I started day 1 a bit of green juice (love my Omega juicer - it cold presses (well, grinds) just about anything). I sipped my apple, cucumber, lemon, kale, celery all morning. I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. How hard could it be? I would just fill up on liquids and all would be well, right? Wrong.
At lunch time, I made some Beau-Tea (a cleansing and beauty boosting tea blend). It held me for about 2 hours, but I still found myself wandering in to the kitchen every 20 minutes with the urge to shove something in my face. Deep breathing exercises are the only way forward.
Now that dinner is here, and my husband decided to make the kids homemade oven fries... the smell of roasting potatoes is filling the whole house. My brain is scattered and I am distracted and I want to shove all the food in my face. Time for more deep breathing and some lemon-ginger water. I think a walk will help too.
To keep me distracted, I invited the family for a brisk walk around the neighborhood after dinner, but slowly, I'm being overtaken by a headache on this fine Tuesday evening.
It started well... I felt lighter and more calm. I seriously feel more relaxed than I have in a long, long, time.
I started the day with a huge glass of green tea with hibiscus. The kids and I popped downtown for a long stroll along the Riverwalk and around the Marina too. We did some stairs at the amphitheater and, all in all, covered about 1.5 miles. I felt really good. Almost euphoric.
The feelings of lightness and serenity lasted just about all day, even the hours I spent in the workshop cutting and sanding. The only issue was dinner (again). At the request of my oldest, I made Lentil Madras. Yum... unless you're cooking it and can't have any. I made it through with lemon ginger water and made her taste test to see if the lentils were done.
The nightly headache is creeping back, but that's here whether or not I'm fasting.
It's been a challenge today. I still have the peace, but I'm hungry. Yup, today, I am finally really hungry, and tired.... and emotional.
I took the kids to the symphony this morning and I cried. I couldn't help it. The music was just so beautiful.
As afternoon turned to evening, we made our way to the soccer fields and I was COLD. It was 70-something, but I required a cowl scarf and quilt (along with the thick pants, sweater, and wool socks). This might be why they say you need to stay active when fasting... and that saunas are a good idea. Sitting outside as the sun goes down is not a great idea.
I'm looking forward to eating tomorrow.
Day 4 - Conculsion
Today, I'll be easing my self out of the fast, and I feel great this morning too. Breakfast will be a little green juice and maybe I'll make some carrot-ginger juice for lunch... or dinner will be carrot ginger soup.
In 3 days, I'm down nearly 10 lbs, and hopefully I've reset my body and given my digestive system a much needed break. More than all this, I know I DO have self control. I've seriously doubted this in the past - my ability to control my own food intake. I cook amazing super healthy food, but I've only lost 40 lbs so far this year. My issue? I graze... I snack. Now, I know I can NOT put the food in my mouth.
I think I like fasting. I like the euphoric feeling, the giddiness (I found myself laughing all the time at random things), and it felt like my sense of smell of more acute, and my vision was sharper. I felt present but removed. For future fasts, I think I would like more "me-time." I might want to build a sweat lodge or find a sauna (as of yesterday afternoon, I was cold... and saunas are great for purging toxins). I want time for meditation. I want time to take long silent walks.
Then again, these are things I want, fasting or not.
A work in progress