I can't quite believe that I am writing this post, but for the past eleven days days I haven't eaten a thing, all I have consumed is freshly juiced fruit & vegetables, water and coconut water. "Why???" I hear you ask, "Don't you miss chewing? What about your calcium & protein? What happens when you start eating again?" The same questions I asked at first. Yes, you do miss chewing at first, but you soon get over it. There is loads of Calcium & protein in fruits & veggies, plus you can add Hemp protein powder to your juices if you wish. As for eating again, you ease yourself back in with a transition and continue with a healthy diet, as hopefully juice fasting will reboot your taste buds and cravings.
Anyway, Hubby had booked our flights to Spain for our summer holiday and I suddenly felt completely panic stricken. Desperate to lose a few stone before we go I wrote a facebook status about going on a meal replacement diet for the next few months. One of my oldest and dearest Friends commented on that status, telling me she had found something amazing, that worked...Juice Fasting.
Initially, I thought there is absolutely no way that my willpower is strong enough for something like that. Then another lovely Friend commented "Reboot With Joe!" I was baffled, What the hell is Reboot with Joe? Then she told me to watch 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead', which I did and it is one of the most inspiring films that I have ever watched. It is all about an Aussie business man, Joe Cross who was fat, sick and nearly dead. He travelled across America on a 60 day juice fast, losing 100lb and as a result was able to ditch his meds. I was amazed!
I want some of that. I want to detox, I want to lose weight, I want to get off my blood pressure tablets, I want a clean body inside and out. So I went straight out and bought his book and a juicer.
This is my experience of my first seven days juice fasting. I can honestly say it is one of the hardest things I've ever done and as I continue my detox journey I'm so Thankful that I found juicing and Joe Cross.
I'm really worried about how I'm going to cope without coffee for 28 days. I get so cranky without my caffeine fix, so I'm really not convinced I will be able to do this. I drink warm water with freshly juiced lemon & ginger instead and I am flabbergasted by it's affect on me. I feel so energised and I've cleaned the house from top to bottom, even sorted the sock drawer. I go for a long walk along the river and notice my nose is absolutely streaming, apparently it's a side affect of the detox. I keep peeing too, like every 30 minutes. All the toxins want to get out.
I managed to cope well with the Family heating up soup for their lunch, the smell did make my mouth water but I remained determined not to give in. I know this first three days are going to be really tough. I've prepared myself for that.
After lunch I suddenly feel really chilly and sleepy, almost a little lightheaded so I take a nap. For the rest of the day I feel very hungry, my energy has faded and my willpower is being tested. I have an early night.
I had a restful sleep. I don't feel as energetic as yesterday but I am determined to see this through. I don't actually miss coffee as much as I thought I would, the ginger really helps. I feel really unwell today, like I have the flu. I'm struggling and I so want to eat something. I actually feel more hungry than I have ever felt in my life. I know from my research that this is completely normal, so I spend the day on the sofa, under my blanket, watching the Nashville boxset. Today was a bad day so went to bed at 9pm.
Slept in until 9.30am which is unusual for me, but I wake feeling really chilled out and I feel much better than I did yesterday. By the afternoon I feel fantastic and I even cope with the smell of the Family Sunday roast cooking. I start to flag in the afternoon so I have an apple & ginger shot which picks me up.
Feeling great, I'm so glad I stuck with those first awful few days. I feel really energetic so attempt a river walk. I come over dizzy, s head home. My water bottle has become my new best friend, it goes everywhere with me. It helps with the hunger cravings. The rest of the day I take it easy.
Woke up with lower back pain which had kept me awake most of the night. I research and think it might be toxins still trying to get out so I up my water and drink a carton of coconut water hoping it will relieve the pain. I feel great all day. My stomach has shrunk, my double chin is disappearing, my skin feels like silk and I've lost half a stone already. I'm still craving junk food but I'm also looking up healthy recipes for when the fast is over.
The lower back pain is excruciating so I ask for advice on the fabulous facebook page 'Thirst For Nature'. Someone suggests that it could be my body changing shape as I detox and lose weight and that maybe I should try some yoga. Later on that day I decide to do some Callenetic stretches that I remember from years ago. One stretch really stretches my lower back and I feel a click. Honest to God, it worked, the back pain eased!
The back pain is mild now, nowhere near as painful. I feel relieved. I'm no longer hungry even though I'm still craving junk. All I can think about is chip butties and I would kill for a fishfinger sarnie but I know I wont eat that stuff once the fast is over, because I crave a new way of eating.
I feel so grateful that my two friends introduced me to juicing. I am now on day eleven and the weight is just falling off me. I'm energised and I have none of the old guilty feelings about the junk I was eating before. Cheers!
- My juicer is an Andrew James = £35.00 from and ebay shop or £39.99 on Amazon.
- Watch - 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead' & Jason Vale's 'Superjuice Me'
- Buy - Reboot with Joe by Joe Cross or a Jason Vale book.
- Join a Facebook support group - I joined 'Thirst For Nature' which is great.
- Golden delicious apples are the best for juicing.
- Ginger & Apple shots are a natural Red Bull.
- If you struggle with a certain ingredient (mine is celery) then replace it with something else or just leave it out.
- Drink lots of water.
- If you go out, take a flask of juice. Stainless steel flasks are best as they don't leave a plastic taste. Tesco Direct have some for less than a fiver.
- Stay strong, Remain positive. You are healing your body after years of Toxic abuse!