I have several goals for this fast. They are:
1. Cure my insomnia, depression, PMS, poor circulation, migraines, foggy thinking, lack of energy, irregular digestive system, and high cholesterol, without the use of prescription drugs.
2. Finish the fast
3. Break the fast correctly (usually takes about a week)
4. Eat only raw foods for 3 weeks after breaking the fast – I might have a little lean meat.
5. Start exercising again regularly about a week into the fast
6. Begin a new lifestyle of eating mostly fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes and whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice, with occasional lean meats.
I forgot to add a few things to my food list from yesterday. I also bought a bag each of lemons, oranges and grapefruit. I’ve changed it.
Day 2 was really good! I slept great the night before – that is one of the wonderful things about a fast, especially when you struggle with insomnia like I do. My sleep was deep and restful and I woke up with energy, and my thinking was a little clearer. I am in full detox mode, I can tell because my tongue is coated, my legs are starting to ache a little bit and I am starting to cough up junk. Last night was a little harder mentally because I had hunger pangs and my husband made something for dinner for him and the kids that made the whole house smell like a restaurant. However, I made myself some tea and persevered.
The coated tongue and aches and coughing is all part of a juice fast. Our bodies get rid of toxins in many different ways – we are fearfully and wonderfully made! We excrete them through our skin (sweat, acne), in our saliva, urine, stool, and mucus, and through sneezing and burping and passing gas.
I’m sure you wanted to read about that this morning.
So, naturally, when our bodies are given the opportunity to release built up toxins, like when we are fasting, we can experience all kinds of crazy things. I have heard of all sorts of symptoms of detoxing, but the ones I usually experience are:
Cold extremities (but I already have this in normal life too)
Weird body odor
Ear popping and ringing
What I drank:
coffee with coconut milk creamer
carrot, apple, orange juice
half-gallon of purified water throughout the day
carrot, celery, lemon, spinach juice
2 cups of detox tea
I usually drink more juice than that during the day, but I didn’t need to yesterday. I was really starting to feel quite good, so I didn’t find myself needing as much. It’s important to listen to your body while fasting. I usually can’t exercise until the second week of a juice fast, because my detox symptoms are quite distracting and I get shaky when I run. I like to start exercising the second week with a few long walks, and then try a run after that and see how I do. If you ever feel shaky while you’re fasting, you may not be drinking enough juice, or you’re trying to do too much. Part of the sacrifice of a juice fast is quieting down your life and your body – you sort of enter into a cocoon in a way, and dedicate most of the energy your body uses to digest food to healing itself. For me, this means less talking, less frenzied planning, less commitments with friends, and a quiet internal focus on what my body might be saying, and more importantly, what God might be wanting to say to me in this special time. I’ll write more about that tomorrow.
So, what can you juice?
Any vegetable or fruit. Apples, oranges, melons, broccoli, peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, celery, eggplant, jicama….the list goes on and on. You can pretty much juice anything from the produce department. Bananas might be an exception. I’ve never tried to juice them. Or avocados. But pretty much anything else I can think of would work. I like to vary my juicing vegetables a little each week, and mix and match to experiment with different flavors. My favorite morning juice is:
3 large carrots
1 small apple
1/2 peeled lemon
1 inch ginger
Note about citrus: You’ll need to peel your citrus before juicing, with most juicers. Everything else can be left unpeeled, as long as it’s organic.
Note about hunger pangs and chewing urges: If your hunger pangs and the urge to chew something feel unmanageable at the end of day 2, it’s not a bad idea to do an enema. This will eliminate anything that is left in the colon and help your digestive system to completely go to sleep so the real work of the fast can begin. You will find everything much more manageable once this happens.
Tomorrow I’ll write more about why juice fasting is a great way to detox, lose weight, heal your body, and reboot your body systems.