3 Ways to Pick Vegetables for Fasting

1. Go Organic

When people do a fasting program, they tend to do it for either spiritual reasons or health reasons, but the most common reason for doing a fast is to clear out the toxins in your system so it works better. Thus, when you pick vegetables for fasting, they should be as free from chemicals as possible. Choose organic vegetables and you assure yourself you are not putting back in the very thing you take out. While it’s true that eating veggies for a few days, even non-organic ones, give the digestive system a rest that most of us desperately need, keep the pesticide residue to a minimum by picking up fruits and vegetables for your fast from the organic section. Your colon will thank you.

2. Juice a Rainbow

When selecting vegetables for a juice fast, be sure you get all your nutrients by choosing a rainbow of vegetables. Some of the most common fasting juices contain carrot and beet juices. Juicing these foods requires a specialty juicing machine. Get the highest quality one you can afford, especially if you think you’ll fast on a regular basis. Make sure you get some green veggies in there too for their chlorophyll content. Spinach is a great choice because it is high in iron, magnesium, calcium and other minerals. These minerals are essential for bodily function, and for extended fasts, you’ll need to keep your mineral stores up to avoid deficiency in any one of them. Another great addition to your juice fast is garlic because of its anti-microbial properties. Although it might be tempting to only use the juicer only once a day, don’t. Make the juice fresh for each “meal” since the live enzymes and other nutrients quickly deteriorate.

3. Wash Veggies Thoroughly

Be sure to scrub all root vegetables thoroughly with a vegetable brush, used only for this purpose. Keep your vegetable brush out of the hands of, say, your husband, who might use it to clean the grill. Consider getting or making a fruit and vegetable wash. These cleaners are designed to remove the residue off vegetables, such as food waxes or pesticide residue, and even organic vegetables can have organically-based pesticide residue on them. To make your own batch of vegetable wash, simply mix a drop of plain soap with one-half quart of water. Then add another one-half quart of distilled vinegar. Mix this up and put it in a spray bottle. Now you have your own vegetable wash ready to use anytime.