Onward and Upward!
It's Day 3 and I am very impressed that I have made it this far. As I'm sure you've noticed from my January Blog posts, that even though I have good intentions, my follow though hasn't always had the best track record. LOL I do believe that making the decision to record my journey is definitely helping me stay accountable this time. I'm new to blogging, so I've been reading a lot about SEO and building an audience these past few days. I understand it will take time for people to find this Blog, but I'm hoping somewhere down the road I will get to connect with some new people along the way. The day I receive my first comment will be a very exciting one. I also started a Twiiter account @CarmenLDesign. I'm still trying to figure it out, but if you want to follow my journey throughout the day, I welcome the company. :-)
On to the juicing saga.........
I think today I will start with the physical aspects of my cleanse. I realized this morning that I haven't really touched on that and some people might be more interested in that area, then the back and forth banter going on in my mind. LOL
In a nut shell, I feel really good. Day 1 and 2 didn't feel much different than any other day to be honest.
My energy levels have been consistently high and I haven't experiences any negative symptoms.
While I don't feel full, my body has maintained a consistent level of satisfaction and despite the occasional evening "cravings" I haven't had any hunger pains. My body feels strong and my mind is very alert. Concentration is normal (if not better) and I have a greater sense of ambition and motivation.
I did however, notice two differences this morning. I woke up with a very fuzzy and pasty taste in my mouth. It was weird, but not necessarily unpleasant as it didn't taste like anything. I did a little Google searching this morning and found a few articles explaining that this is common and a sign that toxins are being released. I'm happy to know my body is on it's way to cleansing me from the inside out. I also noticed slight cramping in my calves. Nothing alarming or painful, just a slight discomfort. I'm not sure what this is a sign of, but after I walked around and stretched a little, the cramping disappeared.
Also, 48 hours later, I still don't feel any hunger.
I'm not limiting my juice intake. I've decided I can drink as much juice as I need, but I only felt it nesecaary to drink 4 juices on Day 1 and 2. Perhaps this will change as the week continues and I will certainly keep you posted. I haven't really experimented much with different juice recipes. Yesterday I wrote a post asking all of you to post YOUR favourite recipes, so if you are interested here's the link to that post.
I aim to drink a ratio of 80% vegetables to 20% fruit each day to ensure I am getting ample vitamins without overloading my body with sugar or risking indigestion from too much acidity. It seems to be working well. I mostly drink the Mean Green recipe from the Reboot with Joe website. If you haven't watched the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" I would highly recommend it. I also LOVE the concoction of Apples, Carrots and Ginger in the morning. It's SOOOO refreshing. This morning I played with a new recipe and drank a Pineapple, Cucumber and Lime juice and it was heavenly. My best friend gave it the thumbs up and said it was the best one yet.
I feel very calm today. Serene even. My dreaded Ego seems miles away and while I am still maintaining my "high alert status" I think today will prove to be a very peaceful and stress free day. This morning I was contemplating what to do AFTER the 15 days is over. I believe it's very important for me to continue practicing mindfulness. I have a lot of ideas running through my head right now and no immediate conclusions, but I believe it will involve a whole foods - plant based diet. I plan to continue drinking juices and incorporate smoothies, whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, seed and grains. Anything and everything that is still in it's natural form. I may choose to include additional foods along the way, but I suppose only time will tell.
I guess that's it for now. Time to grab a Mean Green Juice to go. Happy Saturday Everyone :-)
My name is Carmen Lisa MacPherson and I'm a self proclaimed humanitarian, wellness advocate and wannabe super hero.