Heather Parsons Fitness

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Day 4, 5 and beyond March 29, 2011

Hello folks,

So I survived the 5 day juice fast. Day 4 was probably the worst energetically and emotionally. I started out the day with my usual glass of plain water  and a glass with half a lemon squeezed into it. I followed that with Master cleanse, detox tea, green tea, EVOLUTION FRESH SUPER GREEN, and water. I have to say I didn’t enjoy the EVOLUTION FRESH SUPER GREEN as much as the COLUMBIA ORGANICS SUPER GREEN. It wasn’t as flavorable and almost tasted bland or flat in comparison. My lunch time choice is where the problems started. I usually had a HEAVENLY HEMP JUICE from HEALEO for lunch, but I was downtown for work and that was nowhere to be found. I instead opted for a fresh blended fruit juice from a stand at PIKE PLACE MARKET. It believe it was the lack of protein that sent me into a downward spiral the rest of the afternoon. I continued to drink my veggie juices, water and tea in the afternoon but felt light-headed, dizzy and anxious. Upon arriving home I had a complete meltdown and realized that not having that protein boost midday was a complete mistake. My body needs that to get through my physical activities and long days. Needless to say I did not make the same mistake on Day 5, but I was still feeling the effects of my error throughout the morning on Friday.

Day 5, the final and last day of my juicing adventure. Day 5 started out rough but around 11 I walked over to HEALEO and got my HEAVENLY HEMP. It tasted fabulous as usual and by the afternoon I was feeling the effects of my added calories and protein. Thank god for that. The rest of Day 5 continued with the usual suspects until about dinner when I upped the ante and had puree of pea soup. It was warm, filling and tasty just what the doctor ordered. The doctor being my stomach and my intuition. I felt ready to be done. My body felt like it cleansed all it needed too and we were ready to move slowly into the transition phase.

The transition phase happens in steps. The length of each step varies based on how long you fasted, how you fasted and how well your digestive tract works. I fasted for 5 days on juice and my digestive tract, well, not so good. That being said my transition phase will be a little more drawn out. Day 6 and 7 started with the 2 glasses of water one with lemon and one without followed by some sort of fruit puree. I chose an unsweetened, organic applesauce. It’s easy to digest and tasty. I followed this 30 minutes later with a sliced asian pear. When adding solid food for the first time you have to chew 20-30x each bite to make it easily digestible. Around noon I had more of my BOLT HOUSE FARMS mixed fruit and veggie green juice. This plus a little tea and water held me over until the late afternoon when I had steamed veggies with Vietnamese seasoning. That was the best ever. I couldn’t eat much but it was such a nice treat to have warm, solid food. (Day 6/7 were basically the same diet each day but the types of veggies and seasonings changed.) As my week goes along I will continue to add items as my stomach feels ready. Today I tried a couple of pieces of tempeh in my steamed greens and tomorrow I will try some non-glutenous grains. If that goes well, I will continue to slowly add items that are harder to digest and make note of how I feel. It is very important in this stage to listen to your body and to learn how it feels after certain foods. This is a time when you can assess food allergies and reactions without it being masked by other things in your system.

So what is my final synapses on the experience as a whole? It was great!! I definitely prefer the juice fast to strictly MASTER CLEANSE. I like to keep MASTER CLEANSE as a component but I like the variety of greens, veggies and fruits to round out the meals and keep my body in both physical and mental balance. For me this type of cleanse was the best choice and I would definitely do it again.

Thanks for following me on my journey and next up is Colon Hydrotherapy. The perfect mate to fasting and cleansing.

Trust, Believe, Live

 

 

Juice Fast Days 2 & 3 March 24, 2011

Folks sorry for the delay. I had a ridiculously long day on Tuesday and well, yesterday wasn’t much better.  So here it is Day 4 and I’m feeling great. A little mentally jonesed for solid food but physically I feel amazing. I haven’t been hungry and my energy level has been pretty even. Day 2 was exactly the same as Day 1, except in the late afternoon I had a combo of Greens and homemade Tomato Juice with Lemon. The tang of the tomato and lemon help to wash down the bitterness of my last 8oz of Columbia Gorge Organics Leafy Greens. Sure, I got 1lb of green vegetables in that glass but it was not tasty. Imagine a combo of dirt and the bitterness of celery leaf or root. YUM!!! I think the mixture would taste much better with more cucumber and less celery, but they didn’t ask for my recipe.

Day 3, I eliminated the Columbia Gorge Organics Leafy Greens and replaced it with Columbia Gorge Organics Carrot, Beet, Celery. Much better, but almost too sweet. I’m beginning to think the two mixed together would be perfect, though a very ugly shade of olive, brownish, green. My day ended with the wonderful treat of cashew milk with agave, vanilla and cinnamon. That has got to be the best part of the day. That is definitely something I will keep in my diet after the cleanse and I’m thinking it might be tasty with a little kahlua added. A kind of vegan white russian.

Well, that’s it for now. I will tune back in to give you the continued low down on Day 4 and Day 5. 

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Ciao,

HP