37 Days - Starting on Juices
Started adding juice to long fast
Date: 3/21/2012 1:07:29 AM ( 14 mon ) ... viewed 1346 times
Well, well - got to day 37 now and have started on adding juices to the fast. I was aiming around adding them day 40ish, but day 35 and 36 were tough, I guess for a few reasons, hadn't really felt any difficulty up till then - but day 34 had a big long day, capped off by going to see Grand Master Flash and dancing intensly for about 5 hours :) - then I also got my period starting, so combine all this and I felt very wiped and a bit overwhelmed day 35 and 36 - so day 36 had a fresh juice, tomato, ginger and celery with a few pickles added in - now its day 37 and I've had 2 juices - feeling much better now, the tiredness and lack of being able to make my brain work is all gone, feeling good, and going to continue on - now with a veg/fruit drawer full of a variety of good stuff to put through the juicer.
I guess the last 5 days or so I did start feeling more tired, sleeping longer hours, and not being able to get through so much each day, so it strikes me as "time" to add the juices on. I've never really done a juice fast - am not sure if I'll continue to lose weight on this, probably but maybe at a slower rate - I imagine my energy levels will come up a lot and that all the nutrients will have a profound effect on my health and how I continue cleaning up and detoxing my system. Feel good about it, want to get to about 60 days - nothings ever set in stone, but that's the idea in my head, at the end of the day it is really day to day and going more with what my body tells me.
I did have a sort of craving yesterday - not hunger, but I think my body wanted blood or iron or something, so I actually ate something - about half a cup slowly of some ground beef and potato in a little sauce - not much grumbling from my stomach, a little when I slept that night, but it went down ok - Don't want to repeat it now, but it did make me feel renewed today - So glad I listened and had it in the end. Putting my foot down now though, as I know from experience if I start to do that every day or so it will mess with my system and the fast - and I am nowhere near wanting to interrupt this awesome fast I'm on!
Honestly, I'm loving it - seeing it as a feast really for my spirit :) It's wonderful and liberating to look back over the way I've transformed myself already and have taken my looks, health and life into my own hands here and accomplished what I wanted to. I still have miles to go - it was years packing this chub on - I look great now - if I wasn't a performer I'd probably stop and be quite happy - but I know the goal, there's still a ways to go, which is why I want to finish the 60 days and maybe beyond -- I'm not ashamed to say that I am trying to get the bod I had all through my 20's back... Most people want to feel that way, who likes to be carrying around a bunch of spare tyres anyway??? & it's def hard on the heart, the health, the energy levels... etc. I love more than that about fasting though - I love the clarity, the spiritual enhancing qualities, the fact that I feel every fast purifies my system and will bring me long life - I feel so far away from any worries about cancer or disease now that I've taken so much time and put so much effort into cleaning up inside. I feel transformed by fasting - and I believe strongly in the beneficial results of it. I can feel the difference it has made. I've never fasted so much as this past year - I did want to lose weight, and have gone down from 180lbs to about 150lbs now I guess (haven't actually weighed myself in a week?) - I'd love to get to 145... 135 ideally... 130? Don't know if I could get down that low but maybe... I'm a strong, tall girl - I think I weighed 135 in my earlier 20's and 145 through most of them and looked great at that. Still, want to shoot music videos etc and the camera adds another 5th or whatever it is - so kinda conscious of all that when thinking of where I should stop with this. It's really occurred to me that what I'm doing, something so many people never try and don't understand - is such a blessing - I mean, many of us tend to pack on an extra 10lbs or so from 29 to 35 - how few people ever manage to find a way to get it back off and keep that? Fasting is awesome - and I love the fact that I can do it, find so much strength in taking that rest from digestion and basking in the detox and my bodies renewed energy state. People think you have some disorder and it couldn't be further from the truth. A lot of my close friends understand now though, I think through the experience of seeing me function so well and normally through a series of fasts now - they have dropped the worry and realized I do know what I'm doing and remark more positively on how great I'm looking and some of them even expressing the wish to follow suit :) Love it - If only they realized how simple and good it is, I can't say I find it much of a discipline or effort anymore having become experienced.
Note: Read on here about pickle juice, another faster recommended it and reported that it has more electrolytes and minerals than any sugar filled gatorade or sports drink out there and that athletes are now using it to replenish lost salts etc - tried some and wow, that is the answer - if you experience a fasting low - deep into a fast - have a half cup or more of that - It tastes great and will make you come alive instantly. Converted - great to have this forum to share!
All for today, I'll post again soon as I get into this juice stage and let you all know how its going for me.
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