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My First Juice Fast-The Ups and Mostly Downs

I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Deadabout 5 months ago, and even though I loved the message, I wasn't moved to juice fast myself until the other day.

I enjoy fresh juiced fruit and vegetables a few times each week, but the idea of not eating for several days was too daunting to imagine actually doing for myself.  

I was on Twitter minding my business (well not really but you know what I mean) when a lady I follow mentioned how great she was feeling after juicing for the last 3 days.  A few days later,  I saw she was still going strong and feeling better than ever. 

Day 1 Monday, Feb 28 - I didn't plan to fast when I woke up, so my day started off pretty normal.  I drank some lavender tea, got the kids ready for school and started working on a project.  Before I realized it, it was after 3 PM and I went the day without eating.  I was feeling okay and juiced apples, carrots, and ginger as a late lunch.

6 PM- I was feeling like crap because the family was eating dinner and I could smell it.  Thankfully, my hubby made Gardein "chicken" and tator tots for the kids, so I didn't actually have to see it.

9:30 PM-I made a pot of lemon grass tea, opened the refrigerator and stared at the contents. *Sigh*

I went to bed with a headache and had a hard time falling asleep because I kept thinking about bagels and fried rice.

Day 2-I woke up craving fish (I haven't had fish since 2008!) and french fries but started the day with a pot of lavender tea. 

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I have to admit that I was feeling a little better even though I still had a slight headache. I made juice for lunch and made dinner that night.  I ate dinner too.

Day 3-I woke up with renewed energy.  I guess eating dinner does that to you. *shaking my head* I juiced grapes and carrots for breakfast and felt okay for most of the day.  Since my juicer doesn't extract green leafy vegetables very well, I decided to also incorporate smoothies into my fast. I hoped this would help me to also stay "fuller" longer.

3 PM- I made a smoothie out of cilantro, water, frozen peaches, and bananas. It wasn't the tastiest blend but it did a good job of making me feel full for a bit. 

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I was good until dinner. I tasted a bit of the tofu, cabbage, and red onion stir-fry to make sure it had enough seasoning. Dumb move.  I ate dinner with my family again.

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Did mention that I made corn muffins too? Sigh

Much respect to the people who can cook for their families and still keep up with their fast. 

Conclusion:

My lack of planning sabotaged me from the beginning. 

*I can't be around food at all if I do this again. I underestimated my willpower in that aspect-Meals would have to be planned in advance.

*Don't limit myself-be very active in getting plenty of water, herbal tea, and juice before the hungry pains & headaches start.

*Be active-I spent too much time thinking about food.  I need to make sure I have plans to keep myself as busy as possible.

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