The one thing I don’t give up for juice fasts is coffee. Everything else goes. The longest I’ve ever fasted is 11 days. My goal, since I discovered juice-fasting, has been a 30 day fast. In fact, I’ve felt called to do it. This is the perfect time to do so, since we are moving back to Florida and there is plenty to do that can distract me from food, and also, because my husband does not currently have a job and can help with meal preparation for himself and the kids.
My health issues
About 30 lbs. overweight
Foggy thinking/Can’t remember things
Lack of energy
Irregular digestive system
Poor circulation (hands and feet are often freezing or numb)
I’m sure there are more, but I can’t remember them, probably because of the foggy thinking. I used to run 30 miles a week, and I would love to run regularly again, but because I have knees that don’t always play on my team, I am too heavy to run very far without major pain right now. I have little bones. And my addiction to bad foods is pretty much perpetuating the cycle of my misery. This unhealthy way I am living is slowly turning to self-hatred, and while I believe that God’s grace is sufficient for me, I also believe that He gives me grace to act in the right direction for my health. After all, without my health, energy, a clear mind, and enough sleep, how can I expect to fulfill all the good stuff He has for my life?
Day 1 went good. I’ve done this before so I knew what to expect. I like to make sure I have plenty to distract me from my urge to eat the first few days of a juice fast as my digestive system is going to sleep. Good books to read, new projects to knit, fun field trips planned for the kids, this blog to write, some deep housecleaning to do, some shopping to do, you get the picture. The first 3 days are the hardest, and if you can stay busy and ignore your chewing voice, you’ll be fine.
I went to Whole Foods yesterday and spend $67 dollars. I bought:
4 gallons of purified water
1 15 lb bag organic juicing carrots
10 organic green apples
4 organic cucumbers
1 bunch organic celery
1 hunk of ginger root
1 head of radicchio
1 large container of spinach
1 bag of lemons
1 bag of oranges
1 bag of grapefruit
1 large eggplant
2 containers of coconut milk creamer (for coffee)
I think that’s it. Don’t attempt to do a 30 day juice fast unless you’ve read a book or two about all that is involved. Also, if you have diabetes or something like that, don’t do one. If you are majorly unhealthy, talk to your doctor first.
Day 1 breakdown:
I was still foggy, forgetful. I had pretty good energy the first part of the day, followed by a major slump the second half. Digestive system quickly became regular. Tongue is coated. Major hunger pangs. Feeling kind of blue (probably from gray weather).
What I drank:
Coffee with half n half (coconut creamer starts second day)
Morning: apple, carrot, grapefruit juice
Half a gallon of purified water (throughout the day)
Afternoon: cucumber, carrot, apple juice
2 cups of detox tea
Evening: Ate one avocado (helps to ease your body into fasting because avocados are slowly digested; bananas also digest slowly)
I’ll write about my goals for this fast, and what kind of foods can be juiced, tomorrow. I usually state my weight in a juice fast log, but I’m going to keep that to myself for now. Maybe I’ll share weight loss at the end, but for this fast I am focusing more on overhauling my unhealthy lifestyle, jump starting a new, healthier one, and healing my current issues.