I’ve read quite a few articles lately that claim that juice cleansing is the new eating disorder. After reading these articles I wanted to set the record straight, because while I’m sure they might have been written with good intentions they’re poorly researched, misinformed, and generally focus on a few misunderstood aspects of what they think juice cleansing is.
Juice Cleansing Is Not A Trend, It’s Been Around For Some Time
First off, despite what many may think juice cleansing has been around for quite some time. I find it amusing when some refer to it as a trend.
Juice cleansing has gained massive exposure and popularity due mainly to the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Since then many people have lost much needed weight, or have healed themselves of chronic diseases as well as other health issues through it. This has taken juicing into the limelight and in the past few years it has gained even more exposure than ever before; however, the truth is that juice cleansing has been around since at least the 1930s when Max Gerson developed a juice cleanse to treat his own health issues. This has since become known as The Gerson Therapy, but is generally a juice cleanse done in a specific way.
His was the first publicized juice cleanse, but it’s possible people were doing it before even then. Either way people have been juice cleansing for quite some time now, way before Hollywood or anyone else popularized it!
That brings me to the next misunderstood aspect of juice cleansing.
Juice Cleansing The Healthy Way VS. The Unhealthy Way
Let’s start with fasting so we can get a better understanding of what we’re getting into here first. Fasting for spiritual purposes is a practice that has been going on since time immemorial. The purpose of a spiritual fast is not weight loss, but to clear the mind of distractions, get closer to the divine (whatever that may be for an individual), and to generally sharpen a person’s focus.
The subject of fasting for spiritual purposes is a large one and is a topic that would fill an article on its own, so I’ll just leave it at that.
When doing a juice cleanse a person can incorporate these spiritual principles if they like, but if you are looking to lose weight starving yourself is the wrong way to go about it. This is a huge misunderstood principle of juice cleansing. To us it is the foundation, and is somewhat like learning the alphabet before you can read or write.
Starving Yourself Has Nothing To Do With Juice Cleansing!
Starvation diets don’t work in the long run, and that’s not what a juice cleanse is! A juice cleanse is not simply a quick fix solution, but should be done in a way that it also offers long term change. If you didn’t know this you might want to read this article here.
As that article states during a juice cleanse you want to be flooding your body with nutritious raw living juice! You want to drink a minimum of 1 gallon of juice a day. It’s not at all about starving yourself, it’s about filling yourself up.
Bringing An Eating Disorder Mentality Into Juice Cleansing Is Not Where It’s At
The truth is that there are people who have eating disorders. They bring an eating disorder mind set into their juice cleansing. What they have missed along the way is that juice cleansing is a healthy and nutrient rich way of losing weight, cleansing your body, giving your digestive system a rest, and putting pure clean forms of sustenance into it for a period of time.
Like I spoke about above when it becomes a starvation diet, it becomes something different altogether.
Hollywood and The Media At Large
I can see why there is some confusion… In comes Hollywood with it’s photo-shopped unrealistic version of what a person is supposed to look like, and you get countless numbers of people thinking they need to starve themselves to achieve that look.
People who are already most likely at a healthy weight talking about how they’re juice cleansing to lose some more pounds, while millions of impressionable people gobble it up.
I’m sure some of the people in Hollywood know how to do a healthy juice cleanse that will yield long term results, but the focus usually seems to be on those who are fasting not feasting.
Like I said above you can incorporate many fasting ideals into your cleanse, but the starvation part is not an actual juice cleansing principle. The problem is that those who don’t know better have held it up to be so, and this fundamental and most essential part of what juice cleansing truly is gets lost in a whirlwind of misinformation.
To say juice cleansing is the latest eating disorder is like saying FOOD is the latest eating disorder! It’s a fallacy, and comes from a place of misunderstanding.
Do some people who juice cleanse have eating disorders? It’s very probable that some do, but it’s also very probable that some people who eat food have an eating disorder.
It’s really about what someone makes of it, and doing a true juice cleanse has nothing to do with deprivation of calories or starving yourself. Like I’ve said on-site here many times, if you’re looking to lose weight starvation has nothing to do with it!
If you’re new to juice cleansing let me first say that drinking MORE juice during your juice cleanse is better! You should be flooding your body with raw juice! A juice cleanse is not a fast, it’s a celebration; a feast!
Secondly if you want to know more about juice cleansing read as many of the articles we’ve written in this category as possible! There are pages of articles there so be sure to click “Next Page” at the bottom to see more.
You can also pick up a copy of our very affordable juice cleansing eBook, which is loaded with all of the information you will need to do a juice cleanse the right way!
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