Before coming into this fast, I was backsliding heavily into lazy patterns of eating and "living," which I don't even consider living.
So, I love movies. I really love movies, but television... Okay, I love Nashville. LOVE it. I also have a stupidly guilty pleasure in Grey's Anatomy, even though I think it can often be, well, stupid. Every now and then Channel 4 has a show on health or diet that I'm keen to tune into every week... and if this were it, three hours of television a week during certain months of the year with a move night every other weekend or so, I wouldn't think so much of it.
The problem is that I am often alone in the day and for some reason that translated to great loneliness this past year... which meant that when I ate my breakfast or my lunch, I'd do it in front of the television... then Kwok would often want to eat dinner in front of the tv, and so it added up to a lot of brain-zapping and mind-numbing.
Since this fast, I've actually loathed hearing the television. I had to haul myself upstairs to read when Kwok was watching a program the other night. (Okay, this is all with one exception. Last Friday morning, I performed my usual ritual of hauling out my laptop and watching the previous evening's Grey's Anatomy that aired in the US.)
My mom is coming to visit at the beginning of May and while I'm glad she's coming, I'm reluctant to abandon my fast, though will need to unless I want to take her out for Mother's Day and watch her eat while I juice. It's possible actually, but it seems, sort of, wrong. We'll see.
This was one of the harder fasts to get into because of said backsliding and the attachments I have to food, but once in it? It's been one of the easiest and healthiest in terms of juice choices. Of course, I could still be healthier. There are diehards who would scoff at the fact that I use fruit at all. Okay, scoff. This is my fast, so this is how I'm doing it.
Overall, I'm feeling pretty good... more on the Hurom to come!
So, the Hurom, while it gets a much higher quality juice, isn't the best at straining... So, I've been double-straining. Unfortunately, I must've missed out on double-straining some of the juice this morning as some fiber got into it... and then I felt hungry and had cravings all afternoon. Hmm. I made sure everything was double-strained this afternoon for what was ultimately a really delicious juice.
Also, I think I'm tending less and less to the sweet items as they almost seem to irritate the gut. I take this as a good sign.
How much can change over the course of a day on a juice fast! I started the day feeling great... quickly turned to feeling wretched and nauseous, felt tired and weak, couldn't go for my run... and then by evening, I felt okay again. Ahh, gotta love honoring the body.
(I actually felt really bloated after this... not sure why... but then I felt hungry and got cravings, so not sure what's going on....)
(I drink 2/3 of this, which was about 2/3 of a litre because again, I really suddenly wasn't feeling well, so gave the rest to Kwok.)
-8 stalks celery
-2-inch hunk of horseradish
-3 new potatoes
(Didn't think I'd drink anything but tea or water after feeling unwell earlier, but then this sounded nice, so I went with it.)
-1 cup cranberries
-1 mug Yogi Green Energy
-40-minute morning yoga session
-3+-mile dog walk
-15 minutes of Just Dance
-2 chlorella tablets
-2 spirulina tablets
-Morning dry skin brush
-Oiling with an Ayurvedic blend after shower