Green Juice Fast

Day 3

Here it is.  Day 3 is challenging.  It is advised that in order to experience full benefit from a fast, it is best to complete three days.  I understand that intermittent fasting is becoming popular and understood as a weight maintenance technique, but this just refers to fasting for health improvement, organ relief and reducing acidity levels in the body.  Shorter fasts are a great way to become more familiar with the practice of fasting and to develop the relationship with it that will allow for more and more success in fasting. 

One of the major issues in American health is the acid-forming diet.  Copious processed, high-fat dark meat and refined food products leave our bodies forming acid in the body.  Extended fasts bring the body toward alkaline which is a boon for physical health.  Cancer and viruses thrive in an acidic environment.  They can not survive in an alkaline environment.  Stress also moves our body chemistry toward acidic.

When I learned about green juice, I felt as though it was a beautiful answer to taking control of personal health.  Green juice brings the body into a more alkaline state.  Consuming large amounts of fresh, big leafy greens also does this.  David Wolf states that raw vegans should consume large amounts of raw, leafy greens daily in order to maintain strength, stamina, and better muscle tone than meat eaters.  He very convincingly notes the muscle development on gorillas who spend most of their day slowly chewing enormous amounts of leaves.

Right now I am weak and I found it difficult to get out of bed today.  It was almost necessary to break the making of the green juice into stages.  In total, it takes about 10 minutes to make.  But, the feeling of a moderate headache and the possibility of losing my balance felt high.  I ended up being able to complete the making of the juice and partially clean the juicer before it was very necessary to sit down.  I do not feel nausea today.  I do think that my diet preceding the fast was moderate.  It certainly was not a cleansing diet, steadfastly preparing the system for the change, but it was not unhealthy either.  The fewer toxins you have in your body before fasting, the less the body shows signs of detoxification such as headache and nausea.

I will be sitting for meditation soon and will start to focus on the higher aspects of the fast.  As you know I am interested in watching the ego manipulate for food.  So far it has surprisingly not occurred.  I will write a post regarding "cheating," due to the fact that my 10-year old daughter drew out the most interesting conversation regarding cheating.  It felt like I was talking to my own inner child.

More.  Soon.  Enjoy your day.  Savor your food.  Hydrate your body.  Be in light. 

T

 

Day 2 Morning

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I want to make a quick entry this morning because I have the feeling it will be a full day.  I was strong this morning, minimal nausea or weakness.  I lingered in bed for an hour before making my first green juice.  This is something I focus on in fasting.  The morning sets the pace for the day and without the proper maintenance the night before I wake up sick and weak.  I developed a practice which has helped to make mornings better.  In order to apply it, I have to end up with remaining stamina in the evening.

The practice is to make an evening green juice.  By the end of the day I no longer want to drink the green juice, let alone make one and clean the juicer.  But I feel greatly fortified after drinking it and I sleep better and with less body pain.  So each night I promise myself I will make a green juice.  Last night I did not.  I only had enough ingredients to make a morning juice and the morning juice can be mandatory for remaining upright.  Since I didn't know what to expect of my strength in the morning, I decided to save the ingredients for the morning and instead have a detox tea focused on my kidneys and drink water consistently through the night.

It seems to have worked well.  The morning juice has been consumed, the juicer is clean and I will now start working on my body.  My neck is the first area to need care.  I hope your morning flows nicely.  I am thinking of my restorative class which has just started.  My boyfriend is subbing the class (and all my classes), which feels right and righteous.  He has definitely taken on his own discipline as a show of support.  

Day 1

I have been revving my engines for days in preparation for this fast.  As it is now time to dive in, I find myself nostalgically expecting great wisdom to set in.  I've been moving a lot today.  Setting the stage, fussing about, cleaning furiously.  It's behavior that is needing balance.  I have not yet surrendered to the pace of fasting.  Sometimes I don't receive the lesson until I experience actual body pain.  So, I have taken to my bed with the laptop for a quiet moment to reflect.

The lemon gets in the limelight.

When I remember to move slowly and gently it is a gateway to the softness of the experience.  The lightheadedness adjusts into a slight fuzzy feeling in the in the skull when I take a deep breath.  The breath itself is more spacious and expansive.  The breath settles the brain and gentle clarity replaces the running thoughts.

I find that my ego wants to ensure those around me that I am strong.  I'm reassuring them and using body language reflecting strength.  Funny approach, since fasting is a quick road to vulnerability.  I also know that my inward strength does not require outward expressions for my family to know it.  When I am confident and grounded, they will simply know and have no fear.  I like that as a lesson applied to my life in general.

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As I described before, I intend to document and observe my behavior during the fast in order to gain insight into the workings of my egoic patterns.  With regard to my relationship to food, I am surprised to see that many things have changed since my last fast.  In recent months, my developed food habit has been to grab a piece of fruit in the morning as I work in order to maintain my energy/sugar levels.  I had to stop myself from feeling the low sugar levels and to not reach for the fruit as a solution.  What a change from mentally battling cravings and fantasies about food.  This commitment I made to eating without fear has profoundly adjusted more than I realized.  I will explain my approach to eating in another post, but it is suffice to say that I have spent much of my life viewing food as an enemy and a temptation.  In recent years I have tested out methods of re-cognizing food as something which serves me, rather than harms me.

It is time to rest.  Thank you for taking the time to share this experience with me.  Again, if you would like to share or comment please click on the title of the blog post and you will be able to comment at the bottom of the page.

More soon.