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Juice Fast Day 8 - Ending early

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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.

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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 :(

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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.

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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!

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OK never mind. Forgot I was on the bad list.

Was this written in 1971?

I stumbled upon the book from the same author?? Look.

22 straight days of fasting

Will stop tomorrow night and have light vegys and salad. Have lost 15 pounds, and have great deal of energy, thanks Michael for getting me started. Will continue with 1 or 2 juice per day.

the lesser of two evils is still evil

Still Juicing :)

Not fasting, but what I'm eating is mostly salads and grilled veggies with a little bit of grilled chicken or baked fish. Some pistachios or almonds in the afternoon. I'm juicing 3 times a day still though.

I start every morning off with the same thing: 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, Tbsp of Braggs ACV, drizzle of honey and 1/2 cup of warm spring water. Then I do 30 minutes cardio; either on the elliptical or a bike ride, but I might try to diversify that a little, not sure yet. Next I have a couple hard boiled eggs and another juice, this morning it's blueberries, grapes, 1/2 a large beet, 1/2 lime and 1" ginger. Yumm. Juice for lunch, a Mean Green or maybe carrot ginger tumeric...

My weight's down to 220 now (it was 232 before the fast - 245 a year ago and 266 2 years ago). Energy is high, mood is better, I feel great. I don't know what changed inside me to do this, because I'm usually lazy and apathetic, but I'm just going to ride this train as long as it goes. :)


Are you going to debrief with us?

I'm on Day 7 of the juicing

I'm on Day 7 of the juicing but I never stopped eating 100%. I admit I wasn't strong enough. But so far, I've been able to have two juice meals a day & one regular meal. Hopefully, I can ease into a fast for a few days. It's hard. But I'm not unhappy. I've lost 3 lbs this week which is better than nothing. And with all the good nutrients I'm getting, I've noticed a few differences. I was having headaches; they're gone. I have a little bit of arthritis starting to show up in my left hand and I only felt it once this week. My skin feels a bit healthier too if that's possible in a week. I know I'm not doing it like it's supposed to be done but I think with allowing myself a little food everyday, I can stick with it. Thanks!

I'm on Day 7 of the juicing

I'm on Day 7 of the juicing but I never stopped eating 100%. I admit I wasn't strong enough. But so far, I've been able to have two juice meals a day & one regular meal. Hopefully, I can ease into a fast for a few days. It's hard. But I'm not unhappy. I've lost 3 lbs this week which is better than nothing. And with all the good nutrients I'm getting, I've noticed a few differences. I was having headaches; they're gone. I have a little bit of arthritis starting to show up in my left hand and I only felt it once this week. My skin feels a bit healthier too if that's possible in a week. I know I'm not doing it like it's supposed to be done but I think with allowing myself a little food everyday, I can stick with it. Thanks!


I'm getting on board, juicer to arrive Tuesday, will start Weds. thanks for the encouraging post. Have high blood pressure and overweight. I am excited to start the path to a healthy lifestyle. I have you Michael to thank.

the lesser of two evils is still evil

Thank you Michael

This was a good experience, really glad I tried it! Today is Day 5.5 for me and I'm planning on easing off it today too. Probably juice through lunch, maybe have a strawberry banana smoothie, and then have a salad and some grilled veggies for dinner.

I feel great, lost a ton of weight - this would be (and hopefully will be) an awesome jump start to a much longer diet IMO...but it is almost kind of hard to stop juicing and think about eating solid food again, you just want to keep going.

Congrats Michael

if I can do half what you did I'll be thrilled. I will probably start with one juice meal a day and then find a period where nothing else is really on the books and go for 4 days since I keep hearing the 4th day you really feel the positive effects. Thanks again for the inspiration, updates and excellent information.

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Thanks for inspiring me in the first place, Davy

I had been meaning to do it "soon" but your post inspired me to look at the calendar and see when I had the time. It worked out perfectly.

Good luck for when you decide to start & feel free to let us know or ask for any clarifications.

He's the man.

Inspiring Post Michael

Thanks for the updates.

Today is Thursday

Earlier in the week, inspired by your fast, I planned to do a "fruits and vegetables" day on Thursday (today). I usually eat a lot of fruits and vegetables but most of the time along with sometimes meat and sometimes grains and sometimes some ice cream or frozen yogurt.

So today is bananas, strawberries, coconut, greens, tomatoes and asparagus day.

Hopefully today will inspire me to continue fruits & veggie day every Thursday for a while. Maybe I'll work up to juicing if veggie day becomes a habit.

I did rewatch "Fat, Sick ..." this weekend and told my neighbor who's struggling with health problems) about it - she seemed interested so hopefully she'll get some inspiration from it.

Work in a tsp or two of

Work in a tsp or two of coconut oil. Then increase slowly to two to three tbsp per day. Good for the gut and the brain.

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Thanks for the tip

I've heard about this.

You are a wealth of knowledge! Thanks. Will do. It has been so hot recently that the coconut oil in the cabinet has liquified.

He's the man.

You're welcome. It's been

You're welcome.

It's been liquified here as well. In the desert...

It was interesting following along.

Thank You.

The Gerson Diet, a heavy juicing diet, cures cancer...

but one of the requirements needed to eliminate toxins are coffee enemas. You can buy the lightly roasted therapy coffee used online but I'm sure it's caffeinated.

They say the caffeine travels up the hemorrhoidal veins to the liver opening up the bile ducts to release the toxins that are driven to the liver by all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes ingested through the juices. They also say that juicing without performing coffee enemas could overload your liver with toxins potentially causing damage to your liver.

Drinking the coffee does not give the effect of opening the liver bile ducts.

You can read more about it by googling "Gerson Diet."

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On the Gerson diet

They have a patient drinking a glass of juice every hour. It is a very intense flushing of the system, as the cancer patients are very toxic. On that regime, with a cancer patient, and with those levels of toxicity, I can see the need for daily coffee enemas.

In my case, I did a saltwater flush (which I have now decided against until further research), and regular enemas. I did one coffee enema during this course.

I think Gerson diet is what I'd go straight to if I were ever diagnosed with cancer. But the point of what I'm doing is to avoid that fate.

Thanks for the info.

He's the man.

why did you get downvoted?

My mother did this diet in the 70's as cancer treatment. She went to a retreat in Mexico for a couple months to get started because at that time the treatment was banned in the USA.

She had one really good summer after quitting the radiation and chemo and just doing the fresh pressed organic juice & coffee enema thing...in the end the cancer chemo whatever took her.

That was probably my first hint at age 11 that everything was not all as perfect as it appeared in America...why does mommy have to go to Mexico to drink juice?

Michael, I have been

Michael, I have been following your post on your fasting experience and I am tempted to try it. I have heard of the benefits of a high juice diet. But I have a few questions.

Is there a guide you are following on how much of what to eat each day?

I saw you mention how rough it was initially, and it seems you have a pretty relaxed day. How easy do you think it would be for someone to stick to this diet with a 9-5 (or rather 8-6) job?

Is it ok to prepare some juice in the morning or the night before to have for lunch the next day?

I have been trying to change my diet and do more active things to loose weight but it is tough sticking to a strict routine with work and a newborn. I was doing the gluten free diet for a while and it felt great, I had more energy and a lot of pains I had went away. But lately sticking to it has been tough, although I hope to go back to it in the next week or 2.

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Sticking to it is always an issue


This is the guide I'm using:

If you have a 9-5 job, it is harder, definitely, but doable. I'm lucky that I have very flexible hours now, but it is doable on a 9-5 schedule. I've done it before.

I think it is best to consume the juice on the day you make it. If you take it to work, take it in an airtight container, like a thermos.

In terms of sticking with it -- just stay focused on the benefits you're getting, not on what you're giving up Don't say: Oh, I wish I could eat a sandwich! I focus instead on how crappy and bloated I will feel after eating it. Most people only focus on the taste. I did for a long time. It is harder to have a wider perspective.

But you can do it.

He's the man.

gave up caffeine last year

Keep in mind, im in pretty good shape and not addicted to any substances or so I thought.

One of my favorite things in the world was to drink a coffee then go work out. It got to the point though, where I couldn't work out without having caffeine. When I noticed that, i said to hell with caffeine I don't care how good it feels and quit. IT WAS ROUGH.

I never realized how much caffeine I drank and its impact on my mood. Diet soda to ice teas. so much for thinking i wasn't addicted to anything.

A but almost immediately I noticed that my cardiovascular endurance went through the roof. And so did my strength. It took a long time, but now I have just as much fun training without the caffeine as i did with it.

In addition, the youthfulness-? of my face came back. An unexpected benefit.

Keep it up Michael, I look forward to hearing how you do tomorrow.

60 minerals have been established ad essential.

How does one insure they are getting 200mg or more of daily selenium. Go cross country.

Part of a bigger problem

Free includes debt-free!

Are you fellows doing this juice fast producing ketones?

I am curious to know if your intake of carbohydrates is low enough to make you produce sufficient ketones to raise levels in your urine. Do any of you test with Ketone test strips (available in the diabetes testing supply section of drug stores and Walmarts)? What are your results?

How many grams of carbohydrates are you eating daily?

How much protein daily? How much fat daily?

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

Would juice fasting put one

Would juice fasting put one in ketosis? I've never heard of that as a method to do so, but who knows. I would think with the protein intake being very low, and the fat intake pretty much nil, carbs are pretty much all that's being consumed.

I an just curious as to the effect? Just how low is the carb


Total caloric intake must be very low and since they report weight loss, they are burning something, either stored fat or protein from muscle, although some of the initial weight loss would likely be from water as glycogen stores are depleted.

By the way, have you ever watched this series of six videos by Dr. Jason Fung, the first of which is here?:


He really gets into the science of obesity and related disease, focusing on insulin as the prime culprit. Although the videos run over an hour each, and he could have talked less and cut that in half, I still found the investment of time well worth it.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

Please post those Fung videos

Please post those Fung videos in a Health post. People need to see them.

Interesting points. I had

Interesting points. I had not heard of him, but will watch now.

Thanks for the link.

Day 3 was a little tough

I didn't really have much energy yesterday and while my stomach wasn't really hungry my mind wouldn't stop thinking about all the delicious things I wasn't eating LOL. But I stuck it through with the help of some of that vegetable broth (with a little curry yum) and a delicious tomato, red pepper, basil, kale, garlic & lemon juice.

Today I stepped on the scale and I've lost 7 pounds and unbelievably am at my target weight of 225 (6' 2"). Also discovered that I tightened my belt a notch without even realizing it.

I'll continue the juice fast through tomorrow and ease back into solid food with salad, fresh fruit and veg. For camping this weekend I'll make up some marinated vegetable skewers and maybe some little chicken kebobs and keep drinking tons of water (instead of the usual Burgers, Brats and Beer).