Blog: My 10-Day Juice Fast
by zenjen

Juice Fast - Day 2

Day 2 and going strong...

Date:   12/29/2008 6:50:39 PM   ( 14 y ) ... viewed 1726 times

I was expecting Day 2 to be much worse than it was. From everything I've read, Day 2 is when you are the hungriest and go through the worst detoxing. I didn't have much of either. Of course, I felt hungry, but there were no major hunger pains that made me want to give up the fast. And I didn't notice any detoxing effects either. Strange - because I know I'm a very toxic person! lol. I wonder if I'm not doing the fast right, so I'm not detoxing for some reason?

Anyway, yesterday around noon I made my first batch of juice for the day. I have some gorgeous tomatoes and I figured I needed to use them up in a juice. I generally hate tomato juice, V8, or anything of that variety, so I didn't want to go the tomatoes and vegetables route. I found one recipe that called for 2 tomatoes, 2 apples, a clove of garlic and a sprig of parsley, so I thought I'd try that. Once made, then diluted 50% with water, it was drinkable - even if not something I am particularly fond of. I just can't get on board with tomato juice. I guess I will have to give the other two tomatoes away :( I had a few glasses of it over the next few hours but had to end up throwing the last glass out - I just couldn't stomach the taste anymore.

I started trying to drink a glass of water for every glass of juice (not including the 50% watered down juice). I read somewhere that drinking more water increases the detoxifying effects. We'll see! It will be good for hydration and hunger if nothing else.

I tried to read a bit of the Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, but I just couldn't concentrate. I only have about 1/3 left and I want to finish it, but guess it won't be today! I found that I didn't want to do much of anything, so I "settled" for the old stand-by - Bridget Jones' Diary. A few hours of Mark Darcy was just what I needed.

It's amazing how much of the day I can waste away doing absolutely nothing. I never realized before how much I rely on reading to pass the time - when I don't have the mental capacity to read, or have no easy novels to absorb, I find the time goes slowly and I'm not sure exactly what to do with it. But I can always find a way, lol. Especially during this juice fast I don't want to do anything too ambitious, so a lot of the time I'll be lying on my couch. I really wish I had some thriller novels to read - I miss them so much. It's practically impossible to find English books here, I'd have to go to Seoul if I wanted to buy any.

Later on in the day I started to make my second batch of juice. Since I had tomato and apple in the first batch, both of which are very sweet fruits, I figured the evening batch should be vegetable. But I really wanted to make the same one I had Saturday morning because it was so good and I felt like I needed something good after forcing down that tomato stuff! So I made the same yummy apple, carrot, cucumber, lemon, ginger juice that I had on Saturday morning, except I added a few handfuls of spinach to it. It didn't change the flavor much, but really made the colour murky. Normally that juice is bright orange. It's surprising how much less appetizing it is when the colour looks bad! lol.

Last night some friends came over for a movie and we watched Under the Tuscan Sun and Bread and Tulips. Both awesome Italy movies! It made me start obsessing about pizza and pasta and fresh bread....why am I doing this fast again???? I wonder if I'll ever be able to eat those things easily again - I've been sick a lot the past week. Once after eating pizza and once after Christmas dinner. I think it may be either the pizza dough/bread, or the dairy. Either way, it's heartbreaking. I know that dairy is terrible for us (and most people can't digest it anyway because it's not natural) and as an aspiring on/off vegan, I shouldn't want it anyway. But it just tastes so good! (Isn't that the perfect excuse?!?!?!?) And when I imagine delicious natural Italian cooking I wouldn't want to live without it. And bread/pizza is just so amazing....unfortunately my naturopath this summer confirmed that I am gluten intolerant, so it's something I know I need to avoid, but still....ugh.

A word about...."elimination". I haven't been going to the bathroom that much and I know I need to in order to get rid of my toxins, so I'm going to do a salt water flush in the morning. I'll see how that helps to clean myself out.

Maybe after my juice fast I will re-introduce one food item at a time so I can gauge my reaction to different foods and see how they affect me. Hopefully I WON'T go pig out for my first meal.

It really seems to save so much time making juice instead of meals. To make a juice I can easily peel and chop up the veggies and have the juice made within 15 minutes, and then I just rinse the juicer out with water when I'm done! It's so fast and easy. I love not having to do dishes or take hours to get my meal ready. And then each batch lasts for several hours.

Well that's the end of my first two days. They've been surprisingly easy - no strong detoxing and no huge hunger pains that make me give it all up. They say the first two days are the hardest and I hope that's true. I would imagine that things keep getting harder, instead of easier, but what do I know?

If nothing else, I guess I'm getting some veggie juice shot straight into my veins? ;)

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