This is the last day of my 2013 juice fast. Every time I do a juice fast, I have ups and downs, but the last day is always a high point. I am looking forward to breaking my fast this evening with a salad, and tomorrow, I will allow myself some solid and cooked food. I will break my juice fast with a salad because I want make the transition back to solid food as easy and comfortable as possible. Make sure not to break a fast with a big meal of cooked food, I have heard that this can be painful or dangerous.
This fast was my first experience doing a fast with other people, and I highly recommend it. On my previous fasts, I really missed social interaction, but this time, I got together with my friends and we drank our juices, played games, talked and watched movies. However, food was not part of the picture. We did have some beverages with alcohol, and in retrospect, I think that was not a good idea. During the 10 day fast, I really only felt severe hunger on one occasion, and it was after drinking some alcohol.
I have lost 8 pounds on this fast, and I am back to my “high school” weight; I am motivated to keep this weight and maintain healthy habits. Doing a juice fast is a great way to remind yourself of how you gained weight in the first place… by over eating and not getting enough exercise.
The fast has helped me remove toxins from my body. I feel like I have injected vitamins, minerals, water and anti-oxidants into my cells. I feel clean and fresh. I have mental clarity, and I feel great.
If you would like to read the details about my 30 day juice fast this is the link: http://30dayjuicefast2012.wordpress.com/
Reading about my 2011 juice fast in chronological order is amusing.
Today has been easy. I am definitely in the zone, and I am not feeling detox symptoms today. I have a lot of energy and mental clarity. This groupfast has been awesome. Last night about 10 of us juicers got together, and we shared juices, juice recipes and our experiences on the fast. For some, the juice fast has been very difficult, and for others, it has been relatively easy, but we have all been experiencing the emotion of missing food. We talked about how we are going to have better eating habits after the fast, and we talked about some of the delicious dishes that we are going to make soon.
On my past juice fasts, I really missed social interaction. It is really hard to be around food or even the smell of food when you are fasting. On my past fasts, I opted for not being social because “being social” meant being around food. Some of the hardest days I experienced during prior fasts were days that required me to be around food. I remember going to an Italian restaurant when I hadn’t eaten solid food for days; that was a real test of my will power. During this fast, I have not been around anyone who is eating solid food. In fact, the only time that I smelled cooked food, I just walked away, and because I have been able to avoid cooked food, this fast has been quite easy.
The basic juices that I am drinking on this fast are:
Tomato/Cucumber/Celery/Cilantro/Lime and Salt (Bloody Mary Juice)
The basic rule that I follow on a juice fast is: if it is an fruit or vegetable and it will pass through a juicer, it is OK. I do allow myself a little bit of salt and spices in my bloody Mary juice, and I put a little bit of milk in my coffee, but besides that it is all juice. I am only juicing organic fruits and veggies, and I am still drinking 5 or 6 quarts of juice a day. Today is day 5 of the juicefast, and so far, we are all doing well. Some of the members of the group are eating a few bites of tomato or lettuce, but for me it is easier to draw the line and just say no solid food. My only moment of weakness on the fast has been taking a couple of bites of the pulp of my grapefruit juice. It was really good, but I think it is easier to do just draw the line and not eat solid food.
Oh, and by the way, I have lost about 6 pounds.
It has been about 6 months since my last fast, and I am currently on day 3 of a 10 day juice fast.
This is the first time that I am doing a “group fast”. There are about 10 of us that have made a commitment to doing a 10 day juice fast. About a month ago, we were having a BBQ, and we noticed that we aren’t getting any younger and we aren’t getting any slimmer. Ok. We were feeling fat, and we were talking about ways to stay slim and get rid of toxins. Of course my friends know that I am a proponent of juice fasting, so we decided to do a group fast to burn off the BBQ season’s calories. We picked the day after Labor Day as our starting point, because we knew that we would have a huge BBQ and party on Labor Day. This year, Labor Day fell on September 2nd, so we started on September 3rd. We also picked this day to start because there are not any major holidays between September 3rd and September 13th. Holidays are a major temptation, so we knew to avoid this. Last year the super bowl fell right in the middle of a 10 day fast, and I learned a lesson from that mistake.
I usually experience fear and anxiety before starting a fast and I have to psych myself up to get started, but this time it was different. I was not worried about doing the fast because I know how to do a juice fast, and I have a great support group. My friend Rick bought about 1000 pounds of organic fruits and veggies on day 1. Being prepared is key. You must have a good supply of fruits and vegetables in order to start a fast. Of course you need a juicer too. Some of friends bought juicers so they could join in on the fun. We all have Jack LaLaine juicers, and I also have an Omega Juicer that is good for greens and a citrus juicer as well.
My experiences over the past few days have been predictable. I miss food. It is very comforting. I have not been hungry except when I have gone too long without drinking juice. As long as I have a quart of juice on hand at all times, I know I can drink it when I feel some hunger, and I am fine. I have had a few detox symptoms like sluggishness and a little bit of nausea, but not too much. I feel pretty good.
I have done two 30 day juice fast in the past 2 years, but I am starting a 10 day juice fast today. I am going to make some videos to discuss my progress on the fast, and I hope you take the time to watch them.
Now that the holidays are over, I am tempted to do a “winter” juice fast. In the past I have done late summer juice fasts when the ingredients are plentiful and cheap. My concern about starting my fast now is that I will miss the Super Bowl Party. I just don’t have the will power to go to a Super Bowl party and just drink juice. Should I wait until the Super Bowl is over before I start my next fast? Or should I start the fast right away and just skip the chips and guacamole?
I am thinking about doing a 10 day fast. My past two juice fasts have been for 30 days, and that seemed like a lot. I wonder if I start a 10 day fast, will I be counting the hours to the end of the fast, or thinking I should extend the fast for another 5 days or more?
The most important thing about doing a juice fast is controlling your environment. If you can “get away” from the temptation of food, you will have a much greater chance of having a successful fast. If you need a place to get away, let me know. I have a house near Puerto Vallarta.
I would not recommend doing a 30 day juice fast “cold turkey”. Maybe a 10 day juice fast or even 14 days, but 30 days is a long time, and in retrospect, I think I acheived the majority of my juicing objectives in the first 14 days. You could always extend the fast if you feel motivated to do so.
To read about my 2012 juice fast, please go to http://www.30dayjuicefast2012.wordpress.com
This blog is dedicated to my 2011 juice fast. It contains uncensored details about what it feels like to do a juice fast. Good luck on your juice fast journey. I suggest having a juice fast buddy or writing a blog about your experience. If you put pressure on yourself by having a buddy or blogging about the experience, you will have much greater motivation to stick with the fast.
If you are thinking about doing a 30 day juice fast, I suggest reading this blog in chronological order. It will make much more sense.
Weight Loss 17 Lbs.
My juice fast is winding down. Yesterday I decided that it was time to taper off of the juice fast. I had a banana with my juice for breakfast, juice for lunch and some steamed veggies with my juice for dinner. I chose to taper off of the juice fast because I have reached my weight loss objective, and my body was telling me that it was time to end the juice fast. Also, I have heard that breaking a juice fast with the wrong foods can be very unhealthy or dangerous.
My objective over the next 4 days is to continue consuming a lot of juice, but slowly introduce solid foods to my diet. I plan to eat just fruits and veggies for the first few days and then I will add some nuts, legumes and grains.
Good Luck Juicing!