Contributing Monkie GreenChef Staff Monkies
Published on March 5, 2009
(Re-featured - Angele Stokes Amazing Courage and Spirit For Positive Change – Posted in 2007)
They say that fiber is a big key to a healthy diet, and it’s true, fiber is very important.However, sometimes it’s the lack of fiber that helps cleanse and flush out the toxins and access fat. And I’m not talking about a fast food diet of white bread and coke. Rather it is a unique nutritional approach that is similar to a fast accept that you are giving your body all the same calories and nutrition it needs, just minus the fiber. Angela Stokes calls it a Juice Feast Diet, and she has just come off of doing the diet for 92 days. For the past 3 months, Angela has not consumed a single piece of solid food or fiber. Her diet consisted of 1500 calories a day of vegetable and fruit juices, water, coconut water and some oils. Angela Stokes, prior to going on this juice diet, had been on an all raw diet for several years. Before she went on the raw diet she weighed 279 lbs. After going on the diet she got down to 138lbs. She lost 18 lbs. after the 92 days.
Here is a video blog of Angela on the day she broke her 92 day juice fast explaining what her amazing experience and transformation was like and what is like to eat a piece of solid food again after so long.http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2055968753902029556
Story continues after the jump
The purpose of going on a juice diet is not weight loss though. It is to give the body a holiday basically from its tireless and endless job of food processing and digestion, of breaking down all the solid food and fiber. The organs still have their jobs to do of making insulin and processing fat and proteins and carbs etc. but apparently the digestion and processing of all that solid food takes a lot of energy. By freeing the body up from that job by making a juicer do all the hard work, the body all of a sudden has a surplus reserve of energy to subsidize other energy intensive projects. Like going to work detoxing out old toxins and healing and rejuvenating its organs. It’s kind of like when the body goes to sleep at night. One of the reasons our body makes us shut down for 8 hours a day is so that it can redirect its energy from the daily processes, digesting food, moving, thinking etc. and devote the energy into repairing and recharging. They don’t call it beauty sleep for no reason. Even while we still dream and have some mental activity going on, the brain waves are slowed down considerably to a level that requires very little energy to maintain. Our minds burn a lot of calories while we are awake just churning away.
Also, all of the nutrients, the proteins, vitamins and minerals etc. are much more easily absorbed into the body directly because it doesn’t have to try to extract them itself, in which its efficiency at doing so is never perfect and always dependent on the person and other factors. So you can actually absorb and get more nutrition from drinking just the juice of a food rather then the whole food. Not to say that the fiber is not important and useful. I believe in a whole food diet, long term. Fiber slows down the rate in which things are processed and that can be a very good thing. Especially for slowing down the rate of sugar entering the blood so that it doesn’t do it all at once and cause the pancreas to secrete an insulin surge to process the glucose. Too much high sugar fruit juice might not be the best thing for a lot of people. Vegetable juices are a better choice as they are lower in the sugars and better balanced in macro-nutrients.