Juice Fasting Day 8
Original Weight: 144
Original BMI: 21.9
Planned fasting time: 12 days
Fasting type: Fresh Juice and Water on different days
Reasons: Mind body and spirit to be healthy and whole
Health Issues: Not overweight but want to be a healthy 130 lbs. Aches in hips, back, neck and in my right wrist where I broke it and there is still a screw. Borderline anemia. Leaky heart valve from Rheumatic Fever damage when I was young. Sporadic bulimic issues (Happens every 2-3 months, I eat way too much feel guilty, then purge but this is never a common occurrence. seems it happens when guilt gets to me. NEVER been anorexic as I LOVE food.) I am also a VERY fast eater and would like to get over this and slow down, has seemed very hard to me. I also easily get woozy when I haven’t eaten (borderline hyperglycemic?)
I have a pretty healthy relationship with food but I want to be able to slow down when I eat. I seem to have this subconscious sense that I have to eat as quickly as possible to survive. Then sometimes I eat way too much (not too often though as I HATE the feeling of being so full).
Hi everyone! I have been reading several of Tom’s blogs for weeks and reading up on fasting so I could feel prepared. My church calls for fasting at the beginning of each year for 21 days and I have felt called to do it this year. Most people there don’t fully fast, I think they just fast whatever God calls them to and I feel called to fast food.
I can’t fast straight through the 21 days; I can just go for 12 because of a mini-vacation that was already planned. But I am a first time faster (besides ~36hr fasts) so 12 days is pretty good I think.
Day 1: Today was great and easy until about 330pm. I started to get pretty hungry but not ravenous. Getting sleepy earlier than normal. Bought a juicer and am drinking the fresh juice from veg and fruit. I don’t know how much it helps. Would almost rather have water and teas w/ lime or lemon and the blackstrap molasses (for anemia)…ALTHOUGH at the moment I’m not really starving, just have had a headache for about 4 hours. Right temple. Could have something to do with the fact that I got a massage today too. My boyfriend (of 5 yrs) is already worried about me. He wouldn’t say why but it seems he doesn’t quite believe I’m doing all this for the right reasons, or maybe that I don’t know what I’m doing. I need to spend some time with the Lord to find out what He wants me to do and how long He wants me to fast.
My head hurts and brain feels tired-foggy. This will be a hard first couple of days. I love to eat, so pleasurable and I don’t like feeling hungry at all. Makes me want to sleep all day and be don’t with it. I pray for more time with the Lord tomorrow and a clearer head. Bothers me that my boyfriend is bothered. (I’ll call him an aka of ‘Charles’ from here on)
Day 2: I woke up feeling wonderful, no hunger, and no headache, refreshed. Took a shower, no weakness, no yellow tongue or bad breath yet. Sitting here now I can feel a little bit of a headache nut not bad. Yesterday I probably drank 8 oz water or more, 16oz of store bought organic aqai juice (cause I didn’t have a juicer yet) and about 24 oz of fresh juice. (Apple, pineapple, blueberry, blackstrap molasses, orange, lime– then the other: carrot, celery, tomato, sprouts salt pepper)
I think I will put molasses on some tea though because the fruit juice was way too sweet.
I didn’t really get to sit and pray yesterday. I have been given the sound advice to write down 5-10 things I really want to get God’s attention about so I did and had a great prayer time. I do try and practice a ‘pray without ceasing’ mentality though and do most of my prayer all day. (Helps because I have a very ADD personality).
I’m realizing that a sense of guilt has been instilled in me about food. Since I haven’t been eating I now notice a lack of guilt about eating too much or badly sometimes. It also has made me see that I don’t always feel guilty and that GOOD.
Gaining confidence. Felt much better today. Hunger is mild. Charles has even come over and cooked steak both these nights for himself and I have actually enjoyed the smell, it is so satisfying!
going to juice fast tomorrow again then try and water fast from Friday to Wednesday (6 days water fasting) then juice for the last 2-3 days. Thank you Jesus!
Day 3: Felt great this morning. Mind was clear and running last night so it was a little hard to sleep. It is weird to me how great I feel. In my mind it would be excruciating every step but it’s very clarifying and peaceful so far today. We’ll see how the water fast goes. I was so scared before- maybe of starving? – But the body is an amazing thing. It is helping me pray and I feel more ‘me’ than ever. Lord God send mercy to those in Haiti!!!
tongue was a tinge yellow this morning and can feel a small amount of bowel movement going through (I did a 5 day herbal cleanse before I started fasting so I really shouldn’t have much coming out!) –no BM today.
Headache! Sick of fasting! It seems that my mornings are great and then my nights are much harder! Need to concentrate on God to get me through. Head feels cloudy again. Fasting is supposed to be hard! LOL I feel like I need fellowship. Sometimes my body feels normal but then it feels achy, sore, foggy and tired.
So the challenge tomorrow is going to work and staying focused. (had 3 days off) its hard to picture fasting for even the 12 days I’m planning on, let alone 21!! 9 days to go. 5 of those water fasting…maybe. I have to at least try, God give me strength and healing! —OOOH MY HEAD! How can I pray while feeling this icky? But just to pray to feel better?
Day 4: no headache this morning, a little weak but not bad, still nervous about tomorrow and water fasting. Have lost 5 lbs.
2pm-still feeling good, have to work till 8pm tonight (12 hr day) but I guess its fine cause I’m not eating! lol
Jesus please help me with my water fast tomorrow. Mt 6:16 …So that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to Your Father… Deut. 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger then feeding you with manna…to teach you than man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Day 5: Pimples on chest and some on face (not bad though because of the ‘acne.org’ product I use that is AWESOME) I also have a few on my spine– definitely detoxing! Line of roughness under my tongue. Daydreaming about food. my sense of smell is very acute. sight is too actually- I notice more colors!
first day of water fast is going well (is still morning so we’ll see). I had blackstrap herbal tea today again for anemia. going to put lime in my water for alkalinity. psalms 30:5 For His anger lasts only a moment but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Time goes sooooo slow on a fast. I keep counting the days over and over to when I can eat.
Day 6: (Didn’t write)
Day 7: The end of the day on my water fast (day 5) was VERY hard. It was the hardest night so far on my fast. Was weak, woozy, and daydreaming about food. Joking with Charles about how I was going to go out and find a cow and start munching on it right there! (Gross) Wasn’t just hungry, I was fantasizing about food. LOL so I bought some juice and yogurt and lettuce thinking I would end my fast the next day.
yesterday I drank 16 oz of store bought organic juice (I know not that great but it’s what I had on hand). I felt GREAT but I went to a bridal prevue with my soon to be sister-in-law and they had THE BEST smelling food there…FOR FREE. Free food tastes so much better doesn’t it? LOL BUT I resisted even a bite and was telling everyone that I was just full and ‘No thank you’ Thank you Lord for Your strength You send to me!
So today I am water fasting again since I am work on a Sunday and it is slow (I will be sitting most of the day). Then tomorrow I will probably go back to juice, depending on how I feel, but I do want to make it 12 days. was planning yesterday to end my fast today but with God’s help I am charging on! Lord God thank you for Your favor! I haven’t cheated once by eating! Not even a nibble! I am also doing an herbal cleanse today to flush any impacted feces that might be left. (it is from Arbonne [arbonne.com]–I LOVE their products!) Haven’t had a BM at all for these 7 days but I did do that cleanse before starting and like Tom says “nothing in, nothing out”!
Day 5 (water day) was hard as I mentioned before. I’ve never been that hungry. it probably wasn’t quite the feeling felt by those truly starving I know, but it wasn’t fun. Lord thank you for my blessings, may I use them for Your glory!
I have lost 11 lbs in 6 days (5 days juice, 1 day water) Also noticing my tonsils have had a not so nice taste and bits of tasteless something (??old food??–gross!). Noticing I don’t need coffee (I drank it about 3-4 days a week, 1 cup)
I feel clearer and better than ever today (though it is still morning). my hunger has gone more towards wanting fruit and veg (yay!) – (though a nice guacamole and buffalo burger from Turley’s sounds tasty too). the hunger is mild and it seems I am getting more comfortable with it, not as scared of it. Joy! Thank God! I’m glad I am still fasting and didn’t give up — keep going all who are reading this! Be encouraged in the Lord and let Him guide and strengthen you!
Quality seems so delightful compared to quantity! Water fasts are hungry days… Ps. 109:24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. Is it weird that I can SING better after 7 days of fasting???
DAY 8: Last night was pretty hard again but not as hard as the first water day. This morning i woke up VERY weak. (Could have something to do with adding the cleanse). I was shaky and wobbly in the knees. i didn’t feel light-headed at all though, yet i had to sit down when I was putting on my clothes because I felt like I was having a hot flash. (LOL way too young for that!) Last night it was hard to fall asleep because my mind was so awake & I’ve found that when I fast I can feel my heart beat everywhere in my upper torso. BOOM BOOM BOOM , pulsing…weird, but kinda cool. Feels clean.
Good side effect today: I noticed my teeth a MUCH whiter…no chemicals to help or nothin’ just brushing with natural toothpaste like normal. Has anyone experienced this also? Since I was so weak this morning I am going to juice fast today and tomorrow then do spinach and yogurt/fresh fruit on what would be the 10th day (Wed). I can’t be this weak coming to work. If I am this weak in the morning I know it will be worse at night, morning are usually the best I feel. Plus I don’t want to shock my body so much when I go on vacation. Even when I start eating though I still want to fast something for spiritual reasons (Internet maybe?) Any ideas?