Now it’s down to the nitty-gritty. Paying bills, juggling schedules, babysitting, fatigue, frustration, are all of the everyday events that used to send me to the freezer for ice cream or to the local fast food place for french fries. How do you handle the challenges of living without relying on the numbing effect of food? I welcome your suggestions and comments.
Fasting and prayer go together. During the last 8 days I’ve experienced a closer, thankful connection with God. As of yesterday, 2 friends have contacted me and shared circumstances that need intercessory prayer. Both friends were unaware that I was fasting. Isn’t it interesting how God prepares us for ministry before we know that we are needed.
Results are what this fast is all about and at this point it’s time to reveal some of the positive physical changes that are taking place. First of all I’ve lost 8 more pounds since starting the fast, 20 pounds in all since changing my eating habits in April. The rosacea on my face has gone into remission and the excema on my left hand is clearing. My knees are less stiff and painful but still hurt. Sleep is much better, sound sleep versus waking every 2 to 3 hours.
The best result I think is the cleansing of my taste buds. Fat, salt and sugar tend to overpower the flavor of food, masking it’s taste. Usually it takes 2 weeks to clear the palate so that you can experience and appreciate the flavor of fresh vegetables and fruit. I have a heightened experience of taste now that I didn’t have before. Fresh corn unslathered, sun ripened tomatoes, sweet cucumbers, peaches that taste almost perfumed and mint from the backyard are incredibly delicious and I’m not craving fat, sugar and salt either. The juices made from these gifts of nature are delicious and satisfying. Waxing poetic over vegetables and fruit, a great unexpected outcome!
A birthday celebration has to have cake and ice cream, right? Wrong, we celebrated my husbands birthday with a main pasta dish with pesto, plates of steamed and raw veggies as sides and a low-fat shortbread with fresh peaches. I enjoyed the veggies and made some fresh peach juice for dessert. It was a day of temptations but as long as I didn’t let myself get hungry, I survived. The focus of the day was on the celebration and family time, not on the food. Won the weekly scrabble game which also made it a great day!
Yesterday afternoon I added a bottle of Perfect Water Focus to my fast. This is a great oxygenated water that has recently added vitamins, natural flavoring and green tea to the product line. I drank the one with the green tea and consumed about 5 mgms of caffeine. Great product for focus, however, I know now that caffeine and my body do not get along at all. I was awake until 3:00am and had a jittery, low blood sugar feeling. Something I’ve not had during the last 5 days of fasting. So, during this fast I’m able to see how my body reacts to certain nutrients and chemicals when they are re-introduced to my diet. Caffeine, I can live without. The original Perfect Water will be the next test.
Going for a quick drive with the sun roof open and listening to one of my favorite radio stations; Sitting on the front porch swing and talking to God; Tea made from fresh mint. All of these “reward” activities get my mind and senses off of the dulling subject of food.
Having steamed or raw vegetables ready for eating keeps me from falling out of the Reboot fast. Homemade half sour pickles in a big crock in the fridge, oven baked fresh beets, and steamed kale and chard all keep well and keep me from harm.
In review, I’m fasting with fresh fruit and vegetable juices made in my own juicer for 15 days. I will be adding some nuts, rolled oats and solid vegetables once a day but mainly subsisting on micronutrients. It’s called a reboot and the whole experience will be documented here.
Last night I slept soundly and felt very relaxed when I awoke this morning. That hasn’t happened in at least 18 months since I was nursing my dad before his death. This stage in life is full of new experiences just like all of the other stages. Instead of working on intimacy or competency, I’m learning to let go of the people I love while my hormones are receding. So, after last night I’m realizing how much my sleep pattern has been affected.
Today I feel great and I’m still enjoying the juices plus I’ve come up with a veggie burger from mushrooms that I’m going to try this evening. I’ll let you know whether the recipe is worthy of repeating. The hunger for other foods beyond juice is gone and even the temptation to eat what I’m fixing for my family. It’s such a great feeling to know that I’m going to accomplish this 15 day fast. 🙂
Fresh Tomato Gazpacho: First of all, let me say that fresh, ripe tomatoes from Mountaindale, MD are the best grown anywhere. For this recipe select 2 large, fresh tomatoes, 1 long seeded red sweet pepper, 1 stalk celery, 2 scallions, 10 Thai basil leaves, juice from 1/4 of a lime. Run vegetables thru a juicer and garnish with chopped basil and lime juice. A fresh peeled cucumber would be a nice addition also, juiced or seeded and chopped.
I just made the best fresh tomato gazpacho I’ve ever tasted. This is definitely a keeper.