So I am finished my juice feast. I have been eating again this last week. I eased my way back into food. Now I am in a battle of balance and over-indulgence. Which is exactly what I did not want to happen. I am taking a pro-active approach. I am going to continue juicing many times through the day. I am juicing about 3 – 16oz glasses now. I am working out an eating routine and schedule that will help me not over-eat and over-indulge. I want to eat a plant-based, whole food diet. I want to reduce my intake of all meats and dairy. I am looking into more recipes and books to help keep me motivated for change. I am excited to continue a healthy lifestyle. I am not exercising as much as I like and this must change! I want to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I want to work on strength training every other day 3-4 days a week. Fitting this into my schedule and making it a priority is the only way I will accomplish my goals. Happy juicing!
- Spiritual revelation and boldness!
- Lots of energy, very focused, skin is more radiant.
- I didn’t have any health “problems” before, but we are not diagnosed with a problem until it is chronic and advanced. You have seen it, I am sure, when someone is perfectly healthy and then… Well then they aren’t. My plan is to take action toward healing my body BEFORE a doctor tells me I am sick.
- I haven’t had any flus or colds, tis the season.
- I had a skin irritation of some sort on my left foot, that is gone.
- I weighed 140 when I started, I am 124 and have lost 10 inches as of this morning. My BMI is officially “normal.”
- I am overcoming emotional addictions to food, by simply fasting for 60 days and riding out everyday life without being able to HAVE food.
- I am sure my body could tell you more that I don’t even know about!
It is day 40 of my 60 day juice feast. I am feeling more and more healthy every day! I have lost 16lbs. All of my clothes are baggy and just right.
I recently just finished the book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Juicing. I am looking at my “post-fast” diet. How I will continue maintenance and moving forward. I know I still have 20 days to go, but humor me a little. I am a bit bored right now with all this juice and am moving on in my mind for a bit.
The Complete idiot’s Guide to Juicing has several different types of fasts. From short 1 day a week fast, to 3 days, 7 days, etc. I am going to adapt a 1 day a week fast to my “post-fast” maintenance diet. This is a basic idea of what I am looking at:
Monday: raw foods and one cooked meal (limited or no meat or dairy)
Tuesday: raw foods all day (no meat or dairy)
Wednesday: Juice Juice Juice all day
Thursday: raw foods all day (no meat or dairy)
Friday: raw foods all day (no meat or dairy)
Erev Shabbat (Friday Night): starts a 2 day “normal eating” but not binging! I can eat challah bread or a sandwich, or some pasta … you get the idea. This continues till Sunday evening.
Monday starts the week again with raw foods and one cooked meal.
Well, this is on my mind today and keeping me from eating a cheeseburger, hehe.
My updates are getting more and more infrequent. I am just going with the flow right now. It is getting a bit harder to stay focused on the goal. The rewards are numerous but being around food as often as I am makes things very hard. Tho I have not eaten a thing, I sure am mad about it sometimes. I think this is all a mourning process really. To get over the addiction to food one has to cross a lot of emotional highways I think. I know I would be severely disappointed if I stopped now. I know I will complete this fast, Yah willing. Some days are just more of a mental battle. I keep looking at my goals and praying through my prayer requests, waking up early to read Scripture has given me spiritual clarity and encouragement.
Physically I feel great! I have lost weight. I feel more energized. I sleep great, I don’t wake up unless the baby needs me. I am walking with a friend and getting stronger. I would like to add in more strength training. My days are filled right now and I just don’t have time for it. Perhaps things will slow up soon. If not, I am ok with that too. A wife and a mom has many responsibilities and I gladly take them on.
Some books and documentaries I would like to recommend that have helped me stay motivated are listed below. Bye for now 🙂
Documentaries: (available on Netflix)
Forks over Knives
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Wow! DAY 32/60!
I wanted to list my “go to” drinks, for this week at least. I juice this every day. Sometimes I make extra, but this is at least what I am drinking every day. Besides water and some non-caffeinated tea.
carrots oranges sweet potatoes ginger and lemon
kale apple lemon ginger celery cucumber green pepper
beets and beet leaves carrot apple lemon pear
I am not going broke juicing these main ingredients for my day. Apples carrots and oranges are inexpensive because I get #2’s from a coop.
Ingredient list #s by the day:
10-15 carrots .75 (not coop, $2.99 5lb bag) coop #2 is cheaper
10 apples $3 (not coop, $1.25 – $1.49 each) much less buying #2 from coop
1 large beet .66 (1.99/bunch 3 beets)
beet leaves from 1 bunch of beets (3 beets to a bunch so I don’t have leaves every day, only twice a week)
1 pear .40 (2.19/lb)
1 sweet potato .50 (1.99/lb)
1-2 bunches of kale (depending how much “green” I want that day) $1.49/bunch
4″ of ginger .10 (3.99/lb)
2 stalks celery .40 ($1.49/lb)
1/2-1 cucumber $1 (1.99/lb)
6 lemons (including lemon for water) $3.99 (3.99 for 2 lbs)
3 oranges $3 ($4.99 for 3lb bag)
1/2 green pepper .75 (1.78/lb)
This is a very loose estimate but fairly accurate I would think. I spend about $16 for 72oz of juice. It is recommended in juice books I have read to drink 128oz of juice a day. 72oz feels right for me. There are some days I drink more but I never drink less than 72oz. I drink water and caffeine free tea.
My willpower is buckling tonight. I have not given in, even for a moment. But, I had to leave the kitchen. I decided to grab my juice and post my 29th day blog entry. I took some pictures of an (optional) morning routine. This is working for me this week and thought I would share.
2. Using a citrus press, squeeze your lemons into each of your jars. Another option is to peel each lemon and juice them in the juicer. Not a fun option in my opinion.
3. Prep and rinse all of your fruit and veggies
4. Peel your citrus and start juicing!
Your entire days juice is ready for the fridge. You don’t have to think about your juicer for the rest of the day! This could take up to 45 minutes or more depending on how much prep you have with your veggies. Those apples were seconds (called horse apples) and ugh! They took a while to cut out the bad stuff.
I hope this helps you get into a routine for good health!
I was able to get some things cleaned and prepped and cooked for Thanksgiving. The mashed potatoes were the hardest. I did not take any bites or tastes. My family did all the taste testing for me. That was not easy. I just kept telling myself, it is only a season and your body is healing. I feel great, I feel healthy, strong, full of energy, just as I am supposed to.
Hot water and lemon
1 Pint kale apple lemon cucumber celery carrots beet
Snack: 8oz apples carrots ginger sweet potato
Lunch: 1 pint kale apple lemon cucumber beets celery carrots
Snack: 8oz apples carrots ginger sweet potato
Dinner: 1 Pint apples sweet potato carrots
Snack: 8oz kale cucumber apple lemon celery carrots beet
Walked 1.25 miles
hot water and lemon
1 Pint of apples, carrots, sweet potato
6oz of apples and oranges
1 Pint of 1/2 beet, 8 kale leaves, 3 carrots, apples, lemon, sweet potato
6oz of apples and oranges
1 pint of beets, apples, lemon, kale, carrots
Water throughout the day. Herbal tea and honey for night-time snack.
NO BITES TODAY. ALL JUICE, ALL DAY! YES!!
It has been 25 days of juice feasting. Over the last 3 weeks something has been lacking. As I look back I know God was telling me over and over again what it was that was that was missing. However, I have been deaf and blind to it until last night.
I started my juice fast with the goal of getting my house in order, cleaning up my body and feeling healthy again. I did NOT start my fast with any spiritual direction or focus. This fast has been covered in problems of the flesh and has been riddled with disappointment from not being able to have the self-control I am used to having in the past. I kept asking MYSELF why this was. It wasn’t until I FINALLY took the problem to God that my answer came and it was here all along. She is a woman I have gotten to know over the last 3 weeks or more. We talk often of my fast and fasting in general. She always emphasized fasting with spiritual growth. Something I could relate to from my past 21 day cleanse earlier this year.
Spiritual purpose has completely lacked in this juice fast. I did not set out with any goals spiritually this time and have felt it every day. When I realized this today I see now why this fast has been riddled with problems of the flesh. So last night I set out to define what this fast is to me spiritually and welcome the Ruach back into EVERY aspect of my life! Praise Abba for dropping the scales from my eyes and allowing me to see His purpose for my fast.
I am currently reading The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory. This book has helped me gain further spiritual insight into fasting with purpose.
I have put together a fasting covenant detailing my spiritual goals, prayer focus, and diet for the rest of my 60 day fast.