January 8, 2012

Juice Fast - Day 6 & 7

Only three days to go! And I have to admit, it'd been overall a pretty positive experience thus far. We've basically been repeating most of the same juices that we've had before, resorting to the carrot/apple/ginger combo when we aren't feeling creative.

Day 6:
Saturday was an awesome day. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to go and had a more than enough energy the entire day. Really, I felt wonderful - all day. I can't even remember the last time that happened.

We discovered cranberries today as well. What a great little addition to juices! Their tartness adds the perfect punch to carrot/apple or carrot/orange.

I also discovered an interesting physical side effect today. For as long as I can remember, I've had "puffy" lower legs and ankles. Not so much that anyone but Jon and I would notice, but just sort of disproportionate to the rest of my body. I looked down yesterday and the puffiness was completely gone! I had to ask to Jon to verify that I wasn't imagining things and he agreed right away that they definitely looked better. I've never known the cause of it, so I don't know what the solution was either. It could have been the absence of salt in my diet. Or maybe my body is just getting around to healing itself right there. Whatever it is, I love my new ankles!

Day 7
I really started to notice some symptoms of detoxing today. They actually began yesterday, but I didn't put two and two together until I did a little research. At this point in the fast, it's typical for your body to start pushing out toxins any way it can; basically through any of your openings. This includes the usual familiar ones and also skin, tongue, throat, etc. My skin has been more oily, my tongue and teeth are seem to be coated with white, sticky feeling junk, and my sinuses seem to be clearing and causing me to cough up goo. (Sorry, I know it's gross, but I thought I'd paint an accurate picture.) It's not a lot and not noticeable to anyone but me (I don't think!). Jon started to notice the tongue/teeth in himself as well, so we must be hitting the same stage. Honestly, I'm glad it seems to be working and we're having the symptoms we SHOULD be having.

Aside from that, it's really been another great day. I feel as good as I've felt in a long time, if not better, and am definitely sleeping more solidly at night.

I've been reading that beginning on about day 8, the body pushes itself into full-healing-mode. This can mean it begins to work on old scars, injured bones or muscles, etc. And during this time, many people experience extreme amounts of energy and clear-mindedness and feel better than they've felt in years. I don't know if this is true, but I'm hoping to find out. I can always use more clear-mindedness!


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