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Winter Juice Feast. Day 13. “If I were just drinking juice I would be the grumpiest person on earth!”

“I could never just NOT eat for 90 days!!”

“Why would you DO that??”

“If I were just drinking juice I would be the grumpiest person on earth”

Here’s the thing…if I were JUST drinking juice I would likely be really grumpy too. These are some of the things I’ve heard lately when people find out about the fast and I just thought I’d take a moment to address them. The majority of the people who I’ve seen do a “juice cleanse” are usually doing it for one reason only: to lose weight. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I do tend to encourage having well established, good eating habits in place first before embarking on something like this. It’s very likely that if you jump from your regular diet, into a long juice fast, you’ll go right back to your old habits (or worse) when it’s all over. It’s important that you’re doing more than just drinking juice and it’s important that you know what you’re getting in to.

What do I mean when I say “more” than just drinking juice? Well, if I decided to embark on all of this and change nothing in my life but what I’m consuming then really, that’s all I’m doing. If you’re not actively removing the old waste that’s being awakened through colon cleansing (and other methods that I’ll get in to another time) then it’s almost impossible not to run into fatigue, breakouts, headaches, bloating, and all manner of signs that the old waste in your body isn’t leaving. If your bowels are strong (more common in men like you see in “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”) you’ll do alright for awhile but for most of us, this isn’t the case. I’ve read a lot from people who are skeptical about this whole cleansing journey but I have tried fasting with and without colon cleansing and I can tell you that I’ve seen headaches, tiredness, grumpiness, and all manner of uncomfortable symptoms leave within the space of time that it takes to have a colonic (usually an hour-ish) and that trying to go without turns into a situation where I’m hardly functioning optimally.

So. You can go on a juice fast. Drink all the juice you like. But know that all you’re doing is drinking juice and very little substantial change is happening in your body. I’ll be discussing what exactly a colonic is and more about their  benefits in future posts. By the way, I know most of you are well into this lifestyle but this is largely for the people I know who have been attempting juice fasts and struggling or who have had a lot of questions about how to do one properly 🙂

Finally, why would I keep doing this? Am I crazy? Do I have an eating disorder? Do I really think my body isn’t clean enough yet? I can say with certainty that this is the most sane I have ever felt. Every time I fast or clean up my diet a little bit more I understand my body and myself better. I shed things that were never meant to be there or that have kept me from being the most “me” I can be (cheesy but true). I feel more alive. I go into dark spaces, shed old waste, old belief systems, old fears, old ways of thinking and come out a little lighter and a little freer every time.

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Today’s Juice Feast: 32 oz orange/apple/kale/jalapeño, 32 oz cucumber/celery/dill/lime, 32 oz cucumber/apple/kale/lime, 16 oz Flu Shot Carrot Juice, 34 oz orange, 2 Tbsp bee pollen, 16 oz coconut water.

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 12. Curried Carrot Juice.

I was about at this duration in my last juice feast when I started to feel symptomatic. My throat swelled up and my nose dripped for at least a week if not longer. I feel like I may be headed towards that very situation again (despite keeping up with removing as much awakened waste as possible through colon cleansing, sweating, dry brushing, etc). I’ve woken up the past few mornings with a sore throat, my nose has been drip, drip, drip all day and I don’t have much of an appetite. I don’t think I’ve EVER gone below a gallon in my daily juice drinking but I didn’t make the mark today! I just felt completely disinterested. Despite all that, I enjoyed work and didn’t feel any less focused and energetic. Now that I’m home I’m ready to get as much sleep as I possibly can so I can get through this cleansing reaction as gracefully as possible.

Curried Carrot Juice

Curried Carrot Juice 

4 lbs carrots

small knob ginger

2-4 cloves garlic

1 tsp curry powder

big pinch cayenne powder

4 drops NuNaturals Lemon Stevia

black pepper or DoTerra black pepper essential oil, to taste

Juice carrots, garlic, and ginger. Add remaining ingredients and stir or blend.

Today’s Juice Feast: 16 oz “Carrot Coffee” (recipe to come!), 24 oz orange/apple/kale, 2 Tbsp bee pollen,  28 oz carrot/banana with ginger essential oil and nutmeg,  32 oz pear/romaine.

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 11. A Friend’s Juice Feasting Testimonial!

A brief synopsis on today: Day 11! I remember last juice feast, I was so excited to reach day 11 as it was the longest I’d ever fasted! Now of course, I barely feel like I’ve gotten started 🙂 Today was back to great energy, great mood, and so much old waste released in a colon cleansing session this morning.

This last week my friend Lauren decided to join me in juice feasting and she completed her first ever three day fast! I was so touched by her Facebook post this morning that I asked if I could use it here:

“If you think juicing is: A. Too time consuming, B. Too expensive, C. Not filling enough, or D. You will experience too many detox symptoms….You are just like me. I thought all these things before doing my first ever 3-day Juice Feast this week.

I decided to be pro-active with all my objections. I don’t have a juicer nor do I want to clean up, so I didn’t buy one and I never cleaned up. I did itnearly entirely on Whole Foods juices (the ones cold-pressed on site and sold in the produce section). I never spent more than $25 a day which is less than what the cost of purchasing produce would be. 

I’m sure I lost weight but the number is irrelevant when compared to how great I feel in my body. I seriously can’t believe I’ve never tried this before. I have in the past done mono-mealing and blending on all fruit diets, but this is different.

Juicing takes out the fiber so that your body immediately absorbs all the nutrients. It’s high impact nutrient enrichment. My body just soaked them right up. The first day I couldn’t stop shitting. And that’s will all the fiber removed, so don’t be scared of becoming constipated. 

The second day I woke up already feeling amazing. I had barely any detox symptoms. I was already off of coffee and do eat a high raw diet, though, so I’m sure my pre-condition helped. Had I been in the grips of coffee or baked-goods addictions, as I’ve been so many times in the past, I’m sure I would have suffered from detox symptoms. 

I continued to feel great through all three days of the feast. I did not pre-determine a specific quantity of juice per day, it’s a feast after all! I drank around a gallon a day, consistently. And I did not go to bed hungry. 

Coming off the feast on Thursday morning, I planned ahead and had an organic sweet potato on hand. I baked the sweet potato and ate it in the morning. It was sooo delicious and soooo filling. I had to wrap up half and eat it two hours later. I realized how little food I have to eat when my body is soaked in nutrients. 

Thank you Rande and Gina for guiding me through this amazing experience in self-healing!”

I’m so proud of you Lauren and I’m looking forward to hearing about your next few days of fasting that I know you’re so excited about 🙂

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Today’s Juice Feast: 32 oz orange/pineapple/kale, 20 oz Ana’s Cream of Celery Juice, 32 oz Savory Autumn Carrot Juice with Sage, 32 oz grapefruit/apple/pineapple/cilantro, 32 oz cucumber/kale/pear, 36 oz orange/apple/turmeric/wheatgrass with cayenne.

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 7. Savory Cream of Tomato Juice.

It’s taken me a full week to feel like I’m into the swing of things but now that I’m here I’m just so grateful I stuck it out through a few sticky days! Britney mentioned that my posts seemed a little less bright and she asked if I was still excited about the juice feast. I’m so excited! I was ready for the great days and the tough ones and I’m thankful for them all. 

This morning I went out with a friend who decided to join me for three days of juice feasting! I’m so proud of her, this is her first juice fast and she’s doing wonderfully. We went to a little spot called Healeo which calls itself a “superfood bar” and happens to be one of my favorite places. The three shots you see below were my breakfast, the center one is wheatgrass and the surrounding shots are fruit juices with herbs. The first couple times I tried wheatgrass while fasting I got a little nauseous (which I almost always do) but today I felt great! Really grounded, satisfied, and energized. I seem to be needing slightly less juice lately than I anticipated. Where I used to drink 1.5-2 gallons while feasting, I currently seem to be happy at 1 – 1.5 gallons. I don’t know if it’s the wheatgrass, the supplements I’m taking, my cleaner body needing less juice, or just something that will pass but it’s interesting.

 

wheatgrass

Something I’ve noticed is that I’m needing a little less sleep than usual. I’m giving myself the opportunity to sleep as much as I can but I wake up bright eyed after 8 hours when I usually need 9 minimum! Today really bordered on magical. After getting superfood shots I spend the day at home treating myself to a sort of detox/spa day. Let me tell you, everything that I love in “normal” life is so much more delicious while fasting. Just the day to day things like yoga, body brushing, and hot/cold showers are absolutely blissful.

 

Savory Cream of Tomato Juice

Savory Cream of Tomato Juice

10 roma tomatoes

1 zucchini

4 cloves garlic

1 lemon, peeled

Today’s Juice Feast: 2 oz wheatgrass, 2 oz grapefruit/apple with herbs, 30 oz cucumber/apple/cilantro/lemon, 32 oz tomato/zucchini/lemon/garlic, 48 oz Kristina’s FullyRaw Wine, 32 oz carrot/kale, 24 oz carrot/romaine.

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