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Thursday, January 10, 2013

End of Juice Fast Recap!

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!


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  1. That's great to know! I wanted to do this before my cruise (Monday) but w/ the Disney half this weekend, I didn't want to freak my system out. Now if I could only lose a magical 5 lbs before I get on that ship Monday, just to gain it all back again.....

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    1. That's exactly what I want to do, lose some more before my cruise! I want to be able to enjoy myself while I'm there. I'll probably do this again when I get home too! Good luck at your half! I would love to run Disney someday!

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  2. Woot!! Way to go! I am so proud of you for completing this! I am trying to prep myself to do one soon.....but I'm wimping out mentally. Gotta get my head in the game!!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Yes, it also takes a lot of mental willpower. If you're not ready for it, you won't last long. Just start out with 5 days- you can do that!

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  3. Wow kudos to you, I don't know if I couldn't handle no protein!

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    1. Thanks, Kat! Well, actually plant foods do supply our protein. Animal foods do have more protein, but we don't NEED that much. So we can get all we need from our veggies. (This was one of the first things I researched before doing a juice fast.)

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  4. Good job listening to your body. I am pretty amazed at the # you lost. I don't know if I could go without eating something solid. Are you allowed to chew gum? I already chew at least 2pieces a day.

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    1. Yes, I chewed a LOT of gum! It really helped too!

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  5. 2 weeks of juice fast is an incredible feat to achieve, hats off to you for your dedication!
    7 days sounds good and a perfect number of days for detox, ll do that sometime in the future!

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree, 7 days would be the perfect amount.

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  6. that's great you listened to your body, and two weeks is awesome! and an 11 minute PR is fantastic!

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  7. I am very envious of your success with the fast. I don't think I could do it! But I do love that Muesli! Good choice for your first meal. Very good over yogurt too.
    Did you follow a fasting "plan" or just kind of make it up yourself from things you read about fasting?

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! Oh, I'll have to try Muesli over yogurt, I bet that is good! I didn't follow any certain plan. I just drank around 50 oz. of juice a day. I got a lot of ideas and help from the "fat, sick and nearly dead" website too.

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  8. Good that you listen to your body, I couldn't do it!

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  9. You've *almost* motivated me to give this a try sometime. ;) I doubt I'd be able to do more than 7 days, and I'd have to get a juicer first, but your juices look so good!

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    1. Oh good!! :)
      I think 7 days would be the perfect amount. That way you would get through the hardest days, and you would be able to enjoy the benefits of it! I love my juicer!!

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  10. I feel so behind on all of my favorite blogs! I'm so proud of you Katie for doing so great with your juice fast; your totally inspiring. I hope you're doing ok with assimilating solids back into your diet.

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    1. Thank you, Gina! I just added solids back in SLOWLY. So I had no problems! :)

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  11. I missed this post earlier. So glad the experiment was a success and that you're planning to do it again. The toxin flushing is amazing. I need to do a longer juice fast for that!

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    1. Yes, it was amazing! I can't wait to do it again!

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