At the end of Day 2 of my juice fast…even before I started the day yesterday, I was already missing coffee, cheese, milky tea and cooked foods. I survived Day 1…just. No, only kidding. I was very tired by the end of the day, though I did a full day of treatments too. That alone would have accounted for the tiredness.
After an early-to-bed sleep, I awoke in the middle of the night with a toxin headache. I drank 1litre water and went back to sleep, with the headache fast disappearing into the night shadows.
I was up early this morning as I had a breakfast date with a sweet man. He was a bit unsure of this juice fast I am doing and thought that only drinking juice was a bit limiting. “You mean, no coffee (we have that in common)? No milk? No cooked veges (I’m sure I had heard these words before)?” Breakfast was a pot of herbal tea (eucalyptus and myrtle), which was really pleasant and an orange and ginger juice. I was eyeing off his plate of mushrooms, pea puree, poached egg and feta cheese very enviously.
Throughout the day, I managed to have three more juices. My absolute favourite, cabala, tropi-kale, berry blitz (taken off the breakfast menu at the café this morning) and quick quencher pineapple juice (http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/cucumber-celery-lemon-pineapple-juice-recipe/)
Today was a less-tiring day, though it is so easy to want to reach for nuts or a banana or peanut butter to snack on, rather than churn out another juice. Cleaning the juicer and blender are rather easy, which makes it a wee bit easier to do the juicing.
At the end of the day, I’m ready to give up already and go back to eating cooked foods. But, alas, I remember that there is a bigger reason than just satisfying my goal-setting self. My health has really needed attention for many years. Even though, I eat well nutritionally, the stress I created for myself caused my body to pack on the weight, and to deteriorate my heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. It’s a protection mechanism. Now, I’m dwelling in a more peaceful environment, and I have more time to allocate to a healthier lifestyle pursuit.
Stress is a killer!!
Never underestimate the damage that stress can wreak in your body. The body can manage stress in small doses quite adequately. However, when the stress is prolonged, the body will start to break in many areas. Just like any solid structure that has to withstand constant negative forces battering against it, eventually it starts to become eroded and will crumble. That’s what my body did. I would patch it up and it would crumble a little bit worse each time.
Just before Christmas 2016, I knew it was time for me to take an active interest in my health and stay on track with improving it. The juice fast is just one means. The upcoming surgery is another. Daily walking is good too (except on stinking hot days). And reducing my stress levels dramatically.
Reducing your own stress levels may mean moving house, or leaving a job, or spending less time with or in toxic relationships. Just do it! Otherwise you will continue to get sicker and in the end the sickness will overtake you and force you to take those actions anyway. Save yourself the damage to your body now. This body is all you have. Look after it and love it to bits.
Here’s to your good health….Eleni ♥