Breaking the Power Juice Feast

Breaking the Power Juice Feast

by Steven Prussack
Host of Raw Vegan Radio

I broke my 23 day Power Juice Feast today!  It was an amazing journey and I accomplished my goals.  I am going to share my before/ after picture on this post.  I will share my thoughts, what worked, what didn’t, what I will do next time…and my current transition to a raw food diet.  I hope this blog continues to inspire others who are moving towards a more healthy lifestyle.

The Break

I broke the cleanse with one large organic mango, and it was incredible!  It tasted amazing and felt good to chew again.  The rest of the day consisted of a snack of one apple, an organic mixed greens salad, and an organic kale salad.  After my lunch salad, I immediately felt horrible.  My energy (that has been incredible the majority of the cleanse) dropped significantly.  I became so tired, I actually had to lie down for a nap during the afternoon.  I didn’t make it to the gym, and just felt lethargic.  My stomach has shrunk significantly, as expected, and it was surprising how little food I needed to feel satisfied.  It was a difficult transition back to eating raw foods.  I should have gone much lighter with my food choices today, so this could have been a more gentle transition back had I done things differently.  I will share more in a little bit.  First, here is a better picture of my before/ after.


My starting weight was 182.4 and ending weight is 170. I have gone from a 34 waist size to 32/33.  The best part is, I have better insight into my body and what I need to do moving forward.  I will share those thoughts in the next section of this blog post.

What Worked

  • The Juice Feast!  It was gentle, effective, and I would definitely do it again.
  • Breaking the cleanse with a fresh organic mango
  • Incorporating HealthForce Healing Cleanse Level 3 (this made the cleanse more intense, with deeper cleansing)
  • Getting a colonic during the cleanse!  Definitely amazing to clean out on that level.
  • Using organic produce (I am blessed to live in California and have access to an incredible variety of produce)
  • Being in a supportive relationship (my thanks to my wonderful family, especially my fiance Julie who supported my ups and downs throughout the cleanse)
  • The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Juicer Pro (I was using the Hurom juicer at the beginning, and found the brand-new Jay Kordich PowerGrind Juicer Pro is the BEST juicer I have ever used.  It extracted an incredible amount of juice and the clean-up was easy)
  • Scraping my tongue daily (I was able to track my body as it got cleaner, noticing less mucous on the tongue scraper as the cleanse went on)
  • Advice from David Rain, the mastermind behind “Juice Feasting”
  • Deciding to end before my family vacation (what a relief that I don’t have to figure out how I will juice and what might happen as I am skiing down a mountain!)
  • Doing a cleanse during the holiday season (great insight into human nature, how people bond over food, and a true test of how the mind could overcome temptations)
  • Reading inspiring books, such as Paul Bragg’s “Fasting” and basically the whole library of Norman Walker (favorite)
  • Using intuition to choose produce and what juice combinations to make (I had a lot of comments on how creative my juice choices were…they were all picked using intuition, including how much to put in of each fruit or vegetable)
  • Not using a Juicing book to choose recipes (intuition is key)
  • Making my own juices, instead of having them made at restaurants (just so much better when you make it yourself)

What Didn’t Work

  • Neglecting to do an enema, even though I had everything set and ready (It took so much time to juice, I just couldn’t find the time)
  • Using the recommended Flax Seed Oil for Juice Feasting (I found my body cleansed more without using oil and fats during the program)
  • Going to restaurants and watching people eat favorite foods (not recommended.  It was great to bond with family, but hard to watch people eating some of the foods I love)
  • Working full time without much breaks (my schedule is crazy and it would have been nice to have more relaxation time during the cleanse)
  • Having too many fats when breaking the cleanse (I was fine with the mango.  My other meals contained some raw fats, and this made for decreased energy and stomach pains)

What I’ll Do Next Time

  • Enemas
  • More colonics
  • Less Juice (I found that a gallon was too much.  I did fine drinking 3 quarts a day when combined with the HealthForce Healing Cleanse.  However, without the supplements one gallon worked fine)
  • More exercise (I made it to the gym much less than I thought.  My body is ready to build muscle since it is more lean.  I would like to work out much more next time.  This would include yoga, rebounding, and light weight training)
  • Less work

Moving Forward

Like I said, the benefits have been remarkable.  Since I have gained great insight into my body and previous habits, I feel entirely rebooted (as Joe Cross from “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” says).  My taste buds are sensitive to every taste.  I crave only healthy, raw organic simple foods.  I notice the difference between being hungry and eating for comfort.  I gave up habits such as green tea with caffeine and will not go back again.  I gave up unhealthy snacking at night.  I am drinking more water throughout the day.

In moving forward, I am going to continue my transition to a raw food diet.  I feel best when the foods I eat are living and full of enzymes.  I will continue to blog about this journey and look forward to sharing recipe ideas.  I am also going to make it a habit of fasting one time a week on distilled water.  I know this will keep me aligned with my new healthier lifestyle.

Thanks again for all your comments during this journey.  I would love to hear what you have in mind to align yourself with the healthiest life possible as we prepare our transition towards 2012.

With love,

Steve Prussack

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» Karen Ranzi said: { Dec 21, 2011 - 03:12:14 }

My daughter Gabriela, who came in for the holidays from Colorado, and I are talking about doing a juice cleanse just after the holidays. I’m showing her everything you wrote as it’s truly so motivating, even at this cold time of year in the NY/NJ area. I’ve done green juice for a week several times but I’d like to go longer on the next one. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!

» Malika K. Perry said: { Dec 21, 2011 - 05:12:15 }

Congratulations on your success, Steve!!! Your comments about your feast are very encouraging and inspiring! I underwent a juice feast for 10 days one time and felt great!!! I lost weight, my stomach was flat ( not gassy) and I could feel my body healing. I followed a program on line! However, afterward, I felt bloaty, and suffered severe constipation. I thought it was the result of not having the fiber while juicing. I am not sure. I did not get a colonic or use any additional supplements like a cleanser or anything like that. When I do undergo another juice feast, I would love not to experience too many draw backs. Again, your juice feast journey is inspiring and I will take from the knowledge you provided to assist me. Have you ever thought of facilitating an on-line juice feast?? It would certainly be great…..

» Steven Prussack said: { Dec 21, 2011 - 07:12:49 }

Malika, I am working on a program like you are asking about…with my friend Jay Kordich, The Juiceman.

» Sunny Griffin said: { Dec 22, 2011 - 08:12:44 }

Steven, I have have just finished my 16 or 17th (honestly I cannot remember) juice fast. This one was only 7 days but it really does the trick if you do it right. I cannot imagine doing a juice fast without colon cleansing. I find enemas uncomfortable and difficult. I intensely dislike colonics because I do not want someone else determining when fluid needs to leave my body, no matter how skilled they may be. There is another way: do a colema, a simple super effective way to self administer a warm water colon cleanse. About 16 gallons of warm water flows through your lower colon going in and out at almost the same time so there is never discomfort or cramping. The entire process takes about 20 minutes and I usually do a Sudoku while doing it. After 5 years of doing fasts with Gabriel Cousens in Mount Shasta and Patagonia, Arizona, and suffering through daily enemas, I found out about The Spa Resort in Thailand where fasting is their program and they even have a wonderful restaurant with an entire raw food section. There is meditation every morning followed by yoga on a spectacular outdoor yoga sala, with wonderful hiking all around as it is in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is there that I really learned that fasting is a cleanse on so many different levels, if you can allow it to be. For me it is not only physical, but mental, spiritual, and sometimes emotional as well. Several years ago, because I have fasted so many times and was working very hard with little time, I did a fast while continuing to work. It was really different. The physical ramifications were similar but didn’t last as long (lost weight, lost my addictions to things like coffee, etc) but I certainly didn’t feel like the new regenerated person I did when I returned from Thailand every year. I cannot recommend enough that: 1. Never do a juice fast without daily colon cleansing, and 2. Go away to do your fast. Leave your regular life behind for 10 days and get in touch with who you are inside. I always went to The Spa Resorts in Koh Samui and Koh Chang because Thailand is so inexpensive that, even including the flight over, it was a lot cheaper than vacationing anywhere in the USA and they have colema boards. Then The Spa Resorts built a new resort outside Chiang Mai in the most beautiful part of Northern Thailand and my husband and I bought a house there where we will retire to one day. I am here now and you said you were calling me last Friday. I waited. What happened?

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