Day 1 and 2 flew by pretty quickly. So quickly that I didn’t have a chance to send out a blog post on either day. But better late than never, so here they are, day one and two, combined into one. Justin joined me on these two days, for a complete juice fast.
Day 1 was okay. I felt fine and since I had only one class, I had time to wash and prepare all of the fruit and vegetables for that day. Admittedly I already do spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen, preparing meals for lunch and supper, on a daily basis, but juicing is different. I remember this from the first juice fast that we did – in the beginning, the juicing process is tiring and tedious, but as the days pass by it becomes relaxing and therapeutic. I am happy to have this knowledge and look forward to the change that will come in a few days.
Breakfast and Snack – Carrot, apple and ginger
Lunch and Dinner – 6 handfuls Spinach, 2 Cucumber, 2 celery Stalks, 1 apple, 1/2 lemon, ginger
Late Snack – 1 Sweet Potato, 2 pears, handful of blueberries
Effects: The only major effect that I felt from the juicing on day 1 was that I had a caffeine-withdrawal headache that evening. It felt like my head was being crushed, but thankfully I was able to fall asleep. The following morning I still had a slight headache, but by 9am it was gone. No hunger at all, but very loud stomach gurgles just before bed. I went to the toilet about 50 times today… sorry for the TMI but my stomach is already wanting to get rid of the junk in there (this usually happens a few days into a detox!
Day 2 my energy dipped a lot, but honestly I felt like I normally do everyday at around 3-4pm. It basically felt like 3pm all day long, which isn’t terrible but I really wanted to take a nap. I had three classes, and a lot of juice to prepare, so there was no time to lie down. By the time the evening arrived I began to feel normal again, which is odd for me to feel in the evening since I usually can’t wait to go to bed. The whole day I felt an urge to quit the fast because I wanted to eat some junk food! Terrible to say, but if I can’t have food then it feels like I can’t do anything. It was Justin’s first day of winter vacation and we were both fantasizing about going out for a pizza and a few drinks. Of course! Instead of listening to the voice saying “order a pizza”, I walked on the treadmill to make sure I reached my 10,000 steps for the day.
Breakfast and Snack – 2 Apples, 2 oranges, 6 handfuls of spinach
Lunch and Dinner – 4 Tomatoes, 2 carrots, 6 celery stalks, 1 lemon, 2 oranges
Late Snack – 30 red grapes, 1 pint blueberries
Effects: Lethargic! I definitely wasn’t hungry but I had wrong desire to devour an entire pizza. I can’t wait for those tendencies to be gone, because that really isn’t me, but this is where I am lately. I have developed a very distinct craving for unhealthy foods. Today a nasty cold sore developed on my top lip… Yay for detoxing! On the plus side, my skin is already looking rosy and less dull!
I am very surprised at how normal I felt in these first two days. I felt the same usual urges to fill up on unhealthy snacks, and because I am not consuming any solids at all, it was amazing to take note of just how many times throughout the day I would have snacked without noticing. It was tough to feed Eli and not eat with him, but this also showed me how many times I eat when I am not even hungry. To make things a little easier on us, I cooked a big pot of food for Elijah. Knowing that I wouldn’t have to cook for the next two days gave me some peace. Doing a juice fast before we had a little one was much easier because we could completely focus on the fast, and try not to think about food at all. Now that we have Elijah, it is both more challenging to stay on track and more tempting to give up. The temptations to quit will pass, and return, throughout the fasting period.