Happy to be eating again!
Yesterday I only consumed two out of the five juices that were on the plan. I just couldn’t drink anymore. Three days of straight juice and the thought of drinking more liquid was beginning to nauseate me. The end of the fast ended up turning into more of a water fast than juice. But, I stuck it through, and for that I’m proud!
People who do long-term juice fasts like one week, ten days, and beyond, all say that day three is the most difficult. I can definitely attest to that. I started the fast strong and confident, but by day three I was weakening, both physically and mentally.
I think juice fasts, especially long-term ones, can work well for people who are slightly overweight. The best results and stories I found online were from people with this type of starting weight. People with average or below average weight may find themselves fatiguing more quickly or losing more weight than they’d like.
I started with a healthy, average weight and lost overall three pounds. I’m not sure how much of that is water weight, but myself and others around me have noticed this difference on my body due to my smaller frame. The benefits of the three-day cleanse don’t just stop at weight loss, however.
My appetite is smaller.
I thought that eating my first meal in three days would look something like this. But instead, I was surprised to find myself eating mindfully and slowly. I didn’t eat nearly as much as I thought I would, nor as much as I used to. This morning I started the day with slices of a large orange and felt very satiated after.
My palate has changed.
I’ve had a sweet tooth for as long as I remember. Although being vegan and allergic to dairy has limited my options by a lot, I still find indulgence in my morning toast with jam or chocolate protein shake. This morning after yoga, I found myself craving something salty and savory. I ended up going with a slice of Ezekiel toast with avocado. Could this be my new go-to breakfast?
I am 100% bloat-free.
An expected but very much appreciated benefit of the fast has been living for three days without any bloating. As a woman and someone with a very sensitive stomach, bloating is something I deal with on almost a daily basis. I feel that the juice fast really helped to flush out excess water and inflammation from my body. The key now will be to slowly introduce foods to my body to try and discover what the culprit is that is causing such a reaction within my body!
My skin is completely clear.
I’ve never had issues with acne due to good genetics and my meticulous skin care routine, but I do get the occasional zinger on my face. I noticed that during the entire cleanse my face stayed clear and still is. The texture of my skin seems to be slightly drier than normal, probably due to the lack of fats over the past few days. But I can see that for people suffering from acne due to excess oil in their pores, this may be a good thing.
Would I do it again?
Yes, but modified. Knowing my body and its needs, I would start with one day of all juice, no solids. Then continue the next two days with one warm meal including some healthy fats and protein, but still completely plant-based.
Would I recommend it to others?
If you’re interested in trying a juice cleanse, I suggest using these recipes from Joe Cross. Depending on your body weight and appetite, try to estimate how many juices you can drink a day. If it’s your first time doing any sort of cleanse or fast I recommend incorporating some clean solid foods into the plan as well. But above all, remember, I am not a medical professional, so please consult one prior to your cleanse if you have any concerns.