I am very excited to have officially commenced my juice fast today.
Already I can feel a sense of mental clarity, and my body is beginning to feel a bit tingly from the increased in blood flood.
It’s funny. I always seem to have a brief thought stream while juice fasting that second guesses undertaking such an endeavor. The thought is usually associated with other ideas or sights of solid food. Then I remember my goals and stick to the fast with an even more motivation.
I am also pleased to have discovered a great new juice recipe. This blend includes: carrot, cucumber, kale, and apple. Although it looks like murky swamp water, it provides an excellent source of nutrients while still tasting delicious and semi-sweet to the palate.
Tonight I plan to dabble with a bit of ginger. Ginger is ideal to reduce inflammation, which is what I am targeting per my chronically inflamed psoas muscle.
I also plan to do a couple hours of Somatic exercises. Looking forward to the next few days!
Hi, my name is Tyler.
My goal in this life is to defy the myth of aging.
You are probably thinking, “yeah, sure, okay dude.” But yes, it is true.
People can live one hundred years old.
And still do marathons.
In short, it’s all centers on keeping your body supple and taking in the right nutrients.
If you avoiding eating things that will kill you, you are can defy the myth of aging.
If you keep your body supple by consistently moving through the right balance of activities, you can defy the myth of aging.
Sure, we will all get wrinkly skin and gray hairs. But it doesn’t matter what we look like. All that matters is what we are capable of doing.
Today I prepare myself to embark on a 5 day juice fast.
This is not the first time I have juice fasted, however I am still no expert at the discipline. My recipes are still being refined, as well as my practice.
I typically have a simple set of goals for each juice fast I experience. This week, my goals by sacrificing solids are to:
• Create space for mental clarity and persistent presence
• Develop a greater sense of physical awareness (to promote much need healing and mind-body connection)
• To grow my appreciation for food, eating properly and consuming the best nutrients possible
So today, I tapered my meals size from produce, oats, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, down to a glass of hearty vegetable juice for dinner.
Somatic exercises can help anyone overcome just about any chronic ailment (within time,) and I strongly believe this. For me, I have sensory motor amnesia (SMA) in the left psoas muscle from over-training in various endurance sports.
My SMA has nearly disappeared, however that damn left psoas is not quite 100% functional. I strongly believe that by sending more blood to this ailment by giving my digesting track break, I will better sense the muscle and hopefully free it for good.
Day 4 Morning Weigh In: 262.5 (-9.0)
Well I've made it through three days of the 7 day juice fast and I'd be lying if I told you I didn't have thoughts that there was no way I was going to make it yesterday afternoon.
Day 3 of the juice fast started off pretty well. I had a good bit of energy yesterday morning, especially after seeing that I had dropped another 3.5 pounds during Day 2 of my juice fast. Juicing in the morning has been an interesting adventure as my wife and I have had to find ways to muffle the sound of the juicer so we don't wake up our 19 month old daughter. Yesterday we failed to avoid waking her up, so she got to join us for our 6 a.m. breakfast juice.
For breakfast I made a juice of 2 oranges, red kale, mustard greens, romaine, 7 strawberries, 2 carrots and 1 fuji apple. Luckily for me I only used 1 leaf of mustard greens which made the juice bearable to drink. A little piece of juicing advice: avoid mustard greens at all costs. They are TERRIBLE in juice! They add a harsh flavor that burns the back of your tongue and stays there for what seems like forever.
My wife wasn't so lucky, as she failed to taste the harshness of the mustard greens in my breakfast juice and decided when she got home from work to use 6 leafs of mustard greens in her afternoon juice. Boy did she pay for that mistake!
For most of Day 3 of my juice fast I felt pretty good and energetic despite not having any coffee the entire day, but around 6 p.m. that all changed. I started feeling incredibly hungry and just wanted to go to bed for the night. This was the closest I've come to caving in on my 7 day juice fasting journey, but instead of giving in I decided to make myself an early dinner juice of green leafys, zucchini, parsley, carrots and tomatoes, had a big glass of water afterwards and called it an early night around 9 p.m.
I'm happy to report this morning that I'm very glad I did not cave into the food craving because I'm feeling quite good and energetic this morning on Day 4 of my 7 Day juice fast. I did decide to have a cup of black coffee from our Keurig this morning which could be helping the energy boost but I certainly don't feel overly hungry nor irritable 3.5 hours after my breakfast juice. However, I will need to get back to the Farmer's Market here within the next day or two, as the fresh organic produce I purchased on Sunday is starting to dwindle and turn not-so-fresh.
So far through 3 days I've managed to drop 9lbs from the juice fasting, which is a really nice feeling but it has me thinking about the transition back to eating that I'll need to make after the 7 Day juice fast is over. I'm sure many others who are juicing or have juice fasted in the past have similar feelings that their biggest fear is quickly putting all the weight back on once the juice fast is over.
I'm thinking that maybe since I've somewhat gotten used to not eating that I would continue to juice for breakfast and dinner and then eat something light for lunches for the transition back. I think that way I will probably continue to slowly lose weight rather than put it back on.
I guess we'll have to see what happens. Anyone have any suggestions?continue...
Day 3 Morning Weigh In: 264.0 (-7.5)
Despite getting a full 8 hours of sleep heading into Day 2 of my 7 Day Juice Fast, my day started off a little foggy with a lack of energy and more hunger pains that weren't fully satisfied by my 6 a.m. breakfast juice concoction of Red Kale, Romaine, Spinach, Carrots, Celery and seedless red Grapes.
I've found that a pretty good juicing regimen for me is juicing every 3-4 hours, so by mid-morning I was ready for another juice. That juice featured Spinach, Romaine, Bartlett Pear, Celery, Carrots and an Apple.
The fog and lack of clarity in my thought processes lasted the entire morning and continued into the afternoon. And then I started experiencing what most juicers I've chatted with describe about their Day 2 experience – a debilitating headache from 1-4 pm that sidelined me from being able to work most of the afternoon. Thank God I work from home and could lay down for a rest!
My wife got home from work around 4:15 and we both made ourselves an afternoon juicing snack. This juice proved to be a lifesaver for the rest of my day! I juiced 3 peeled oranges and 8 strawberries for a nice fruit juice and man I felt GREAT about 30 minutes after drinking that fruit juice!
My headache had already mostly subsided by the time I drank the juice, but I got a nice energy boost from the afternoon juice and my thought processes started to clear up quite a bit! Perhaps it was that injection of natural sugars to raise my blood sugar or maybe it was the dose of Vitamin C. I don't know, I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I can attest to feeling much better after that.
My wife and I wound down Day 2 of the Juice fast with a delicious Spinach, kale, tomatoes, parsley, romaine, zucchini vegetable juice while we watched another documentary called “Forks Over Knives.”
This documentary was an incredible eye-opener for me when it came to the staggering statistics correlating the incredibly high instance of cancer/heart disease when you eat a meat/dairy based diet and how significantly the instance of cancer/heart disease drops when you eat a whole foods, non-dairy, plant-based diet. A life-altering type of documentary that really made me think about the choices of food that I've been eating my entire life and how to transition to more of a plant-based diet so I can live a healthier lifestyle.
To close this Day 2 Juice Fasting recap, I'd like to thank all of my Twitter followers who have engaged in helpful conversation about their experiences with juicing and the words of encouragement they've provided to keep me motivated - Including the man himself, Joe Cross, from Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead who gave me a shout out on Twitter last night!
Now onto Day 3!continue...