Juice Fast Day 8 - Ending earlySubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 23:03
Inspired by DavyC's post on fasting, I started a juice fast last Thursday. I tentatively planned to go for 21 days, but I'm getting a tooth pulled on day 13, so I'm cutting it short at 10 days. Below are brief daily updates.
6/19/2014 - Day 8 I had planned to go 10 days, until just before I got that tooth pulled. I was ignoring what I have today, which is getting a little growth on the back of my head burned off with liquid nitrogen.
Cleansing is good, but I'll need healing powers for that, and for the tooth next week. I hadn't considered tomorrow's procedure, but I am now!
Ending a fast should be gradual. I'll start tomorrow with juice, and fruit, and the vegetables from the broth, which is what I will have for lunch as well. Dinner should be a salad. I think oil is ok, but certainly no meat - not yet.
NOT TO MENTION John Powhida is having his CD release party on Saturday night at the Lizzard Lounge in Cambridge and it would be, you know, nice to have a whiskey sour, or at least a glass of wine for the show.
So tomorrow it is. Which just goes to show, if you want to do a longer fast, you really have to plan ahead.
My problem is that I'm starting a Quest on July 14, and I wanted to do the cleanse before then. (And the 7ths is a special day). Oh well, there will be time for more, in the future, and for a longer one.
Obligations make it difficult, if not impossible, to enjoy the peace.
Thank you all for following along. I hope that your experience was as good as mine.
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6/18/2014 - Day 7 Two fortuitous events: Yesterday in Lexington, a copy of Carlos Castenada's A Separate Reality was waiting for me in a conspicuous place. Later in the day, I learned that a friend from an earlier season here in Boston, who later left for the midwest to go to med school, is back in town. I'm looking forward to seeing him.
The cleans is going well. "You look so good!" I hear that several times a day. Granted it is from Samantha, but I have to concur. My body is slimmer, tighter and my face has a healthy glow. Cruising. Remembering to keep hydrated with as much pure water and organic tea as I like, so I'm constantly going to the bathroom, flushing everything through.
I feel great.
PM Update. The book is good. I like it. I spent the afternoon with A---, my friend from before. It was almost 90 today in Boston, but not very humid. It was quite pleasant. We went out to Walden Pond, and did one revolution.
It was a beautiful day - lots of people were out swimming and sunbathing. Did they do that in Thoreau's day too?
We caught up. We're both on our own respective journeys, but it is nice to take the time to catch up.
6/17/2014 - Day 6 AM
I had a dream right before I woke up this morning. One of the side benefits of this juice cleanse for me, as I mentioned before, is that I'm dreaming again. Normally I don't dream (or more specifically, I don't remember them), and I suspect this is because of my daily caffeine habit.
This morning, Rand Paul made an appearance. I dreamed that I was in the lobby of the office tower that I used to work in, in downtown Seattle, waiting for the elevator. It was crowded, and I saw an old, old friend from college waiting for the elevator as well. She was a friend from my first year in college, when we were both art majors, but I haven't seen her since freshman year (25 years).
I was trying to figure out a way to signal her when who should show up beside me waiting for the elevator but Rand Paul! "Hello Rand," I said, a little louder than necessary, trying to catch her attention, so that she would see me.
Everyone boarded the elevator, and Rand and I continued to make polite small talk, the way you do when you're dressed in a suit and a tie in an elevator in an office building. The way I had to when I used to work in that building. I could see that I had caught my old friend K's attention.
Rand got off the elevator and said, "We should do lunch sometime." Ok, I said, thinking to myself how annoyed I am with that phrase "do lunch."
K & I continued to ride up and eventually we got off the elevator onto a balcony that overlooked a vast open area, and the dream continued on its mysterious, rambling path, as dreams do. I won't bore you with the rest, but I thought it was interesting that Rand showed up.
Dreams can be helpful, and I'm happy to be dreaming again. I guess this means I should give up coffee permanently :(
Another development: I soaked my shirt last night in sweat, which is the first time that happened since I started my fast. Normally I do have night sweats, but never this bad. I attribute that to the caffeine as well, though night sweats are also a hallmark of the alcoholic. But I don't think I drink enough to qualify for that.
For whatever reason, my sweat glands decided to let loose in the middle of the night last night. I woke up in the wee hours to go to the bathroom and changed my shirt. It was soaked.
The boy is full of so many mysterious processes. Having a body truly is a miracle that I'm grateful for.
Today is a little overcast - perfect for what I have planned: A bike ride up to Lexington and back. It should take an hour each way, up the bike trail. I'm going to take it easy.
When I was a young man working in that office building that showed up in my dream this morning, I did a fast and rode my bike to work and back each day. It was an intense half and hour each way, with a monster hill to climb on the way home. I was so tired by the end of the week!
I want to emphasize that doing a cleanse like this doesn't mean that you have to be sedentary and weak. On the contrary, after the first few days -- and I cannot stress this enough -- I have more energy, and more stable energy than when I'm eating. Weird.
6/16/2014 - Day 5
I think I accidentally drank some caffeinated tea yesterday, which partially explains why I had so much energy yesterday, lol. I had the darndest time falling asleep last night, and it felt like a caffeine high. No dreams last night either. I was careful today not to ingest any caffeine.
Another good day today. Lots of clean, clear energy. It is interesting watching my thoughts around hunger. When I'm not fasting and a hunger pang hits, my mind is immediately occupied: What should I eat? Should I make this? Should I go there? Mmmm, it is going to be so good...
Under these circumstances, that is not possible. Instead of thinking, you feel it. Just relax and feel it. Ride it, drink a glass of water, and it goes away. The mind is on to other things. Not only do I feel a cleansing of the body, but a cleansing of the mind. My consciousness is raised.
In other news, I notice a mossy film developing on my teeth and in my mouth. I imagine this is some kind of detox reaction. The smell of my breath has improved. My pits have a very distinctive smell - not terrible like the first couple of days, but different from normal.
I haven't lost any weight in the past 3 days, which is interesting, considering I'm taking in well below 1,000 calories a day, yet remain very active. The metabolism slows, and the body adjusts.
6/15/2014 - Day 4
AM: Woke up this morning and felt great! No hunger pangs, no headache, lots of energy. Drank a glass of water, made a big glass of juice (the usual - celery, carrot, cucumber, kale, apple & lemon), and a pot of vegetable broth (same as the juice, but with onion, broccoli and a little garlic).
Drew a bath to soak out some toxins through sweat and laid in the tub for an hour, sweating and reading the Sunday paper. Got out and had a cup of cooled broth.
Brunch has been shifted to afternoon tea. It is a gorgeous, sunny day out. Time for a bike ride in the sun.
I feel great!
PM: Had a nice bike ride to the public library (statist!), met a friend for tea, walked around the new development in Somerville - Assembly Row, which I think is a massive case of malinvestment, but it may work, too. Felt a little faint and had one of Starbucks's new raw "Evolution Fresh" brand juices. They have a pressure based preservative method, which is supposed to kill bacteria, but leave the enzymes in the juice alive. It was $6 and did the trick, but not as good as fresh.
I had so much energy today! I went for another bike ride in the evening, zooming up the Minuteman trail. I would have gone all the way to Lexington - I felt like I had the energy for it, but it was getting dark and chilly.
So much energy! More energy than when I'm eating food. This is what I love. This is the sweet spot, these next few days, when I'm cruising.
6/14/2014 - Day 3 Completed!
I'm cruising now. The headaches are gone. A few hunger pangs every now and again, quickly doused by a glass of water or a cup of tea. I'm feeling light and fine. Just a short nap this afternoon, a doze, really.
It is funny how much of a role food plays in our lives, unconsciously. Naturally, all day, I'm thinking, "I could go there and have a ..." And then I have to catch myself -- I'm not eating!
I've lost four pounds in 3 days, but I imagine at least half of that is from evacuating my bowels completely.
And then you start to get the feeling, "I wish I never had to eat again." And later you get to the point where food actually kind of grosses you out.
But we'll see how tomorrow goes. I'm meeting family friends for brunch... They'll be eating; I'll be drinking water.
6/13/2014 - Day 2 Completed!
This morning was a little rough. I got up, it was cold and rainy, and I evacuated my bowels with a salt water flush. I didn't feel so great after that, and went back down for a two hour nap or so.
After that, I've been feeling pretty great. Made a big glass of juice, the standard: Celery, carrot, kale, apple, & cucumber. Downed that and went for a nice long walk. No headache today. A few hunger pangs that pass with a glass of water, vegetable broth, or tea.
My breath is putrid, Samantha told me so. I can taste it, too. That is the body clearing these toxins. The skin and the lungs are the body's big eliminative organs, along with the colon.
All's well. I just moved a bunch of heavy boxes down into the basement, worked up a good sweat and am feeling fine :)
6/12/2014 - Day 1 Completed!
Made it through the day with a few glasses of fresh juice, a few glasses of water and a couple cups of tea. Had a very long and deep nap in the afternoon.
Got up and made a pot of vegetable broth in the evening: Onion, celery, carrot, broccoli
I have a wicked headache. That'll happen. My body is missing its daily dose(s) of caffeine.
But overall, I feel great! Day 2 tomorrow.
Goodnight Daily Paul!