Day two of our juice fast: Lemon day.
We bought three bags of lemons and have just now finished the first bag, and the day is almost over. Oops. Lemon juice is much more concentrated than you think it is, and it's hard to juice more than two lemons at a time. I wonder if lemons freeze, because we will definitely have leftovers!
This is two juiced lemons and one cup of distilled water, aka, my breakfast:
Recap of our feelings on day two:
I woke up early (8 am) to go to the dentist after going to bed around 4 am. I was surprisingly awake, despite never getting up that early, and I felt good. My stomach felt empty, but not ravenously hungry. I quickly juiced one lemon and put it into my water bottle to take with me. When I came home I juiced two lemons (the above picture) and drank it slowly. Throughout the day I have continued to drink lemon water. This afternoon we went to the park and laid on a blanket and read in the sun. It's really sunny out, but there's a cool breeze and there wasn't any humidity, so laying in the sun soaking up some vitamin D was completely do-able.
I regret to report that The Boyfriend has broken his fast and he ate regular food. He was completely cranky and unable to last any longer. No sooner did he devour a huge bowl of oatmeal than there was a smile on his face and he was more human-like. I, on the other hand, am still going strong with the fast and haven't ate solid food since Tuesday evening.
Dominant feelings today include energy, mental strength, relaxation, and a feeling of lightness. I don't have any weird tastes in my mouth yet and the dentist even commented on how strong and clean my teeth are. She asked what my secret was; I of course told her about my vegan lifestyle :)
I really thought I would be struggling more with this juice fast. Last time I did it, I was constantly hungry and thinking about food. This time I hardly notice I'm doing a juice fast. I think this is entirely due to the fact that I incorporated juices and green smoothies into my day and only had one meal of raw food each day in preparation for this fast. Last time I did the fast, I wasn't eating vegetarian, vegan, or raw food. I went from eating a meat and dairy filled diet to juice fasting for a week. In retrospect, what was I thinking? And how in the world did I survive the entire week?
This time is much, much easier and although there are times I find myself wondering what to make for dinner or wandering into the kitchen to eat, overall it isn't that hard. In my moments of weakness I find it helps to repeat a mantra. It could be a word, or a saying that you repeat to yourself. Mine is "the body will follow the mind", which tells me it's all in my head and if I get my mind right, my body will follow. Hunger is just a physical feeling, and it doesn't last forever.
In the words of my wise Dad, "This too shall pass..."