Sunday, 5 January 2014

Days 1-3: 10 Day Juice Fast

I am now on day 3 of 10 of the cleanse! According to the reading and research I did before I started, days 1-3 are the worst due to your body detoxing. If you are unfamiliar with what detoxing is, there is an abundance of information on the internet that I will not attempt to regurgitate here.

As far as detox goes I have experienced an intense headache starting at 4pm on the first and second day. So far today it hasn't resurfaced, which is fine by me. Other than that I have not felt any major detox symptoms. I have been cold since I started, and I read this is normal. I have also been slightly irritable at times throughout the day. I would love to say this is a detox symptom, but that would just be lying!    

Surprisingly I am not hungry. When I was preparing for this, I thought I was going to have a mental battle with myself over hunger. I happily report this is not the case. My boyfriend, who is always hungry, isn't hungry either. We are baffled. I guess it boils down to drinking enough calories. When I am hungry, I simply drink a juice and its over. Simple as that. 

Don't get me wrong, I think about food since it is so ingrained in us humans to do so. The biggest thing I found is how much I reward myself with food. For example "I cleaned all the fruits and vegetables for my fast, now I deserve a snack" or "I am going to take the dog for a walk, perhaps I should get a snack from the cafe." I find it interesting how much I do things out of the habit of thinking I should. Being on a juice fast has opened my eyes to how habitual food rewards are for myself. Basically anytime I do something I deem good, I feel the need to reward myself with food. This is something I would like to ponder more.

One thing I do think about more is elimination. Yes, as in poop. Sorry to bring up the forbidden word, but if you are fasting or cleansing in any way shape or form, you are going to think poop. It is normal to experience constipation or diarrhea while on a cleanse. I am not a fan of constipation and luckily, my body doesn't seem to be either. I have been taking a laxative tea called Smooth Move for the past two nights and it seems to do the trick. I will take a break tonight though as I am not a fan of over using laxatives. Every second day seems reasonable for my body. If you are going to take a laxative make sure it is something natural and organic, as you would just be putting the toxins right back in your body otherwise. I should also note, you are going to be consuming beets, so do not be alarmed when you see bright red in the toilet! 

I have a few tips that I would suggest to make your juicing life easier on yourself. First, wash all of your produce before hand. It will save you so much time. Also, try to start the cleanse on a weekend or a Friday if you work during the week so you won't be a detoxing grump to all of your coworkers.

Second, juice all of your juices (except the dessert juice) in the morning. Especially if you are working. This may require you to wake up at least a half hour earlier, because juicing is no small feat. To preserve freshness, store them in mason jars and fill them as close to the top as you can without spilling. If you don't have enough juice, just touch it up with water. Then store them in your fridge and grab them as you need them. 

Lastly, if you are juicing beets juice the beets first! I learnt this the hard way when I juiced them last and had to clean up drippings from the juicer that seemed never ending. It looked like a juicing war zone! If you juice the beets last, all of the other stuff you put in there after will push the beets through. You still might have to clean up drippy juice, but at least it won't stain your counter top!

That is all I have to report from day 1-3. So far our favorite juice has been one of the dessert juices (I can't say I am surprised) called Pear Pie Delight. This recipe is from Reboot With Joe and is as follows:

1 sweet potato
2 pears
1 red apple
1 handful of blueberries
Dash of cinnamon

(Makes 1 Serving)

It was so good! Who knew juicing a sweet potato would be that good? I sure didn't!

Thanks for reading and happy juicing! 

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