I have to admit…today I’ve really wanted to eat. Already. It’s been an interesting feeling…I didn’t have a lot of expectations but I didn’t need to use this kind of discipline for weeks last time. I was able to peruse Pinterest, cook for Britney, and fantasize about all manner of things I can’t actually imagine eating without worrying that I’d break the fast. This time I don’t want to do anything involving food unnecessarily. I feel very capable of eating whereas last time, it really didn’t feel like a possibility. I know I can do this and I don’t anticipate 3 months of torture (at all) but this is definitely starting out as a different experience.
On the other side of things, I woke up feeling clear and happy and light. I missed this feeling. I did a lot of experimenting with my diet which I’m so grateful for, but not everything left me with this feeling. I’m loving being back in the juice feasting world again, despite the effort it’s requiring to stay here. While I’m comparing this feast to the last one, there are a few things that I plan on doing differently:
I don’t want to lose my level of fitness: I’m not a crazy gym goer or anything but at the beginning of my last fast I was feeling pretty strong. I’d done 90 plus days of Tracy Anderson’s workouts and I pretty much dropped it altogether. I’m all for plenty of rest while fasting but I don’t want to feel like I’m starting all over when I’m done juicing.
No alcohol: It was a really rare thing, I had a glass of wine about once a month throughout the fast. It wasn’t something I’d planned on doing but it didn’t throw me off terribly. That being said, I’m committed to no alcohol this time around.
No salt: And more celery juice! I was adding salt to my broths and green juices and it was making it really unenjoyable to have juices without it. There are a lot of opinions about including high-quality salt during a juice fast (or in your diet in general) but I want to try meeting my sodium needs in a way that doesn’t make me puffy.
Herbs and Essential Oils: One of my favorite things about fasting is the level of sensitivity in my body. I *feel* so much more. I started taking shilajit about halfway through the last fast and it was surprisingly powerful. I’m already loving adding oils to my juices, even just for flavor, ginger oil is my current favorite and oregano feels especially potent! Last night my sleep was a little restless so I’ve brewed up some kava kava to encourage relaxation. I’m also looking forward to herbal juice infusions!
Journaling and Meditation: Two things I mentioned yesterday, encouraging as much quiet and listening as possible.
Dry Fasting and Water Fasting: Both of these I’m equally intrigued with and intimidated by. More to come on this.
And lastly, you have to try this juice, it was the highlight of my morning:
Herbed Sweetness (24 oz)
8 small apples
1/2 a pineapple
2 handfuls basil
1 lemon, peeled
Today: 16 oz pineapple/apple/lemon/basil, 40 oz cucumber/celery/spinach/kale with coconut water and E3Live, 16 oz Evolution brand Sweet Greens with ginger essential oil, 2 oz wheatgrass juice with peppermint, 32 oz banana/orange juice with cassia essential oil, 10 oz veggie broth, 16 oz Evolution brand Vegetable, 16 oz kava kava tea