This isn’t for weight loss though it can be a great side effect. The 21 day plan is for detoxification. Ridding your body of pollutants, preservatives, and helping your cells to work better. It’s also a great jumpstart for a healthy eating plan. Having said that, I weighed myself at the beginning which everyone should do and then I weighed myself this morning just for some extra encouragement and that’s what I got. I’ve lost 15 pounds!
I have used Juice fasts or “Reboots” for weight loss however, one of the benefits of fasting is changing the bad eating habits that I have developed and becoming acquainted with food allergies. For example, I usually fast with freshly made juices during this time of year because the ingredients are so plentiful to my geographic area. Also, Autumn lends itself to a new routine.
Somehow I develop an addiction to ice cream during the hot months. The juice fast helps to break the sweet tooth and when I do revert to eating a sugary dessert I get a migraine headache. Am I allergic to refined sugar? I’m not sure but I do feel better when the quantities are severely limited. Also, Diabetes Type 2 runs in my family so the ice cream habit is definitely not a healthy one for me.
If you already have a chronic condition check with your doctor before beginning any weight loss or fasting plan. If approved, try a juice reboot for 2 or 3 days to begin with, then gradually add healthy foods back into your diet. Your body will tell you which ones cause an unpleasant reaction so that you can avoid them.
This fast has not been what I expected. I planned to stay on juices and a daily soy shake for the whole 21 days. Instead, I set aside food until I’ve had an hour or more of talking with God and meditating on His Word. Then, I break the fast, usually in late afternoon. Fasting brings clarity and a focus to my daily devotions that I’ve not experienced before. It also allows God to fill the empty places. However, by evening my blood sugar is so low that I’m breaking the fast by dinnertime and it’s okay. This fast doesn’t have to fit my pictures in order to bring results.
Just as each race is different, each fast is different.* This fast has been nothing like the Juice Reboot that I did last summer. This one has been an emotional rollercoaster and the food cravings have not gone away after two days like before. I blame Christmas feasting, the sugar intake was very high this year. As for the emotions, I’m spending at least an hour per day in prayer and bible study. God is teaching me about Joy and craving Him instead of food. Forgetting what is behind and reaching toward the goal, I’m expecting this coming week will be easier, I’ll keep you posted.
The first few days of a fast are the hardest for me. My body reacts to juicing with a weak, shaky feeling plus getting rid of lots of fluid. So, I’ve learned to add some whole vegetables the first few days.
For example, today I enjoyed a Nutrilite protein powder shake with nonfat milk, and a banana. Then while shopping I chose a Bolthouse Farms Amazing Mango Fruit Smoothie. At dinner time I retreated to my room where I prayed and read the bible for a while and took a nap. Fasting after all the rich Christmas fare has left me feeling not so good, so I celebrated the end of the day with a bowl of salad greens, purple cabbage and vinegar for the dressing. Now I’m feeling fine and ready for whatever tomorrow will bring. I’ve learned to listen to my body and feed it whole foods when the shakes strike.
Lately i’ve been discussing dietary fasting with my niece who is a marathoner and we realized that participating in the various fasts is like running in marathons. For a runner each established race is a notch in their belt with bragging rights. There’s the Marine Corps Marathon, Boston Marathon, The Mud Run. For the health conscious participating in the various fasts is also grounds for bragging. There is the 15 Day Juice Reboot, The 7-day cleanse and the 40 days of Lent. The endurance and mental focus needed to successfully finish both disciplines are the same.
My next fast will be the 21 Days to Breakthrough with our church family. It begins on January 2. The details are on church-redeemer.org (keyword: breakthrough). Anyone who wants to join me please send me a comment. Maybe I’ll get a plaque for my office or a bumper sticker for the back windshield of my car or maybe a pin ….
The last day of the adventure and I find myself returning to the Juice Reboot. Halloween with its mini-candy bars just about did me in. I am now craving sugar and chocolate again. So, the remedy is to Reboot. At the end of the 90 day adventure I’m dusting off the juicer and enjoying at least one day of fasting to break the addictions and get back on track to healthy eating.
Fall fruit and vegetables make delicious juices. The fresh kale is still growing in the garden and apples are available from the orchard. Plus carrots have been recently harvested. The two recipes using these seasonal ingredients are as follows:
Breakfast: 1 stick celery, 1 organic carrot, 2 Golden Delicious apples.
Lunch: 1 stick celery, 1 organic carrot, 1 Golden Delicious apple, handful fresh kale.
Enjoy! Send me some of your favorite juices. I welcome your comments.