Day 84: Juice Fasting, Day 9

For two nights in a row now, I’ve had that recurring dream, the one where I’m onstage and about to give a performance, and realize I’ve never seen the music before.  It usually ends before I can react, beyond the initial recognition that I’m screwed and will have to sight-read.  These dreams, however, continued and resolved.  Hmmm.  In the first, I wasn’t sure which instrument I was supposed to be playing, having only my flute and a partial saxophone (haha).  At first bewildered and trying to figure out wtf was going on, I simply sat down and didn’t even attempt to fake it.  And it was okay.  Last night, I was rehearsing a solo performance with an orchestra, again not knowing what we were practicing, when a mountain lion tore down the hill. Everyone scattered, fleeing, and it killed and ate one of my friends (Brent from high school who played saxophone… sorry dude).  Not me, though; I went over to my old friend Alicia’s house and we had a good time.

Yesterday was a little rough.  Upon drinking my morning jug of water, I felt gnarly nauseous.  The feeling faded, leaving me riding waves of fatigue and energy the rest of the day.  After coming across this blog detailing the various detox stages, however, I regained my composure and rode it out. I also spent a great deal of time reading Gabriel Cousens’ Conscious Eating (before closing the night with yoga and a light read).  People are all over the board with their opinions of Cousens.  I find some of his beliefs intriguing and nearly all the research he cites, compelling.  I absolutely recommend another of his publications, Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, to anyone interested in learning more about health, nutrition, live foods, and GMOs.

Because I found this information so helpful, I’d like to pass it along:

The 5 Stages of Detox (Fasting)

Detoxification Program, Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2 of a fast)

On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for half a day. The body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period unless the enema is used which quickly assists the body into the fasting state by ending digestion in the colon.

Detoxification Program, Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7 of a fast)

Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the glyceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. Ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats. It is suspected that the ketones in the blood suppress the appetite by affecting the food-satiety center in the hypothalamus. You may feel hungry for the first few days of the fast. This effect is temporary. The desire to eat will disappear. Lack of hunger may last 40 to 60 days, depending on whether you are on water or juice. The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. Periodically, the lymphatic system expels mucoid matter through the nose or throat. The volume excreted of this yellow-colored mucus can be shocking. The sinuses go through periods of being clogged, then will totally clear. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.

Detoxification Program, Stage 3 (Day 16 To Day 30 of a fast)

The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. While a short fast will reduce the symptoms, a longer fast can completely heal. Homeostatic balance is at optimum levels. The lymphatic system is clean except for a rare discharge of mucus through the nose or throat. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.

Detox, Stage 5 (Breaking the Fast)

The sticky, toxic, mucoid coating on the intestinal wall is loose, and the first meal frees it from the intestinal wall. Toxins enter the blood through the colon. The gallbladder dumps its waste in a heavy discharge of bile. This can cause an instant bowel movement upon eating followed by intense diarrhea. If the symptoms are too uncomfortable, an enema will help.

Mr. Tom McGregor, author of Eating in Freedom

In order to keep it short(er), I’ll wait to post some more juice combos and photos until tomorrow.  For now, I’m feeling positive, confident, and patient.