After the Fast: Results & Plans

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Results

End Weight: 139.6 lbs.

Total Weight Loss:  155.6-139.6 = 16 lbs

My aims for this juice fast were to:
  • go raw
  • hydrate
  • improve elimination
  • restore 20/20 vision
  • overcome ice eating habit

I lost 16 pounds, feel hydrated, and have improved elimination.  I ate ice throughout the fast, so that never quite went away!  Not sure how much ice, maybe a couple of dozen cubes or so every day.

First Days after the fast:  November 2 through 4

It’s Saturday!  Just completed my longest juice fast to date (3 weeks). I definitely wanted to end it on the weekend, even noting “Break Fast” on my calendar for this day.  = )   This way, I have plenty of time to prepare and eat the food and just relax.  From previous experience, although for shorter  fasts, I know it’s important how I get back into food.  To just dive back into eating cooked foods caused a lot of pain (and probably some damage inside) in the past.  So, I literally wrote out a “Post-Juice Fast Plan” for the first three days and planned a shopping list to cover the meals.  For the shopping list, I wrote how much of each ingredient would be needed for each meal, noting any substitutions or omitting ingredients I don’t like, then added it all up on one master shopping list.

Post-Juice Fast Plan

~~~Day 1~~~

Breakfast (B):  Pineapple-strawberry smoothie

1 lb chopped pineapple

1 lb strawberries (1 container)

Lunch (L):  LFRV Salad ( Mediterranean Salad & Hummus Dressing by FullyRaw Kristina)

4 c kale and romaine

2 c cherry tomatoes, halved

4 c diced cucumbers (4 cukes)

1-2 c sweet bell peppers

1 c diced celery

4-5 tomatoes

1-2 c finely chopped cauliflower

fresh mint and basil diced

1/2 to 1/4 chopped red onion

cumin

1 large zucchini

1 c unhulled sesame seeds raw (substitute hemp seeds)

1 c lemon juice  

1 clove garlic

Dinner (D):  Simple LFRV Salad

1 bunch Spinach

1 pint Cherry Tomatoes

~~~Day 2~~~

B:  Chia Seed Oatmeal 

Ground chia seed meal (already have)

1 lb strawberries

raw agave nectar (already have)

almonds (already have)

L:  Nut Free Veggie Burger (from Raw Glow)

5 carrots
1 bell pepper
1/4 onion
1 avocado
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp sea salt

D:  Bananas + Kale salad w/ cherry tomatoes

2 to 3 bananas

1 bunch kale

1 pint cherry tomatoes 

~~~Day 3~~~

B:  Bowl of Fruit

L:  Cashew – Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes + Marinated Mushrooms (from Rawmazing)

2 ½ cups cashews, raw
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsps mellow white miso (already have)
3 tbsps lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil (already have)
Pepper to taste
4 cups cauliflower, chopped into small florets and pieces
1/3 cup (or less) water

D:  Creamed Spinach

1 bunch spinach

cashews (already have)

cherry tomatoes

Shopping List

2 strawberry

1 pineapple

1 bag carrots

2  kale

2 romaine

1 celery

2 cauliflower

2 spinach

2 large zucchini

8 cucumbers

6 sweet bell peppers

1 red onion

1 garlic

2 cherry tomatoes

10 tomatoes

5 lemons

mushrooms

1 fresh mint

1 fresh basil

Added a bunch of green onions

Cost:  $124.25

Even though the list is for 3 days of meals, I definitely expect it to last at least a week!

My first meal for today is about a quart of my favorite smoothie — strawberry and pineapple.  A smoothie is just a step up from juice, as far as roughage.  It is easy on the stomach. 

Strawberry-pineapple smoothie
Strawberry-pineapple smoothie
My lunch was a fraction of this massive, delicious Mediterranean salad by FullyRaw Kristina.  I love it because it is low-fat, raw vegan (LFRV).  Keeping foods light on the first day, plus I’m not that hungry.  I dehydrated the rest of it for later.
Mediterranean Salad w/ FullyRaw Hummus
Mediterranean Salad w/ FullyRaw Hummus
For dinner, I had Bragg’s-marinated mushrooms and avocado on basil, with a couple of sheets of nori seaweed.
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For Sunday, I planned to have chia seed oatmeal for breakfast, a raw veggie burger for lunch, and fruit & salad for dinner.   I had a taste for something else though.  Plus, I wanted to keep prep minimal. I kept it simple with coconut milk, a spinach salad, and a bowl of fruit.  Works for me! Due to the planning and shopping, I have a well-stocked raw fridge, even though I didn’t make everything I planned. 
It’s Monday.  Back to work.  I’m quite nervous about staying raw while at work.  It was much easier on the juice fast.  Now, I worry I won’t pack enough…that I’ll be hungry…or that I won’t have a taste for what I packed.  I made  chia seed oatmeal for breakfast and a creamy spinach salad for lunch.
Chia seed porridge w/strawberries

Chia seed porridge w/strawberries

Creamy spinach salad w/ cherry tomatoes

Creamy spinach salad w/ cherry tomatoes

I went back to cooked on Wednesday.  I had one cooked meal after eating a bowl of fruit first.  To my surprise, I didn’t double over in pain, which I was expecting from previous forays back to cooked.  Then I realized the transition back to solid foods was successful this time.  It’s not supposed to hurt!
Overall, I was very satisfied with the long juice fast and the results.  It was another experiment that was full of fun, simplicity, and inspiration.
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