I haven’t written here for quite some time! This is for many reasons, including a major interstate move and resettling my family.
Abour eleven months ago, not long after moving, my teenage son and I decided to do a juice fast. He only did it for a few days, due to his age, but I managed two weeks! I kid you not: TWO WEEKS! I did cheat a couple of times towards the beginning, but for the most part I stayed on track, even during a two day visit from friends that I cooked for! I also cooked for my family during this time, which was challenging.
How did I manage to do it?
Well, in the past, prior to attempting any kind of temporary, restricted eating program, I have gorged myself on all of the soon-to-be-forbidden foods, gaining a couple of kilos in the process!
Then, I have usually fallen off the wagon prior to completing my restricted food program, and the end result has been weight gain, not weight loss!
The difference with this two week juice fast was that there was no build up. We had been juicing daily, and my muse (aka my son!) said to me one day, “Mum, we could just keep going. Now. Today.” It was about 1 or 2pm and all we had consumed that day was freshly pressed juice, so we just kept juicing!
This eliminated the pre-fast gorging, and it also helped me to retain a day-to-day mentality.
I woke up each day and thought, “Well, I did it yesterday, I can do it today!”
I didn’t feel obligated to continue, I simply chose to, knowing that I could stop at any time.
Not everybody recommends juice fasting or any kind of similarly restricted temporary program, and I can certainly see the potential problems. It is not a healthy long term approach, and can lead to yo yo dieting, for instance.
In my case, it worked to my benefit in that it helped to kick start a new way of eating for me. It helped to reset my taste buds and overcome my constant desire for sweet coffee, ice cream, lollies and chocolate!
After my son resumed eating, he adopted fully raw vegan. I was still living on only juice at that time, whilst making him delicious salads, raw treats, and so on. I was also making vegetarian food for my daughter and meat based foods for the rest of my family. Out of all those options, the only one that had me salivating out of desire was the raw vegan food, so when I decided to end my juice fast, I happily transitioned to a fully raw vegan way of eating.
I have never been so excited to eat a salad!