View Full Version : Its that time again!
08-13-2009, 03:10 AM
I havent posted much on here for a while, but Ive been in the background, reading away.
Anyhoo, I want to start another fast. Ive already been sort of fasting,.. well Ill say preparing for the fast by having tons of juice and one salad a day. I feel like my body wants to fast but my mind is sort of... scared of it. This baffles me:confused: because Ive fasted a few times this year so far and I loved it so why am I resisting the fast??
My body is already in fasting mode, Im getting the sweats, my mouth tastes... well,.. Ill leave that to your imagination and everything stinks!
Im doing a combination fast, meaning I'll be switching between water and juice and having herbal teas/cleansing teas. I dont want to do a pure water fast because Im very busy and I need energy to do all my running around. Ive found so far that I could work out fine on day1 &2. But the last two days, I could only do slow jogging or walking. So Ill try and sqeeze in excercise wherever I can even if its a ten minute walk.
I'll be needing all the support I can get because im back at my parents house, which is usually a challenge for me even when im eating raw!
I want to fast for a minimum of a week,.. ideally 20 days to clean out my body. Ive slipped up a few times over the lasat 2 months mainly due to improper planning of my food. I also want to get into the fasting "mindset". My mind is a lot sharper when Im fasting and I need it to be sharp right now! Im also experiencing an artists block, I have all these Ideas but have trouble expressing them because im doubting my self too much.Im sure fasting will help me get in touch with my inner artist and give me more focus and drive and of course self belief!
Ill be borrowing Aleesha's Mantra over the next few days:
(Sorry Aleesha! You'll have it back when IM done hehe:
I will not break my fast today, Ill wait till the day after tommorow to break my fast
well, something like that!
Oh, and ive been craving ginger like mad lately, Ive gone through a huge piece, about half the size of my palm in 2 days! so Ill be sipping on a lot of ginger/lemon/water or adding ginger to my juices.
Anyone else who's fasting/feasting/ fasting-curious feel free to join!
08-13-2009, 03:20 AM
Hey I remember you I think....back from January / February of this year in the fasting thread?
I am in not in fasting mode at all but will support you from afar!!!
08-13-2009, 05:36 AM
Yeah I remember you too, How have you been? How are you finding being raw so far?
Thanks for your support, I'll definately be needing it.
08-14-2009, 06:46 AM
Okay today is day 2 of my "real" fast. Im sooo Angry and agitated and generally peed off with every thing right now, I dont know what to do with myself!! SO im staying away from everyone because im so snappy, I woke up today, with the foulest breath every but in a very good mood, dancing around the house and two hours later...... yeah!
Anyways. My juices for yesterday: I had one cup of each of the juices below
1 cup Ayurveda Detox fasting tea
I cup Lemon and ginger tea
had a Bm,. au naturelle.
Im planning to do mostly water today, Yesterday I had tons of juice because I felt weak around 4pm. Im not having any physical symtoms, I expected I would be very weak by now as I would be when Im water fasting but im not, which is great.... im just wondering if im actually detoxing because im not feeling anything apart from gurglling stomach.
Im sleeping a lot better and waking up earlier. hope this cloud lifts,. ..
08-14-2009, 12:26 PM
You are welcome to my mantra anytime!!! (((hugs))) all the best on your fast!
08-14-2009, 12:57 PM
Hello!! I am starting a fast again as well…I started august 1st did a few days, then had a salad, did 2 more days, then my juicer wasn't working! I got a new blade and am all set! Today I did have coffee which I wont normally have but no solid food. Just A LOT of water. I will juice when I get home. I think I will keep a written record of each juice I have the way you did. I had been keeping a record but it was just "juice" not as specific…I think that will help me go longer this time :-)
08-14-2009, 06:48 PM
Thanks for lending me your mantra Aleesha/ your support how are you doing?
Yesterday (day 2)was a challenge for me. It was my moms birthday and she had prepared food for everyone and brought some veg for me. I ended up having
red pepper/tomato/chilli/lime/ginger/garlic juice,... LOTS of it. But I didnt eat, not one nibble! Im proud of myself.
I tried juicing an apple through my teeth, but I found that there were still bits of apple fibre in my mouth and temptation to swallow was there, so I decided not to do it again! Ill leave the chewing to my blender.
Lisamarie, Glad you're on board, what kind of fast are you going for? juice? water?. I dont have a juicer either. I just blend and strain in large batches and freeze. I Usually make 4 times more juice than I need in the morning, so I freeze 3 cups and drink one cup.Then make a savoury one for "dinner" when everyone's eating.
This is the longest Ive juice fasted, I mainly just do water. It feels differnt from a water fast. Im detoxing slowly, a lot slower than on water, but I still feel good. I even did a kickboxing workout and some ab excercise! Im definately not feeling weak at all.
Im switching to mainly water this weekend and maybe one or two cups of juice if my energy begins to lag. too much. I wanna kick things up a notch.
Still generally peed off but not as much as yesterday morning. Im going to get some more limes/lemon and ginger. Im craving all of them like mad. especially ginger. My body is just soaking it all up.
Im wiriting on my blog as well, if anyone's intrested, its
Thanks for your support guys!
08-14-2009, 06:57 PM
hey girl! well i juiced this eve but had mainly water through the day. I also had coffee which i dont want to continue. I have a juicer (i just got a new blade as i think i had killed it!) i can't believe you go through all of that!! that shows IMENSE determination. I am so impressed. plus being around all of that food....wooow! i feel great now. in fact wonderful. i think i'll do a yoga tape. i don't want to loose weight. i am more interested in the PLETHORA of other benefits mental, spiritual, and emotional :-) talk to you soon mama!
08-14-2009, 07:01 PM
nubianess you are GORGEOUS!!! i just looked at your blog.. it seems we have more in common then just raw food. i love dancehall (dancehallqueen is my email) i'm getting my master's degree in social work but my BA is in psychology
08-14-2009, 07:59 PM
Aww thank you Lisa :). Sounds like we do have a lot in common. Im Studying for a BA in Psychology with Fine art. balances out my intellectual and creative sides :). Ive just started my art blog too.
I used to be a cofee person then I switched to green tea. You still get the caffeine.. although not as much, and you can get green tea with blue berry and other anti oxidising fruits.
Im proud of myself too, I thought "oh no" here we go, im gonna break my fast. but i dont have any raw food in the house, apart from my beets, spinach and carrot and lemons and limes,. so I thought, . keep the food to juice tomoorow or break my fast? and of course I recited my mantra.. lol
I want to release about 15 pounds My weight has gone up on 10 pounds the scale since raw.. I have been weight training and working out a lot so I think I gained muscle but did not loose fat so Now Im working for fat loss.
tell me about food processors and Blenders. I broke my blender a few days back :( I was making flax crackers fora friend and overloaded it. SO now im having to buy a new food processor AND blender.
Im glad you're on board,.. this should be fun!
08-16-2009, 03:48 PM
Im doing great,. feeling very weak today. Yesterday I had:
I large carrot/orange/lime/strawberry juice
1 lemon in hot water
2-3 litres of water through the day.
I was out and about town, and I felt fine, no dizzyness or anything so that was good.
Again, my energy dipped about 4pm but not too low.
Today I had
1 detox fasting tea
1 dandellion tea
carrot/apple/parsely juice, half diluted with water
red pepper/tomato/ginger/chilli juice again diluted with water.
water throught the day.
Ive felt weak all day, could hardly get out of bed as I was soo dizzy. My mouth feels like its been glued shut, its really dry and wierd tasting.
Yesteday I could taste metal in my mouth, dont know why.
Had an Enema today, GLAD I did, No one should be walking around with that kinda stuff in them.!!
I have no desire for food, my bro/sis have been eating around me all day, and I havent felt the slightest bit of temptation.
Ive lost an inch off my waist over the last 4 days :) I want to loose about 3 or 4 in total.
Today I made some sundried tomatoes in my dehydrator, just cut them in half and dried them. cant stay out the kitchen even though im not eating.
Glad Ive made it this far.. I need motivation to continue though, feeling really weak physically.
08-17-2009, 04:06 AM
Just woke up an hour ago, My body is deep into the fast. I feel wierd. strange. My mouth feels like its been glued shut. My tongue is totally white. Emotionally I feel great, physically I just want to stay in bed.
Definately a roller coaster ride. Updates about juices e.tc laters.
08-17-2009, 01:36 PM
I'm so proud of you!! You have no idea how jealous I am!! not really though I am really happy for you taking this control over your body and health; emotional/mental/physical health! I bet deep breathing may help when feeling so very weak.
08-17-2009, 04:26 PM
Hello Lisa!, thanks for all your support. I read your other post, just take it one day at a time, whenever you are ready and need a cheerleader, you know who to call on!!
Im doing okay, not as weak as I was this morning, I think mornings are the hardest, then my energy eases out through the day.
Today I wanted to fast on water only, but I was sooo weak and had to go into town so I made a beet/pepper juice and diluted with half water .
When in town i felt a bit weak again and got some mango/passionfruit/orange/ginger juice at the juicebar ( I asked for tons of extra ginger). But my tummy hurts from it. I guessing its because It wasnt diluted and all my homemade juices have been diluted so far.
Ive also had a herbal tea (cinnamon/mango and something else, ginger I Think)
and Hot water with a juice of a whole lemon.
I really want to do a pure water fast, but I feel too weak when on just water, the juices give me some energy bt I still feel weak overall and my mood fluctuates. Im also wondering if the sugar in the juices would not make me loose weight?
I made a real dscovery today, Its not the lack of food thats making me weak its my body dumping toxins. I thought the weakness came from lack of food. but I still felt weak after my juices, not just AS weak!
I went out with my bro and sis and a friend today, had a great time, they stopped over for lunch at a restaurant, Iwalked around town instead and they also went to a fast food place, I sat there with them, enjoyed the conversation, and didnt feel an urge to eat or that I was missing out on anything , Such a good feeling to be in control! I can do this i soo can!
Today I bought some mango, celery, tomatoes, lemons, limes, ginger cucumber and apple. Im goingn to be doing celery/cucumber/lime/apple/ginger for the next few days. I think I may cut the mango into chunks and freeze for green smoothies later on when Im eating again, im not feeling mango at the moment.
My stomach is cramping and hurts a bit, nothing unbearable though. I think the undiluted juices did that. I also have a slight headache, but nothing major.
My toes are constantly cold. freezing especially at night!.
Roll over Day 6!
Im soo enjoying this, Im glad I decided to do this fast, I feel like im going somewhere with myself.
08-18-2009, 02:21 PM
Nubianess…so you are now my hero and I am semi modeling my intentions towards you. I had a feeling today (early when I was in a bad emotional place) like god this sucks and I was annoyed with everyone around me. And I felt like "they don't understand how I feel right now" I generally felt all alone…but then I remembered you all the way on the other side of the ocean and couldn't wait to log on to see how you were doing. That also helped pull me out of my funk :-) when you say pepper juice do you mean green peppers? I have like these skinny long green peppers but I was afraid to juice them…but maybe with some cucumbers which I just got a ton of…and a little lemon to take off the heat...
08-18-2009, 03:22 PM
Lol Lisa, Thanks for your kind words :). Glad you're feeling better (((hugs)). I juice red peppers (the sweet ones) and then add half a chilli into the blender as well. SOm im guessing if yours are already semi hot, it may have the same effect.
Today's going great. I reach my first milestone (7 days ) tommorow!!
I don t feel like im fasting, no major detox apart from coated tongue, and occasional weakness. Apart from that Im feeling fiiiiine! Feeling really good actually. Yesterday I couldnt finish my workout because I was soo weak, today I feel like I could run miles! Ive got this sudden rush of energy.
This is soo differnt from my last water fast in which I spent most of the time in Bed. I was so weak from it. This is also the first fast ive done with people around me. I usualy fast when I can hide away in my own place, so it feels differnt.
My family dont know im fasting except my sis. what they dont know wont kill them! lol
today ive had:
Tons of water
1 litre celery/cucumber/ ginger/lime juice made from
1 head of celery, 1 cucumber, about 3 inches or more of ginger and 3 limes. diluted with equal amount of water.
I havent been tempted to eat, until I walked past the greengrocers today and saw some cauliflower on sale and thought,..that would taste gorgeous grated..... then I had to STOP myself lol
WHoever thought I would start salivating over cauliflower eh????
Rollover day 7!
08-19-2009, 06:05 PM
Today is day 8. Day 7 I had:
1 pint celery/apple/lime/ginger/cucumber
2 glasses of Apple/Ginger.
I felt hungry tonight, well not hungry, just mentally craving food. So I had more juice than usual.
Im switching things up over the next two days and doing just water and herbal fasting teas.
Nervous about university,....hope it all sorts out.
Apart from that Im feeling fine, no harsh detox, maybe water will draw all the toxins/cravings out of me??
More updates tommorow. im glad I made it this far. I CAN do this! I can be sucessful on my fast.
08-20-2009, 06:04 PM
Day 9 today! nearly in the double figures!! Go me.
yesterday I did water all day plus 1 cup of Ayurveda Fasting tea and then the smell of food was EVERYWHERE. So I had a glass of grapefruit juice. I could have done without it though. did a 15 minute brisk walk for excercise today, I was tired for some reason and couldnt do more.
Today will be more of the same, water all day, fasting teas, Ill see if I can do without the grapefruit. I should be able to right? I plan to workout today as well so that should be fun.
Still working away at my artwork. I seem to be more productive and less self critical lately, my artist's block is finally lifting!!
Loving my transformation, I never thught fasting could be so much fun. I was dreading the fast because my last two left me in bed with pounding headaches. I haven't had ONE headache on this fast, not one! How cool's that?
More updates tommorow.
08-21-2009, 12:53 PM
Wow wow wow! Nubianess! I am in love with your fasting experience! I am so glad you are having such success! I wonder if this one is slightly easier because you had been already pretty detoxed from past fasts and I guess eating raw? How did your workout go? Are you weight training? Is your workout at a less intensity?
I made the decision to break my fast last night (which I did not do wisely) I felt horrible and I just couldn't take another second. I am so PROUD of you! I may just continue to do semi-fasts which I have been doing for a while meaning I juice during the day then a raw salad for dinner. Or maybe I'll fast a day or so…I don't know…I was thinking to just give the whole thing a break for a while….I have no idea. All I know is today I can't eat anything. I way over ate last night (which I have done many, many times in the past) and I can feel it sitting there...
08-21-2009, 12:59 PM
Nub! COOL BEANS! I'm on day two! Keep it up!!! WOO HOO! YAY YOU! :D
08-21-2009, 03:58 PM
I am so happy for you!! It sounds like this is a very positive and growth-filled fast for you. Do you have any plans for how long you will fast for or are you just playing it by ear?
08-21-2009, 06:29 PM
Aww thanks for all your support guys! Im really needing it today. I could barely keep my eyes open through yesterday, Im feeling really weak today. Ive been a bit emotional/teary. But im doing good.
Veganforlife,. Im Over the moon to be fasting with you. I remember secretely stalking you through you 100 day fast a few months back. How have you been since then? How long are you fasting for this time?
Lisa, m proud of you. You went the whole hog! I know about breaking fasts innappropriately, been there . I once broke a water fast with peanut butter on apples. needless to say, I was puking up the whole day afterwards, had a horrible headache and couldnt even walk properly, i was so weak.
Dont be hard on yourself. You did a great job. You'l know when you are ready to fast again, your body will tell you.
Hey Az, hows it going with you? I Initially wanted to go for 21 days, But I set myself a goal of 10 days and then seeing how I feel. So Today is day 10 and Ive made the firm decision to go the whole Hog. 21 days!
My workouts have varied from kickboxing to light stretches. Initially, I could do my full 45 mins kickbpoxing workouts, but I havent been able to lately, Im feeling a bit too dizzy for this so Im gonna rest a while and maybe up my juices to get more energy for my workouts, I dont know, Ill play it by ear.
Im a bit nervous, but I knw I can do it, My longest ever fast has been about 10 days, So im really pushing myself here. I am growing a lot, My life seems to flow better since the fast, Im reaching my goals one by one.. and my focus is intense., I like my mindset when fasting, Its great.
Yesterday (DAy 9) I had :
3 cups of apple/ginger juice. I found I had to strain the juice twice as apple fibres are quite fine.
Im getting bored of blending and straining. but I feel to weak on water., guess Im gonna go back to making juices in larger batches and freezing. Im feeling very optimistic, Im shedding a layer of old skin, loosing my false/old self, I feel great!!
Looking foward to the rest of this journey!
08-22-2009, 08:00 PM
Day 11 here,
Day 10 was apple/ginger juice all day. NO major detox. just a wee bit spaced out and tired. Busy Busy busy as usual. I out of things to juice to will have to go to the shops early tommorow.
Hope everyone is rocking on!
08-24-2009, 11:58 PM
Great job with your fasting. Stay strong. I just found this sight and I was desperately needing support before starting my fast. I finally started .
I'm on my 6 day of my semi-fast. I'd drink fresh and bottle organic juice all day and at night I eat a sliced tomato to keep depression at bay. It's nice to read about your success.
08-25-2009, 04:11 AM
Hey Juniper. Thanks, for your support. Great job with your fast! Hows it going so far?
Checking in on day 13 here. yesterday (DAY 12) was mad. I achieved so much, I was out annd about in town, and stopped at the juice bar twice to refuel! I had a orange, carrot and ginger juice in the morning and then about lunchtime I had Pineapple,orange and lemon. I got such a huuuuge energy rush from this.
I went for my portfolio interview and got a place on the university I wanted. I NEVER imagined I would be good enough for them, but they loved my artwork! Im sooo happy!
DAY11 was water and lemon all day, I had run out of things to juice. I had a teaspoon of natural fructose syrup just to keep my eyes open. I was soo weak.
Today, im going to continue juicing and drinking water. I am so pleased with my progress so far. Cant wait to do my before and after's. More updates later.
How is everyone else doing?
08-25-2009, 08:18 AM
NUBIANESS!!!! I can't believe how this fast is affecting all aspects of your life…I'm sure I have no idea! I am so proud of you that you got into the university you wanted! They are so lucky to have you... I am friggin in awe of you doing all of this while fasting….you are a superhero! I started fasting again…I want to feel like you!
08-25-2009, 12:48 PM
Heey chic! you're back! How are you? im so excited about uni, I'll tell you more about it laters. What kinda fast are you doing this time/ how long? How did you feel after your last one?
Ive had 2 glasses of carrot/orange/ginger juice today, water and
NO major detox today, feeling okay, feeling good. I wish I had more energy though. I havent worked out properly in a while, Ill aim to sqeeze in 3 sessions this week.
Day 14 (two weeks) tommorow! I never imagined I could go so long without any solid food!
Each day is different, its wierd, time feels like it flown by, but also feels like it crawled by.
Ive written out a comprehensive plan of how im breaking my fast, so im well prepared (even though I still have a few more days to go). Im also thinking of extending my fast to a 30 day one. Ill see how I feel on day 21.
Im feeling good, Im loving this journey, I want to go deeper into this, to connect more with myself,, love myself more through this and reach my set goals... even if that means 40 days of fasting! I'll do it!
**Raises a glass of lemon water**
Happy fasting :)
08-26-2009, 09:51 AM
Well I decided to wait to fast until today as there was an invitation to fast with laura_nz and she was starting today. I am quite scared. Didn't feel great after my last fast. Physically I felt good but the same old mental demons of not feeling adequate enough. I know it's silly we are all so different, there is really no real comparison. These old fears die hard though…so are you going to be studying psych or art or both?? I wouldn’t be surprised if its both because you are quite the go getter!!
08-28-2009, 03:57 AM
Hey Lis, hows it going?
I wrote about my degree e.t.c on my blog, its a long story but you can read it on there :)
Hows your fast going?
Checking in on day 16. I decided to make this a 30 day fast, instead of 21 days, so.. im just over halfway through. NO major detox over the last few days, woke up feeling sick this morning though.
Ive been having mainly citrus juices, Grapefruit, orange and lemon although I heard that citrus is too acidic on an empty stomach, but my body seems to want it so thats what im having. Today is a water day I think, If i need a something to give me a lift to do my workout, Ill have some orange and grapefruit juice, Apart from that Im blissed out. Im loving my fast.
I feel wierd not having as much ginger as I used to, earlier on in my fast, I mustve gone through 3 huge pieces of ginger in about 10 days, now I dont really care for the stuff. Strange huh?
Making so many changes with myself, life is finally moving again!
Happy fasting all!
08-31-2009, 08:30 AM
Today marks day 19. IM going great so far, Im not drinking as much juices, basically Ive fallen into the routine of juice of 1 grapefruit (diluted half with water) in the morning, and water all day, then in the evening around 9pm, I take 1 or 2 glases of half diluted apple/celery/ginger/lime juice, sometimes, I add carrot ,sometims cucumber, but thats been the routine for the last few days.
Ive been feeling so so crankly lately. IM not hungry, but im thinking of food a lot, recipes e.t.c I know this is a recipe for disaster, because I broke one of my earlier fasts incorrectly because I was constantly thinking of food and then when I finished fasting, the next day, I ate everything,, including peanut butter which left me sick for a day or two!
So im gonna focus my energy elsewhere, sewing, art, painting, cleaning, photography, . theres lots more I could be thinking about instead of food.
I did a 45 mins kickboxing workout two days ago, felt great, but woke up this morning with the worst pains in my leg and arms muscles ever!. I dont know if its detox or its from the workout?? If its from the workout, its a bit o f a delayed reaction, because I worked out 2 days ago, I shouldve been feeling the pain yesterday not today. Today is a water day, I may have some nettle tea later in the evening, or just lemon hot water, I'll see how I feel...
Not feeling my bestest, my head is a bit fuzzy today, but im glad im fasting and sticking to it. 19 down. 11 to go... or maybe more?? I'll see :)
Hope everyone else is doing great!
09-01-2009, 04:29 AM
Hey Nub, I know you don't feel like it, but maybe you should consider upping your juices before you finish your fast. You may not be interested, but the discipline will give you more energy and help you break the fast in a safer way.
That is what I have found when I alter the amount of juice I have over fasting, it may not be as exciting, but its always safer, and coming to the end of a fast is the time when you need all your backups!
09-01-2009, 11:22 AM
Nubianess…you are really something else. Day 19!
Laura what did you mean when you said adding more juices may not be as exciting? Like it may take away from the euphoric feeling?
09-01-2009, 06:25 PM
HI laura, I totally get what you mean about upping my juices to get more energy , but I think Ill leave that till the last 3 days or so. yesterday, though, i had the largest amount of juice ever. about 4 carrots 2 apples and tons of ginger, 2 grape fruits and one orange. (I had the citrus juices seperate from the others). I went out and felt really weak, couldnt walk as fast as I wanted to so. came home and made a huge batch of juice.
The day before, (DAy 19) was pure water, I did some intense detoxing, my muscles hurt like hell and I got some cramps before bed, but today I woke up feeling fine.
Im really agitated and stressed out today, Just feeling very AAaaaargh!! Today is now day 21. I never ever ever imagined I'll make it this far, I used to look at those who fasted beyond ten days as superhumans. lol Its just about taking it one day at a time.
Im thinking along the lines of doing a few days on lemon water. When I want to detox while im still eating, I use lemon water and I feel my body being cleaned out, Im sure the effect would be even more on an empty stomach.
Its so wierd how detached I am from food. I even have my favorite Raw food chocolate bar downstairs (which normally wouldnt last me till lunchtime when I pack it FOR lunchtime) and I dont want it.
Im really bloated and uncomfortable, I think my body is not used to having as much juice as I did today,. especially after an all water day. I need to take it easy...
Roll on day 21. Ill update later about what i did/didnt drink.
Hope you are all well
09-01-2009, 07:11 PM
haha now you're viewed as the superwoman!!
09-01-2009, 07:27 PM
Lol I'll be donnig the cape and skin hugging tights soon!
09-09-2009, 06:21 PM
Just a quickie update, still fasting away, doing alternate juice and water days. I did 3 days on water over the weekend and I struggled to get out of bed, my breath was disgusting. I just felt so faint and tired.
Today is day 28. Im 4 weeks into my fast now! Im soo loving it,. I struggled a bit a couple of days ago with food temptation. Im not ready to eat, but being around food and other people eating makes it hard sometimes.
I get days where Ive had so much energy, and days like today when ive been really tired and low energy. Im detoxing a lot, i can taste the metal fillings in my teeth, taste horrible. my belly button bar where I got a piercing last year rejected and just came off a couple of days ago. I was sooo sad. my peircing had been healing nicely, I dont know why my body suddenly rejected it??
Im getting another one done in 2 weeks, I'll stick to plastic bars this time, maybe my body was reacting to the metal?
Ive been working out on average 2-3 times a week doing kick boxing. Most days I can do the intermediate workout fine, I did the advanced workout a couple of days back, but that was after juicing like 3 carrots and 3 apples and tons of ginger of course.
Im back on the ginger wagon, Im having ginger with EVERYTHING! Im just getting supermassive ginger cravings, I dont know why. I feel great, I feel I have achieved a lot so far, I feel connected to myself my goals e.t.c Im going to make sure i do 1 extended fast at least once a year from now on. Ive never felt this good ever!
today Ive been mainly on water because I had lots of juice yesterday and didnt have much things left to juice. Ive had 1 grapefruit and orange juice and 1 lemon and hot water . then just plain water.
Ive been thinking about how to improve my diet when I start eating again, So ill be eating more sprouts. I usually just stick to alfafa, So im buying some broccoli onion and radish seeds to sprout. I'll also grow my own greens, to save money and so that I know how my food is actually grown e.t.c
Ive started a container garden at the back. I want to grow my own greens. SO far, Ive planted:
a fig tree
tommorow, im planting beetroot, curly kale and spinach.
im so excited about this. I used to LOVE farming as a kid and used to grow tons of tomatoes and corn. I was amazed that such a tiny seed could grow into big plants. I feel like a kid again growing all this stuff. Ive spent the last 3 days, clearing the garden, digging soil, mixing up with compost, putting in containers, drawing up my garden plan, researching how to grow stuff according to the climate e.tc
only when I had bought all my seeds and stuff I realised I didnt bother to look for organic seeds! I'll do that for my next lot of plants. I did get organic plant food though :) Im most excited about my fig tree and kale! I could live on Kale. I transplanted the fig today today, its only a tiny baby tree, so I hope it does well in its new home!
Ill be updating later....
12 days till the end of my fast! I dont want this to end :( .
09-11-2009, 02:29 PM
Thanks for sharing your experience with us, I really enjoy reading about the things that you are feeling and how you are handling it all, congrats on being so strong!
09-14-2009, 03:06 PM
Thanks Beth, im glad Im helping someone.
still fasting away, Im feeling better and better everyday. My energy is back, No more dizzy spells or feeling faint. Im feeling good actually.
Im drinking more water than juice, but im still juice fasting, Im drinking juices undiluted before working out and diluted through the day. My stomach can now handle undiluted juices, which is good, as im coming off the fast in a week.
Im coasting through this, no major happenings. Actually there is... People around me are no longer supportive of my fast, theyre saying its going on for too long. Oh well, im 7 days away from day 40. my sleep pattern is out of whack though. Ive not been able to sleep before 4am on any day!
My tongue is getting pinker and pinker, the whiteness is clearing up. So far, ive had 2 headaches on this fast,.. way better than my last fast in which I had headaches on and off through out.
Emotionally, im not a happy bunny,. but thats nothing to do with fasting, I suppose being on a fast is helping me to deal with things better.
Ive had lots of time to think about why I chose this lifestyle and how Im going to continue after my fast is over.
7 days to go!
09-17-2009, 05:12 PM
Holy crap, I cannot believe you are still going!!! Wow. What an incredible experience you are having. How is it going? Any more rumblings from the naysayers? Follow your truth and listen to your body. Simple and real.
09-18-2009, 06:19 PM
Hey AZ! Hows you?Yup, still fasting away lol
Lots more rumblings from Naysayers, Ive had to lie to them that IM on a smoothie and salad transition e.tc e.t.c
But I dont want to lie about what Im doing so next time they ask, Ill be like " Im still fasting and Ill finish when I feel it is right for my body!!" Im getting ticked off with their obsession with my fasting lol. Im sure they'd rather me binge on take aways everynight than fast.. oh well.
A couple of days back, I thought my hunger was returning. It was mental hunger I think because I was in a raw restaurant with my friend all day and there were all these raw goodies EVERYWHERE!
ANyway, today I was detoxing pretty bad, and Working AND running up and down stairs ALL day!! I had to sneak into the ladies room and just sit down for 5 minutes to get some energy. Im good now, Ive had my fave juice:
i dont think I would want to touch a carrot after this fast, Ive gone through hundreds of carrots, its a joke! Today is day 37, I was shooting for 40 but I may go even Longer, I'll see how my body feels.
yesterday I had to buy some new trousers because all my old ones are more or less falling off me. So I went to the shops and picked out a size 10 (US size6), which is a size smaller than I usually buy. I came home and put them on and they literarily fell off me! I was like :eek: lol So i had to rush back and get a size 8 (US size 4). Ive never been this size, only when I fell ill a year or so ago. I love my new waistline. Ive released 5 inches off my waist so far!
Emotionally Im a lot better than the other day, Im finding that im speaking up for myself a lot more and im being a lot more frank and open with people. I like the new me. I see lots of other people are fasting on here too,... Its one of the best thing you could do for yourself/mind/body!
Yesterday I made a big batch of juice and wanted to drink it all because I dont like keeping juice in the fridge for a long time, I like drinking it fresh, but as soon as I had about 2 glases, my throat just clammed up. I want to drink more so I dont waste it but my body was saying NO-NO, I felt sick when I had one more little sip. Im happy that im becoming more in tune with my insticts.
more updates laters! xxx
09-23-2009, 12:28 PM
Day 42 here!
Im still going strong, juicing and drinking as normal. Stil have people on my case about not eating etc etc, but im good.
Today I went to the market to get some stuff to juice, I got beetroot!! (which I have been craving for a while), pineapples (also craving this ), apples, raspberries, pink grapefruit, apples, celery, cucumber and lime.
My sleep patterns are out of this world. Im sleeping 5 hours a day, BUT only at 5am in the morning, I cant sleep before that. I don tmind needing less sleep, but im tired through the day when I have to be up early for work. I need to force myself to sleep at a more sensible time, any advice??
Ive released all the weight I care to release, im now two sizes smaller. Im happy about this, but better still im in a frame of mind I dont think I would have achieved otherwise. I feel soo optimistic and positive about my future.Compared to how I felt at the start of the fast, I was probably depressed and didint even know it at the time. I feel great, I know everything is working out just as it should.
Im gonna start increasing my juices so allow me to excersise more, I really want to workout, but most days Im too weak to do more than 20 minutes. IM sure the beetroot would help with that, I read somewhere that beetroot juice is known to increase stamina, plus its super yummy!
Ive been stumbling on articles, websites and little things here and there that point to intuitive eating. During the night, I have been staying up, reading and reading about intuitive eating, Intermittent fasting and listening to your body e.t.c Something Im definately going to start once im back eating.
Coming from a background of an eating disorder which I "overcame" years ago, but still slipped from time to time, this fast is a HUGE hurdle that I have crossed and im so proud of myself. I can trust myself to break it correctly and eat correctly once its done. I feel I have been able to get in touch with the foodie in me and work out why I was eating the way I was, what role having an ED was playing in my life and how I can build new habits. A lot of my eating patterns have been out of habit, not hunger, and now Ive wiped the slate clean, I can set a new pattern.
ANyway, an ED is not about food, its about control. Im now taking control in other areas of my life I didnt for a long time. I feel so much more powerful and self assured. This doesnt mean that from time to time I wont lapse into my old habits, But Im gonna Love myself through whatever I do, whatever I eat whether its "good" or "not good".
Pineapple and orange and lime -- Yummy!
beetroot/pineapple/ginger/lime/carrot (half diluted with water because it was so sweet!)
I still cant say when Im breaking my fast. I dont know yet. Ive got some prunes ready to soak over night lol, But im not sure when this fast would truly be over. I'll give myself a limit of 50 days, as I want to have finished when I start uni. Ive written out a plan of action to break it. Im thinking of transitioning to a green smoothie "fast". I want to introduce solid food verrry slowly as I feel my system is extremely delicate at the moment. How have you guys broken your mid-length fasts? What did you do? DId eat soaked prunes like Angela stokes did? I watched her video on youtube and thats what she did after 92 days. ANy advice would be helpful here :)
Speaking of delicate, yesterday, I didnt make any juices as I was in a hurry for work. I felt lacking inenergy so I bought some 100% orange juice which sat in my stomach like a brick!!
So in my infinite wisdom, I drank some more bottled juice at night when I was stil working as I needed the energy to run up and down those stairs all night. Guess what? Stomach PAIN! my stomach hurt till nearly sunrise. Didnt learn the first time ai?
Thanks to all those who have supported me so far, I really appreciate it.
Raises a glass of beet juice to you!
09-24-2009, 06:27 PM
Today I was ravenously hungry all day, My tongue finally turned pink this morning, no bad breath AT ALL!
I kept taking juices, chewing gum and even sucking on sweets to keep my hunger at bay (not the best option, I know, but I wasnt home). SO at work, there was some left over sorbet, and guess what, I had a couple of spoons!!
This showed me how hungry I had been, I was thinking of food all day and had to really really hold myself back. I then realised that my body was crying out for food. ANY food. This wasnt the kinda hunger where you'e craving one thing. ANYTHING, I just wanted food lol. SO Ive taken the prune route. Ive had prunes and a shredded apple with lime juice,.. tasted like heaven and im sooo full!
Im gonna go on a blended fruit/juice regime for a while and then transition to solids and salads e.t.c Ive got it all written down in a plan.
Thanks to all those that supported me through this fast, although I didnt break it on the most nutritious food (sorbet). Im glad of what ive achieved so far and also learnt that when my body wants food, its best to feed it or else..... lol
More updates later and possible some pcitures!
09-27-2009, 02:51 AM
Still havent had time to take pictures e.t.c, been a busy bee. Still feeling great, I feel like a different person.
Im back fasting today, just for a day or two, Ill see how my body feels. I went to a festival yesterday and tried out some raw goodies, bought some raw cacao and got lots of tips and recipes and had my first green smoothie in what felt like years! its was amazing. I also had a mango spinach salad, nothing else, just mango and spinach, EPIC!:p
I havent stuck to my re-feedig schedule and my body isnt happy. Eating is so over-rated, I want to go back to fasting, I felt better. I felt a bit sad yesterday for some reason, I started to feel comfortable in the fasting zone, I feel like im out of my comfort zone, I think Ive got the post-fasting blues!
I need to slow down so Im on a green smoothie feast for as long as it takes me to adjust. My taste buds are out of this world. and im enjoying my smoothies I put spirulina and barleygrass in it yesterday, wasnt bad at all normaly I just take barleygrass and Spirulina as a shooter and down it, It actually tasted good in a smoothie... I was pleasantly surprised.
I haven't had an.., elimination yet,. so my belly feels very full and hard and bloated. Even enemas are not helping, so im onto juices: lemon juice and ginger for the day until I feel better and feel cleaned out. I can't go around like this, I feel bloated and uncomfortable.
I want to maintiain this weight, and rev up my metabolism so im starting my new workout routine today, 45 mins cardio on the eliptical while watching my fave tv show and about 20 mins kick boxing with good ol Billy Blanks, Should be fun!
I'll be using this thread as my accoutability thread to rein myself in, fasting was definately easier than eating, But ive got confidence in myself that I can do this.
so today, is a juice day, to help me adjust and clean out, from now on, im on a green smoothie feast till whenever I feel like I want to eat solids again.
Ill get some batterys tommorow to show my weight loss, I dont have a scale, so dont know how much I released.
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