Whew. I am so excited that I have 5 days behind me. Only 25 more to go…
Day 5 was a mixture of weary and energetic. I am thinking pretty clearly the last couple of days, but still having trouble remembering things. My skin looks great, my energy is excellent in the mornings and evenings, but I’m pretty worn out each afternoon. I’m going to go for a long walk on day 7 and see if I can’t start incorporating some exercise. I do fine around food, unless it has a smell, and then I have to leave the room. My tongue is still coated, legs are a little achy again, and I think I smell funny. I still have complete feeling in all my hands and feet, which is totally not normal for me with my usual circulation problems. I feel upbeat and optimistic about life.
If you have a family, it helps, when doing an extended juice fast, and especially if you have small children like I do that need their meals prepared for them, to have a supportive spouse who is willing to make meals and pretty much take over in the meal preparation department. My husband has been wonderful. He was the one who suggested me doing this now, since he isn’t working right now and since this is a situation we don’t hope to be in again, it was the perfect opportunity to do the extended fast I’ve been talking about for 2 years. Just yesterday I walked into the kitchen to find him opening the tahini to make hummus. Needless to say, I have been impressed by his willingness to take over meals, and not just meals, but healthy ones at that. I have fasted before, while making all of the food for my family, and it is much more difficult. It can be done, but I’ve never made it past 11 days…
What I drank:
Coffee with coconut milk cream
1/2 gallon purified water throughout the day
Cucumber, spinach, apple juice
3 cups tea (detox, lavender, echinacea)
1 cup of broth
It is a good idea to drink herbal teas while fasting, both for their medicinal and emotional benefits, as well as the heightened water intake, and the variety they provide to all the liquids being consumed. I like to drink a cup of detox tea a day. It is very easy to find at most grocery stores. It helps to keep your bowels moving even though no fiber is being consumed, which keeps newly released toxins from circulating and resettling inside the body, and instead, herds them out. I also drink a medicinal cup of lavender and chamomile tea to help me relax and fall asleep, and I like to drink echinacea tea for my immune system. There are all kinds of teas you can drink while fasting, and most of them are great. I am just beginning to learn about tea-drinking, but there is a whole world of knowledge in tea that can be used to help us naturally with issues that we generally address by popping a (synthetic) pill. I encourage you to check a book out from the library on herbal teas.
How do you battle the temptation to eat? It’s different for each person. I think we tend to talk to ourselves in potentially victorious or disastrous ways when we are faced with temptation. I believe that, as Americans, generally, our willpower is pretty weak. This is why fasting is so good for us. It strengthens our ability to resist the flesh, and helps us to guard our minds and our self-talk. It helps us to grow up, to stop acting like ungrateful, entitled babies, and to accept responsibility for our actions and our lifestyle choices. My main way of resisting the temptation to eat is to stay busy. If I’m starting to think about Mexican food, I will throw myself into a project at home. If that doesn’t make it stop, I know I need a change of scenery. I’ll leave and go wander around the craft store looking for ideas, or the bookstore, or I’ll take the kids to the park or museum or something like that. If I’m still struggling in a big way, I will force myself to make it to the end of the night. I tell myself, fine, I’ll break the fast, but I’m not deciding until tomorrow morning. And if it’s excruciating for my willpower to make it to the end of the night, I’ll drink a cup of broth. Usually that fixes it, because what I’m really craving is salt. I love salt. It is not a good thing to love. I’ll drink a ton of water and go to bed after that, and when I wake up the next morning I am full of new resolve to get this day notched on my belt.
You have to talk to yourself. Use Scripture.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Phil 4:13)
Use prayer. Pray the Scriptures over yourself, ask God for wisdom, strength and help. Ask him to carry you through. Trust Him to do it. He is the one who invented fasting, and when He created Adam and Eve He put them in a garden. There’s something more to that than we acknowledge.
Use the power of positive confession. Words are mighty. God made this world with words. The Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Speak life into your life!
I believe God has called me to this fast. I believe my body is the temple of the Most High. And I want to honor Him by being an excellent steward of the body and organs and mind and health that he has given me. I want to fulfill all that He has called me to do. And I need energy and a clear mind to do so. I need good blood circulation, a healthy outlook, and restful sleep. I believe God has called me to these things. I believe that I am called to health and wellness.
What roles do the different vegetables play? The book I recommended yesterday, Juicing, Fasting and Detoxing for Life talks all about this. For instance, carrots are great for our skin and eyes, and good for our lungs. Beets are great for cleansing our liver and our bowels. Ginger is good for stomach problems, and garlic is an energy stimulant and a laxative, as well as an antibiotic. Onions are antibacterial and energizing. Lemons break up mucus. And tomatoes are full of lycopene, a cancer fighting antioxidant. These are just a few examples. You can actually combine different vegetables and fruits to target the cleansing of specific organs in the body.
There are many more books. I encourage you to check one out from your library and begin the journey of knowledge about what God has put inside of nature for our bodies’ benefit. As you start to harness the creative Divine power that was built into fruits and vegetables, you will be amazed at how your body, God’s creation, will respond to juicing these power-packed foods – God’s creations. They were meant to be together.