Saturday, May 21, 2011

Juice Fast Day 4

 Well, day 4 is coming to a close and this fast is almost behind me.

Yesterday was hard to get through but somehow, I made it.

This morning I woke up and was going to get beets from the store so I could drink beet juice all day but I was too tired to go to the store, so instead I just drank carrot juice, apple juice, lemon juice, and a mixture of apple/celery juice.

 My day looked a lot like this:
and this:

And this:
 and a little bit of this:


 In the afternoon, we took the tram uptown and walked around in the sun. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed being out in the sun, but for some reason all I could think about was food. I started to get really tired, and cranky. On the drive home I thought I was going to fall asleep. When we got home, all I could do was crawl into bed and fall asleep.

  Even typing this now, I still feel a little tired, a little groggy, and a little dissapointed. I know I made it farther than The Boyfriend did with this fast, and even farther than I did last time I tried this (last fall when we only made it one day) but for some reason I envisioned myself lasting a lot longer and feeling a lot better. Let's face it: fasting isn't easy, and thoughts of food become all-consuming. I could never cut it as a starving artist or homeless person.

 Last night I made it through the night by telling myself to imagine it like any other challenge I would face in life. Yes, it may be painful and hard at times, but the pain won't last forever, and this too shall pass. When I'm running races, there are times I want to stop, but I don't. I push through and somehow cross that finish line, and the resulting feeling is worth it. I imagined feeling somewhat the same with this fast; knowing that yes, it was hard, but proud to have made it through.

 But that's not how I feel. The problem is, I don't think I will ever feel good "enough" to bring this fast to an end. When would I finally call it over? When I feel clean enough? When I feel like I've lost enough weight? When I feel like I've detoxed (from a life that was almost entirely clean to begin with?) Is it over tonight, on Saturday night, when I go to sleep, meaning I break it Sunday morning? Or is it over Sunday morning, after I've already juiced? Is it over Sunday night, after juicing all day, and then I eat food for the first time on Monday?

 I had wanted to do a 4 day fast, and technically that means I'm done tonight. Therefor we have decided to bring this fast to an end and I will eat food tonight. Partly because I don't think I will ever be satisfied with how this fast ends, and partly because if I stop now I can salvage what's left of this weekend and not spend it being entirely cranky and hungry.

In general, I don't feel that much different. I guess the dissapointment comes in because I was expecting to feel like I participated in this huge detox and cleanse. Overall, I feel the same. I don't feel like I detoxed. I feel the same, except maybe hungry. Perhaps it did more good than I'm giving it credit for and I just haven't noticed yet, and maybe my internal organs are thanking me for giving them rest for 4 days. Only time will tell...

13 comments:

Ocean Dreams said...

I really admire what you are doing and I'm sure it will be worthwhile in the end. It's good to have a cleanse now and again!

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

freakin hilarious. I too, have not gotten to the 21 day juice feasting and come out an enlightened soul. I know people who swear by this, and I alway wish I had the discipline for it. I did a 3 day juice fast, and I felt better, but I also starting freaking myself out about resetting my metabolism. I didn't want to then gain weight because I hadn't eaten!! And I was fantasizing about any food! I did have an apple each day I fasted, while I was cutting them up to juice, it was like I would not have the energy to juice unless I had some sugar!!

Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan said...

I think following your body's signals (tired, cranky, disappointed) is smart - and I'm proud of you for lasting as long as you did! I find it difficult to juice fast for one meal!

Alessandra said...

Personally I think that you should increase your intaking of carrot juice, I am not an expert, but for what I know it is the one that really gives you lots of energy.

Ciao
Alessandra

PS
Can you include fruit smoothies in your diet? Banana would be good...

SuzyEats said...

how is the going??? i have not done this before but was thinking of trying something like this!

Michelle said...

hmmm...I stay tired as it is, so maybe I need to figure out a differnt way to cleanse my body. I have the crazy sexy diet book and thought about doing her 21 day cleanse. I've seen where several people have felt great after doing it. I know my body needs to be detoxed bad though...that's for sure. Thanks for being honest in how you have felt and how hard it's been. I remember how tough it was when I did a 3 day juice fast about 4 years ago.

angel said...

I am currently doing a 30 day fast and I'm on day 14 of pure juice. I began three weeks ago and during my first week I juiced two out of my three meals. Then week two I went all juice and if I was totally starving I had a banana or some avocado. On week three I am doing all juice and I can tell you that I'm not starving, but cravings still persist. Thus far my detox symptoms have been:real sore throat, tiredness, little head ache and some pain on what I think is my gallbladder. I have lost 16 lbs and while I don't feel like most report I notice a diff on my mood. One more thing, because I have insulin resistance I cannot do sweet fruit drinks and instead I do green juices with some green apples. If you decide to do it again, I recommend you ease into it. It is not easy, but I think you will not be shocked.

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