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Talking with friends about juice fasting

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Posted by KLM88 on 3 years ago

I'm on day 23 of my third juice fast. First 28 day one was amazing. Second 27 day one, well, I got a job and snapped back to bad habits with horrible results. I'm on day 23 of this one, and don't intend to end it any time soon. My juices are turning out better than before, no hunger, I just feel great!

I'm not hiding my juice fast like I've done in the past. I have too many social functions to attend, most of which involve dinners and other foods. Today I went to a luncheon, and while my lunch was served to bring home to my boys (upon request), I took out my chilled bottle of V-8 juice and drank it right there. Had some interesting looks from people at my table, then questions, then their advice, and "Oh, I'd never do that..."

Fortunately these are all people I know and really like, so I wasn't upset. I'm just ready to do this now despite what other people might think. I know what I FEEL, and it's so very good. So glad to be here, hoping to find more support among others who understand. :)

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Replies To Talking with friends about juice fasting

  • KLM88

    3 years ago

    Well... I went to another dinner function last night. I might just try to avoid those in the future. I'm just tired of explaining what I'm doing, and why. My arthritis has gone, back pain has gone, I'm finally thinking more clearly. WISH I didn't need allergy meds, though. Blech...

    Just bought Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 from Amazon. Sounds like it's a good video, showing some true challenges that people face after their reboot. Reality check. I'm looking forward to sitting down and watching it in full today. :)

  • GardeningWithYolanda

    3 years ago

    That's so incredible that you've kicked arthritis and back pain, keep up the good work! I know it's tiring explaining what you're doing. I got a lot of questioning even just in the 10 Day "pre-juice" I did, but don't let it discourage you from being social.

    FSND 2 is great! I couldn't wait to watch it. It feels go to follow up on Joe's story and see what he's up to and very motivating to see that's he's managed to stay healthy!

    Happy Juicing!

  • Debra

    3 years ago

    I totally understand what you mean!! I did my first juice fast a year and a half ago. Did 30 days and felt amazing, did some shorter ones after that as well but always ended them because of some social obligation. I tried to time them to avoid trips and parties and stuff but something always came up. I would end up breaking my fast quicker than I wanted and not as healthy, eating and drinking alcohol. This time I am doing it differently. I am not weighing myself at all. I will just focus on how my body feels and stop when I feel my body is ready to. I am hoping to do around 30 days again but we will see. I am also getting off of stevia for the first time. My other fasts I still had stevia in my lemon water in the morning and in my tea. this time I am off it completely. I want to see if I can stay off it for good by giving myself a good month without it. hoping to change my taste for sweet. I am also completely off of caffeine. I did that also my first reboot but kept caffeine in on other ones. I love coffee with creamer. I am not that concerned about the coffee but more what I add to it, I use coconut creamer and stevia but its still not healthy. I am also going to not stop for social obligations. I am not going to let a trip stop me. I am going to stay on track. My friends might be a little upset that I am not drinking with them but what does it matter? We can still have fun without me drinking!! Let them think we are crazy, we are healthy!!

  • KLM88

    3 years ago

    Yes, we're HEALTHY! I have to go to another food-based function in about 20 minutes. I think most of the people there already know I'm juicing. I'm going to have my juice before I go, then just join them w/water or maybe herbal tea.

    Before this fast I was drinking "flavored water," the kind where you can squirt the flavor into the water. I had to get off that, too, the artificial sweetener, and use mostly lemon to flavor water now. I've put 2 qt glass pitcher in the fridge at night w/water, cucumber and lime slices (and mint when I have it). PERFECT for sipping on all day. My boys love that now, too.

    Today is day 26 for me now. My last two fasts were 28 and 27 days. I'm not really weighing myself this time, just listening to my body. I don't think I'll be stopping this fast any time soon. I AM spending a lot of time reading up on better eating plans for after the fast, finding healthy, plant based recipes. Brainwashing myself to better habits. :)

    Yesterday I finally watched FSND 2, and it was GREAT! This juice fast is nice, but the real results only come through long term changes. And there will be struggles. The movie was a good reality check to balance all the good I'm feeling right now. I bought the movie through Amazon.com, and plan on watching it a few more times.

    WE. CAN. DO. THIS. The journey will be different for everyone, I'm sure. :)

  • TippyToes

    3 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement. It's really great that you've been doing it so long. I'm on day 7. I lost 5lbs and have been stuck for three days at the same weight. I've been weighing myself daily when maybe all I need is to focus on how I feel. Thanks for the perspective!

  • Debra

    3 years ago

    I hope the function goes well for you!! I completely agree about ending the fast and keeping the new habits in your life is what makes the big difference. I am trying to pay attention to where I struggled before and what got me off track. I think this time I might sign up for a meal plan to help me at the beginning. I have checked out happy herbivore and I think I will do that. After a month or two I think I will have my go to recipes and can stick to those. Last time I think that was part of what went wrong. I didn't KNOW what to cook so I ended up eating the same thing over and over and got bored quickly. I also ate at night and I know that is a downward spiral for me. Snacking in front of the TV. I eat all vegan food but I am not hungry. I am eating out of habit and boredom and self soothing and my body doesn't need it!

    I am on day 5 today and I am starting to feel better. I woke up before my alarm this morning and am not feeling as mentally foggy and out of it. I think I am turning the corner and looking forward to that juicing high!!

    Are you doing protein powder? I need to get some before I hit two weeks. I have a hard time finding vegan and organic stuff I like. any suggestions?

  • KLM88

    3 years ago

    Debra, I just checked out the Happy Herbivore, and really like it! I've been spending time pinning recipes, too. Here's my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/KLM0852/jump-in-my-belly... There are some not-so-healthy recipes on the board, too, but I'm really trying to find some for the whole family, as well.

    The event went well today. I'm getting less shy talking with people about juice fasting. The truth is, I was so sickly such a short while ago, that it's hard to deny the changes. People can see me changing now. There was a side dish, some type of cucumber kimchi, that looked REALLY good to me. I need to find a recipe for that and pin it to my board! :)

    Planning for future: Pinning recipes is nice, but I need to actually make menu plans like w/Happy Herbivore, too. I have three teenage boys, and am still cooking for them. Maybe I should be trying some of the new recipes on them NOW, ease them into much better eating, too! :)

    I remember when the foggy feeling lifted. It was so wonderful! I've since been hit with horrible allergies, to the point of making it difficult to breath. I took some meds for that for about a week, but then read that parsley juice might help with seasonal allergies. I don't know if it's coicidental timing or not, but I'm off the allergy meds now! Seriously! I was taking 2-3 pills, had two different nasal sprays, and steroids. Blech! My nose is still runny, but I'm not coughing or struggling to breath now. That's cool.

    No, I'm not doing protein powder. I AM taking a small amount of coconut oil with each juice, though. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble, so I'm thinking the body needs fat intake to signal the uptake of these vitamins when digested, too. I don't know if that's right or not, but this is the easiest juice fast I've had so far (vs. two at 27 and 28 days). Something seems to be clicking.

    I've also NOT been keeping away from food temptations. I have to cook for my boys. On days when I'm not feeling up to it, they have some standard foods they can do themselves. I've also been watching food shows while prepping and drinking juices! Seriously! I'm letting my brain associate the cravings for other foods with the great feeling I get with drinking the healthy juices. OH! I saw the best blueberry muffins on TV a couple weeks ago, immediately looked up a recipe using blueberry juice. That totally hit the spot!

    Okay, enough for now. Time for me to go get one of the boys. This one is my youngest, deaf and mentally challenged. He and I both have been unhealthy in our diets, overweight and underactive. The coolest part of this last juice fast, HE'S DRINKING MY JUICES! I mean, picky kid is drinking MEAN GREAT juices! All of them! Yeah, more produce to prep, but it's worth it. :)

  • Jennyz

    3 years ago

    great that you are getting the kids to try the green juices and I think that it's a really good idea to start with some of the new healthier recipes with them now rather than later as you have to cook for them in any case.

  • Danmcn61

    3 years ago

    Constantly explaining to others about juice fasting and the benefits of rebooting? Sounds familiar....

    At first I was really enthusiastic about telling people about rebooting. I would talk about the movie to anyone who would listen, I would make juices for people to share and give them away at work, I even bought a few juicers for close friends so they could experience juicing for themselves. Nothing wrong with that, right?

    In a few weeks though, there was a backlash. I noticed a few people were very skeptical of the whole process and I was challenged on the most minor points, along with lots of sarcastic humor and outright hostility every once in a while. Naturally, this caused me to become defensive and my sharp (and somewhat hostile, I admit) sense of humor was unleashed on the naysayers. It was a downward spiral with no end in sight.

    I mean, think about it for a minute. If someone you know is living off of a diet of cheeseburgers, beer, mac & cheese, sweets, pastry, etc...in other words the standard American diet, then you would be expected to live & let live and not nag them about their food/lifestyle choices, wouldn't you? Most people would expect you to leave them alone and to let them eat whatever they want to eat and to keep your negative opinions to yourself.

    However...when someone adopts a rebooting regimen, or goes on the Atkins diet or the Paleo diet, or just decides to become a vegetarian, then all of a sudden they are fair game for every amateur nutritionist within 50 miles and they are put in a position of defending their healthy diet on a daily basis to everyone with an opposing opinion. It makes no sense!

    Since then, I have decided to simply live my life and eat what I want, and let the naysayers prattle on all they want. I don't listen to them anyway. There is always going to be someone who thinks juicing is bizarre and you are going to die from it, all the while they are eating at Golden Corral and McDonalds and God knows where else. Let them be negative, because you cannot convert them anyway.

  • BlondeHalcyon

    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for this. Your words resonated with me. I've been worrying about my co-workers reactions to my juicing and this has helped me gain better perspective.

  • Jennyz

    3 years ago

    I can't decide whether to tell or not. Some of my friends would be supportive but others wouldn't and no one at work would understand. I've been drinking juices in thermos flasks while traveling and might do the same at work as they'll probably think that I'm drinking tea or coffee. I know I could tell them but really don't want the tiresome lectures and feeling the need to explain and justify although if this is a journey wider than just losing weight and getting fitter towards reclaiming my life then maybe I should practice my assertive side!

  • TippyToes

    3 years ago

    I've contemplated this as well. I haven't told my family or friends (besides my spouse). I've had so many failed attempts to lose weight that I don't want to cry wolf any more. I think I would rather just let the results speak for themselves. I'm a closet juicer. Day 7 and counting...

  • Jennyz

    3 years ago

    Good for you TippyToes on the 7 days. I think that you can really do it this time but don't worry if everyday doesn't go to plan and panic (like I tend to do!) I lost a lot of weight 6 years ago but two things scuppered me. One was my husband having an affair and leaving me with a new baby at 46 years old but also unexpectedly I also found it uncomfortable with people noticing and commenting on my very noticeable weight loss. I sort of felt like an onion which had been unpeeled and exposed. Crazy I know but I sort of felt embarrassed about losing the weight and everyone noticing me. No way had I anticipated that!! I'll be prepared, I hope, for that this time but it also got me remembering about the period in my life when I got really successful in my private practice. Instead of enjoying it I worried/got anxious about earning so much and sort of didn't want to earn more!! I think that the two were linked for me because I obviously self sabotaged and put limits on myself, probably a self esteem issue. I think it's also around how I was brought up 'not to think too highly of myself' or to raise my head above the castle wall with a feeling that if I did I'd get shot down or something awful would happen...about being exposed again! Anyway that's something I learnt about myself and know that I have to work it out and resolve it this time. I agree that the juicing time is more than just about losing weight, it's also about 'stepping out' and reflecting. That's why when we slip up it doesn't have to be a 'fail' it can be a valuable personal lesson...it's going like that for me anyway this time!

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