Progress Report ID-9247 by fasting123

  • n/a n/a, 46 years old female, weighing 69 kg / 151.8 lbs, 67 in /170.18 cm tall, n/a. United States US

  • Doing 30 days of Juice Fasting. Starting September 30, 2011

  • Reasons for Fasting:
    I am fasting to heal from autoimmune diseases, turn this wagon around, and see if I can reverse any of the damage, which is, by all medical research, "impossible". There is "no cure". I say "bah" and "humbug", but the cure is quite hard to pull off - I think the medical term is "lack of patient compliance". I no longer underestimate the difficulty of maintaining a fast.

  • Past Fasting Experience:
    I have done a few brief juice fasts (3 to 14 days). It took many attempts to get used to the different levels of hunger and gain control, and I found the absence of dinner in particular to be very punishing when fasting, especially when I had to prepare it for others, or the family was out to dinner, but nowadays I am too sick to eat dinner at all. My biggest obstacle remains having the patience to deal with the juicer (a 2 hour dreaded ordeal when you include scrubbing the veggies, cutting them up to fit down the chute, stopping to clean the filter every 5 minutes, then cleaning it all up!) on a daily basis. I have never gone the full 30 days yet - mostly because due to my particular illness, the first few days of a fast are increasingly painful, involving flu-like symptoms, swollen joints, horrible burning in all mucous membranes of my body, AND erratic emotional/mental swings that continue on & on, and there's seldom a chance to rest. A lot of people I've read about here feel immediate improvement in their troubles, and I'm envious - I have to get through some really tough days where it seems obvious that fasting is making EVERYTHING MUCH MUCH WORSE! This time, I hope to barrel slowly through it all, and see if there really is daylight far down the other end of the tunnel! At this point - I wouldn't even consider water fasting - I would become seriously ill, but I don't discount the possibility later on if this juice fast heals. I can't eat fresh fruit anymore, so having studied the diaries of successful fasters on this site, I think it's best to listen to my instincts, and use carrot, celery, cukes, granny smiths, dandelion leaves mostly. I have bad reactions to cabbage, and raw kale is not good for hypothyroid folk, so I will avoid this. I am lucky to be able to wander around a farmers market full of organic local produce, and see which items I am drawn to. I will initially mix the juices with water, because they are rather harsh on my stomach, since my GI is so damaged. I live with constant burning in my chest and gut, and it's getting rather nasty. In the evening if I'm cold, I have fresh mineral ( simple veggie) broth seasoned with lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Also, apple cider vinegar with lemon and molasses, because I am extremely anemic and the iron pills my doctor put me on make me sick! Here goes day one.

  • Present Diet:
    1 small, gluten-free waffle, with flax seeds for crunch & almond butter in the morning - I eat half of this before a wave of nausea takes over, and I have a yoghurt in the evening. If I feel faint or starving, a tiny slice of cheese in the afternoon, when the kids come home and everything ramps up for the evening. Sometimes if I had no breakfast - I would have vegetarian refried beans (2 tbs) spread on rice cakes with steamed spinach on top for lunch, although recently, I cut this out - even the lowfat beans are too rich. Spinach is the only vegetable I can tolerate and I crave it daily. If I want fruit - I can tolerate a couple slices of canned pears (no syrup/sugar added). No fiber, no fresh produce anymore - everything causes bloating and inflammation. Needless to say - no energy, not much use at the moment. I have lost weight - but 20 lbs of that was muscle. I want that back!! I would like to have a raw, fresh diet, which is easy to do in this town - there are several well known raw food eateries around here, and a couple of juice bars where they make fresh juices to order if I get really lazy, rushed, or fed up with the whole thing, although that's really too expensive. I think part of the time I have to spend buying and preparing the veggies and wrestling that overheated pompous noisy undersized juicer of mine is actually an important part of the commitment to taking care of myself - I picked that up from the successful fasters here, too.

  • Supplements:
    Can't afford Ye Overpricede Healthe Foode Shoppe these days, but occasionally remember to take my enormous multivitamin horsepill...that makes me nauseous too. I have some liquid vits to add to juices.

  • Relevant Medical History:
    3 different autoimmune diseases diagnosed over the past 6 years. Rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens, and celiac disease (positive biopsy taken 2010) I believe the current medications for these diseases are too dangerous and uncomfortable for me to take. Not that fasting is easy, but it is finite! I have a doctor who is progressive, respectful, open-minded and cooperative, and if this fast works for me - she would definitely mention it to others, although I realize professionally she cannot lawfully 'order' it as a treatment.

  • State of Mind:
    Despair, exhaustion, withdrawal, chronic depression, hopelessness at times, and for the first time in my life, physical weakness, too. Since I know that I sometimes get even more lethargic while fasting, I will put on my shoes and get out of the house early every morning for some fresh air. I will resist the urge to run if my joints are hurting. There are parts of my recent history that I cannot post on a website at the moment, even 'anonymously' (there's really no such thing) - like Keith, I don't want to put it all out here. But if it becomes relevant later in helping someone else, I will reconsider.

Posted on by fasting123

Share/Bookmark this!

8 Responses to Progress Report ID-9247 by fasting123

  1. fasting123 says:

    OK…I’ve had to start over today – yesterday. as always when I start a fast, I was tested in a horrendous way – briefly, my young daughter, after a heated argument with my husband, jumped out of the car in traffic and ran into a public park, which was filling up with about 10,000 people for a concert – most of whom were drinking and drugging. She couldn’t be found. I was at home – had to call police, because she had no phone, money, or coat, and I wasn’t sure she could find her way home. When the sun went down I aged another 10 years, believe me. She arrived at the house 7 hours later on foot, cold and tired, but ok, thank God, – at almost midnight!! I was so ill last night, I had a bowl of cream of mushroom soup and bread and butter, gluten be damned! What a horrendous day. The family tension continues today, but I am back on the fast, no matter what. I was feeling better up until the crisis. Why is there a major crisis EVERY TIME I begin a fast? You can really feel the damage to mind and body from extreme stress when you are fasting! I’m feeling numb and weak with quite a bit of pain in my lower back. Again, day one.

    • Ron says:

      Hi f123, Back pain is from your kidney’s working to clean toxins. Juice fast to help with pain and detox. You need to pray for strength and faith.

      God helps, but we need to help him too. When we give Him our troubles and “believe” that He will answer our prayers….HE WILL. When fasting, He listens even more so! I will pray for you. Please believe that our prayers will be answered. God Bless, Ron

  2. fasting123 says:

    Thank you Ron. The whites of my eyes have gone yellowish…I’m going to fast until they are white again…even if longer than 30 days. I must be jam-packed with garbage!

  3. rrockwell says:

    Hello fasting123, its rrockwell your fasting brother in arms. Just wanted to tell you that there is a person out there (me) that loves you for no particular reason, just because you are who you. Allow love and compassion to be your biggest healers. Step back for a second and ask “If rrockwell (my name is ryan btw) had posted that he cheated on his fast in the manner you had and gone through the same situation with his child, how would you have responded? That compassion and kindness that you would have shown me, show that to yourself. Be blessed my friend

  4. fasting123 says:

    Thanks, Ryan…I’ve never had any kind of brother – always wondered… – so how is your fast going? I’m Claire. Nice to meet you Ryan – and have a buddy on this road. This fast is different for me – my body and mind went into it immediately, and having a crisis was a bigger jolt than normally (yes, crisis = normal around here!) because my adrenal glands were taking the day off! When I get into a fast, I find it’s much harder to become fearful or upset (although it sure is easy to become irritated in a flash!!) because my metabolism slows down. When I finally got a dose of adrenalin going – it was really sickening. I am taking it as a GOOD omen that I went into this fast quickly. I hope you are feeling better too.

  5. rrockwell says:

    Claire, Im not sure how I missed your last post but I do hope things are looking up. What day are you on now? Prayers go out to you for continued strength.

  6. rrockwell says:

    Just wanted to let you know that the Jack Lalane juicer I purchased off ebay for about $45 has been worth its weight in gold. I just saw above that its a 2 hour ordeal for you to set everything up for the juicer and clean it. Forgive me for sayin this but thats crazy!! It takes me 30 min tops from start to finish and I do a pretty thorough job cleaning the veggies. This scenario is like the gym half way across town that takes 25 min to get to versus the gym right down the street. Nobody needs more excuses to not go to the gym just like nobody needs the excuse of having to spend 2 hours to make the juice the body desperately during a fast.

  7. rrockwell says:

    Claire, how are you doing? Im sorry I havent checked in on you sooner. Sending prayers and love out your way.

    I wanted to say Thank you again for all your support through all of this, it has meant so much.