As a continuation of yesterday’s post, here are two more reasons I am enjoying juice fasting.
I spend a lot of time every day preparing food, eating it, and cleaning up afterwards. I am more aware of this than ever, now that I don’t have to do it! I’m also amazed by how much of my energy usually goes into planning meals, thinking as I drive home from school about what time I need to start dinner, grocery shopping, hitting up farmers’ markets, and packing lunches for us to take to work and school.
Don’t get me wrong. I love food — the textures, flavors, sights, and smells. I enjoy planning meals and preparing them. I love trying new things and sharing old favorites with family and friends. But we all need a break sometimes, even from activities we enjoy.
If nothing else, I don’t have to deal with my least favorite part of cooking for a little while:
With the extra time and lack of dirty dishes, I can catch up on some of the housework that I’ve neglected, spend a little more time with my husband, maybe read, and go to bed earlier than usual. J agrees that the extra time is wonderful.
It helped a lot that my husband decided to do the fast with me so I wouldn’t have to cook. What a great guy! The first time I fasted, I simply chose a week when he was travelling. That worked well too. If he had not agreed to join me in the fast this time, I would have prepared and frozen food for him ahead of time. (I can see that having kids would make things more complicated. I don’t mean this as a universal rule. It’s just my own experience.)
Anyone else feel attached to food? I used to think that there was no way I could possibly go without it. I never fasted. Ever. Not even for one day. The very thought frightened me. I liked to overlook all of those Scriptures about fasting and praying. Surely that didn’t apply to me, did it? Part of this has to do with my blood sugar problems (which is definitely something to be cautious about with fasting!), but I think a lot of it was attachment to food. Go without that comfort? Talk about scary!
The first juice fast shocked me. I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but I did. More than that, it really wasn’t bad! Sure, I felt a little weak the first couple of days, but my energy soared after that. I didn’t miss snacking. I didn’t even want food. I remember preparing a meal for my brother and not feeling tempted to eat it. Amazing.
This time, I felt hungry the first two days but not unbearably so. The smell of food the second day got to me a little bit, but I’ve been doing fine ever since. Today I’m starting to feel hungry, not in the I-want-to-taste-something-yummy sense, but in the my-blood-sugar-doesn’t-feel-quite-right sense. So today, the sixth day, will be my last.
You may be wondering why I didn’t mention health benefits in these posts. Well, whether or not I experience any remains to be seen. This present juice fast merely sets up the gallbladder/liver flush I’ll perform tonight. The malic acid in the unrefined apple juice supposedly softens any gallstones that might be present and prepares the liver and gallbladder for flushing. The benefit I most hope to see is an improvement in my nausea.
As a final note, while I like juice fasting, I’m not perfectly happy with the two I’ve chosen so far. Both have been far too sugary for my peace of mind. I have anxiety about all of that sugar, even if it is from a whole food (in this case, apples). I worry about a resurgence of candida, which I’ve successfully kept at bay with homeopathics, and about my poor pancreas, which works overtime anyway because of my hypoglycemia. In the future, I plan to stick to non-sugary vegetable juice fasts only (i.e., green vegetables and no carrots or beets). If I do the gallbladder/liver flush again, I’ll use malic acid in supplement form, rather than consuming gobs of apple juice.