Scale Says:: -24lb
Body Says:: Hello! Is that a waistline?
Breakfast:: Freckled Pink Smoothie *
Lunch:: Hopefully some lovely green juice (new juicer is due today!)
Dinner:: Homemade soup and a small salad
I thought I’d answer some questions that I have been getting on FB, through email, and on searches to this blog.
Are you following a plan?
Yes and no. I am following my own plan. I am not following an established “diet”. I have studied holistic health and nutrition for eight years – since the last time I did a major fast/cleanse/detox. I have taken courses in holistic nutrition and herbal medicine.
Are the recipes yours?
Almost all of them are mine. The only two that I have posted here that are not mine are Mean Green and Gazpacho. Everything else is original.
Are you eating only raw foods/juice?
Nope. I have allowed myself soups made from bone broths, cooked veggies, cultured dairy, and meats (including fish and poultry). Portions of proteins are small, but adequate for my needs. The only thing that I have been actively avoiding are starches – corn, potatoes, grains. I have also nearly eliminated refined sugar.
What is your intention with this fast?
My primary intention is, and has been, to rest my digestive system and reduce inflammation. A fortunate side effect is weight loss. It is important for me to reduce my weight in order to allow me to exercise more easily, and to reduce stress on my joints (and organs!). I have several autoimmune diseases including psoriatic arthritis, which causes painful, itchy plaques on my skin and inflamed joints. The joints have been bad enough at times to force me to use a wheelchair and require me to get help dressing. It is also possible that inflammation is to blame for my miscarriages.
Are you taking only juice? Aren’t you hungry?
No and no. I am eating solid foods at least once each day, usually in the form of salad or soup. I include small amounts of meat, cultured dairy, and nuts. Bread, pasta, potatoes and corn (starches) are not part of my plan. I am actually not hungry while I’m juicing. Each juice recipe makes 2 qts give or take. That is enough for two adults. I take a quart of water between meals which helps with that full-up feeling.
Interestingly, when I have taken breaks from the plan (for celebrations) I have been famished! I’ll have to do a little research about why that is.
Have you had any cravings?
Yes. Twice I craved chocolate – fleetingly. I have also found myself craving greens. That could be my body telling me to take more magnesium (chocolate), protein (also chocolate), B vitamins (greens) and iron (greens again). So I listen to that and find foods to eat or juice that are high in those nutrients in order to satisfy the craving.
Are you taking supplements?
Yep. A regular pre-natal multi (even though I’m not currently pregnant), iodine/iodide (for my thyroid), magnesium (400mg/day), B6 (500mg/day) and B12 (75mg/day), D3 (4000IU/day), E (25-100IU/day). Most all of these are on the recommendation of my doctors. I was on all of these before the fast and have continued.
I’m getting headaches! Is that normal?
Yes, it can be a sign of what is called a healing crisis. Your body is ridding itself of toxins and it feels pretty awful. You might also get stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation. If it lasts more than a couple of days, consider taking magnesium, B vitamins, and iron. Ginger helps settle your stomach, fennel dispels gas, watermelon and prunes help draw water into the bowel so that you can clear debris. Make sure you’re taking enough clear water in addition to everything else you’re drinking – 2 to 3 qt/day.
I’m pregnant/nursing. Can I do this fast?
If you are expecting or are nursing – ask your midwife or OB/GYN if you can do something like this. It is important that you are taking in adequate calories and nutrients to grow your baby and fuel and maintain your own body. I am currently nursing my youngest, who is 18 months old. She takes regular food, and drinks goat’s milk. She’s not so dependent upon my milk for her nourishment. I do hope to become pregnant again, and if I do, I will likely continue as I am (I have a lot of stored calories), but my midwife, docs, and I will be working together to make sure I’m getting plenty of nutrients for both of us. That may require an increase to the above supps.
How are you feeling? Is it working for you?
I’m feeling really well. I’m alert and clear-headed. Overall, I feel very light. By that I mean that I don’t feel bogged down and slow. I think everyone in my family has noticed that I’ve been more active and that I’m moving faster. 🙂 But more than all of that, my joints are feeling great! I haven’t taken an injection in 5 weeks. It is prescribed bi-weekly. I have noticed that some of my skin plaques are creeping back, and that isn’t a surprise. Psoriasis seems to be harder to control than the arthritis. I’m considering a dose this weekend to see if I can knock it out.
Freckled Pink Smoothie::
- 1 c. yoghurt
- 1 c. water
- 1/2 c. papaya
- 1/2 c. strawberries
- 1 banana
Whiz everything together until pink and smooth… and freckly. Yummy! Serves 2