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3 Day Juice Fast Plan

It will just be a much longer process but still as healthy. I hope it gets easier tomorrow! Jess, let me explain how hunger works and how cravings work. Hunger is how your body tells you that it needs nutrients. When you have a juice you are giving your body plenty of nutrients to satisfy itself.

Cravings are when your mind is telling you to eat out of habit, boredom, or for the enjoyment of it. Even though you drink a juice, your mind can still not associate it as food. Just keep it up and if you have to, have more juice. It will get easier as long as you stick to it and keep focused on your goals. Can you recommend a juicer for someone on very limited budget? Paige, welcome to JOJ!

Yes, you will need a juicer. The Hamilton Beach Juicer is great for anyone on a budget. You can see it here: It still works and I still use it. Is each of the recipes for one meal? Like would morning glory be meant for one breakfast? I just want to be sure I am not taking in more than necessary. As long as you are taking in around 16 ounces each juice, you are doing it right. Hi There, Is there usually a good chance of a little weight loss doing this?

Mariah, there is a good chance you will lose weight on the fast. The weight loss is mostly attributed to how much weight you have when you start. Please read this article on how to eat after a fast: I have to take 50, iu of Vitamin D 3 once a week because of a vitamin D deficiency.

Can I still take it while juicing? Susana, if the doctor told you that you need to take it, then keep taking it and schedule a checkup after a week of juicing to have your levels checked. Im only doing the 3 day one its 6pm day 2 and i had 3. Does most people not have as many the first day. Its easier than i taught maybe day 3 it might hit me lol. If you are completely full after a only 3 juices then just stick with three. You can also lower the quantity to 12 ounces per juice and have more if you find that you are hungry but 16 ounces is too much.

It sounds like you are on the right path Jamie! Keep me posted and let me know how things go. Done the 3 day lost 8lbs didnt really do it for weight loss but feel great juices so nice GREAT website!!! Although my wife is hesitant of cutting out solids because she gets bad migraines like there are good migraines that are triggered by hunger. After everything I have been reading, juicing could be the natural way to heal herself from these migraines.

Can you help us out with this? Dave, welcome to JOJ and congrats to you and your wife for planning a juice fast. As far as hunger headaches, most hunger headaches are induced not from lack of eating but a lack of nutrition.

She will get plenty of nutrition while on the juice fast. Even if you eat, these symptoms can still stay because of lack of nutrition in what you ate. When on a juice fast you are loading your body up with so many different nutrients it will curb that hunger and the symptoms associated with it. Keep me posted and let me know how things go for you and your wife. I wish you all the best this New year Dave! I have been on the Juice Fast for 3 days now what would be the added benefits of going further to the 7 or 14 day fast?

TH, it usually takes a full week to go through a complete detox. Other benefits would be the added nutrition and weight loss. That would ensure you are still giving your body the nutritional benefits of juicing. Toxins are released into your bloodstream that will get into your milk.

Keep a diet of fresh fruits and veggies. I am thinking about doing this cleanse for the new year. I want to start fresh and clean but I have one question. I workout 3 times a week for an hour long. If I do this cleanse, am I going to be able to work out?

I ask because usually when I do I have to eat a lot of protein for obvious reasons. If this is a stupid question, well, I apologize but I thought I would ask rather than just do something the wrong way. D, welcome to JOJ and thanks for your comment. No question here at JOJ is stupid!

If you have that question, others will have the same question. You should rest and relax during the first few days of your juice fast. As far as protein you can add an unflavored protein isolate to your juices. Just keep them in airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator and they should hold for around 8 hours.

I am new to this juicing experience. I bought a juicer and a few items. I am thinking of doing the 3 day cleanse. I am looking to juice for a variety of reasons. To eat healthier, lose weight and have more energy. Any advice or guidance would be appreciated. Read this article to see what to do after your fast: As far as cooking, look up some easy vegetarian recipes to get you started.

After a while feel free to start using proteins like chicken breasts or lean beef. Let me know if you have questions. What other supplements are you taking? I seem to always get medium to large cucumbers. I usually drink spinach carrot and apple. James, just spoon off the froth or get a froth removing cup.

Most juices will have some froth. Some more so than others. Jacob, you should have between juices per day. There are six juices there for you to choose from. You can have any combination of them that you like.

Or you can have the same juice a few times throughout the day too. What if you did 2 days of juicing and the third day attempted to eat solid foods then juiced the remaining of the day?

Rj, if you do that, you are hindering the progress of your fast. Leave out the solids! Now that winter break just started I decided to try it for three days. Is it safe to juice at 16? Make sure your parents know about it and understand what it is you are doing.

Best wishes to you! My husband and I are thinking about trying juicing; he has many health issues, diabetes for example and is on many medications. He is concerned that he will need food to take with his medications. How can he safely do this? Terri, I always recommend talking with a doctor when doing a juice fast while on medications.

Diabetes and juicing work really well together if you keep the sugars down to a minimum. If you would like to talk with someone who has diabetes and did an 80 day juice fast then head over to the JOJ forums and talk with Andy. I wish you and your husband all the best Terri! I just started my 3day juice fast coz I have only 3days off..

Thanks A lot for your help.. Have a juice when you feel hungry. Jade, anything with a rind on it should be peeled. Lemons and Oranges should both be peeled. Congrats on starting your first juice fast! They only have limes. How can I substitute the lemons? I work in a call center with a 30 min lunch and trying to find the best way to juice and get my drinks in? Occasionally the centre is still mildly frozen so I just squeeze the plastic bottle to break down the mass and it soon melts.

I am vegeterian,and having hypothyroidism and anemic. So I am using thyroid and iron tablets. Can I start this juice diet without any problems, While I am using these medications? Victor, you should be able to highlight the recipes you want, right click, and select print selected.

Hi was just wondering what the consistency of the juice should be as mine is more smoothie, quite thick with piedes of veg still in it? Louise, your juice should be about the consistency of water. You may want to strain your juice after it comes out or try to get a new juicer. What juicer are you using? Keep me posted Louise. Would you recommend limiting how many of a juice you have a day? Say you will consume 5 a day, can you break it up into 2 breakfast juices spread out from eachother 1 from the lunch recipes and 2 from dinner?

Ann, just have a juice when you get hungry. Let me know if you have any questions Ann. I am excited to launch this on Monday! I have a question tho…. I am going to commit to the 7 day and see how that goes! Looking forward to it!!! Why does your body need to digest food? To break it down, extract the nutrients, and pass the rest on as waste. When you juice the juice is already broken down, nutrients are already ready for absorption, and there is no waste.

Please read this article for a more in depth answer: Can i add 1 scoop of whey protein on my juice for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Can i still run 10km or do a 2-hour intense workout cardio, abs, obliques, arms, back, shoulders with 5lbs dumb bells while on this diet? Do you lose same amount of weight if you have carrot and orange juice with some other fruits…….

Remember, the less sugar, the better. Let me know if you have any questions. Hi Donnie… I just started the 3 day plan today But i was wondering does it makes a difference in drinking the juice or the results afterwards if my day starts by 1 PM and then i sleep by almost 1 AM.. So i had the breakfast juice at 1 PM today and then i will have lunch juice by evening and then dinner juice by almost 10 or 11 PM?

Amey, there are no set times while on a juice fast. Just start your day off like normal and have a juice when you wake up and get ready for the day. If you usually wake up and are up by 1, then have your first juice at that time. Hanna, sorry for the late response. The only thing you want to have is juice. If you do exercise keep it lite and easy. Susan, you can store your juices as long as you keep them in airtight containers and put them in the refrigerator.

So if your hungry, have a juice Susan. Keep me posted on your progress. I am in my third day of JOJ. Yesterday a horrible headache, just read could happen. Today I am better. The only way I could drink these juices is adding more fruits, ex. My question to you is, is still good this detox diet if at the end of the day I had 8 apples and 6 oranges? I will try to keep doing this diet as much as I can, though, I am getting tired, no because I am dying to eat because I am not unbelievable!!!

Loli, you have to come to a decision and decide if being bored with your juices for a few more days or weeks is worth the reward of your health. I know it is well worth it. When you add more fruits you are adding more sugar. If you consume too much sugar it will get stored as fat. Lowering your sugar intake will help lose or maintain weight.

You can do anything for a week or two if you really want to. Take a look at the substitution list http: Try heading into the recipe section of the JOJ forums and see whats there. There are some delicious soup recipes that you can enjoy with your boyfriend too. And will me being loaded up with pain pills going to kill the whole purpose of doing a juice cleanse? Megan, welcome to JOJ! As far as your meds stick to them and use them for pain as needed like your dentist will tell you.

Let me know what happens. So I discussed it with the dentist before the surgery, and he suggested against it, but not for the reasons I was worried about.

He said that with all the antibiotics and narcotics I would be on, I really needed to be taking them with solid food to avoid nausea. Megan, if you start juicing but stick to plant based foods when taking your medications, that would be a great start for you. Let me know how things turn out. Hey Donnie, I was doing some research on fasting and came across your site.

I was encouraged by your readers comments and I wanted to chat with you. I have been struggling with weight loss for about 5 yrs now. However, with that said, I am above ground and grateful. During that time, I have put on approx 40 lbs and I can not stand it any longer. I visited my doctor and test revealed that my thyroid is sub-optimal.

Perimenopausal and low thyroid makes it very difficult to loose wt. I have contemplated a juice fast for some time and just recently watched a documentary by Joe Cross fat,tired and almost dead. Anyway, I viewed it and was amazed. I have been doing mostly a plant based diet for about a yr now and still struggling.

I do struggle with carbs of the flour kind. My doctor informs me that a low thyroid can prevent wt loss and white flour foods. I want to do a 10 day juice fast challenge and then re-evaluate. If all is well, repeat the 10 days. My ultimate goal is to do a 30 day fast. Then begin a plant based diet afterwards. My doctor has me on antidepressants and thyroid medication.

He wants me to continue them while on this fast and hopefully, I will be able to reduce then completely stop the antidepressant. Is it as safe as I think it is to do a 30 day fast? Also, I do have an embarrassing question….. If I am successful with a 30 day fast, I know you absorb the nutrients, but do you not have a BM for the entire time? I am somewhat concerned about an issue like that. In the documentary, Joe Cross did it for 60 days no pooping for 60 days makes my stomach hurt.

He does looks awesome though AND was able to discontinue his medications. Another man featured in the documentary was a truck driver named Phil. In the end when I viewed this man playing with his son and then running, I was hooked.

I know this has been long and winded, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. However, I would like to know your thoughts on the 30 day fast. Just keep listening to your body. If you feel you can go on after 10 days then do so. It may also be good to schedule a doctors visit after the first 15 days to get a check up.

Let me know how things go Linda. Donnie, what do you suggest for someone who has IBS, candidiasis, and a slow motility rate digestively? I could never digest oz oz of liquid water or otherwise fast enough in time for the next juice. Would I be better off doing ounces of each times a day? Any comments would be helpful. Rita, one thing that you should understand when you juice is that juice is not digested but absorbed. I think you will be fine if you stick to the plan.

How long in advance can you juice while still receiving the benefits? Can I juice a days worth of juice at once? I would get all my prep done the night before so I could have my morning juice fresh and then bring a few to work with me.

Depending on what type of juicer you have you may be able to juice them. Stay away from blenders until after your juice fast. They are great for smoothies when you come off of your fast Brian. I just stumbled to your site by chance. I am planning to start my 3 day cleanse.

I would love my husband to join in too. He is diabetic, so I wanted to know if you have any advice for him. Also, use plenty of produce that contains protein. I wish you both the best. Piper, why was your first attempt a failure? I would stop with the supplements assuming they are protein or other nutritional supplements but continue with any medications you are on. Hi Donnie, Today is my third day being on a 3-day cleanse.

The first two days were awful,but my third day is going great. I do not crave solid food and feel a lot energized today. I think I will add four more days and jump to a 7-day cleanse.

In two days I have lost 4 pounds and my aim is to lose 26 pounds more. I have few questions for you. If I forget to take my juice to work which I often do , how can I pass the rest of my day without fainting? There are few convenient store and a grocery store. What would be the best thing to buy from there? Are tropicana juices alright? Also, what should I do when I crave salt?

Samir, congrats on day 3 of your juice fast! Stay away from any store bought juices if you can. The only one I would suggest you have if you are in a pinch is the green juice from naked juice. Everything else is just going to load you up with sugar. As far as a salty taste, include more celery into your juices. Celery contains natural sodium and works well to help with that craving. Let me know if you have any questions Samir. Thanks again for your advice, you have no idea how grateful I am to you for inspiring me to regain my health!

I got it now. Congrats on completing day 3 Ivette! Donny, thank you so much for creating this site! A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across your site and read through for a couple of days and then tried out the 3 day cleanse. I lost 5 pounds and felt better overall because it allowed me to stop kick my caffeine addiction. I took a break from the clean eating for a bit because we had family visiting us for a week but because I was eating smaller portions, I continued to lose a few pounds.

I decided to do another juice fast because other than drinking coffee, I started to pick up on some of my old bad eating habits, which included, indulging in sweets and overeating. My goal is to get down to which is a few pounds more than what I weighed 12 years ago when I got married, before having 3 kids. I was always blessed with a fast metabolism and consequently was able to eat anything I wanted without it changing the outer appearance of my body.

However recently because of years of poor food choices I became overweight according to my standards and though my only health complaint were migraine headaches, I knew that I needed to improve the quality of my internal health.

I may stay on the cleanse after tomorrow, I will play it by ear. I will say that this time around, I have not been as tempted to eat as I was on my first cleanse. Example, today I only had 3 all day. I ended up getting a headache today, I guess it was because I needed more nutrients in my body.

I very much dislike kale and cucumbers also but I usually add cucumbers because they render a lot of liquid. I understand that my palate may change after continued cleanses, at least I hope it does. Anyhow, I have stopped adding celery and beets to my juices also as I felt sick to my stomach just with the smell. I wish I was like some of you that drink it quickly and find it tasty even. Sarivette, congrats on your juice fast and your weight loss. Not all juices are going to taste great to all people.

The substitution list is a great place to start: You should be drinking your juices within 15 minutes to get the max benefits from them. Juices are absorbed within 15 minutes of you consuming them. Find juices that you like and experiment with those.

Start with taking a recipe you really enjoy and then try substituting 1 or 2 things in it. This is a great way to not only experiment but to try out new ingredients. The juices per day is just a figure. Everybody is different and some people can go with only 3 juices per day. So as long as you listen to your body, you will be fine. A enjoyable juice makes a huge difference. I wish you all the best Sarivette.

Thanks Donny, your advice is most helpful. I plan to experiment with different vegetable combinations like you suggested. I do enjoy a few of the recipes that you have posted, but they tend to be the sweet ones that one would consume in the morning. Try not to force yourself to drink them, start out making juices that you really enjoy, even if they are more fruity. After a while start to use less fruit and more veggies.

Your body will adjust. Beatrice, a Vitamix is not a viable option for juicing. Read this article for a more in depth answer as to why you must use a juicer to juice: As far as the recipes go, mix and match them anyway you like. Let me know if you have any questions Beatrice. Hi Donnie, 1st day on juice diet.. So far so good. Can I drink herbal tea ie mango and cinnamon? Emma, congrats on day 1 of your juice fast! Herbal tea is great to drink while on the fast!

Try to keep it decaf if possible. Cinnamon and mango sound delicious and I bet make for a good tea!

For example the 6 suggested recipes called for 8 apples where the shopping list said 24, and 14 cucumbers where 4 and a half will do. Eddie, take a closer look at the plan. If you follow all 6 juices that comes out to be 8 apples per day. No need to sellotape them back on the tree. I think you are looking at it from the perspective of 3 juices per day.

In actuality you will have between juices per day as you feel hungry. I hope this helps to clarify it up a bit for you. Let me know if you have any questions Eddie. Just have one question. Can I drink just 1 cup of milk with a little coffee in it in morning? Caffeine is a toxin you try to rid your body of when you go on a juice fast. You can take tylenol or ibuprofen while you are on the juice fast. Once you overcome the caffeine withdraw it will be easy for you.

You can do it Rati! Just choose any 4, 5, or 6 juices and everything is there for you to get started. Have the morning ones towards morning, the lunch juices around lunch, and the dinner ones later on in the afternoon as you feel hungry. Everyone is different so you may only need 4 juices whereas some people might need 6. Let me know if you have any questions Angie. After the detox , since you dont eat actual meals.

Do you gain all the weight back? Cause I see this as basically just a liquid diet but when foods come back so does the weight. Also , be careful when you finally eat , dont eat like you normally would.

You will have to find a restroom pretty fast. Not to sound disgusting , but im telling you that going from liquid to solid takes a toll on your digestive system. Eat light and eat right BTW , these juices sound better than the Oz detox.

Amy, if you go back to your previous eating habits, of course you will gain back the weight. Juicing not only helps you lose weight but helps you to get on a better diet once you are off the fast.

Read through this article as it will help you to understand how best to eat after your fast: I just started on the juice cleanse! I want to use it going into a new diet! But, I bought a juicer like you said, but I bought a citrus juicer… and I do not think this was the correct machine to buy… will this still work?

Coral, shoot me a link to the brand and model of the citrus juicer that you purchased. Going to give the 3-day fast a try. Daphne, congrats on 88 pounds lost. How long did it take you to lose the weight while on weight watchers?

As far as substitutions just take a look at the substitution list here: I am going to try this juicing fast but I have a few questions. I wanted to know about bananas. You do not have that listed. I have bought fruits and veggies but how will I know if I am doing it right or giving my body what it needs if I make my own juices.

Can I do fruits without veggies in am and included veggies in afternoon and evening drinks. I really want to know becuase I am really excited about this and I would like to do it correctly. I need to lose pounds and I need to feel better due to some health issues and I believe this will cleanse my body and give me more energy throughout my day.

Thanks for your website it really has give me a boost reading others comments. Use at least 5 or more ingredients. Make sure I use at least one protein rich ingredient kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, etc. Juices are at least 16 ounces. If you stick to that and have between juices per day, you will be fine Monica. Let me know if you have any quetsions. I am encouraged with this site. Im also a newbie starting a 3 day juice diet.

I want to cleanse, detox and lose weight. I have lost 16 normally but would like to lose my last Is this a morning noon and night thing or is it every 3. Can we add a protein drink plus less fruit if we want to? Judy, welcome to JOJ! You should have between juices per day with each being about ounces. Just listen to your body and have a juice when you are hungry. If you must have extra protein then I would suggest only using a pure unflavored protein isolate powder to mix into your juices.

This wont cause too much of a difference in your results either way. Hi, I am almost done with day one and I must say I have never heard my stomach growl so loud in my life. I thought a monster was under my bed. I had to take a long nap to save the fridge from my hunger lol. I saw that you said we should drink 4 juices but you only list 3 a day. I am trying the 3 day plan to see how I do, I have pounds to lose and I am getting married soon How much do you think it is possible to lose while juice fasting?

I am a judge foodie and love to eat…thank god for fast metabolism. However, I have a friend who is trying to loose around pounds and she was able to shed about 5 pounds in 3 days. I wish you best of luck and congrats on the upcoming marriage! After you go through detox that will stop. Detox usually lasts days. There are six recipes for you to choose from on the list Ebonee. You should be taking in between juices per day based on how hungry you get.

That will definitely help with your stomach issues. You can have whatever juices you want to try out too. Feel free to experiment! I just saw your comment about detox lasting days. How do you know when you are out of it? This is the first time that I have gotten past a day. Your recipes are milder than others, which is helping me.

I am down 2 pounds after the first day. Feel free to experiment with your recipes and try out new things if you want to.

It keeps it fun and exciting. Congrats on the weight loss so far, you are going to do great Dave! Does it get easier? Mary, that dreadful feeling is because you are going through detox after years of your previous eating habits. Give your body time to undo all that and get back to a healthy state. The taste will get batter as your taste buds reset and adjust. Meaghan, read through the site. I recommend you have between juices per day with each being between ounces.

Norma, if you did that it would defeat the purpose of the juice fast. Eating any solids on the fast will work against it. Juicing works by resting, cleansing, and hydrating your digestive system. Stick to the juice for a a few days and then start including solids. I just started juicing on Monday. Ok well sort of, I just make a mean green everyday and drink it. So Ive decided next week because I have a wine thing on Sat.

Im excited to try this. Nikki, congrats on committing to a 3 day juice fast! Try it out for 3 days and then extend it. Try rolling up your spinach or kale into a big ball when juicing it. It will help you to get more juice out of them. Give it a shot and let me know how it works out for you heather.

It should work out fine for you. Hi Donnie, I just got a juicer for my birthday yesterday, and I will be starting a juice fast tomorrow morning. I have been procrastinating this for a while now, but since I got the right kind of juicer, I am definitely going to start tomorrow. I am thinking I will start off with a 3 day fast, but my goal is 7 days, at the least.

I work hours a day, and my work day starts at 5am. Is it going to be ok to store my juice in the refrigerator here at work? And if so, what do you recommend for a container to put my juice in to keep it fresh the longest? Thanks for your information here and I will keep you posted!! Happy Birthday Tammy and congrats on starting your juice fast!

It will be fine to store your juices in the refrigerator at work. Just make them in the morning and keep them stored in air tight containers like mason jars or thermoses. Keep me posted on your status. Hi Donnie, thank you!! It was hard the first 2 days, but i feel better today!! Last night was the first time I have slept straight through the night in a very long time!! Thank you for all the great tips and recipes!!

I am going to move on to the 7 day, today is my 3rd day!! Congrats on 3 days and 5 pounds! I also noticed that my sleep patterns were much better than before my juice fast. Have an awesome day!

I had been food tested last year and have cut out most of the gluten and dairy in my life. Currently once a day I am on a protein shake of Brown Rice and coconut milk have been doing this for close to a year.

A lot of salads with a protein for lunch and suppers. I have lost some weight, now I am hoping that this juice fast will kick start some more weight loss but most of all feeling more energized. I plan on being committed to this plan at least once a month for either 3 or 7 days.

You have made this a lot easier than I thought possible. Thank you so much for all you help. Just one quick question: I train every day for about hours a day, not all at once, anyways, would it be a could idea to start the 3-day juicing or no? If you want to lose that amount by the 28 this of this month though, you may be a little late in starting. Good luck in your tournament! Angela, there are 6 recipes and you can choose any if these for your three day fast. Hope you understand it better now.

So much info to process I feel overwhelmed sometimes Keep calm and juice on! Your body needs to heal during this time. Listen to your body and when it tells you enough is enough you need to listen. Like you said, keep calm and juice on! Thanks for the suggestion.

But when do you think I can get back to running? Just depends on how I feel? I made the Morning Glory juice for my first breakfast on my 3 day fast and it is almost too sweet, even for me. Heather, adding onions is a really great way to add some flavor to your juices.

For the Bruschetta juice, start off with only 1 clove of garlic as it is strong. I was wondering about third day? The recipes are for three days Colleen. There are six recipes to choose from. You should have between four and six juices per day so feel free to have any juices you want. Would adding an unflavored protein to eat drink do enough for me? Matt, you should be fine as long as you add an unflavored protein isolate to your juices and keep lifting.

Kim, I come up with all my own recipes and plans. While I do consult with trained nutritionists, I am not one myself. Feel free to consult with your nutritionist if you have any concerns. Also, congrats on getting ready to start your fast! Thank you so much for this great blog!! Townley, congrats on starting your juice fast!

You can do this! Any problems with that? So I was able to convince 5 other people in my office to join in on the 3 Day Juice Fast Plan starting today. We thought there was strength in numbers to help get us through the challenge and we based our shopping off of the shortened list provided on this page.

Buying and make juice for everyone was quite the ordeal which was made more difficult by the fact that the shopping list was inaccurate to the point of excluding 5 items completely and not having the right counts for apples vs. Kurt, welcome to JOJ and congrats on starting you fast! Sorry for the shopping list mishap. I had edited the page a while back and must have clipped the list short when I re-published it. Thank you for pointing that out.

Keep me posted on your fast Kurt! Sorry lots of questions…but one more for the day…my girl friends are having a body wrap party…is it safe to do body wraps while juicing? Go for it, have a great time! And in making my own recipe what it the suggested amount of fruits and vegetables for each glass of juice. Hope this answers your question. I LOVE sushi my favorite food and after the fasting, do you recommend to eat or avoid certain type of food?

Or can i go for my sushi? Also, do you recommend the use of spirulina? Can I put some mint leaves? Spirulina is also a good choice and mint leaves are fantastic in juices! Try out all of those fruits as they all juice well and add a spectacular flavor to any juice. Half the fun is experimenting and coming up with your own recipes.

Have at it and happy juicing! I just started a 3 day Juice Fast today. How long after I drink that do i drink my breakfast juice? Right away or should I be waiting?

Dan, thanks for your comment! I typically have my water with lemon right when I wake up. Then I go about my morning routine and have my juice last before I leave the house. I will definitely be joning you on Monday the 15th. I have been able to loose some weight with regular exercise and a low carb diet, but seem to have hit a plateau. I want to start with the 3 day Juice Fast plan and see if I can finally get rid of these last pounds. Thank you so much…. Rebecca, you are very welcome.

I wish you and your husband the best of luck on your juice fast. I am wondering how one would do this that is in a car or office all day? I used to prep my produce the night before and place each meal in its own gallon size ziploc bag. That way in the morning I just pulled out the bags, juiced each one, cleaned up and was on my way.

Make sure you store them in a fridge and they will hold up. Mary, thanks for your comment. If your trainer has any doubts or questions just refer him to the site. First off thanks for making this site, it really is a good guide for those of us new to juicing!

My question is how much spinach do you use when substituting for kale? Maria, thanks for your comment! When substituting spinach for kale I find that I usually add a handful of spinach per two leaves of kale. You may add more if you like. What a great plan! My question is this: Can I just leave the carrots out of the recipe or should I substitute something else in its place and if so, then what?

Thank you for your comment Kathrynthemezzo! For carrots you may try substituting a fruit do to the sugar content. Or you could simply leave it out.

But feel free to experiment and replace with anything you like. Emma, no you cannot use a blender. I wrote an article dedicated to this one topic because I get asked this question a lot. This would add fiber to the juice and take you off of the juice fast. The juice fast works by putting your digestive system to rest. When you add solids into the mix you are kicking your digestive system back into gear. On the other hand, if you want to throw your juice in a blender and add in some ice it will work to make it a little colder and thicker.

Anabolic steroids , also known more properly as anabolic—androgenic steroids AAS , [1] are steroidal androgens that include natural androgens like testosterone as well as synthetic androgens that are structurally related and have similar effects to testosterone. They are anabolic and increase protein within cells , especially in skeletal muscles , and also have varying degrees of androgenic and virilizing effects, including induction of the development and maintenance of masculine secondary sexual characteristics such as the growth of facial and body hair.

Androgens or AAS are one of three types of sex hormone agonists , the others being estrogens like estradiol and progestogens like progesterone. AAS were synthesized in the s, and are now used therapeutically in medicine to stimulate muscle growth and appetite , induce male puberty and treat chronic wasting conditions, such as cancer and AIDS. The American College of Sports Medicine acknowledges that AAS, in the presence of adequate diet, can contribute to increases in body weight , often as lean mass increases and that the gains in muscular strength achieved through high-intensity exercise and proper diet can be additionally increased by the use of AAS in some individuals.

Health risks can be produced by long-term use or excessive doses of AAS. Ergogenic uses for AAS in sports , racing , and bodybuilding as performance-enhancing drugs are controversial because of their adverse effects and the potential to gain unfair advantage in physical competitions.

Their use is referred to as doping and banned by most major sporting bodies. Since the discovery and synthesis of testosterone in the s, AAS have been used by physicians for many purposes, with varying degrees of success.

These can broadly be grouped into anabolic, androgenic, and other uses. Most steroid users are not athletes. AAS have been used by men and women in many different kinds of professional sports to attain a competitive edge or to assist in recovery from injury. These sports include bodybuilding , weightlifting , shot put and other track and field , cycling , baseball , wrestling , mixed martial arts , boxing , football , and cricket. Such use is prohibited by the rules of the governing bodies of most sports.

AAS use occurs among adolescents, especially by those participating in competitive sports. It has been suggested that the prevalence of use among high-school students in the U. The AAS that have been used most commonly in medicine are testosterone and its many esters but most typically testosterone undecanoate , testosterone enanthate , testosterone cypionate , and testosterone propionate , [63] nandrolone esters typically nandrolone decanoate and nandrolone phenylpropionate , stanozolol , and metandienone methandrostenolone.

Designer steroids are AAS that have not been approved and marketed for medical use but have been distributed through the black market. There are four common forms in which AAS are administered: Oral administration is the most convenient. Testosterone administered by mouth is rapidly absorbed, but it is largely converted to inactive metabolites, and only about one-sixth is available in active form.

This modification reduces the liver's ability to break down these compounds before they reach the systemic circulation. Testosterone can be administered parenterally , but it has more irregular prolonged absorption time and greater activity in muscle in enanthate , undecanoate , or cypionate ester form. These derivatives are hydrolyzed to release free testosterone at the site of injection; absorption rate and thus injection schedule varies among different esters, but medical injections are normally done anywhere between semi-weekly to once every 12 weeks.

A more frequent schedule may be desirable in order to maintain a more constant level of hormone in the system. In addition, because estered testosterone is dissolved in oil, intravenous injection has the potential to cause a dangerous embolism clot in the bloodstream. Transdermal patches adhesive patches placed on the skin may also be used to deliver a steady dose through the skin and into the bloodstream. There is also the risk that an intimate partner or child may come in contact with the application site and inadvertently dose himself or herself; children and women are highly sensitive to testosterone and can suffer unintended masculinization and health effects, even from small doses.

Injection is the most common method used by individuals administering AAS for non-medical purposes. The traditional routes of administration do not have differential effects on the efficacy of the drug. Studies indicate that the anabolic properties of AAS are relatively similar despite the differences in pharmacokinetic principles such as first-pass metabolism.

However, the orally available forms of AAS may cause liver damage in high doses. Known possible side effects of AAS include: Depending on the length of drug abuse, there is a chance that the immune system can be damaged.

Most of these side-effects are dose-dependent, the most common being elevated blood pressure , especially in those with pre-existing hypertension. AAS have been shown to alter fasting blood sugar and glucose tolerance tests. A number of severe side effects can occur if adolescents use AAS.

For example, AAS may prematurely stop the lengthening of bones premature epiphyseal fusion through increased levels of estrogen metabolites , resulting in stunted growth. Other effects include, but are not limited to, accelerated bone maturation , increased frequency and duration of erections, and premature sexual development.

AAS use in adolescence is also correlated with poorer attitudes related to health. Probably carcinogenic to humans. Other side-effects can include alterations in the structure of the heart , such as enlargement and thickening of the left ventricle , which impairs its contraction and relaxation , and therefore reducing ejected blood volume.

AAS use can cause harmful changes in cholesterol levels: AAS use in adolescents quickens bone maturation and may reduce adult height in high doses. There are also sex-specific side effects of AAS. Development of breast tissue in males, a condition called gynecomastia which is usually caused by high levels of circulating estradiol , may arise because of increased conversion of testosterone to estradiol by the enzyme aromatase.

This side-effect is temporary; the size of the testicles usually returns to normal within a few weeks of discontinuing AAS use as normal production of sperm resumes. Female-specific side effects include increases in body hair , permanent deepening of the voice, enlarged clitoris , and temporary decreases in menstrual cycles. Alteration of fertility and ovarian cysts can also occur in females.

Kidney tests revealed that nine of the ten steroid users developed a condition called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis , a type of scarring within the kidneys. The kidney damage in the bodybuilders has similarities to that seen in morbidly obese patients, but appears to be even more severe. High doses of oral AAS compounds can cause liver damage.

A review in CNS Drugs determined that "significant psychiatric symptoms including aggression and violence, mania , and less frequently psychosis and suicide have been associated with steroid abuse. Long-term steroid abusers may develop symptoms of dependence and withdrawal on discontinuation of AAS". Recreational AAS use appears to be associated with a range of potentially prolonged psychiatric effects, including dependence syndromes, mood disorders , and progression to other forms of substance abuse, but the prevalence and severity of these various effects remains poorly understood.

Large-scale long-term studies of psychiatric effects on AAS users are not currently available. DSM-IV lists General diagnostic criteria for a personality disorder guideline that "The pattern must not be better accounted for as a manifestation of another mental disorder, or to the direct physiological effects of a substance e.

As a result, AAS users may get misdiagnosed by a psychiatrist not told about their habit. Affective disorders have long been recognised as a complication of AAS use. From the mids onward, the media reported "roid rage" as a side effect of AAS. A review determined that some, but not all, randomized controlled studies have found that AAS use correlates with hypomania and increased aggressiveness, but pointed out that attempts to determine whether AAS use triggers violent behavior have failed, primarily because of high rates of non-participation.

Compared with individuals that did not use steroids, young adult males that used AAS reported greater involvement in violent behaviors even after controlling for the effects of key demographic variables, previous violent behavior, and polydrug use.

The drug response was highly variable. The mechanism of these variable reactions could not be explained by demographic, psychological, laboratory, or physiological measures. A study of two pairs of identical twins, in which one twin used AAS and the other did not, found that in both cases the steroid-using twin exhibited high levels of aggressiveness, hostility, anxiety, and paranoid ideation not found in the "control" twin.

The relationship between AAS use and depression is inconclusive. There have been anecdotal reports of depression and suicide in teenage steroid users, [] but little systematic evidence. A review found that AAS may both relieve and cause depression, and that cessation or diminished use of AAS may also result in depression, but called for additional studies due to disparate data. Androgens such as testosterone , androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone are required for the development of organs in the male reproductive system , including the seminal vesicles , epididymis , vas deferens , penis and prostate.

The pharmacodynamics of AAS are unlike peptide hormones. However, as fat-soluble hormones, AAS are membrane-permeable and influence the nucleus of cells by direct action. The pharmacodynamic action of AAS begin when the exogenous hormone penetrates the membrane of the target cell and binds to an androgen receptor AR located in the cytoplasm of that cell. From there, the compound hormone-receptor diffuses into the nucleus, where it either alters the expression of genes [] or activates processes that send signals to other parts of the cell.

The effect of AAS on muscle mass is caused in at least two ways: It has been hypothesized that this reduction in muscle breakdown may occur through AAS inhibiting the action of other steroid hormones called glucocorticoids that promote the breakdown of muscles. As their name suggests, AAS have two different, but overlapping, types of effects: Some examples of the anabolic effects of these hormones are increased protein synthesis from amino acids , increased appetite, increased bone remodeling and growth, and stimulation of bone marrow , which increases the production of red blood cells.

Through a number of mechanisms AAS stimulate the formation of muscle cells and hence cause an increase in the size of skeletal muscles , leading to increased strength.

The androgenic effects of AAS are numerous. Depending on the length of use, the side effects of the steroid can be irreversible. Processes affected include pubertal growth, sebaceous gland oil production, and sexuality especially in fetal development. Some examples of virilizing effects are growth of the clitoris in females and the penis in male children the adult penis size does not change due to steroids [ medical citation needed ] , increased vocal cord size, increased libido , suppression of natural sex hormones , and impaired production of sperm.

Men may develop an enlargement of breast tissue, known as gynecomastia, testicular atrophy, and a reduced sperm count. Compounds with a high ratio of androgenic to an anabolic effects are the drug of choice in androgen-replacement therapy e. This disassociation is less marked in humans, where all AAS have significant androgenic effects. A commonly used protocol for determining the androgenic: The VP weight is an indicator of the androgenic effect, while the LA weight is an indicator of the anabolic effect.

Two or more batches of rats are castrated and given no treatment and respectively some AAS of interest. Animal studies also found that fat mass was reduced, but most studies in humans failed to elucidate significant fat mass decrements. The effects on lean body mass have been shown to be dose-dependent. Both muscle hypertrophy and the formation of new muscle fibers have been observed.

The hydration of lean mass remains unaffected by AAS use, although small increments of blood volume cannot be ruled out. The upper region of the body thorax, neck, shoulders, and upper arm seems to be more susceptible for AAS than other body regions because of predominance of ARs in the upper body. After drug withdrawal, the effects fade away slowly, but may persist for more than 6—12 weeks after cessation of AAS use.

Overall, the exercise where the most significant improvements were observed is the bench press. The measurement of the dissociation between anabolic and androgenic effects among AAS is based largely on a simple although arguably unsophisticated and outdated model involving rat tissue bioassays. The intracellular metabolism theory explains how and why remarkable dissociation between anabolic and androgenic effects can occur despite the fact that these effects are mediated through the same signaling receptor, and of course why dissociation is invariably incomplete.

An animal study found that two different kinds of androgen response elements could differentially respond to testosterone and DHT upon activation of the AR.

Changes in endogenous testosterone levels may also contribute to differences in myotrophic—androgenic ratio between testosterone and synthetic AAS. Testosterone can be metabolized by aromatase into estradiol , and many other AAS can be metabolized into their corresponding estrogenic metabolites as well.

The major effect of estrogenicity is gynecomastia woman-like breasts. AAS are androstane or estrane steroids. As well as others such as 1-dehydrogenation e. The most commonly employed human physiological specimen for detecting AAS usage is urine, although both blood and hair have been investigated for this purpose. The AAS, whether of endogenous or exogenous origin, are subject to extensive hepatic biotransformation by a variety of enzymatic pathways.

The primary urinary metabolites may be detectable for up to 30 days after the last use, depending on the specific agent, dose and route of administration.

A number of the drugs have common metabolic pathways, and their excretion profiles may overlap those of the endogenous steroids, making interpretation of testing results a very significant challenge to the analytical chemist.

Methods for detection of the substances or their excretion products in urine specimens usually involve gas chromatography—mass spectrometry or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The use of gonadal steroids pre-dates their identification and isolation. Medical use of testicle extract began in the late 19th century while its effects on strength were still being studied. In the s, it was already known that the testes contain a more powerful androgen than androstenone , and three groups of scientists, funded by competing pharmaceutical companies in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland, raced to isolate it.

The chemical synthesis of testosterone was achieved in August that year, when Butenandt and G. Wettstein, announced a patent application in a paper "On the Artificial Preparation of the Testicular Hormone Testosterone Androstenoneol.

Clinical trials on humans, involving either oral doses of methyltestosterone or injections of testosterone propionate , began as early as Kennedy was administered steroids both before and during his presidency. The development of muscle-building properties of testosterone was pursued in the s, in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Bloc countries such as East Germany, where steroid programs were used to enhance the performance of Olympic and other amateur weight lifters.

In response to the success of Russian weightlifters, the U. The new steroid was approved for use in the U. It was most commonly administered to burn victims and the elderly. The drug's off-label users were mostly bodybuilders and weight lifters.

Although Ziegler prescribed only small doses to athletes, he soon discovered that those having abused Dianabol suffered from enlarged prostates and atrophied testes. Three major ideas governed modifications of testosterone into a multitude of AAS: Androgens were discovered in the s and were characterized as having effects described as androgenic i. Although anabolic steroid was originally intended to specifically describe testosterone-derived steroids with a marked dissociation of anabolic and androgenic effect, it is applied today indiscriminately to all steroids with AR agonism-based anabolic effects regardless of their androgenic potency, including even non-synthetic steroids like testosterone itself.

The legal status of AAS varies from country to country: Unlawful distribution or possession with intent to distribute AAS as a first offense is punished by up to ten years in prison. Those guilty of buying or selling AAS in Canada can be imprisoned for up to 18 months. In Canada, researchers have concluded that steroid use among student athletes is extremely widespread.

A study conducted in by the Canadian Centre for Drug-Free Sport found that nearly 83, Canadians between the ages of 11 and 18 use steroids. AAS are readily available without a prescription in some countries such as Mexico and Thailand. The history of the U. The same act also introduced more stringent controls with higher criminal penalties for offenses involving the illegal distribution of AAS and human growth hormone.

By the early s, after AAS were scheduled in the U. In the Controlled Substances Act, AAS are defined to be any drug or hormonal substance chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone other than estrogens , progestins , and corticosteroids that promote muscle growth. The act was amended by the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of , which added prohormones to the list of controlled substances , with effect from January 20, In the United Kingdom, AAS are classified as class C drugs for their illegal abuse potential, which puts them in the same class as benzodiazepines.

Part 1 drugs are subject to full import and export controls with possession being an offence without an appropriate prescription. There is no restriction on the possession when it is part of a medicinal product. Part 2 drugs require a Home Office licence for importation and export unless the substance is in the form of a medicinal product and is for self-administration by a person.

Many other countries have similar legislation prohibiting AAS in sports including Denmark, [] France, [] the Netherlands [] and Sweden. United States federal law enforcement officials have expressed concern about AAS use by police officers. It's not that we set out to target cops, but when we're in the middle of an active investigation into steroids, there have been quite a few cases that have led back to police officers," says Lawrence Payne, a spokesman for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

Following the murder-suicide of Chris Benoit in , the Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigated steroid usage in the wrestling industry. The documents stated that 75 wrestlers—roughly 40 percent—had tested positive for drug use since , most commonly for steroids. AAS are frequently produced in pharmaceutical laboratories, but, in nations where stricter laws are present, they are also produced in small home-made underground laboratories, usually from raw substances imported from abroad.

As with most significant smuggling operations, organized crime is involved.