Juice Fast: Week 1

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I started this day with a Strawberry-Kiwi-Lime smoothie.  Hey, I didn’t want to waste my strawberries! And now, begins the juice fast.

Day 1 – October 14

Out of the six quarts of juice I prepared last night,  here’s what I actually drank on Day 1:

All of the Beet juice, Half of the Carrot juice, and some of the Celery-Lime-Basil-Pear.  So, the six quarts were not needed today, BUT I’d rather have too much than run out and feel the need to binge or something.

As for pacing, I drank one and a half quarts of juice during the work day, and I drank the grape juice when i got home at night.

Recap:

24 oz strawberry-kiwi lime smoothie

1 qt (32 oz) beet juice

1 pt (16 oz) carrot juice

8 oz celery-lime-basil-pear

1 qt (32 oz) grape juice

Total fluids= 112 oz

Starting weight: 155.6 lbs

Weight loss is not really one of my main goals, but it’s always a plus to release excess weight, so I decided to keep up with poundage lost.

Day 2:  October 15

I made raspberry juice out of two 12-ounce packages of raspberries (Driscoll’s) I purchased from Wal-mart.  They actually yielded a lot of juice!  Only drank about half a quart (16 ounces), as it was surprisingly bitter.

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I attempted to drink my remaining carrot concoction in the evening, but it perhaps went bad, spending most of the day in my lunch box.

Drank the whole quart of the lettuce-apple-pear.

Drank one quart of water.  Had no water yesterday, by the way.

I went grocery shopping and bought 2 packs organic green grapes, 1 pack red grapes, 1 lb muscadine, 1 bunch cilantro, 5 lemons, 5 loose beets,  and 3 lb bag carrots .  Since I was at Whole Foods, I also bought a 20-oz spinach-bell pepper-apple juice, which is made fresh right in front of you.

Recap:

20 oz Spinach-Bell pepper-Apple juice

16 oz  Carrot juice

32 oz Lettuce-Apple-Pear

Total juice intake (20+16+32) = 68 oz juice

32 oz water

Total fluids = 100 oz

If I follow the drink-half-your-weight-in-ounces rule, I need 77.8 oz of water/liquids each day. (155.6 lbs/2 = 77.8)

I don’t recall being hungry yesterday, but I was pretty hungry by night time tonight.

Day 3 – October 16

Weight: 150.2 lb

I weighed this morning before dressing.  That’s a weight loss of over 5 lbs in two days!

I did a 5-day orange juice fast in January this year.  I aimed for a week and lasted five days. Maybe more on that later!  I find my current juice fast going much easier, perhaps because of the variety, plus there are greens in many of the juices.  Greens supply chlorophyl, which provides an extra boost of energy and vitality

Today’s Intake:

24-oz of lemon water (x3) = 72 oz

1 pint ( 16 oz) of muscadine juice

32 oz of grape & cucumber juice

Total fluids: 120 oz

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Day 4: October 17

Weight: 148.4 lb

Today was a difficult day, and I thought about ending the fast…even if for a salad! I really wanted some vegan chik patties though, of all things.  I haven’t had one of those in at least a year.

So with the intense cravings for food,  I thought it best to do some more research on juicing, for motivation, encouragement, and knowledge.

I came across this blog and article, which was just what I needed to keep going:

http://theglobalgirl.com/my-top-5-juicing-experts-answer-the-most-asked-question-about-juice-fasting/

Today’s Intake:

1 pt (16 oz) carrot juice

1 qt (32 oz) apple, cilantro, ginger juice

1 qt (32 oz) lime water

8 oz leftover juice – celery, basil, etc (from Sun)

24 oz orange-grapefruit

Total fluids: 112 oz

I think one of the things that had me a little down about continuing, is all the juicing!  Then it hit me to go buy coconuts! I bought 2 cases of young coconuts(18 at $1.49 each) I THEN went to a local juicer (Urban Juicer) for a 24 oz orange-grapefruit juice called Mood Lifter.  Giving myself a lil break from juicing!

It’s interesting in some of the fasting tips I have read, people recommend at least 100 oz per day, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, and it feels enough.

Day 5: October 18

Weight: 147.6

Today’s Intake:

25 oz coconut water

24 oz coconut water

23 oz coconut water

72 oz total coconut water

32 oz water

32 oz water

32 oz water

96 oz total filtered water

Total fluids: 168 oz

Today went much easier, effortless even. No juicing required.

I was extra cognizant about drinking water today since I had a one-hour massage session.  Massages loosen toxins stored in the body, and drinking lots of water is said to flush them out.

I am a little concerned since I have not had a “movement” since Tuesday…4 days ago! Reading some more, I found that some fasters take psyllium husk, bentonite clay, or cascara sagrada for the insoluable fiber that will move stuff out.  Don’t really want to use them.  Never done an enema, but am seriously considering…

Day 6: October 19

Weight: 146.2 lb

Today’s Intake:

40 (2*20oz) oz apple-beet-ginger-lemon juice (Whole Foods)

25 oz coconut water

32 oz lemon water (1 sliced org lemon)

32 oz red globe grape juice

Total fluids: 129 oz total

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I went to Whole Body this morning and bought psyllium capsules.  Took only one.  Now the tummy’s not too quite…

I spent most of the day (and last night) searching for raw food recipes, as I intend to be raw after this fast.  Reading the ones on Rawmazing’s site, makes me believe I could go raw for good this time.  I’ve attempted to “go raw” at least a handful of times since becoming vegetarian 4 1/2 years ago.

I’ve literally been combing the internet for Raw Vegan Indian, Mexican, etc and stumbled across other ideas that I wasn’t looking for but will probaly use, like raw bacon or “french fries” out of eggplant.  After, copying and pasting the recipes into a word doc, including the food pic and website as source, I easily had 100 pages!

I took the psyllium capsule around 9 am this morning, and it’s 9 pm…still no movement.  So, I just took a Prunelax tablet.

Day 7: October 20

Weight: 146.2 lb (again)

Today’s intake:

32 oz lemon water

32 oz lemon water

24 oz Urban Juicer cold buster — grapefruit, lemon, apple, ginger

16 oz cold pressed oj from whole foods

Total: 104 oz

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Sucess! Some movement in the morning, but nothing to sneeze at, so I took 4 psyllium capsules around 2 pm.

At 4pm, I feel hungry and want to eat…but I’ve only had 68 oz of fluid so far.  Plus, I don’t feel I’ve juiced long enough (7 days) since I’ve not had significant movements. So that compels me to keep going…

I started to stock up on some raw food items while at Whole Foods:  walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, golden flax seeds, spices & seasonings, raw agave, miso.  My #1 reason for going was for more juice, as I was not in the juicing mindset today.

Now I’m going through the recipes I’ve saved to get a “Round 2″ list together of non-perishables I can be stocking up on to be ready after the fast ends.

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