9 AM – 2cups/500 ml water with juice of half a lemon
9:45 – Oil pulling
10:30 – Juice #1: Greens & Coconut Juice (600ml/2¼ cups)
(1 head Romaine, spinach, dinosaur kale, 2 celery stalks, 1 pear, 1/2 lemon, some Stevia, coconut water) this was really tasty!
12:00 – bottle filtered water
13:00 – herbal tea
14:00 – Juice #2: Zucchini Juice (500ml/2cups)
(1 small zucchini, 1 pear, 1/2 large head endive, 1/2 lemon, ginger) this was pretty gross, haha
water, herbal tea
Homemade electrolyte drink: warm water with lemon & a pinch of Himalayan sea salt
16:00 – Juice #3: Spirulina Spritzer (500ml/2 cups)
(3 oranges, 1 head Romaine lettuce, 1 tbs spirulina powder) very tasty and very potent! I’ll be repeating this combo for sure.
More water & herbal tea
20:30 – Juice #4: Greens & Coconut Juice (see above)
Day three activities:
~50 minutes at home Bikram Yoga in the afternoon
Day three bodily stuff:
Woke up energized before my alarm went off
No energy slumps today, I feel I spaced out my juice very well and had plenty of greens, which kept my energy levels at a nice constant.
Skin is looking a bit restless today
I experienced a little bit of hunger 2-3 times today which came as a surprise (seeing as how on day 1 & 2 I hadn’t felt actual hunger) but it wasn’t the kind of hunger that stays with you, nor did it made me want to eat. It was just a sensation, one that was a bit foreign by now (isn’t it amazing how fast your body/mind adjusts?)
Day three thoughts & observations:
I can really see now how it’s possible for people to go on long fasts- seriously, I feel like I could do this forever at this moment, both physically and mentally. It’s like you get into a certain state of mind, a flow, comparable to running long distances.
Though because I do know I will be eating again tomorrow, I am looking forward to having some solid foods again! Especially juicy fruits I am looking forward to :)
What struck me most on this fast is how easy it was, and how natural it felt to be doing this. I had experienced this, too, on some of my one day juice fasts, although the last coulple of times it felt like a chore, which is why I stopped fasting for a while. Especially physically, but also mentally, it was a breeze, not a challenge. In fact, I felt a great deal of gratefulness throughout this fast, greatful for such an experience. I also amazed myself for even being ‘able’ to do this. Reading or writing about it is something completely else from executing it, and this was a really empowering experience.
However I do have to admit I also feel a little dissapointment. I guess that because this fast was so easy for me, I also didn’t experience the gratification that comes from overcoming hurdles and challenges. It was less of a spiritual experience than I’d previously had with fasting. Also, besides two minor energy slumps on day 1 and 2, I didn’t notice any major shifts in my energy, not the big increase in energy I normally experience, and had hoped for (well, except maybe for 2 hours on day 1).
I know each fast brings with it new experiences though, just like no Bikram class is ever the same, and all in all it was a great journey. I am happy to have this 3 day juice fast under my belt as part of working towards longer fasts. At the end of the day(s), I did come out with a newfound respect for simple foods and simple meals. Lets just see how long this lasts….. ;).
How I broke my fast:
Warm lemon water & cherries for breakfast
Salted lemon water & a banana post-Bikram
A simple salad of kale, tomato, avocado, sprouts & homemade pesto (my stomach was not too happy with this :p)
Only a few bites, it turned out to be gross :(. So I switched over to banana & chocolate!
& a simple salad
And now what? Now, back to the torture chamber of course!
Stay tuned for a last awesome post on juice fasting this weekend, it will contain a pretty big announcement too!