Good morning, my friends!
Well, I have decided to end my juice fast today, after 2 weeks, instead of 3. You all encouraged me to listen to my body, and just do what is right for me- without feeling guilty!
The reason I chose to go on a juice fast was just to detox and cleanse my body. Over the holidays I gained 5 lbs.- all junk! I've heard this called a juice 'feast', and I think I like that term better! I was still getting a healthy amount of calories every day, but actually getting a LOT more nutrients. I normally never eat any veggies! (Bad, I know!)
Usually when people fast, they greatly reduce their calories, the metabolism slows, and they have no energy. But juice fasting is different because you're getting all your calorie needs met, and also getting a massive cleanse at the same time! Since juicing doesn't require hardly any digestion, it gives your digestive system a chance to rest, and your body then works to clean out the toxins and other yucky stuff. Did you know the average person holds 5-10 lbs. of old toxins in our body? Ewwww!! So juice fasting is the ideal way to get rid of all that, while still giving the body the chance to rejuvenate and restore!
Yes, I did tons of research on this, before doing it. I wanted to know what I was getting into! :)
Here are just a few of my juices over the past 2 weeks!
The only real difficult day was the first day. I had a headache and NO energy at all, I felt really lethargic. But by day 2, I felt back to normal, and have ever since! I've heard that the first 3 days are the worst. If you can make it through those days- you're good to go! But thankfully, it was only day 1 for me!
I didn't have any cravings or feelings like I was going to give up until day 9. That day was a real mental struggle for me. I just wanted to CHEW something so bad. I then decided the next day I would eat something at dinner with Jeremy. I got tilapia and steamed vegetables. (Although my stomach was not happy afterwards!)
Every afternoon I would also have chicken broth or tomato soup, (made with water) as well.
This has been a wonderful experience! I have lost 10 lbs. I feel wonderful! I've had tons of energy, was able to keep up with my running and strength training, even getting an 11 minute PR on my virtual half marathon!
I will definitely be doing this again. I know people who do this for 30-60 days, but I think next time I will just do 7 days. I think that would be the perfect time frame for me. I plan to do it again before our cruise, in Feb.
Now I'm going to go eat something! I'm going to start off VERY slow. After the bad experience with the tilapia, I realized that was just too much at one time. I think I might have a little bit of Bob's Red Mill Muesli. I've been wanting to try this!
Feel free to ask me any questions at all!