This morning, I ate some solid foods. Well I should say it was pureed and I drank it as a smoothie. It tasted good. I could have gone much longer than twelve days, but I decided to break from the cleanse to see what type of reaction I’d have consuming something differently. When breaking a fast most cleansing/fasting experts recommend that you transition back into solid foods slowly by consuming whole unprocessed foods (preferably uncooked fruits and vegetables.)
I will be going back on my juice cleanse tomorrow. This morning, my daughter and I headed to the local farm where I stocked up on fresh dark leafy greens (collards, kale, mustard and spinach.) I’m actually thinking about doing longer than 12 days on a juice cleanse this time around, but we’ll see. I do know mentally and physically I’m more than prepared. I did see a cleansing reaction after about the fifth day (via my bowel movements) from drinking mainly dark leafy greens for every single meal and I thought that was amazing, more on that in another post.
I still have a lot of photos to upload of the different juices I drank, including watermelon juice, also I have to upload a few of the meals I prepared for my daughter, such as the creamy crab chowder I prepared for her yesterday. Since my mother was working, I made enough to share with my father. While he is a man of few words, when it comes to complimenting the food that is prepared for him he did make a point to tell me the creamy crab chowder was really good. I eat vegetarian/vegan meals, but I still receive compliments on the “regular meals” I prepare too. Just like my veggie meals, I make sure they are nutritious and delicious.
Over the past few years, juice cleanses/fasts have become increasingly popular the main draw seems to be weight loss. I didn’t need to lose weight, juice cleanses & water fasts have always been part of my routine. I simply like taking a break from eating solid foods. As I mentioned repeatedly while doing this cleanse, since I’m drinking food in a very concentrated form, I’m added benefits while on the cleanses that I do. There is no way I could consume that amount of food within a day.
I will say the way I eat, definitely has a lot to do with my overall health. I realize food is only part of the equation. Staying healthy mentally and spiritually are equally important too.
Early into this fast, I stumbled upon this womans YouTube channel. I really enjoyed listening to her positive take on her juice cleanse, so I thought I’d share it here. Enjoy!