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28 Jul 2011 09:35 #8662 by Alix
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My husband and I watched a movie called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead which inspired us both (but especially my sweet hubby) and now we are on a juice diet. :blush:
As I type it is the end of our 3’rd day. :side:
I am finding, as I look for more and more information about the “right” way to do this, that I have more and more questions and I am a little concerned about that considering this body, which I have a desire to improve & enhance is the only one I have and it seems like this is a pretty important thing not to screw up, (any worse than I already have) let alone having a strong understanding of my actual goals and the steps I should take to get there.

My husband and I have very different bodies. SO, I can only really speak for mine. I don't eat horribly, but I am a bingy comfort eater at times and in the 5+ years since we quit smoking I have gained about 40 pounds... I beefed up my exercise and cardio a few months ago and started paying attention to my calories & have lost 15 pounds. I still would like to lose around another 25. Also, I have noticed that even though I am really active & in pretty good shape health wise, mostly, I am more creaky than I was in my 20's and even most of my 30's & I attribute some of my creaks and pings with errors in my life style that I believe I can alleviate at least to some degree through drinking juice and being more consistent with my exercise.

Well anyhow, (as if I didn't already write enough :silly: ) below are some of my burning questions:

1. I have read that when you are fasting and you feel hungry it is because your body is processing toxins. :sick: I have also read what Dr. Andre has said about juice and taste & I understand that a juice diet is not the same as fasting with water alone but I don’t fully understand why. Can you please explain?
(It is noteable that on our first day my stomach was growling and I felt hungry allllll day and all night long… my husband didn’t have this experience at all… I am still getting hungry, but mostly not…not like day one… but I don’t understand this fully either.)

2. Enema’s – I have read that it is important to do an enema every day the first 7-10 days of the juice diet and then maybe every other day or what your body tells you after that. But, is this accurate? Where should one get an enema bag? (Not at Walmart) Is getting your own bag better than the kind you can buy in the store – or- am I doing something wrong? Because all the grody pictures I have seen on various blogs don’t reflect what I get at all … :whistle: I know it’s a yucky question… but I am not enema friendly and also, if it isn’t necessary, then maybe I don’t need to do it!
3. I have read that I should drink a “potassium broth” every morning & I have been, though it isn’t very yummy, it also isn’t THAT bad. I am wondering if it is important and why? Is it to balance my electrolytes? Is there a wrong way to make this broth? Is it “bad” if I don’t drink it every day?
4. I am reading that I should drink fruit juice in the morning and then veg juice in the afternoon & evening & that I should not mix the 2. Well, I totally have been. I add carrots to my fruit juices & apple or orange to my vegetable juice. Is there really a right or wrong way? Isn’t is all going to the same place? As I have said, I want to do the right thing, so if it is important, I will be careful about it but if it is only important to some people and not necessarily my body, then I like mixing the two and will stick with that.
5. My husband wants to do this for 20 days but I am not sure that I want to. I think I may do 10 days and then do some variation of juicing and add back in some solid veggies and fruits for the next 10 days…. On the other hand, I am already under way… Is there an appropriate practice for this or a particular goal that I should set for myself that will be best for my body?
6. How should I decide if there is a problem or I am lacking something in my diet while I am on a juice diet? I ask because today, after a little exertion moving some flowers around in the heat (no big deal) I got hungry and on the heels of getting hungry I just felt really light headed and “low blood sugar-esque,” normally if I felt like that I would have eaten something – so I drank water all the way home & when I got home I drank 2 glasses of fruit juices and then a couple hours later had a veg juice. I have been drinking lots of water all throughout the day and evening anyway.. but I just felt so spacey and I am so accustomed to eating food & found that I am not sure how to properly respond to my body while I am doing this.

I guess those are my most pressing questions. If you wouldn’t mind giving me some specific input I would really appreciate it! : ) I feel as if I have been doing nothing but reading about fasting and juice diets for days but there are so many holes and unanswered questions that I have & feel uncomfortable about.
(Mainly all of the above, along with whatever I have forgotten)
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28 Jul 2011 21:54 #8674 by david
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Hello Alix welcome to our site and I will be happy to help clarify your questions but just need a bit more time as I am a little busy just now.
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28 Jul 2011 22:55 - 28 Jul 2011 23:00 #8676 by Esmée La Fleur
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Dear Alix,

You have lots of great questions. Rest assured that you cannot do anything too very wrong, so please try to relax. It is wonderful that you and your husband have decided to take the plunge and just jumped in to this experience. I think it is interesting that people can eat a fairly processed (unhealthy and inadequate) diet without much thought for most of their lives and then when they decide to do something healthy like fast or change their diet, they start to freak out about whether or not they are getting everything they need. Most people have the nutrient and fat reserves to last a good forty days on water alone. So, on a juice feast, you really have nothing to worry about in this sense. Watch the Angela Stokes video in the "VIDEO" section. She fast on juice for 92 days and turned her life around.

The difference between a water fast and a juice feast is that you are far more likely to suffer from hunger on a juice feast because your metabolism is still burning sugar for energy (from the juices you are drinking). On a water fast, your metabolism will shift after about 3 days and you will enter a state of ketosis and all of your energy will come from the fat stored in your tissues and you will no longer feel hungry. So, it is perfectly normal to feel hungry on a juice feast. Do you have any idea how many calories per day you are consuming in your juices? If you are consume less than your normal caloric intake, you will be more likely to feel hungry. Also, some juices are more likely to play havoc with your blood sugar. High sugar juices such as apple and carrot can cause major blood sugar issues for me, especially when consumed on their own. If you are making your own fresh juices for this feast, which I hope you are, I highly recommend including non-sugar vegetables such as celery, cucumber, lettuce, and kale. Celery and green apple is one of my favorite combinations. Some people really like watermelon and cucumber. It is perfectly fine to mix fruits and vegetables together when making juice.

You may want to consider include the water from fresh young coconuts, which are available in Asian markets and many Whole Foods markets. The water from this remarkable food has a type of sugar that is very low on the Glycemic Index and actually helps to stabilize blood sugar. Even though it is fairly low in calories (6 gm of carbohydrate per cup), it can give you more energy than fresh fruit and vegetable juices. You may also want to experiment with drinking lemon water for part of your fluids. This also provides very little calories, while helping to keep your energy level up. Lemon juice is very alkalinizing and detoxifying.

On the subject of enemas: I am personally in favor of using them, though I am sure not everyone on this sight will share my opinion. I have done many forms of bowel cleansing over the past 25 years, beginning with Dr. Bernard Jensen's program. I have done colonics and used coffee enemas (a la Dr. Max Gerson) from time to time as I feel the need during detoxification programs. On a straight water fast, it is generally not recommended to do bowel cleansing while on the fast (due to possible electrolyte/mineral depletion), but during a juice feast this is not an issue because you are getting so many nutrients from the juices you are consuming. You can obtain and enema bag at most drug stores (not the tiny Fleet enemas with saline solution, but an actual bag made of rubber with a long tube attached). You would be amazed at what can start to come out of you once you stop eating, lol! I have read stories of people who have had elimination every single day of a 30 day fast/feast. So, it is my personal opinion that enemas can be extremely helpful for detoxification. If you wish to learn more about the use of coffee enemas, please read my page on them here: thetaooffruit.blogspot.com/p/coffee-enemas.html If you have never heard of doing coffee enemas, you will find the information quite fascinating.

I hope this helps to answer some of your questions.

We would love to have you blog about your juice feast in our "BLOG" section, where we can follow your journey and offer you support and encouragement on a daily basis.
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29 Jul 2011 01:51 #8677 by david
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Thank you Esmee

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29 Jul 2011 03:29 #8678 by Milena
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Dear Alex,

I second Esmee on everything including enema! I used enema daily during the water portion of my 40-day fast. I did not use the big bag enema, but bought disposable little ones instead with saline solution. It worked every time like a charm. Easy to use too.

The reason you feel hungry on a juice feast is because your body is still feeding on glucose instead of turning over to fat to use ketons for energy. Fat is a much more effecient fluid and once you convert to it, the hunger is gone. Unfortunately you cannot achieve that on juices, only on water (3-6 days of hunger) or dry fast (0-1 day of hunger).

Stay srong and please do blog!

And yes, please blog! It will help you to stay focus through the support you will be getting.

May the Energy you free from digesting serves your Body and Spirit well!

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29 Jul 2011 07:39 #8679 by Alix
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Thank you very much for leaving me such informative answers! I know that it seems silly that one would go from eating unthinkingly to thoughtfully and then would still turn around and worry at the results (that's me!) but I know what to expect from comfort foods and I don't always enjoy the result of eating it, but I do know what to expect. This juice diet is alright, I'm not suffering for the most part and I seem to be "ok," I even find being hungry and not being able to simply eat in response to being hungry a pretty interesting and new experience.
I really appreciate it! Can you please tell me anything about the potassium broth stuff? If it is necessary to drink daily, I didn't today at all.

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29 Jul 2011 07:58 #8680 by Esmée La Fleur
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No, potassium broth is not necessary.

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