Tomorrow I will embark on my third 10-day juice fast. The first one was on a dare and the second one I experimented. I am totally excited beyond belief for this one. So on the eve of this fast I figured I’d answer the most asked questions from the first two. These are simply my opinions and observations from my experiences, your mileage may vary.
Don’t you get hungry?
This was my biggest fear going into the first one. I was probably knocking back 3000 calories a day with regularity and now I was going to go down to only about 1000 calories and none of them are food. The first fast we did 8 sixteen ounce juices a day for the first three days. We wanted to make sure that we had enough coming in so we were “full”. 128 ounces of fruit and vegetable juices combined with at least 128 ounces of water on top of it, kept me more than full. The hungry side of it was really all in my head and after the second day I never experienced feeling hungry. The second fast I only had 4 to 6 twelve ounce juices per day. The residual effects from the first fast was my tummy contracting and my brain getting on board with my body.
What are the withdrawals?
I watched a lot of information and read a lot of information prior to fast 1.0. The consensus is that the first three days are HORRIBLE. Mine really weren’t that bad, but I also had weened myself off of caffeine and most sugar and bread prior to starting the fast. The friends that I’ve had do it with me have had some headaches and lack of energy but mostly it has been mild. I would seriously recommend easing into a fast by backing off of the bad stuff in your diet. When I took myself off of caffeine my headaches were horrible and I didn’t sleep well at all for a week before the fog cleared.
Isn’t it expensive?
We budgeted $10/day/person on the first fast and we had three adults participating. After the fast, when I started making my own juices, I was WAY OVER that amount when doing my first few supplemental juices. I also had no idea how to buy produce, how long things lasted, and what things I liked together. The second fast there were two adults participating and we spent about $8/day/person as well. I anticipate this fast being even more frugal because we have continued juicing and have frozen supplies and fruits in bulk currently. If you go to your local juice bar, a ten day fast will cost you hundreds of dollars. If you buy all organic it will quickly increase your investment. I’m actually tracking my recipes and will be making “how I do it” available for everyone following fast 3.0.
Don’t you stay in the bathroom?
Without going into the land of TMI, some folks do and some folks don’t. Juicing 1.0 nothing changed aside from having to pee all the time. Juicing 2.0 I had to take a laxative about halfway through to get things moving. I’ve know and heard of some people that make large TP investments during a fast and some folks that have to constantly get things moving. Your body is very efficient and you should listen to it and take care of it. If you need to go, go…if you haven’t been going; get it moving.
Do you really just have juice?
Yes that is all the food I consume. I do chew gum to satiate the need to chew something. If you have to eat something, it should be raw and unprocessed. Basically you could snack on the same stuff you’re putting in the juicer if you just have to eat something. It is only ten days though, if I can do it…anyone can.
Why can’t you just eat the fruits and veggies?
When was the last time you ate half a pineapple, two apples, and a handful of grapes in one sitting…Go ahead, I’ll wait
Even if you love fruits and veggies, you can’t consume them in the volume and ease as you can when they are in a juiced form. I don’t like fruits and veggies, so this is the ultimate in good-for-you fast food.
Do you lose a lot of weight?
The first fast I lost like 13 pounds and the second one I lost about 8. For 2.0 I purposely didn’t exercise as much, I think that contributed to the slower loss.
I’m so happy that I tried the first fast. Not only did I lose a lot of weight and really kickstart my working out and health journey that I’m on, but it changed my perspective and relationship with food. The inbox is open, if you want to know anything else hit me with a comment or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.