Day 3 went pretty good. I woke up with more sneezing and achy legs. I went ahead and took the plunge and lessened my caffeine intake by half. I didn’t really notice any caffeine withdrawals during the day, so maybe the fasting withdrawals are overshadowing anything to do with caffeine. If that’s the case, fine with me.
I started coughing stuff up on Day 3, which is normal. You’ll notice that your body starts to let go of a lot of mucus as the fast progresses. It’s super attractive. 🙂
My skin was still itching a lot, so I used an exfoliating soap to address any detoxing/flaking that my skin is doing, and it helped a lot. I kept sneezing all day, full on sneezing fits at random times. My ears started popping in the afternoon, but went away at night. These are all normal symptoms of detox that I have experienced before.
Each day I have my (increasingly less caffeinated) coffee, which I will completely cut off sometime next week, 2-4 quarts of filtered water, 2-4 fresh juices, a mug of vegetable broth, a cup of herbal tea, and a cup of detox tea.
The veggies and fruit I have been juicing this week are carrots (a great base), apples, celery, lemon, cucumber, sprouts, kale, tomato, orange.
I want to branch out a bit more next week and try juicing some more of the cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. They are supposed to be even higher on the nutritional chart (for juicing) than carrots. Since they will probably have a much stronger taste, I will need to balance them out with fruit. Maybe grapes and a melon of some sort? I dunno. We will see.
I’d also like to try running next week. I thought I’d run on Day 4, but I can tell I’m not going to be ready until at least the end of the first week. My body is still adjusting to the fast, and I’m moving slower than I normally do in the beginning of a fast.
Mentally, I’ve been great. There is a euphoria that you start to feel around Day 3 or 4, and it kicked in full-on in the afternoon on Day 3. I have such a peace that this is exactly what I needed to do to both celebrate a new season in my life, digest the old season, and hear clearly both what God is speaking to me about the coming months, as well as what goals I need to work on and what I should set aside. I am one of those people who have a hundred plates spinning at once. Usually I can keep up with all my plates, but sometimes I lose sight of the purpose for everything. I start moving too fast, rushing around in my own life, acting like everything requires haste and flight, and I forget about being quiet and listening. I forget about resting the functions of my body and soul and schedule and taking a good inventory. Fasting allows me to do this. Even though this is not a spiritual fast, per se, the results affect the whole person.
Besides the optimistic euphoria I am experiencing, and the peace, my body is growing more and more quiet. No more hunger pangs or urges to chew, which is surprising, because the urge to chew usually stays with me for a while. I am still craving salt, and the smell of food makes me drool a little, but it’s not unmanageable. My stomach says Hey, food! I want some of that! and my heart says Just wait, stomach. All in good time. A nice rest first. Ha. But in reality, juice fasting is a great way to gain control over yourself, if you feel like you maybe you’ve lost that discipline. I remember how strong I felt when I woke up in the morning after doing my first 1 day fast. It’s a great chance for self-mastery. Many of us have lost touch with self-control in a lot of little ways. It’s good for us to reconnect with our God-given strength.
Throughout the day, when I start to feel weak or intimidated by this fast, I have to tell myself the facts: the day will come when I eat again. I love food. I love to cook. I’ve no problem with eating. But this is only a small segment of time, and it’s worth it. I am allowing my body a chance to catch up, and my mind and heart a chance to get in sync.
I didn’t have a ton of steady energy on Day 3. It was more like a consistent restfulness with random bursts of great energy, usually for a few hours at a time.
I am reading a new juicing book right now. It is called The Complete Book of Juicing by Michael T. Murray, N.D. I’ve read a bunch of juice fasting stuff over the years, and I base my fasts on the knowledge I’ve acquired from reading about juicing. I will put 2 or 3 titles up on one of my next posts in case any of my readers are interested. Maybe the library has a copy.