Blog: My 3-Week Juicing Fast
by MaryAnnette

One Week After My Last Post

Sorry I haven't updated in so long...

Date:   11/17/2008 1:17:20 AM   ( 13 y ) ... viewed 2502 times

I guess it's obvious that I didn't make it. I wanted to keep everyone updated, but I got really busy and haven't had a lot of time to get online in awhile. Well, I made it 9 days but I couldn't go any further. Mostly because I was feeling dizzy and weak and it would only go away right after drinking one of my juices but would come back within a half hour or so. It was getting impossible to run errands, work, or do anything that involved being away from my kitchen for more than a half hour. I never really had a rumbling stomach, in fact I didn't get "hungry" much at all, but I definitely felt exhausted all of the time. I literally almost fainted while grocery shopping one day. Also, the juices were getting absolutely repulsive. I was having a hard time choking them down. I was also feeling way too weak, sick, and tired to even prepare any of my juices. Also, the whole thing was getting too time consuming and expensive. I started getting paranoid that I was starving myself and I would permanantly ruin my metabolism.

I thought I could slowly transition into a raw vegan diet. I had a lot of luck with that in the past. I started with rice protein shakes & leaf-only salads on the first day in addition to everything else (except the veggie juice). The next day I added vinegarette dressing on my salad and a whole apple. The next day I added 1/4 cup extra-thick raw rolled oats mixed with a little organic raw honey & rice milk which I ate like cereal. After that, I got away from the raw vegan stuff and added dishes which included rice, crackers, cheese, and finally stuff like chicken and sushi. The transition was slow and I eat very little throughout the day, but I've gained back 4 of the 10 pounds I lost and my digestive system is almost at a total stand-still. When I eat meals they sit in my stomach for the longest time. If I eat a little too much (my stomach is the size of my fist, so it doesn't take much) I will wake up still full the next morning. I get indigestion, heartburn, and constipation much much more now, which is bad because I had a lot or problems with all of that before the fast. I am still taking my colon cleanse pills, enzyme capsules, aloe supplements, and have added psyllium husks and fish oil tablets (and flax oil with my protein) but still haven't been able to evacuate much. I never did get that colonic, I probably still should. I have had to take a laxative (epsom salt) every other week in order to have any kind of luck in that department. I'm starting to get very worried.

I really wish I could have finished my detox. I would have loved to come away with it feeling better than I ever have in my life, lost at least 21 pounds, have nothing but wonderful things to say, etc. Instead, I immediately gained back my belly, am quickly gaining back the weight, have several large breakouts on the face that I've managed to keep clear for so long after many years of struggle, and my metabolism is slower than it has ever been. I have worse digestive problems than I ever have. I feel so exhausted, I can't even imagine working out. I'm more depressed and have even less hopes I can establish a healthy lifestyle. I can't stomach the idea of eating a lot of vegetables and am struggling with not returning to my old eating habits.

Maybe I did everything all wrong. Maybe fasting just isn't for me. Maybe I have serious problems and should really see a real doctor. Maybe I'll try detoxing again later when I have more time and money. I don't know. I'm sorry if I've seriously dissapointed a lot of people. I wish anyone who is attempting a long term fast the best of luck and hope only the best comes out of it for you.

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