Last week I did a 3 day juice fast and I thought a useful thing would be to share my actual diary for this fast (tweaked slightly), this is what I write to motivate myself and get the most out of it… check out my fasting page, keeping a health diary and my 7 day juice fast diary too xx
WHY AM I DOING A FAST?
To lose weight, reduce inflammation, to control/ reduce my food cravings and rebalance my relationship to food. Last time, on my 7 day fast I lost weight and was in a good place afterwards, though a bit delicate, now I have put it all back on and am feeling pretty awful and bloated. It’s so important I lose weight and feel good about myself (I know the two aren’t necessarily to be connected, but in my case they are to a large extent). I eat well, v well, and portion sizes are good on the whole, very good these days, but obviously for me it is not good enough as I am still overweight by around a stone. Recently I have felt myself go out of kilter, I have started feeling hungry erratically and craving foods. I used to feel like this all the time before eating an anti-inflammatory diet high in fruits and vegetables, this was because as a coeliac I wasn’t absorbing enough nutrients. I cannot go back there!!!
i just want to feel like myself !!!!
HOW LONG TO FAST FOR?
Three days? I think a 3 day juice fast is manageable and strikes the right balance. I have tried a few times recently but given up pretty quickly on the same day as I felt v hungry and was craving food, also around my period which isn’t ideal for a fast. It has to be the right time to do it. Last time the first few days I wasn’t hungry at all I felt great, but if you start off feeling desperate it’s not going to last. It’s good to ease into it too.
HOW TO MAKE IT WORK?
Write this diary and motivate myself. Post pictures on instagram and so have that motivation. Prepare fruit and veg in advance where possible. Keep a calm environment… KEEP CALM!!!!!! ha ha
3 day juice fast DAY 1
I am going for it today! I have prepped a mega bowl of fruit and veg: kale, carrot, celery, chicory, frozen berries, beetroot, turmeric root, kiwi, and so I have enough for another big juice or two. I think prepping in advance every day will be a really great thing. I’m also not going to worry about having the odd bite of e.g. celery while I juice, I think that’s fine. I’m also going to have miso soup in the evening, I don’t think I could do it without at the moment and it’s light and nutritious. I’m not going to be uptight about that this time what’s the point? I don’t want it to be super stressful, I want it to be natural.
I’m LOVING turmeric root in juices. I finally tracked some down and it was wildly more fantastic that I even imagined, just so fragrant and delicious! I’m in love, I mean look at that colour!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
Evening… I feel good enough, bit spaced out and tired but I am doing this! Have had 2 large jam jar juices so far, walked 4 miles or so. We’re also bulk cooking tomato sauce for Dan, and went to the supermarket, which was a bit tough with all that food, and also everywhere I looked people were eating, walking along stuffing themselves in the supermarket, which in my heightened fasting state tripped me out a bit. It was really nightmarish. What is happening to us?!!… I need to really go for this and look after myself!
Felt v weak for a while in the evening but after a short rest really picked up.
I have had… 3 big juices, miso soup (using dashi).
3 day juice fast DAY 2
As a type 1 diabetic fasting is a serious undertaking, read more on my fasting page, I lowered my background insulin, learning from last time. I’m hoping this fast and the way it helps me change the way I eat will have a big knock on effect on my blood glucose management. At the moment I am pushing so hard to be super vigilant, I have to accept that I am a highly sensitive diabetic and have to try twice as hard as most other people to keep my levels as steady as they can be, which is basically a total nightmare in every possible way, but if I don’t do this then my health will deteriorate and I definitely won’t be able to even think about trying for a baby. So let’s GO FOR IT!!!
Felt good today, not hungry when I woke, which lately I have been a lot. And that’s the irony I’m not eating and yet I feel less hungry than usual, which is why I needed to fast, to reset.
I got a lot achieved today today too, broke down some mental-block boundaries. We put lots of things on eBay which I have been putting off. Need to sell A LOT, before they find me under a pile of clothes I haven’t worn for 10 years.
I feel spaced out, lighter, I even look slimmer, less
bloated inflated. Bloated is just such a HORRIBLE word!! Inflated is rubbish too but not as nauseatingly awful.
I have had… 2 juices, turmeric root drink, miso soup broth.
3 day juice fast DAY 3
Felt good waking! After juice I felt quite sick for a short while and light-headed, but still getting things done. I feel more hungry today but it’s fairly distant still, not a pang. I anticipated today being the hardest day, as on my last fast it was the day I had my ‘healing crisis’ but I don’t think I have a lot to detox really, except bad habits and my body doesn’t get rid of toxins that well and produces more than usual because of all my chronic inflammatory health conditions (those fun guys…), so a fast really does give me a chance to pump it all out.
Need to get out and go for a walk NOW!!! Going for a walk into the natural world is the way I keep going I think, it just always lifts my spirits. If I am tired it gives me energy, even if my joints end up hurting it is worth it. It’s the best medicine. Second best, fresh juice!
Today was pretty tough in the end. I had steamed broccoli and carrots in the evening, which is fine. A fast isn’t about denial, even though it seems that way, it’s about giving your body a rest from complex foods and a hit of nutrients and a good clean out, I don’t think it is healthy to push yourself into a dark place. And I don’t think I have to mindlessly follow what someone else says to do either and stick to a regime. What may work for them may not work for me, and what may work at one time may not work at another. (And I have never been a stickler for the rules…). If you need to eat, eat, just make it something light and nutritious.
JUICE OF THE WEEK!!!
- Kale, a big bunch of, about 150g
- Spinach too, if you have some, about 100g
- 2 cups or so of mixed berries (thawed from frozen)
- 1 large beetroot
- 3 sticks of celery
- 4 carrots
- Turmeric root, about 2 inches of
Wash and juice! With my masticating juicer I find mixing hard and juicy fruits and vegetables together gets the best result, it gets the most juice out of the softer fruits like berries. Wack in anything you have going, that's what I love about juicing. But this proportion makes a really beautiful juice packed with nutrients and flavour that will make you feel amazing!!
You can use ground turmeric if you have no fresh but fresh has the flavour, and is just incredible, track some down you'll be glad you did!
I use frozen berries and it's best if you thaw them or they don't juice but come out like puree.
If you have no juicer then you can blend it all up with water and sieve, adding a little lime juice and a squeeze of agave peps up the taste as it is more watered down but totally delicious. I started off doing it that way, and then I got a second hand masticating juicer on eBay and we haven't looked back, we use it every day.
A fresh juice is packed with fibre as well as nutrients, just not as much cellulose fibre as a smoothie, this makes it easier for the body to absorb, faster, which is good for a fast.
3 day juice fast SUMMARY
I benefited a lot from this short fast, and it gave me a really good perspective that I could regularly fast, intermittently, and that is totally doable and quite important for me. I have started overeating again recently, craving something to eat, getting a lot of false hunger signals, like after I have eaten, which sends me into a spin and that is so unhealthy for me in every way. I’ve felt very unhappy with my weight and this has a big impact on my overall happiness. My life takes it out of me I need every scrap of positive energy to just keep going, and when I’m unhappy with my weight it is such a huge (no pun intended, you just can’t escape them!) drain on my resources. I feel I have slimmed down, fasting immediately reduces bloating, which is great.
A week later I am less anxious than I was, cravings are less, but I am starting to notice that I am over-eating, going back for second-helpings just because it tastes so good and then feeling too full, which is just an awful thing. Overeating is so unhealthy, and not a good relationship with food, we should be thankful for what we eat and not glutinous in my opinion, and I have a greedy streak that needs
taming soothing (again). I plan to fast every few weeks and see how it goes. I need to really make an effort after a fast to earn from it and carry those lessons forward. Watch this space (which will hopefully increase as I stream-line!!)
BRING ON THE SUMMER!!!!
If you want to do a juice fast, reset, and feel great, I say look after yourself and GO FOR IT!!!