Today is day four of my juice fast. Yes, I decided to do it again this week. I always feel so much better after a few days off food. It is lunch time here at HEAL and Connie has cooked up a great smelling meal. I enjoy the smell while reminding myself that food will still be there when I am ready to eat again. Last night I did an ELF (Big Liver Flush) instead of going to prayer meeting. I am thinking of doing another one tonight.
One of the first questions I am asked when anyone finds out I have gone four days without eating food is: “How can you do that, I would be starving?” The hunger is never an issue. I know I am getting a huge amount of nutrition in the fresh juices. I do get a desire to chew and swallow at times. I choose not to dwell on this and it goes away quickly.
The serious hunger issues some people experience when not chewing and swallowing is emotional. You are not starving; your body is being nourished by the juices. The emotional need to chew something can be overpowering for those who have never done a fast of any kind. I would suggest starting with a one day juice fast.
The quickest way off a fast of any kind is to allow yourself to get too hungry. First timers might want to keep a juice in hand constantly to sip on. Stay hydrated. Drink 32 ounces of water first thing in the morning and again in the early afternoon. This will flush the waste your system is dumping from your body. Add a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to the water for an even better result.
Do not gulp anything. Drink every glass of liquid slowly, swishing each mouth full around before swallowing. This allows the digestive juices in your mouth to mix with the nutrition. The juices & water will be better utilized when ingested this way.
The benefits of juice fasting out weight by far the discomfort associated with not eating. The mind becomes clearer. The backed up congestion in the system is cleared. This alone would be worth the trouble as it eliminates many little nagging issues around the body.
No I don’t know how long I will continue. I do plan to eat raw over the weekend. Come Monday morning I’ll decide if I want to juice fast for another week.