Tomorrow is a beautiful day to break my fast. I am really proud of having gone two weeks, and I’m really excited about the healing my body has done. I rode out a few healing crises, felt elated and joyful at times, tired and cranky during others, and was forced to confront myself on a fundamental level. All in all, it’s been a serious (but positive) learning experience.
Extended fasts require careful and artful breaking. Upon rising tomorrow, I’ll have my usual jug o’ water, and then, about 45 minutes later, I’ll have an apple (I have a sack of pink ladies I can’t wait to eat!). For lunch, I’m planning on having either a small veggie salad, or a simple green smoothie (baby spinach, maybe banana). The afternoon-evening will see some more fresh juices, and I’ll be drinking herbal tea and water throughout the day. I may eat a few more pieces of fruit between meals if my stomach feels up to it. Sunday will be pretty much the same, except I’ll probably add a handful of dates. I will be slowly adding more solids, for a break-in period of about a week. Trust me, I have broken fasts in the past with everything from pesto pasta (which sounds delightful right now) to fast food (JACK), and this is a much more peaceful plan. Why negate the past two weeks with a thoughtless bombardment of heavy foods? Or, at the very least, put my digestive tract through that?
Yesterday, I felt the return of a deep level of hunger. I waited to see if it would continue into today, which it did, and so I’m ready to eat again. My tongue has cleared, and other detox symptoms have been seriously reduced (I don’t smell yuck anymore, yay!). I did make the mistake of drinking senna tea with raw honey in it this morning, which I’m pretty certain is the reason I became overwhelmed with nausea this afternoon and puked. Puked! I don’t know if it was the amount of honey (large- I know) or the tea (o hai stomach cramps), but both are a no for me in the future.
Will I be juice fasting again? Absolutely. In fact, I am hoping to do a 10-dayer come Springtime. I also like the idea of performing short fasts (between 1-3 days) regularly (monthly). For now, however, I’m grateful for all I’ve learned and experienced these past two weeks, and am stoked to be eating tomorrow morning!
Things I’ve learned:
- If you decide to use senna tea, be careful with your steeping time. Beware of cramps and serious nausea! Some people are more sensitive than others! *raises hand*
- The first two days are the most difficult. Ride them out, and it’ll get easier.
- Expect a few healing crises! They are uncomfortable and can even be scary, but have faith they indicate a deeper level of healing (and that they will pass)! Drink more water.
- Don’t allow others to frighten or otherwise dishearten you. They will try.
- Hand-juicing lemons isn’t really all that bad, if you use one of those plastic citrus juicers.
- Expect to feel a wide range of emotions. Keep a journal.
- Be prepared for old thoughts, worries, and insecurities to pop up as your body releases toxins.
- Buy extra toilet paper.
- Get enough sleep! Go to bed earlier, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself having a nightmare, or even experiencing night sweats, especially in the earlier phases of your fast.
- Have a plan if you go out with friends. Locate a nearby Jamba.
- Clean your house/apartment, room, car, bathroom, closet, attic. It will support the shedding of the old, inside and out.
- Try really hard to maintain a positive attitude. Sit outside, play with a pet, hug a loved one. Life isn’t so bad.