For most of us it’s all right to enjoy sweets and carbohydrates in moderation, and Purim is certainly the right time to allow ourselves extra treats. But after a day of indulging in the tasty offerings that come through the door, the time has arrived to give our bodies a break.

One of the latest methods for getting back on track to healthy eating and cleansing one’s body of unwanted sugar and carbs is by going on a juice fast. Also known as juice cleansing, it is a controversial fasting method and detox diet in which a person consumes only fruits and vegetable juices to obtain nutrition, while refraining from other foods. Juice fasts may last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The juice consumed during a juice fast is not the type available in groceries; rather it’s freshly blended or juiced at home and enjoyed immediately, as it contains no preservatives and will not last long.

There are many reasons one would want to do a juice cleanse. Whether to lose weight, get into healthy eating habits or detoxify one’s body, some use juice fasting as alternative medicine. Some may believe juice fasting will cure chronic pain, cancer, depression, arthritis, severe infections that resisted antibiotics and some diseases.

Detoxes and extreme diets (including juicing) are controversial, but advocates say juice cleanses made from raw fruits and veggies are safe as long as you check in with your doctor first and keep it to three days at a time.

Many people turn to cleanses because they feel “off”—they’re bloated and sluggish, dependent on caffeine and junk food and have skin break-outs. Many dieticians feel that when you eliminate toxins, your entire body feels better and reacts both internally and externally.

However, other experts say our bodies have built-in detoxifiers and don’t require “cleansing.” Most also warn that no one should expect lasting weight loss, since the weight lost is mostly water and will come right back once you resume eating food.

But detoxes may shift you away from bad eating habits and help encourage healthier diets after you’re done, say other certified nutrition specialists.

Whichever school of thought you agree with, enjoying healthy juices once in a while instead of a heavy meal is sure to be beneficial in the long run.

Juices can include the whole fruit or vegetable, or skin and membranes can be removed. Both will provide essential nutrients and require a more gentle digestive process, which leaves more energy for detoxification and regeneration.

Red Bliss

1 cup spinach leaves and stems

1 large beet and leaves

2 oranges

1 lemon

1-inch piece of turmeric

Beets for antioxidants and spinach for iron — doesn’t get any better!

Wash and scrub all produce well. Peel the beet, oranges and lemon.

Add all ingredients through juicer and enjoy!

Winter is hard on your immune system. Help it out!

Wash all produce well. Peel the pineapple and (optional) lemon.

Add all ingredients through juicer and enjoy!

Immunity Booster

1/4 of a pineapple

4 kale leaves

2 celery stalks

4 large leaves of lettuce

1 handful of flat parsley

1 lemon

1-inch piece of ginger

1 jalapeno, seeded

So sweet and delicious, you’ll never think about how healthy this is!

Amazing Antioxidants

Seeds of half a pomegranate

½ cup blueberries or cherries

1 green (unripe) banana

1 cup coconut water

1 handful of ice

Wash all produce. Add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.


Consult your doctor before starting any diet.