I heard cleaning up after using a juicer is a pain. What's the story?
No magical words of wisdom here... Fasting doesn't mean Fast Food. Prepping your produce, doing the juicing, and doing the cleanup takes a lot of time. If you're new to juicing, know full well going in that it is work, and work requires extra time in the kitchen. But don't let that stop you from doing the cleanse/detox/fast. Ultimately you will look back and know full well that the work has been worth the trouble. (I don't even have a garbage disposal in my sink, so it takes me even more time to clean the big chunks from my juicer before I wash it. If I can do it you can do it!) (Also... If you are lucky enough to have someone preparing your juice for you, whether it be at home or in a juice bar, be sure to thank them wholeheartedly. They deserve it!)
I was just in the kitchen cleaning my juicer when I was reminded of one practical hint that I can give you. Don't let the juice and waste material dry on the juicer before you clean it. Dried material = longer cleaning. :-)
Will I have normal bowel movements?
Although they may be somewhat less periodic than 'normal,' you will continue to experience bowel movements. During a cleanse/detox/fast, you are still eating fruit and green vegetables. Additionally, your body is discharging old, caked on intestinal/fecal matter and things like parasites and yeasts.
I do not have my eyesight. Can I still participate in cleansing?
There is a tremendous amount of work involved in juicing including washing the produce, produce pre-cutting and poststorage, and assembling and cleaning the juicing machine. This last point, cleaning the juicing machine, is of upmost importance. If food particles are left behind drying on the machine parts, there is the possibility for the development of bacteria.
My advice is to either have a sighted person support you throughout this fast, or go to a 'juicing' retail store. If you go to a 'juice bar,' insist that they use only the ingredients which you tell them to use.
Having said that, it is very important that you do not let this particular situation keep you from cleansing your body. Get assistance, and do the cleanse/detox/fast.
Can I loose weight on this fasting lifestyle?
I can only speak from personal experience. I lost 23 pounds in my first four weeks of changing to this lifestyle.
What about my medications during the fasting program?
If you are on medications that you cannot stop, don't even think about the water fasting part of this program. According to Dr. Michael Klapper, M.D. in his DVD entitled 'Fasting', (generally healthy people) "must stop all medications the first day of the water fast. The effects of the medications are potentiated (increased), and you get all sorts of side effects."
"If there's going to be a side effect of a drug it will happen on a fast. (In our clinic) we insist that people stop all medications. The only medication we allow is thyroid medications, but even that we reduce by 1/2."
Won't the citric acid from oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruit harm my teeth?
Followup your glass of juice with a swish of water.