Just started my third Juicing feast ever. I am on day six and am sorry I didn't start logging my experience sooner. Day 1-3 were interesting and not as bad as I was worried about. I think I got all the headaches out of the way in my lead up to the feast. What was noticeable was that my stomach was hungry, but I was full of energy. I wasn't experiencing the familiar blood sugar crash that normally comes with hunger.
I was impressed with my ability to march on through these hunger pangs with a cup of tea, coconut water or just plain water. I found myself getting busy and wanting to move a lot. So wonders upon wonders I started working out. I was at the gym everyday!! That is amazing for me, as I wasn't going at all before, other than with my kids to swim.
The cool thing is my husband, who is a real salty dog, also decided to come on the journey. He is a card carrying carnivore, but has watched me change over the years and wanted to get in on the benefits too. One day out of the blue, he announced he wanted to do a juice cleanse with me. Holy!!!
He had already started drinking juice little by little in the weeks prior. We started out with shots and now he is drinking a full mason jar. He thought he could do the no food all juice thing, but we are not there yet. The mason jar is a huge accomplishment. He is noticing he feels less achy and stiff and his sinuses are clearing. I am noticing the same thing.
Leading up to this feast, I was feeling extreme arthritic symptoms. Pain in my joints, difficulty walking long distances, nasal congestion, weight gain, cramping and rusty muscles. I had alleviated these symptoms two years ago when I first started on this journey, but as time has gone on, too many slips in the acidic food pool have led to a return of symptoms. It is clear, that being more alkaline is the solution for me.
I have to admit, I feel scared that I now have to live in an extreme way. Be that girl who only eats raw. I know the problem is in my thinking. Byron Katie and I need to sit down and do the work on that. Figure out what is true and what I am believing about this direction I am heading on. It needs another act of surrender to take me through this limited view of the future. Letting go of many of the foods I love just seems cruel. It is a crossroads of wanting to feel health in my body or food love. I know that is not the truth, but the wicked ways of my ego trying to keep me stuck.
Last time I went this deep into plant based eating, I found I was not lacking at all. In fact I was treating myself to the best food ever. Everything tasted so alive and made me feel so good. I have to remember the joy that surrounded me as I discovered what food I had been missing out on all my life.
Today, I feel great. It is day 6 and I am excited I am passed the point where the hunger response has been so active. Now I am feeling very satiated and full. It still amazes me the power of juice. That only liquids can sustain me. I am feeling the weight coming off of me, and noticing my face starting to change. I always seem to lose there first. It is easy to look in the mirror and think, ok the job is done. Then I look at my waistline and think, we have a ways to go. My aches are almost all gone and my nasal congestion eliminated. I am sleeping well and full of energy.
I am excited to embark on week two of this journey. I am barrelling through the veggies. Juicing for two is an investment. Of course we picked the most expensive time of year for greens. Yikes. However, that seems a small price to pay to wake up with my feet not hurting when they touch the ground in the morning and gingerly walking down the stairs to start another day. I am super pumped to get to the gym too. I am really liking it and have bumped into some of my good buddies there too. Bonus.
So if you are thinking about doing a juice feast here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Check out the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, by Joe the Juicer. It is a great documentary of one man's journey to change his life with juicing. He lost 87 pounds in 90 days and reversed his autoimmune disease.
2. Get Joe's Book, Reboot with Joe, to get a detailed understanding of the process, what to do and not to do.
3. Equipt yourself with a good juicer. I recommend the Breville or the Hurom. If you don't have a lot of time the Breville juicer makes fast juice, but a lot of pulp. The Hurom is much slower, but more thorough.
4. Start making the space in your life to change. If you have a family, start cooking freezer meals so you are not on the hook to cook while juicing. Say "no" to extra commitments and inform your family and friends that you will be making a change and ask that they be gentle with you as you get your footing.
5. Make a mission statement. Create a mantra for yourself to guide you through this process. I am -----to experience------- and --------- and ----------. Mine is, I am supercharging my energy field to experiece abundant health, increased longevity, unbridled joy and peace on all levels of my being. The mission statement becomes a reminder when your will power falters. A way to remember, why the heck you are putting yourself through this. It is a way to look ahead and tell your subconscious to get on board and manifest the reality you want to create.
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