I’m going to blog a detailed record of how this goes, because it’s basically my last hope.
DH has been a little more haphazard than me.
I have been:
11 days refined sugar free (anything that has sugar in the top three ingredients)
3 days caffeine free
3 days alcohol free
3 days meat free
To be honest, it hasn’t really been a fun week. The sweet stuff needed to go, and that hasn’t been too bad (no more hot chocolate treats though, boo). I was pretty irritable and tearful, especially about 5 days in, which I’ve experienced before, but overall it was okay.
I’m really missing my nightly glass of wine though. I’ve been long stretches without drinking at all on and off in recent years, but I think because of Christmas it’d crept back into my life. The evening doesn’t seem the same without it. I’m still in cravings stage for alcohol, so I should have stopped sooner to be honest, but never mind. I’ll work with what I’ve managed so far.
Caffeine: wow. I gave up black tea last year in April, so it’s been 9 months since I’ve had any of the hard stuff (ha). Instead I switched to white tea, which is much less bitter (the leaves are steamed instead of fermented), and the brand I drink has about half the caffeine of black tea. I only have two cups a day, but I have really felt it. I went to one cup a day to start with and on the second day of that I got a medium-level headache that hasn’t really gone away since.
Three days ago I dropped the last cup and switched to herbal (not overly nice Nettle, or fairly yuk Redbush mostly, as all the fruit ones make me feel ill). My headache has intensified and on top of that I’ve got this awful aching in the lower parts of my limbs. My forearms and outer calves just hurt. It kept me awake a bit last night. I’m soldiering on and haven’t taken any painkillers. I have this sadistic belief that I should experience the full effect of what these things do when I take them away – it makes it easier for me to maintain my willpower.
So, all in all, today I’m feeling pretty crap. I’m still irritable, my arms and legs (legs especially) really ache, as does my head. My skin is breaking out in little pimples, which I’m hoping is just some kind of mild detox reaction, and I’m pretty tired.
I’m all set for tomorrow.
My understanding is, from reading Joe’s book and browsing the forums, that the first few days will be awful and I will mostly want to crawl under a rock and die. Or kill my husband. Ha ha! The lovely Nancy at My Year of Sweat did a similar fast this time last year and it’s definitely worth reading.
Apparently it is normal to experience:
- bad breath/body odour
That list is from the book. He says:
“The withdrawal process your body will undergo can leave you feeling extremely tired and cranky.”
I’ve also heard stories (on the forums) of:
- insomnia (!)
- muscle pains
- severe cravings
So, I’m prepared for it to be bad.
There are lots of amazing stories on how juicing has helped people regain their health. Try this one, for an extreme before and after.
The thing that I keep thinking, is that this will be the FIRST time in my entire life (40 years 1 month, plus 9 months in the womb), that I will EVER have eaten only nature’s produce.
No processed food, no cooked food.
The first time ever.
Doing this juice fast will be the first time I’ve ever given my body only 100% natural and 100% raw food.
And my theory is that after the SHOCK of the first few days, my body should love it. Our bodies have an incredible capacity for self-healing – if we give them the right tools.
I hope I make it to what I am now considering the other side.
The place where the detox reactions and hunger have eased off, and I can clearly feel the benefit of what I’m doing.
I’m ready, and it’s going to be a fun journey. Bring it on!