Candid Corner – Day 5 and 6 of Juice Fast

Today is the beginning of Day 7 but since I’m not sure how it will go, I’ll journal about Day 5 and 6.

Day 5-

This day was by far my roughest.  I was ready on Day 3 to struggle because that’s what everyone had said.

I had several errands I had to run, unexpectedly.  I’d planned on staying home all day but instead I was up and out the door.  I also didn’t walk on this day.  I’ve been wanting to do some sort of exercise every day so I figured I would work outside on the farm for my exercise later in the day.

It was too hot and I never did get outside to work other than regular chores.

When I got home from errands, I was really hungry.  I think that’s the part I don’t like – my stomach growling.  I will admit that as soon as I drink a juice, I’m fine and feel full and then my mind can go back to other things.  But when my stomach growls, food is all I can think of at the moment.

I walked in the door from errands and one of the kids had left some scrambled eggs on their plate and a piece of turkey bacon.  I poured some juice and drank it but it just wasn’t working.

Pretty soon, I’d eaten a few spoonfuls of eggs…and then the bacon.

OMW- it tasted so good!

We have a rice cooker and it had been used the night before.  There was still rice in it…

One spoonful, two spoonfuls.  Then I left the kitchen.

Here’s where I get into trouble.  I figure I’d blown it.  Not just that moment but the whole day.  That makes eating throughout the day easier.

I really didn’t have that much but I picked throughout the day.  Couple more spoonfuls of rice with some green salsa (I know it’s weird but I love it!)

Couple bites of a pickle, taste of Dave’s leftover Chinese chicken from his lunch, one forkful of pasta and a couple of spoonfuls of hamburger with a sauce at dinner time.

Not a whole lot but enough to make me feel sick to my stomach.  The morning food didn’t stay long in my system at all.

The rest of the food, especially the items closer to the evening, hit like lead in my stomach and I was so bloated.  Looked like I was about 4 months pregnant, and trust me, after 6 kids, I know what 4 months looks like!  I felt sluggish and had no energy.

My stomach wasn’t growling but I didn’t feel so hot either.

I felt guilty for eating what I had eaten until I made myself look at what I’d learned.  There is never a failure if you learn something from the experience 🙂

I went to bed with a stomach ache and a determination to start over again in the morning.  By the way, that morning I was down 5 lbs from my beginning weight.

Day 6

I awoke very sluggish, stomach ache and my sinuses were full.  There was not the mental clarity that I’ve felt the other days on this juice fast.  I got up early and did chores around the house and walked at 6 am for 2 miles.  My sinuses were running the whole time and I had a slight headache but I did feel better afterwards.

I juiced for breakfast and still felt better but not where I’d been.

Oh, I weighed myself when I first got up and I had gained back 3 pounds!  I hadn’t eaten 3 lbs of food but that’s what the scale said.  Typically that would have been enough to make me stay off the juice fast except that I was so keenly aware of how I felt overall.

So my mission now is to figure out what I’ll be eating when I’m finished on Wednesday.  I’ve realized that carbs, especially processed carbs, do a number on my system.  I’m not a huge meat eater but I really like eggs and fish and hamburger.  Veggies and fruit seem to do best with my system and it’s been more apparent on this fast.

Dave asked me if I was going to become a vegetarian.  No, but I do realize that veggies and fruit need to be the majority of my diet.

Here’s where it gets tricky – not so much now but come winter.  It’s easy to find a lot of fresh veggies and fruit in season now and I can grow quite a bit but winter is tougher.

I did buy seeds the other day for kale, collards, and mustard.  I love greens!

This weekend I’ll be hitting the cookbooks for recipes so I can start planning ahead.  If any of you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

I like feeling this way.  I awoke this morning feeling great.  No stomach ache, no sluggishness, no foggy head, and no joint ache.  All symptoms lead me to believe what I’m doing is having a good effect .  But I know that I can’t juice forever, I need a plan that sticks close to an all veggie/ fruit diet.

Interestingly, it wasn’t difficult yesterday to stay on the juice fast.  Admittedly, I considered for a moment running a couple of homemade slices of pizza through the machine but figured it would mess up the juicer 🙂

This morning, I’m down 2 lbs.  The weight’s not coming off as fast as I’d hoped but it’s okay.

I did this fast to clean out my system and to learn.  I want to know what’s best for my body and how it responds to foods and everyday I’m getting more answers.

At this point, feeling good is more important than the weight.  I figure the weight will come off if I’m eating correctly and have more energy to exercise, right?

It’s almost 6 am and I need to put all my stuff together for the farmers market this morning.  I know what I’ll be buying today – lots of fresh local produce 🙂

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5 Responses to “Candid Corner – Day 5 and 6 of Juice Fast”

  1. Suzanne Bennett Codding Says:

    I have a New York Times cookbook with a recipe for Colcannon that uses Kale instead of cabbage. I found it online. I absolutely love it. Other than that I make Kale soup that I love. Unfortunately my soup calls for Linguica (Portuguese sausage) and that has nitrates. Had to shed our diet of all nitrates due to Matthew’s Migraines. Now the whole family gets headaches when we eat meats with nitrates. The neurologist believe it or not told us the first thing to get rid of migraines was get rid of nitrates. Hope you enjoy the recipe. We are pretty much doing the same thing in our diet, little meat and lots of veggies. I have lost 5.5 lbs with the diet change and garden work and I haven’t been trying. You will probably find the same.

    Colcannon

    4 pounds baking potatoes (about 7 medium), well scrubbed
    1 bunch (about 3/4 pound) curly kale, cleaned, tough stems removed
    1 1/2 cups milk
    1/4 cup chopped scallions
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    1/4 cup melted butter
    PREPARATION

    1.
    Place the potatoes (skins on) in a kettle and cover them with cold, salted water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour out all but 1 inch of the water. Lower the heat, cover the pot and steam the potatoes until very tender, about 20 to 30 more minutes
    2.
    Meanwhile, bring another kettle 2/3 full of salted water to a boil. Add the kale and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the kale and immediately plunge it into cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again and use your hands to wring out as much water as possible. Chop the kale and set it aside.
    3.
    When the potatoes are tender, drain. When cool enough to handle, peel away and discard the skins and transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Place the milk and scallions in a saucepan and bring just to a boil. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes while they are still warm. Stir in the hot milk. Add more milk if they are too stiff. Stir in the kale. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    4.
    Preheat the broiler. Transfer the potatoes to a shallow, ovenproof casserole. Make an indentation in the center of the potatoes (to hold the butter later) and place under the broiler until brown on top. Remove from the oven, pour the butter into the indentation and serve.
    YIELD 8 servings

  2. Mary Marlowe Says:

    I imagine you are missing the good fat your body needs to absorb the fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K) in your food. Butter, coconut oil, lard from pastured pig (sunshine helps their fat have lots of vitamin D), egg yolks… all those things help keep your blood sugar steady and fuel your body and brain. So, if you eat a salad, you might add some egg. Butter your cauliflower. Make homemade mayo with raw egg yolk and olive oil (the good stuff, not the refined/processed oil). IF you don’t get adequate protein (animal source is best) then your body with down regulate your metabolism – causing diet induced hypothyroid. A few eggs a day, maybe some bacon or STEAK…

  3. Sandee Marvin Says:

    OMW Cyndi…. I can so relate. I gave up several months ago of trying to lose the weight. I just figured if I tried to eat better (lots of fresh fruit and vegetables) I would at least feel better. And it DOES work. My problem is, just like you, I think a bite or two of some things with carbs won’t hurt…. but I get on the scale the next day and I’ve gained 2 pounds. AARRRGGHHHHH! I KNOW I did not eat that much weight in food. Where does it come from? I do have to say that overall I’m down about 6 pounds from about 6 months ago, and it’s been a case of three steps forward and 2 1/2 steps back every week. Slow going….. !

  4. Anne-Marie Bilella Says:

    Hi Cyndi,
    Not sure if this will help or not but you know I am mostly vegetarian but eat eggs, chicken, turkey and fish. I also learned that food combining works best for me and keeps my weight down. It is the European way of eating. No processed foods, lots of fruits and veggies. You eat proteins with fats and veggies, veggies with complex grains – no fat, fruit always by itself. The combination of carbs, fats and protein really does affect our digestive systems causing that horrible overfull, bloated feeling. I can give you bunches of recipes!!!! 🙂

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