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Sunday, January 11, 2015

My thought process on doing the juice fast

I have been reading up on doing the juice fast and how I want to do it for my needs. I have been doing a lot of research on how many days would be good for me and what I want to accomplish with the different types of juices. There is juicing for weight loss, detoxing, or cleansing. You are obviously going to do all of the above when you fast but which do I really want to focus on? My obvious real need is to lose weight so I think that is what I will focus on most. I would like to do a week's cleanse, but I have been reading that a 3 day cleanse is best for beginners because of how hard it will be on my body and my mind. You also have to prepare your body 2 to 3 days before the cleanse and 2-5 days after the cleanse. Which is essentially 1-2 weeks in general so I think I will do a 3 day cleanse and see how well it goes. The preparation going into the cleanse is essentially cutting down on the amount of food you eat but eating fresh fruit and vegetables and taking sugars, meat, processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol out of your diet. During the cleanse, I will still be supplementing my diet with protein smoothies so that I can still do my workouts and not feel like I am starving myself. Then for the 2-5 days after the cleanse, you have to slowly work solid foods back in by eating fresh fruits and vegetables first then work in lean meats about 3 days later so you don't have bad side effects happening. I had a few books on my Amazon Kindle account that go over how to properly do a juice fast with recipes. I now need to figure out the recipes I want to use for my fast. I have a juicer picked out that I am going to be getting when we go grocery shopping. I think the biggest thing that I need to do is prepare my mind for it. I LOVE food. I love to eat and it is a huge part of my life. It's always been there. I was 300 lbs and my mind still thinks I am sometimes. Sometimes food to me is better than sex. And people who know me, know that's huge, because I LOVE sex too! So for me to just give up meat and especially coffee is going to be something that will take strength. There is a routine that I have every morning and it will all change. Will it be for the better? Yes it will in long run, but will I enjoy it? Yeah probably not! I know there will be so many health benefits to it. I know my body will be in great shape because of it. Especially my MS. I would like to know if there is anyone doing a juice fast out there that could possibly be a fasting buddy with me? Let me know if you are! It will be a little easier if there is someone doing it with me. Being a mother and a wife, I will still be cooking meals for them. This is going to be one of the hardest parts because I won't be eating those meals with them. It is going to be really weird to do that. During the week, it won't be too difficult because my husband works nights and I mainly cook two different meals anyway because my girls don't like what we eat sometimes. So they will get hot dogs when we eat steak or something like that. They always have the same sides we do but sometimes the entree is different.  So in a way it may be easier on me during the week because I won't have to cook a bunch of stuff. I am still in my planning phase of doing the juice fast and this weekend I will have my plan set in stone and be ready to start easing into the 3 day fast. My next blog will state what recipes I will be using and the whole plan I will be using. I will be updating on my progress through here on the next blog after that. I am hoping to be able to help others on this who might be on the fence as to whether or not they want to do it. I am obviously going to do updates on my podcast as well that we do weekly. So definitely check that out! Wish me luck on my new adventure. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!


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