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?