Juice Fasting

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Green Juice

Last Friday I read about the BluePrintCleanse and decided to juice fast for the weekend. I was considering ordering the BPC (I still might), but I had just made a fresh batch of pineapple, cucumber, and cilantro juice and wanted to do it right away while the inspiration was fresh in my mind. If I were to order from BPC, I’d probably do the Excavation Cleanse. It’s 6 juices a day- four green juices, a spicy lemonade, and a cashew milk. I had everything already in my kitchen, with a little improvisation. My green juice was my pineapple mixture, I made spicy limeade with limes, water, cayenne pepper and agave, and I had almond milk.

Prep and Day 1
I unintentionally prepped on Friday by having veggie soup for lunch and green juice for dinner. I really wasn’t hungry anyway. Saturday was my official first day and it went pretty smoothly. I had three glasses of green juice, limeade, and almond milk mixed with a little chai tea. I snacked on a few chocolate crispies from One Lucky Duck. They’re vegan and raw, and I had about half a handful. By the end of the day I felt good.

Day 2
Sunday I had some killer cravings for random ethnic foods like tacos, Chinese, and spicy Indian. I didn’t feel hungry, but I wanted to taste those things. I had a few shelled sunflower seeds during the day and another 3 glasses of green juice. I didn’t feel like the limeade or milk so I skipped them. I did buy a bottles of Botlhouse Farms juice to bring to work to make it easier for Monday. I had about a quater of the passion fruit one Sunday night. I also bought glutten free crackers and cookies, along with a 100 calorie pack of guacamole.

Day 3
I wasn’t sure if I was going to get through Monday at work. I figured it would be okay if I quit since I did pretty good over the weekend, but to my surprise I was still feeling really good all day. I had 1 quart of juice during the day along with a lot of tea. I went to the gym and felt really really good running. I only did a little over a mile, but I felt bored more than tired. I was careful to make sure I wasn’t dizzy or weak, and did a quick work out. After I got back from the gym I felt like I was starving. I don’t think I was actually hungry, but the thought of having crackers and guacamole was overwhelming. I had about 7 Nut Thins crackers and half the pack of 100 calorie guacamole. I was by no means stuffed afterwards but I was content to feel something in my stomach. A little while later I had cravings again. It was a test of my will because my body didn’t feel hungry, but knowing that there was food in the kitchen was almost too much temptation. I folded my clothes and went to bed successfully.

Day 4
Today is Tuesday and I figured however I felt this morning would determine my next step. I successfully finished a three day juice fast with very minimal cheating. It wasn’t the very best juice I could find, but it was of good quality. This morning I wasn’t hungry at all, I felt like I went to bed full. My body still doesn’t feel hungry at all. I’m not light headed and I feel pretty solid. I’ve lost about 3.5 lbs since Friday, and I’ve felt happier. Possibly not because of the fast, but a noticeable observation. Tonight I start biking marathons again (or close to it) so I will probably eat a few crackers and the rest of the guacamole before the gym.

The first few days of a fast or special diet are always the hardest for me. You need to have a certain motivation and excitement to overcome the cravings. Now that I’m a few days in I may or may not continue. I will do it based on how my body feels. I’ll be really surprised if I’m able to bike a whole 26 miles today, but I’m going to give it a good try. I’m guessing that I’ll be extremely hungry tomorrow after exercising, and in that case I’ll break the fast slowly.

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