As we head into the final stretch of our fast, it’s time to ask – what am I going to eat afterwards?
When Sandie started her first juice fast I was skeptical. I didn’t see how going on a crash diet was a good idea. The idea was to slowly build sustainable habits, not destabilize the body with a temporary spike of extreme dieting. I thought for sure she was going to pass out and end up at the doctor’s office, or start showing symptoms of fatigue and malnutrition. At the very least she’d gain all the weight back right away.
“It’s been a rough day. You deserve to sit back and have a couple glasses of wine and eat out tonight instead of cooking. It will calm you down, let you unwind. It’s better to take your mind off things for a bit to recharge.”
Many of us have these kinds of thoughts. I did for years. And truthfully, it actually worked. I DID feel better. A full stomach of tasty food, a bit of a buzz, and a movie or social hour – life was rosy! That is until the next day, when I faced the world again. It would exhaust me, and I’d look forward to again using food and drink to feel less anxious.
At the start of our juice “feast” I was 191.6 lb, the heaviest I’ve ever been.
I’m a pretty tall gal at 5’10″, with a curvy frame. While changes in lifestyle have caused me to gain and lose over the years, the general norm for my body is slim to average. I’d like to achieve a healthy weight of 150 lb. For this fast, my goal is to get down to 170 lb, a loss of just over 20 lb, which I figure is reasonable.
My Loss: 3 lbs
Buddy’s Loss: 6.4 lbs
As promised, here are some before pictures, as well as where I am right now:
To infinity and beyond! My juice fast buddy is going to be featured as a guest blogger this weekend, so stay tuned to hear about her experiences with her very first juice fast.
I’ve been in a documentary mood all weekend, so decided to revisit some old favourites! After I initially watched Joe Cross’ journey in his documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, I went on a food documentary binger watching anything I could possibly get my hands on. It contributed to my enthusiasm and drive to complete the juice fast. Any time I wanted to quit, I would flick one of these documentaries on, and have it running in the background while I made my juices.