I went on a 14 day juice fast and ended it after four days today. Why? Because of my Paleo Diet.
Last year this time I went on a 30 day juice fast straight from a Standard American Diet of grains, sugar and processed foods (albeit a gluten, dairy and soy-free version). The change was tremendous. Detoxing and energy jumps and clarity boosts and fireworks shooting out over my head like a love connection in a Brady Bunch rerun.
For about three months now I have been thinking, "I need to go on another juice fast to reboot myself. You know, clear out my year's worth of toxins." So last week when a dear friend decided to kick the processed food habit and juice I jumped right in. "Me, too, I'll start when you do!" and I declared 14 days. 14 days of juicing! Yes! I put a motivational poster on my wall with check-boxes and everything.
Do you know what I felt while juicing?
No detoxing. No major awakening. No "wow my eyes are so much bigger and clearer!" No change what-so-ever.
Because I am already detoxed, awakened and clear!
My eyes are already figuratively - and literally - open. My year of a strict Paleo diet (no grains, no sugar, no legumes and no dairy and for me personally no nuts and little seeds or eggs) means I am not eating anything my body doesn't like. Ever. Not even at a birthday party. I hardly even eat Paleo baked goods. Geesh!
There is a reason I've been so strict.
I went Paleo out of necessity last October. I was in bad shape. That December I took on a colon cleanse program to rebuild my insides. For most of this year I felt better. Way better, even, but not done. Tentative. "Still healing", I would say.
It comes as a shock for me to realize today, because this juice fast feels so same-old: I'm not broken. The Paleo diet really does what it says - it allows your body to heal while you eat.
Do I still recommend juice fasting?
Yes, I do. If you are not suffering from diabetes or kidney issues or pregnancy (um, you know what I mean) and you want to get off the Standard American Diet, stop carb craving or overeating or stress binging or emotional eating or being overweight, or you need to get your digestive system healed, a juice fast rocks. From there you can zip into eating Paleo easy-peasy without feeling deprived. At least I did.
But for me, on this juice fast, I realized I was losing too much weight because I already am at my ideal weight. And I feel better eating less natural sugar than the juicing provides - at least how I was juicing. And my only real outstanding dietary issue is being chronically dehydrated. So I listened to my body and starting eating Paleo again after four days. I'm proud of myself. Is that silly to say?
What Comes Next
A juice here and there perhaps, to get in more dark, leafy greens while I eat Paleo. And now that I have no more excuses like I'm "still healing" it's time to start exercising which should help in the dehydration department as well. I can call it a 14 or 30 day inertia fast.
Egads, I'd better put up another motivational poster. With check-boxes and everything. :)
I like the easy Paleo stuff.