I continue to be in the easy part of the fast. The impulses to go to the nearest Taco Cabana or Whataburger have become fewer and fewer. When I get tired of juice, I have a cup of broth for the salty flavor, since the absence of salt in my life stings like an amputation, or some tomato juice. Other than that, right now I’m coasting on what I’ve built over the last 7 days.
Day 7 was great. Clear skin, great energy, deep sleep, good concentration, clear thinking, and I’m starting to notice that my memory is a little better. If you would have asked me last week what I had for dinner the night before, I would have had to stop and think about it for a second, that is how bad my brain has been disconnecting. For a while it has been pretty bad, but yesterday I was on top of things. I am packing for our move, and I feel terrifically organized, full of good plans, and able to get much accomplished quickly. I went for a four-mile walk in the morning, and enjoyed seeing the beautiful spring colors starting to burst forth, as well as hearing the happy birds and squirrels.
What I drank:
Carrot, apple, spinach, lemon, eggplant juice
1/2 gallon purified water throughout the day
1 cup broth
2 cups tea (detox, chocolate/hazelnut)
Grapefruit, spinach, carrot juice
When you juice your vegetable, you want to drink the juice within 20 minutes. I usually sip it steadily until it’s gone. The reason why is because it starts to oxidize and is not worth nearly as much nutritionally as it is when it is fresh from the juicer. Think about guacamole or apples when they turn brown from being left out in the air. Also, it tastes best when it is fresh. The juice you buy in the store has preservatives and additives in it to keep it from spoiling quickly. Fresh juice is much more vulnerable to oxygen, and much better for you.
You want to be drinking a lot of water while fasting, in order to help your body flush toxins, as well as stay hydrated. I drink about 1/2 gallon of water a day. You want to drink filtered water, but if you don’t have a filter, you can buy gallons of filtered water at the store. Tap water has all kinds of crazy stuff in it, and will just add toxins to your body when you are trying to purify your body and give your liver and other organs a rest. Filtered water is best.
If you are having trouble with just drinking juice, you can add some things to help your body adjust. Bananas, avocado, raw protein shakes, smoothies, these are all things that help you ease into a fast. Keep in mind the first few days are extremely difficult on your body, but even more so on your mind, especially if you haven’t done this before. But your mind was meant to be strong, and you will adjust to the idea that you are going to be fasting for a while. Your mind will put up a pretty good fight, reminding you of all you are missing while fasting, your favorite restaurants, your favorite snacks, so and so’s birthday dinner that you won’t be able to take part in, and so forth. You can either talk back to yourself and decide you are not going to make emotional decisions, and you are going to stick with this to the end, or you can ignore yourself.
Quitting is not an option.
Don’t let quitting even come onto your radar. You can do this. You were created to fast, and one extended fast will not kill you. Of course, if you have heart issues or diabetes or health problems that you take medication for, or you are obese and want to get a blood test to compare your results of before and after, you need to talk to your doctor first, but lots of doctors will get behind you in a juice fast. Especially healthy doctors.
I’ll rabbit trail for a second and say that I think the idea of an unhealthy doctor (and there are many) is an oxymoron. Doctors, of all people, should set the standard for health. And if they aren’t able to accept that responsibility for leadership in health, then, in my opinion, they shouldn’t be in the business of healing.
Okay, exiting my soapbox now…
Even though these fasts are still labeled controversial, many medical professionals are starting to realize the benefits of flooding our bodies with nutrients while quieting down our digestive system and giving our organs a rest, in order to pursue healing and balance. Honestly, I’d rather use God-made whole foods with a ton of other benefits for other issues to target my problems than man-made synthetic chemicals with a whole slew of unexpected side effects. Half of the antidepressants out there have either been recalled, or have crazy side effect risks like stroke and rage and even worse depression.
I don’t recall carrot juice causing stroke, but I do know it can address all kinds of issues in one fell swoop: congestion, eye problems, acne, lethargy, etc.
I promised some other resources. Here are a couple more book titles:
The Juice Fasting Bible by Sandra Cabot
Juice Fasting and Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz
And if you want to be thoroughly inspired about juice fasting, watch this documentary: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. You can get it for free on Hulu. It’s really good.