I just completed one of Jason Vale’s quarterly juice challenges. This time it was a 7-day juice challenge. It varies each quarter; and, of course, you can modify the plan to fit your needs.
This quarter’s challenge started on July 4. This is a big holiday in the US, and we already had big plans with friends visiting from abroad, so I decided to start the challenge on the 5th.
These challenges are a great way to give juicing a try. They are completely free. A shopping list for the produce you need is available long before the challenge begins. Each day you will receive via email the juice recipes for the next day. You will also receive an encouraging video featuring Jason Vale, the Juice Master. There’s even a Facebook group that you can join for more community support.
I have mostly maintained my weight the last couple of months, and had decided a few weeks ago that it was time to get serious about weight loss once again. It was time to buckle down on my diet and to stop those unhealthy habits that were starting to creep in again. A juice steadfast is always a great springboard to get into or to get back into a healthy lifestyle.
What did I notice? Right away I noticed that I was feeling fabulous, feeling lighter, and feeling like I had more spring in my step. I did also lose weight, so I am happy with that as well. Now that I have infused my body with lots of required nutrients for a week; that is what it wants and is craving–not the processed, sugary food-like substances the we often call food that our body will crave if we make them a part of our diet.
If you have fallen and stumbled and need to get back on track or perhaps have completely fallen into a pit that you need to climb out of, do not be afraid to get up and give it another try. Do not decide that you are a failure and give up, but instead look back on what made you fall in the first place and learn from it. Come up with a plan to keep it from happening again. Each time you get up you will become smarter and stronger. If the same obstacle makes you fall again, that’s ok, as long as you keep getting up.
Changing the way you live overnight probably isn’t going to happen and trying to do so is most likely going to lead to failure. Just as anyone with a healthy lifestyle can slowly let the bad creep in and change their life, anyone with an unhealthy lifestyle can slowly bring in the good and let the good change their life. If you can slowly incorporate healthy habits into your life and keep them there, you will crowd out the unhealthy habits. This is a lifestyle change, not a “diet.” A lifestyle change will change your life forever, whereas a “diet” will only change your life for the short-term.
The path you decide to take truly is a case of mind over matter–a decision you have to make. If you decide to change paths, it will be a decision you will have to make over and over again. As with anything new, the first time is the hardest. The important thing is to keep making that decision, and when you fall (and you will) to get up. When you fall again, get up again. Rinse, and repeat.
By Lori Camper