So I'm writing this on the morning of day 2 of my juice fast because that's how intense day 1 was for me.
I woke up at 6am with a tension headache. I stretched, trying to stay positive, but wasn't able to diminish its intensity.. which sent me into an automatic anxiety attack. "I can't take pain killers," I said as tears started flowing down my pale cheeks. I started to cry and felt the fear rush through me.
Jason picked me up and told me it was time to start and that it was going to be a hard day but that I would make it through.
7:30am - Carrot, orange and grapefruit juice. (This was an experiment) and it was pretty gross. I don't know why I felt it was okay to combine them to start my day.
Tip #1: Save the juice experimentation for the rest of the week
9:30am - Apple and pear juice. Much better. The sugar flowed throw my veins enough to satisfy and keep me away from the coffee machine
Tip #2: You should be doing at least 50% veggie juice to avoid a sugar spike. Can't only drink sugar...
11:30 - I decided to make a crazy veggie juice. My head wasn't feeling any better and I was beginning to experience one of those stay away from me migraines. Well, by 12pm, I was nauseous and my head was pounding.
I spent the entire day in bed. At about 2 pm, I started throwing up. I didn't want to and it wasn't until Jason came down to give me a pep talk that I realized this entire journey is supposed to be about listening to my body. My body wanted to get rid of whatever was in me.. so I had to listen.
I couldn't keep water down. I tried ginger tea and that didn't work either.
It was a hard day. I spent the entire day sleeping, vomiting, and rolling around with an excruciating headache. I wanted to quit. I wanted to run to the kitchen and shove coffee, white bread, and pain meds down my throat. If it wasn't for Jason keeping me strong, I don't think I could have survived it.
It was clear as day. I wasn't craving a big plate of food, nor did I want to stuff my face with cookies and candy (I have a terrible sweet tooth).. I wanted coffee, pain medication and empty calories. Before yesterday, I was drinking up to 3 or 4 cups of coffee, ranging from medium to bold. I was taking anywhere from 2 to 8 pain killers, ibuprofen and excedrin. I was eating bread when I got hungry, a bad habit I picked up working in the service industry. If I could just have those 3 things I would feel better..
I asked Jason around 6pm to look up if vomiting was a danger sign for a fast. He spent hours reading and when he came back, he said, "No. Your body is literally freaking out." There was one sentence I read while glancing over that really calmed my nerves: "Do you think it's the amount of healthy nutrients making you sick or the lack of everything bad your body has become reliant on.. that you're taking away?"
See you tomorrow.
Tip #3: Drink a juice as soon as you get hungry. It's not water with cayenne pepper and maple syrup like the master cleanse, juice actually satisfies.
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