Today is my Day 5.
Most people said that at a third day of a fast, the routine will become more easier. But during the past 4 days, I have not been consistent with the plan so I can't say much about it. I juice fast as much as possible during the day, but I always have a regular meal at night. That is not suppose to be in the juice fast plan.
I am looking forward to get consistent with this juice fast plan from this day on and shall complete by March 31, 2013. I will continue to attached my 40-Days Juice Fast report with a series of "Benefits of Water" picture to motivate and remind me to drink enough water. Gosh, I feel like I'm barely treading water when it comes to drinking water.
I don't remember if I have post about this in my previous notes but just as a reminder to myself, I want to share with you this Tips to Success a Juice Fast. I'm not posting this as an expert or someone experienced but I found this helpful article originally on All About Fasting. Though the tips is dedicated to fasters, but if you are on no-fasting weight loss plan this tips are helpful to you as well.
1. Make commitment
Some people find it easy to make a decision and then stick to it no matter what. Others struggle with second thoughts and doubts, or are more prone to give in to the temptations. You know which type of person you are, and most of us are the second type. And there's nothing wrong with that. We're creatures of habit and when our routines and habits change, we usually feel discomfort. This discomfort can be turned into a sense of excitement if you choose. Examine your feelings and responses around food and the lack of it, and use that information for greater personal awareness. This can truly be an exciting time of personal insight and expansion.
2. Find Support
If you do have such friends, utilize their support and experience as much as possible. If you don't, at least tell one friend what your plans are; it's good for safety reasons to have someone objective watching your fast. Forums are a good place to find "fasting buddies" don't let it take over your time or you'll miss so much of what takes place in your inner world. Fasting offers the most as a personal experience, not a social experience.
3. Make additional preparation
In the 2 or 3 days before, eliminate any and all processed foods, sugar, white flour, and wean yourself off any caffeine products. If you didn't prepare sufficiently and find yourself having severe side effects, don't be afraid to slow things down with a small piece of a fresh juicy fruit. While you won't need the sight or smell of food to remind you of food, do your best to clean up your surroundings and remove food items from sight and smell; little things like putting up the fruit bowl and cookie jar. If you live alone, you can tape the refrigerator door shut to stop the unconscious habit of checking its contents.
4. Facing weak moments
While this usually only occurs in the first couple days, you may find yourself having periods of temptation to quit, times you fall into self-doubt. "Why am I doing this anyway?" "What's the point?" "This is too hard." You can get through these moments by distracting yourself with other activities, like light exercise or taking a nap. Or you can face them head-on by reminding yourself this was a decision you made clearly and intelligently, with all of the facts and information before you. Get back in touch with the energy and mental set-up of the person you were when you made that decision.
Not everyone has these weak moments. Some people actually feel great relief in the act of not eating, finding freedom from some chronic pain or freedom from the social or personal pressures to eat a certain way. If you should give in to any temptations, don't fret over it later, just move on. A piece of food during a water fast won't "ruin everything", and quitting early means you can fast another day as a wiser, more experienced faster.
If you should ever feel dizzy, immediately sit down; if there's no chair available, simply lie down on the floor. Fainting can happen and can, of course, cause injury. Dizziness is usually caused by the lower blood pressure fasting can bring about. Keep this in mind and don't stand up or get out of bed quickly while water fasting. Men are advised to sit down on the toilet should they ever need to urinate during the night.
6. Colon health
It isn't necessary to take enemas during any kind of fast; they're actually considered disruptive to the colon's rest period. It's perfectly normal to not have a bowel movement for the duration of your fast. Eating high-fiber foods directly prior to your fast, perhaps including psyllium supplementation.
If you really must work during part of your fast, and this might depend on how long you're fasting, at least reserve the first 3-5 days to be away from those pressures and the pressures of being around the "eating public". This applies too to those who work from home. While fasting can be inspiring toward your work if you love your work, avoid the parts that are stressful. This time is best spent in partial seclusion, or full seclusion, depending on your personality.
8. What to do with your time
Plan ahead by at least having several ideas in mind for things to do:
- Treat yourself with a self-spa--take long baths, moisturize your skin with natural, chemical-free moisturizers, give yourself a manicure or pedicure, do a facial.
- Catch up on reading (only non-stressful, preferably uplifting)
- Walk or do yoga or mild stretching exercises
- Start practicing breathing exercises to help with detox and increase lung function.
- Spend more time than you usually do with your pet
- Take time for long meditations and prayer
- Pick up that neglected hobby or passion - drawing, painting, writing.
- Re-connect with friends that have fallen off your radar lately (but not any who will try to twist your arm into going to lunch)
- Keep a fasting journal, recording your feelings, impressions and insights. From this journal, you will discover your own unique set of water fasting tips to use for your next fast.
9. Make it special
Get out your finest crystal water goblet, or buy a new beautiful one, to use during your fast.
Are you living on a specific diet plan? How do you avoid cheating on your diet? Feel free to share in the comments section.