work and facing a heavy work week however, and wonder if I’m in over my head. Anyone do the same thing before?

Fr A

Head Health Nutter March 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Hi Anthony, thanks for visiting Live Lighter, sharing your reasons for fasting and your question.

From my experience, it’s easier on both your body and mind if you properly prepare for a fast. Many people don’t, however, so if you’re generally healthy and up to the challenge, I say try it. Only you know if and when you’re in over your head. Good luck!

HomeRemediesMom April 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks for your easy to read post. I have been searching all morning for an easy three day juice diet and yours was the easiest to read. I wasn’t sure if I could mix apples with other stuff … and now I know.. so now, off to the store to buy some ‘juicy fruits and veggies’. =)

maya April 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

hi im 35 years old i start fasting on th and fr i only got water and tee and today i just got fresh appol e so thes good or not and what i have to do know do i have drink more water , i did fating i need los w im 145 lb so .thank u

maya April 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

im sorry i got anther eqution know im fasting for 3 days so do i have stop fasting and stare to eat or stay fasting if i stay fasting what should to do know i only got 1 apple and water and greentea for these day and the lat 2 days i only got water and tea so should i keep fasting or i have to stop pleas let me know thank u .

Head Health Nutter April 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Hey Maya, hope your fast is treating you well. As I mentioned in the post, I do not recommend water fasting because it’s generally too much of a shock to the system. Many people find it beneficial, though, under the supervision of an experienced health professional, like at a health center devoted to natural healing.

Before I answer your question, I’d like to remind you that I am not a health professional. Based on what I know from my personal research, I’d start blending my meals for the next day or so to prep the digestive system for solid food again. Try smoothies without the dairy products or the green blended meals here on Live Lighter (http://livelighter.org/119-cleansing-rescipes/).

Hope this helps and Happy Easter! Steph

HomeRemediesMom April 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

One thing to remember is that when you fast, sometimes your body actually goes into starvation mode and hordes the fat so it isn’t the best way to lose weight. I am doing the 3 day juice fast to clean out my system but if I want to lose weight I like to do the HCG diet.

Head Health Nutter April 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thanks for the great answer, HomeRemediesMom!

I completely agree – juice fasting can be incredibly beneficial to health but it also has it’s drawbacks that are not conducive to healthy weight loss. I believe healthy eating, physical activity and stress management is the only sustainable way to lose weight.

nessa May 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

im doing the 3 day fast for spiritual growth only on water, however i do have alot of acne that i assume will be affected? how? and how long?

Head Health Nutter May 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hi nessa, thanks for your question. Really, I have no idea – this is a good question for a Natural Health practitioner. Let us know how the fast goes and what you discovered regarding the acne!

tash July 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm

hi im 17 and im trying ur 3 day fast as a way to quickly loose a few pounds. and i decided not to do the whole program just do the fasting. i dont think my body will reject the sudden change in diet, but will the side effects just be more amplified? thanks:)e

Head Health Nutter July 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hi Tash, thanks for your question. Yes, you will feel the side effects more greatly. Good luck!

Tammy July 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Head Health Nutter
Hi Im a 45 year old female and i am over weight. I was looking for a safe way to fast and ran into your site, I’m wonderning if this will work for me. I do have a lot of stress in my life but I think i handle it well. I need a way to feel better and have more engery and well lose weight. Do you think this 3 day fast will work for me?

Head Health Nutter July 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hi Tammy, thanks for popping on by Live Lighter and for your question. The tricky thing about health advice is that it works for some people and not others. There are a whole whack of factors that make a difference: individual biochemistry, current health status, mental state and life circumstances at the time you try anything.

All I can say is that it worked for me at that time. You won’t know it’ll work for you until you try! But I’d highly recommend checking with your doc or naturopath first.

John Pincaro July 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hi, Just want to share I’m in my mid 30’s and today I’m in my 3rd day fast. I have been only in-taking water and a bottle of 210ml green barley juice. It has been an interesting experience since I never had a terrible dizzy spells compared to when I skip a meal on days that I’m not fasting. I think green barley juice is also great in days of fasting. Since this is my last day and i will start eating again tomorrow what food would you suggest to break my fast that will not be harsh for my starved stomach?

Head Health Nutter July 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hey John, thanks for dropping by Live Lighter and sharing your fasting experience with us. Hmm… green barley juice… haven’t tried that yet!

I hope I’m not too late in responding (got some pretty heavy life issues going on at the moment http://livelighter.org/a-spiritual-kick-in-the-ass-painful-yet-positive/). As I mentioned in this post under Step #5, I’d suggest blended raw, whole foods for the first few days. I also link to a whole bunch of recipes for you to try.

Hope this helps and good luck coming off your fast!

John Pincaro July 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm


Thank you very much for your reply. If you search in the internet Green Barley has several studies that can give very good health benefits.

I broke my fast already this morning and since I don’t have a quick access to fresh fruits I ended up with crab and corn soup which tasted heavenly after a three day fast.c”,)

Sorry to hear about your heavy time. God bless you in your time of trial/s. May God give you strength to overcome it.

Thanks again for your site and for replying.

Till next time.

Head Health Nutter July 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

Hmmm… crab and corn soup – sounds delicious! Hope your body responded well to it and you’re flyin’ high from your fast.

Thank you for letting me know about green barley and for your condolences as well as your positive wishes for strength. They worked! There’s always a bright side to every dark experience. 🙂

Hope you come back to Live Lighter sometime and tell us about your fast. I’m sure others and myself will benefit from your story. All the best, Steph

Buddy July 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Hi Steph,

I did a 3 day fast and now I’m drinking me veggie juices 4 or 5 times a day along with regular meals.
I also run average 5 miles per day.
Question, with all the carbs in juice will I ever lose weight?
I recently saw a dvd where it said to have no more than 100 carbs per day.
I think I et at least that many from just 3 or 4 ….8oz glasses of juice.
I combine lots of spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, green beans, lettuce, kale, broccoli.
Also do strawberries, oranges, bananas, lemons, ginger, wheatgrass, (all juiced)
I’m only about 15 pounds more than I like but I don’t seem to be losing anything.
Are all the carbs the problem and qwhere can I find a good source for how many carbs are in raw juice>

Head Health Nutter July 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Hi Buddy, thanks for your excellent question. Based on my experience in losing weight, carbs and cardio are only part of the equation.

The other half, and from what I’ve found through research and in practice, is that protein and lean muscle mass are essential to becoming more fit and healthy. Building muscle through weights, resistance training, etc. increases your metabolism (so you’re burning more calories at rest and losing fat) and protein promotes muscle growth.

Since muscle weighs more than fat, the numbers on the scale are a poor indicator of fitness. Cardio is great for heart health, which is necessary, but it’s the lean muscle mass that really builds the body you’re after.

Hope this helps! Wishing you great success in your health journey, Buddy. Steph

Buddy July 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Great answer Steph and I thank you.

I guess, according to Atkins, there aren’t as many carbs in juicing as I thought so I’ll heed your good advice, do more weight training, more proteins and keep you updated.

Cheers and thanks again:-)


Olivia August 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I have been fasting for three days and I feel weak, have headaches, but still feel somewhat fine. I am afraid I may not be hydrating correctly. I am very busy and forget to drink anything during the day. I have not fainted so I assume I’m fine. Is it safe for me to fast for a few more days without fainting? I want to get the maximum detox as possible.

Head Health Nutter August 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Hi Olivia, thanks for your question. Actually, I really don’t recommend fasting without supervision (it IS hard on your body), especially when you’re continuing your daily routine, plus not hydrating properly – my fast is a juice fast so that you’re still getting nutrients during the day, along with water.

The BEST and safest way to fast is to go to a retreat/getaway where they have health professionals there to monitor your health and so that you can relax, which facilitates the detox process.

Honestly, I’d suggest that you begin step #4 in the post above and start eating raw, blended veggies immediately.

Good luck and be good to your body! 🙂

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bobbi December 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hello I’m on day two of a smoothie fast, this is my first time doing something like this and I feel I’ve done it completely wrong. First off I jumped right into it, I ate one slice of domino’s pizza and two hot wingetts for lunch then later on that night had a ceaser salad for dinner. The next day started the smoothie fast had water, chai & mint tea, & a green smoothie (which included Orange juice which I just read I should stay away from on another site.) Throughout the day. Second day which is today I had water, chai & mint tea, aloe vera juice, chicken broth and my green smoothie. Tomorrow I kinda want to wean myself off the fast by eating fruits and salads, is that safe? Then the day after that I Want to have the same stuff but possibley add grilled chicken in my salad for dinner? Please give me your opions on how I should start back to eating cooked foods? Also please tell me if I did an ok job for my first smoothie fast? Thank you…..

Head Health Nutter December 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Hey Bobbi, my apologies I couldn’t respond sooner, your smoothie fast is long over. However, you really didn’t need my input. Can you imagine not doing anything wrong? We always do the best we can at every given moment. That’s a spiritual perspective that I love to chew on ’cause it makes me feel good about myself and confident in all my decisions.

On a practical level, what you described in your comment was just perfect, especially if it’s your first fast. There are so many ways you can fast that all you have to know are the basics of why you’re fasting, how it works in the body, what foods are most cleansing and then make a plan that works for you for where you’re at now. And you did that so congrats!!!

The next fast you can try something different, going longer and eating/drinking even more cleanly, and progressing in such a manner each time you cleanse. But it’s totally up to you.

By the way, how do you feel after the cleanse?

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Sam April 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm


I’m on day 4 of a mostly green veggie juice fast and I feel pretty normal. I’m thinking of stopping the fast early, I had planned on 7 days. I don’t think I want to blend foods. I have added veggie juices to my diet for the past few months. In you opinion, what types of things should I eat and for how long?

Head Health Nutter May 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Hi Sam, I’m replying late (it couldn’t be helped) so I’m sure you’re off your fast already. How are you feeling?

As for your question, I’d suggest eating clean, that is, whole foods concentrating on fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and lean protein sources. The longer you do this, the cleaner your system will be. I went for 3 months on a diet like this and slowly reintroduced the “bad” stuff back into my diet. Unfortunately, when you do this without doing a cleansing every now and again, toxins do build up again…

But really, it’s all up to you! Find what works for you and go for it. 🙂

Sam May 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the answer.

I am off my fast and feeling fine. I ate right away, very small portions. We have a mostly healthy diet based on Dr. Furhman’s pyramid. I do eat smaller portions now, but aside from that there are no lingering effects.

Head Health Nutter May 9, 2012 at 1:26 am

That’s very good to hear, Sam. You’ve inspired me to do another fast, lol! 🙂

Dani May 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hello there,
I am going to try and do a 20 day- 30 day fast, mainly to lose weight and for a detox. I was wondering what kind of powders or formulas I should put in my juice to help stay fuller? Or if you recommend this?
Thanks 🙂

Head Health Nutter June 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Hi Dani,

Thanks for your question. Personally, I believe a 20-30 day fast (especially unsupervised by a health professional – the best place is at a respected health center where you can get away from your everyday life) is dangerous and usually unnecessary.

As you read in my post above, the entire process I underwent was a total of a month, but I weaned myself off of congesting foods and ended up blending my diet of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. If you really want to go hardcore for your detox with out shocking your body or mind, I’d really suggest the above process but increase the time with the blended foods.

This way you’ll still be getting a ton of nutrients (and it’s the antioxidants and phytochemicals that bind to the toxins to help them exit the body) which is much safer and less shocking to the body, and you’ll still be eating/drinking enough to give you the necessary energy to function in your everyday life.

I hope this helps. All the best with however you decide to detox!

Harley June 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

Hello there.

I am currently on Day 4 of a 10-Day Water Fast. I have been feeling weak and out of energy, although I have been experiencing the occasional energy burst and my mind thinks about food now and again, but I know I shouldn’t give in and quit when I am almost half-way.

My Stomach doesn’t crave food so much any more, it is more the mind that craves the food I guess. Everything feels distant at the moment, although not like I am living in a different dimension (haha), but everything seems relaxed and it is like I respect life (and food) more. You seem to have a better understanding about things, in a fastened state.

A little about me, so you can grasp a better idea. I have just turned 20 years old, I am a male, I am 6’1, and I weigh 80 kilograms (176 pounds). I also have a fast metabolism. I am doing this strictly as an experiment, not for weight loss but for detoxification purposes, although I will lose some weight and that is to be expected. I currently study Fitness, so I understand a good amount of information on the Human Body and I have read good amounts of information, including this website, about Water fasting.

Enough about me 🙂 What I should I be expecting from now until the end (Days 4- 10)? I plan to break my Water Fast with fruits and vegetables for 5 days, slowly eating more and more as each post-Water Fast day progresses, finally being able to eat normal again after the 5 days of Fruits and Vegetables eating has finished (This will also keep the detoxification process continuing, but not in a Water Fasting way, if you get me).

Anyway, what are some of your thoughts on this? If you could answer my questions and give me an overall answer to my paragraphs, that would be great. Thank you 🙂

Harley June 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hey, I broke it Today. I nearly went 5 days :). I couldn’t keep going though, I had more important things to worry about. Thanks anyway 🙂 It definitely is interesting :).

Head Health Nutter June 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

Hey Harley, so sorry for the late response… blogging is a hobby of mine and work’s been too hectic to keep up with everything here on Live Lighter.

I’m really happy to hear of your fasting experience. Trippy, eh? I couldn’t actually comment on your first comment in any case because first, I’ve only done juice fasting and second, the longest i’ve gone is 3 days. If I do any more than this, I’d do it in a supervised environment, like in a wellness center.

You seem to know enough, though, that you’ll be coming off your fast in a safe, intelligent way. The only thing I’d suggest, because veggies can be hard to digest, is to blend your fruits and veggies for the first day to three to make it a bit easier on your system until it gets adjusted to food again.

Did you gain any clarity through your experience?

alixa June 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi I’m 18 years old and I just started birth control. I was wondering if fasting would be dangerous or interfere with the cleanse while taking it since sometimes it does make me feel sick. Should I stop for a month while fasting? Also, I workout regularly with weight training and heavy cardio, should I take it easy while fasting ?

Head Health Nutter June 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

HI Alixa, thanks for popping on by Live Lighter. I’m not a doctor so I cannot answer your question concerning birth control and fasting. As for your other question, yes, I mentioned in the post above that since you won’t be consuming calories to burn, it’s important to take it easy and only do light exercise. Good luck!

Linda August 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Hi, I’m 15 years old and have been water fasting for 3- 3.5 days. I’m a vegetarian already and my body is already used to not eating meat, except for seafood. Is my process of breaking the fast any different? Thanks!

Head Health Nutter August 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hi Linda, I hope you’re doing well on your water fast and thank you for your question!

As I mentioned in the post, water fasting isn’t recommend unless it’s supervised by a health professional (however, you might have the advantage of youth – you haven’t had the time to accumulate as many toxins as most people older than you!). Regardless of your typical diet, it’s suggested to take extra care when coming off of fasting so you don’t shock your body.

For you, I’d start with watered-down 100% *real* fruit and veggie juices with one blended meal for the first day or two. Then increase your blended meals to 2 or 3 per day for the next few days. Then try eating unblended fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds throughout the days following that.

If you’ve ever had digestion issues, you can try the reintroduction of other foods (like dairy, corn, wheat, etc.) when coming off your fast to find out if you have any food allergies or sensitivities; it’s explained in this post: http://livelighter.org/elimination-diet-adventures-%E2%80%A6on-pause/.

If you’re wondering more about some of the most allergenic foods, I list them here: http://livelighter.org/an-elimination-diet-adventure/

And if you’re looking for non-allergenic recipes to try, here are 42 of them in this post: http://livelighter.org/elimination-diet-recipes-compilation-post/

Hope this helps!

Tasha August 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Hi, I want to do a colon cleanse / fast with psyllium husk and bentonite clay for either 3 or 7 days. However I don’t eat / or like (believe me I’ve tried EFT and a few things to get over this but to no avail!) any fruit or vegetables apart from potatoes or goji berries. So for me the diet would consist of spirulina with pomegranite juice and a jacket potato each day. Would this be ok? Or maybe I should just do it for 3 days? Also I’m not sure i could stomach a vegetable broth (another recommendation) I can have carrots and leeks in chicken broth, would this be ok? Or should I just have carrots and leaks in a broth on their own? Also the day before and days after the fast I could only eat lean chicken and rice, would this be ok to eat just before and after as i dont eat or can stomach any raw food? I want to do the fast to try and become healthier but it’s so hard when my choice of foods are so limited! Also would it be ok to eat breakfast cereals immediately after the diet? (I don’t take milk with them). I have never dieted in my life as to be honest i’ve never been overweight and on the outside I feel really healthy, loads of energy etc, but i would still like to do this fast to try and help get over my food phobias as well as to be more healthy on the inside, look younger, cleanse my colon etc. Any advice would be appreciated, thank you.

Head Health Nutter August 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Hi Tasha, thanks for popping on by Live Lighter and sharing your story as well as your challenges. What you’re suggesting sounds ok to me (we all do what we can with what we have to work with) but to be honest, your case seems way too complicated for me to confidently answer any of your questions… I really believe a certified health professional would be able to help you more.

Question for you, though… In every case I’ve encountered so far, what’s going on on the outside is indicative of what’s going on on the inside. If you feel healthy and have loads of energy, maybe a fast isn’t for you? It sounds like your food phobias are what’s needing attention. You mentioned trying ETF and other things but maybe there’s something else out there for you to try?

Best of luck on your health journey, sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. I’d be really interested in hearing what you decide to do next!

Tasha August 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for the honest advice. I’ve decided to do 3 days just fasting with spirulina and psyllium husk and bentonite colon cleanse, followed by a further 2 – 4 days (depending how i feel) of carrying on with that but eating goji berries and jacket potato or brown rice. Will let you know how i get on 🙂

Tasha August 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Hi again 🙂
One more thing – does spirulina & wheatgrass have the same health benefits as taking pro-biotics or flora grow /herbs? I’ve just been reading about taking these to aid the cleanse. But the sites that mention this dont mention spirulina, and the ones that mention spirulina don’t overall mention these others? So after some research im wondering do you think taking Spirulina and wheatgrass would make up for the other mentioned products? Thanks

Head Health Nutter September 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hi Tasha, good to hear that you have a plan!

As for your questions, all I know at this point without doing extensive research (which I’m sorry, I just don’t have the time to do) is that both wheatgrass and spirulina draw out toxins from our cells by creating a more alkaline environment in our bodies.

My gut (haha) tells me that because they are not cultured bacteria, like pro-biotics are, they will not replenish our gut and intestinal flora. I think the best resource for your questions would be a certified nutritionist. We had a guest blogger here on Live Lighter, Natural Neda, that might be able to help you with your specific questions (http://livelighter.org/the-importance-of-vitamin-d-and-cholesterol/).

Good luck and I would love to hear how your fast goes as well as what Natural Neda has to say!

mark September 25, 2012 at 6:42 am

I lead a hectic life that involves social entertaining 3-4 times a week; twice a year I clear my calender and embark on a 5 day fast, I admit I mostly drink only water during this period with the odd pure fruit juice; after I have done this I feel amazing and for a while will steer clear of fats and butters etc. Fasting does work, the body rejuvenates and all those nagging ailments disappear; my next target is a 10 day fast …..

Head Health Nutter September 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hi Mark, thanks so much for sharing with us what you do to keep healthy. Sounds like the regular fasting is working for you!

Ooo… a 10 day fast… will you be clearing your calendar for this fast, too?

Tasha September 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hi 🙂

This is just to let you know how i got on with my fast – well it went brilliantly 🙂 I managed 5 days of just liquids (and liked and enjoyed the vegetable broth 🙂 )and could easily have done more days as the psyllium husk really filled me up, but work got in the way and it wasn’t possible to clear my diary to have time to prepare the shakes etc. I felt amazing from the first day and even more amazing at the end. The only thing I wasn’t successful with was after the 5 days of just juice keeping to a small amount of food – the day after was ok, but after that I was craving meat again and although I managed to cut out sugars for the next week I quite quickly reverted to meat again. I felt fine though and can still feel the benefits now, even though it didnt get rid of my sugar craving and I’m now back on chocolate too! I have lost 3 – 4 lbs and am going to keep up a 2 day juice fast once a month just with psyllium husk and vege broth.

I did decide to take probiotics and bacteria friendly yogurt after day 5 as well as keeping up the spirulina and wheatgrass and so even on a limited amount of what I could eat after it did still work to some degree.

You mention my reasonings for doing the fast – if I’m honest to have clearer skin and to keep rejuvenated, keep off any further weight gain. I hope my keeping up a 2 day juice fast once a month this will help to achieve this and over time may help my slightly unhealthy eating habits.

As I felt fine reverting back to ‘normal’ food fairly quickly im wondering if you could tell me the reasoning for advising abstaining from anything but raw afterwards? I know everywhere recommends this and I was assuming it was just for the digestive system to get back to ‘normal’ in a more gentle manner, but if there are any other reasons please let me know? Thanks, Tasha

Head Health Nutter September 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

Great job, Tasha! You accomplished a lot here and I hope you’re very proud of yourself! 🙂

Yes, a regular 2-day juice fast will help greatly in keeping up with the cleansing you achieved on your 5-day juice fast.

To answer your question, 5 days is superb but to get the results you’re looking for, it takes a bit longer for your body to cleanse itself. Just think of how long you’ve been accumulating toxins and junk food. You experienced food cravings shortly after your fast because the sugar, meat, etc. was still in your system.

This is why I recommend taking a month (see above in post) to slowly wean yourself off stimulants and other acid-forming foods and drinks to prepare for the fast and then a week and a half (or more) continuing with clean eating/drinking before slowly weaning back to the congesting foods again.

My next cleansing/detox excursion after this one I did for 3 months! (it was the elimination diet to discover any food sensitivities: http://livelighter.org/an-elimination-diet-adventure/). But I have to admit this went a little too long as near the end I was a too thin (my ideal weight is 130 lbs and I got down to 125 lbs before I said, hey, no way, my bones are protruding!).

There are many ways you can cleanse/detox that are a little easier than a juice fast (it IS really hard when you’re trying to live your daily life and have to cope with stress – by the way, stress actually impedes the detoxification process and that’s why retreats are so helpful when you want to detox).

One easier way you can continue with your cleansing efforts is to replace one meal a day with a liquid, eat cleanly for the other two meals and do this throughout the week. Save the `normal’ food for one treat day per week (without going too crazy ’cause you’ll feel almost hung over the next day, depending on how clean your body is). This is a much more manageable method and you should be able to sustain this for a longer period of time, cleansing your body more thoroughly. Try it for a month or even two and see how you feel. 🙂

Hope this helps and thank you very much for taking the time to come back and share your juice fast experience with us!

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Jennifer K. Thompson January 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I love the information here. My only problem I see (which seems to be the MAIN activity in fasting) is this……….
I cannot STAND or swallow, blended food. It is the texture, not the taste. Even if I did swallow it, it will soon come back out.
I am also not a person with much (ANY) money.
So i am thinking this means I CANNOT fast???? =(
Any ideas?

Head Health Nutter January 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hi Jennifer, thanks for your comment – I’m sure many people share your issues! Well, the main reason for blending is to make it easier for your digestive system, but if the food isn’t even getting there, then blending your food isn’t much use to you!

What I recommend is making salads, then. Just chop all the ingredients up as finely as you prefer and make sure that you really chew everything well, taking your time. If you don’t have time to do this, then stick to juices that you can drink.

The trick to fasting, really, is to make sure that you can do it in a relatively stress-free environment. Stress inhibits our ability to process all the junk, so whether you’re juicing, blending or strictly fasting from everything but water, it’s best to do it during a time when we don’t have a lot of obligations or responsibilities to live up to.

If this isn’t possible, then make it so! Take some time off… I highly suggest going to a weekend or week-long retreat where you can fast or juice under the supervision of qualified professionals.

I hope this helps and I’d love to hear about what you end up doing!

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This needs some updating. Its old. I’m not just saying that just because its old it should be updated but new studies have probably come out since the.making this info somewhat archaic and even dangerous depending on the kind of information from these new studies

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T.Char May 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Thanx for this advice of taking a safe fasting. The bible says, “my nation perish because of lack of knowledge”
May God bless you all.

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Cecile August 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Actually, approaching a juice fast is very empowering. You start to notice things about your body again very quickly, like sudden energy you didn’t expect, or a brilliant idea or two, out of nowhere… And when you get serious and start to take in some serious green stuff, plenty of beautiful clean citrus, fresh and ripe and lucious, your body will respond immediately and give you all kinds of happy signals all over! I will not tell you that habits are easy to change, for they are not at all. But when you get even a glimpse of the joyous health that can be yours for nothing, just learning, educating yourself on what is really best for you, then suddenly the greatest gift on earth which is our good health, will be yours again, now, and as long as you practice eating clean!

Jessica Molina June 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

My husband and I are praying for a break through for his immune system. Within the last six months it has been one thing after the next for him: diagnosed with chronic prostate inflammation, chronic sty in the eye, and a painful ear ache. This fast helps us plan purposefully. Thank you for the encouragement, Cecile, sister!

We will give a flow up in a couple of weeks when we are all done doing it the healthy way and searching God’s word to nourish our spirits’. For our spirits need cleaning and nutrition too!

urvesh January 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Hi Jessica, did the fasting heal the eye stye? I’ve started a juice fast it’s been three days now as I want my chalazion to heal as I’ve had it for 7 months now and two operations to no avail.

wait for your reply.


sharon mercado June 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

hi. thanks so much for the useful info. Just two questions: I read somewhere that distilled water is not good (don’t know to what extent), what do you think? how often should I eat or drink those food above in a day? looking forward to your reply. thanks so much!

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Amanda J February 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Hi! I appreciate this article. I have rheumatoid arthritis and from everything I’ve heard and read, a fast followed by an elimination diet is the best way to holistically begin to alleviate symptoms and slow the progress. I’ve never fasted before so I’ve been researching and I feel much more prepared after this article!
I have one question. I’m sorry if someone already asked this, I didn’t see it in the comments. I try to exercise pretty regularly, but is that OK on a fast? I’m assuming that it’s just a “listen to your body” situation but do you know anything that pertains to physical activity specifically?
Thank you!

Head Health Nutter February 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Hi, Amanda, I’m so happy you’ve found this helpful and I’m excited for you to try this out to help you overcome your arthritis! According to the Prescription for Natural Healing, “Continue your normal daily routine, including moderate and mild exercise. Avoid strenuous activity.”

I believe (like you suggested) we should listen to our bodies. If you’re super tired, your body is probably detoxing a large amount of toxins, requiring a lot of energy for the process and, of course, sleep is the best cure as it assists the natural healing process. Light to moderate exercise helps move the toxins out through our natural detoxification system. Strenuous exercise, on the other hand, switches the nervous system on and into the fight or flight mode, shutting down the healing process to do so. A heavy workout session, too, causes damage (which we need to build muscle!) but while fasting, the goal is to rid our bodies of toxins, not rip muscle.

Best of luck, Amanda! I’d love to hear about your experience when you’ve completed your fast.

Mary Mauwer April 1, 2017 at 3:29 am

Great article, very informative and detailed. I just started juicing myself and I feel great! I love green juice, especially with celery. Great article thank you for sharing! Cheers Mary


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