I almost quit last night. The whole day was easy peasy and then whammo! Around 8pm I started feeling desperately like a quitter. I couldn’t stop thinking about pizza and French fries and coconut ice cream. No clue where the coconut ice cream came from, seeing as how I’ve never had any. It just seems like it would taste great, doesn’t it?
So I was swimming around in poisonous, unfocused, forgetful-of-healing thoughts, and then…
Then I thought about all of you who have been reading and sending me encouragement and thinking about pursuing your own cleanses and healing, and I was able to pull through. I even thought about the skeptics, and I knew I couldn’t give up.
I simply can’t give you something to gloat about. And I can do this. God made me to be strong, and I intend to live out my full potential of His most excellent purposes in my life. This is something I have been called to do, and as with anything we are called to, there is grace and time and room to obey. And on the other side of our obedience to God, there are always people waiting to be helped and healed and whole.
But we have the mind of Christ…(1 Cor. 2:16)
So Day 8 was great, until the sun went down, and then the bad thoughts came out to play. I stayed up pretty late, which perpetuated the torture. If you think about it though, we have to be able to confront negative, unhealthy, untrue self-talk anyway, even when we’re not fasting, so this is good training. I think once I get to the halfway mark, WHICH IS ONLY 6 DAYS AWAY, I’ll have so much momentum built up inside my brain and body and spirit, that I won’t quit, not for nothing, not even for a million dollars.
You can tell I’m rather in rare form today…
My skin is still clear, energy good, memory improving by the day, outlook positive, clothes are getting looser, sleep is fabulous and deep, and thinking is clear and organized.
It’s a good idea to go to bed early when you’re juice fasting. Amazing things are happening in your body while you sleep. Cells are being rebuilt, muscle tissues are recharging, your heart is able to sit down and take a break, your skin is being hydrated and flushed and smoothed, your wounds and injuries and health issues are being addressed and your brain is rebooting. God made you to get enough rest, and He attached healing and rejuvenation to that need for rest. If you feel like you’re about to snap at any moment, if you’re so stressed out you can’t even be nice to the checkout girl at Target, if you’ve forgotten who you really are, or your staying up too late in front of the television with a bag of chips and salsa, if you just started crying while you were reading this, let me give you some friendly, true advice.
Go to bed earlier. Get some sleep. Getting enough sleep can be good medicine.
What I drank:
Coffee with Teecino mixed in (maybe I’ll wean myself off soon) with coconut milk creamer
1/2 gallon water
3 cups of tea
1 cup of broth
Lately I’ve been in a mood where I’m not mixing my juices with each other. So I’ll go with it for a while. I like the taste of carrot, grapefruit and tomato juices by themselves. I also use these as my bases for most of my juices. But I’ll probably have to go back to the store for some more peripheral vegetables sometime soon, maybe at the halfway mark.
Tomorrow I will talk about the ratio of vegetables to fruit in your juices. I’m also going to try to find an article I read from the Harvard School of Medicine about how to cure insomnia with a one-day fast. If I can find it again, I’ll put a link to it.