Day 4 was rough. I swung back and forth between strong emotions all day, feeling like I was on the verge of quitting the fast one minute, and feeling invincible and enduring the next. It helped to change my scenery and go to a beautiful black and white photography exhibit at one of our local art museums. It’s always nice to change the view when you start to say irrational things to yourself. My tongue was still coated, skin was itchy, ears were popping and ringing and I was weak and light-headed in the afternoon.
However, no numbness at all in any of my hands or feet for the last 2 days, my energy in the mornings and evenings has been off the chart, I have been sleeping like a rock at night since the fast began and taking naps, and the skin on my face is glowing. I remember a friend of mine who was married to a supermodel for a while was telling me about all that she did before a photo shoot – and part of her pre-shoot ritual was a several day juice fast to get her skin into tip-top shape.
Beautiful skin is one of the perks of juice fasting. You wake up on day 3 or 4 and look in the mirror and it’s like you’ve had the best facial of your life. Your skin is smooth, supple, vibrant, glowing.
I have not weighed myself during this fast. Usually, I am all about the numbers. However, for this extreme fast, I needed to be about more than numbers. This is about a fresh start, health, and cleansing my body systems from the inside out. Even though I haven’t weighed myself, my clothes are looser, and my husband says I have thinned down in my shoulder area and in my face. My hope would be to lose all 30 of the extra pounds that I am carrying, in order to get into a healthy body mass index range, but no matter how much weight you lose on a juice fast, you are sure to gain some of it back when you start eating again, no matter how healthy you are eating. As far as weight loss, on a juice fast you can expect to lose between 1/2-2 lbs. a day, and several lbs. a day the first few days as your body lets go of old impacted fecal matter that is sitting in your intestines and colon. Especially if you have issues with constipation, as soon as you start to juice fast, your body will be able to let go of all that is clogging you up and slowing you down. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Enough about poop. For today anyway. I can’t let you off that easy…
Let’s talk about vegetables. You want to peel citrus, scrub anything else, and cut off the tops of carrots, turnips, beets, and other root vegetables. Feel free to juice the stalks of broccoli, kale, collard greens, etc. Don’t be shy with juicing a little onion or garlic, but remember, a little goes a long way. Garlic and onion are great natural antibiotics. If you are going to juice potatoes, which I haven’t done because I don’t like the taste, they need to be organic. Commercially grown potatoes are the most toxic vegetable you can eat. They grow underground, and absorb the pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides that are put into the soil. Also, peel your potatoes.
Now for the juicer. I have a Breville Juice Fountain. I love it. My husband bought it for me for Christmas a couple of years ago and he says it was on sale for around $150. I found some Breville’s online yesterday on amazon.com for around $85 before shipping. I have used it constantly, and it’s still going strong. I would recommend a Breville if you are just getting started in juicing. There are far nicer, pricier juicers, and I hope to own a Vitamix or something like that one day, but for now, my Breville is great. You feed the vegetables in through a 3 inch chute, use the piece provided to pack them in, and the spinner with blades inside separates the juices from the fiber of the fruits and veggies, and the fiber goes into a container on the left, while the juice pours out of a spout on the right. Pretty cool. My juicer came with a special pitcher that separates the foam from the juice. You will get a little bit of foam from your juiced veggies. There is a picture of my juicer on Day 1.
And I promised you some resources. A really good book for learning about fasting is Juicing, Fasting and Detoxing for Life by Cherie Calbom. You can get it online for about $8. Also, juicefasting.org is one of my favorite websites. You can learn a lot on there.
What I drank:
Coffee with coconut milk creamer
3 cups of tea (detox, chamomile, lavender)
1/2 gallon of purified water throughout the day
a ton of tomato juice (I was craving something unsweet)
apple, celery, lemon, carrot juice
orange, carrot, spinach juice
I had a lot more juice yesterday because I started feeling the need for it.
Tomorrow I’ll write about different teas you can be drinking, how to battle the temptation to eat, and also, some of the different roles of different vegetables.