All organic produce. Its much more expensive, but if you can get stuff from farmers markets its usually reasonable. Locally grown is also best if possible. I researched and read all kinds of plans, and there are a million websites out there with recipes.. but I’m a helluva cook already, I love fruits and veggies already.. so for me I just bought what I know is nutritional and tastes good. I didn’t follow any recipes, just created my own. I’ll be sharing some of them with you as we go on.
They say to not buy more than about 3 days worth of food.. thing is, with this being my first time I didn’t know what I would go through. This lasted 5 days with some left over.. mainly fruit. I decided early on that I didn’t want to be drinking too much fruit juice. I know what that much sugar does to the system and that would be counterproductive to be saturating myself with sugar and upsetting my natural flora and messing with my glucose levels.
The greens that I use are black kale, red kale, green kale, rainbow chard and spinach. There are more leafy greens you can use.. wheatgrass, spirulina (which I bought powdered as a supplement) broccoli, etc. But I love the kales and chards and spinaches. And surprisingly they go so well with the fruit and don’t overpower the taste in the way that broccoli does.
Staples for me are:
kale (red, green and black)
carrots (large 25 lb juicing bags)
tomatoes (green, yellow and red) - as firm as possible!
apples (all colors)
fresh young coconut
I also bought some kombucha tea, coconut water.. I already have a hellafied tea stash so I didn’t buy any more but you’ll want green teas and white teas and black teas.. all kinds of teas. :)
So I was inspired to do a seasonal juice fast.. I’d been seeing a couple of people that I e-know doing them and I’d been feeling a deep desire to do a spiritual/mental/physical cleanse. I’m a person who feels that ritual and ceremony are so important and core to my own mental clarity and spiritual health. I’ve suffered from migraines for years, but the past year have brought me more than I’ve ever had before.. multiple times per month. I knew it was time to reset my system, get off caffeine and take control of my health.
I decided to start it now as a transition between seasons.. for strictly metaphorical and symbolic purpose. Saying goodbye to summer and welcoming fall. I decided that I wanted to do a minimum 10 day fast 4 times a year between each season change. The day I started this, September 10th, also happened to be the first day of the Mayan Calendar Red Serpent Wavespell. I didn’t’ even know this going in. How perfect.. What divine synchronicity!!
Red Serpent invites the purifying spark of the sacred fire, the kundalini, to align and integrate your body, mind and spirit. Red Serpent can help you uncover apparent blockages in specific chakras to clear an align them. If you are working on a process of purification, invite Red Serpent to assist you.
Red Serpent’s symbol is the serpent, representing healing and wholeness.
This Mayan medicine can remove toxins, rejuvenate and transform dis-ease. Red Serpent is also known by the Maya as the kultanlilni, or kundalini, the energy that moves up from the base of the spine and out through the crown chakra. When the seven chakras are fully activated, one experiences an enlightened state.
I spent a couple of days doing a ton of research by reading all the articles, blogs, testimonies, etc of many people who had either done the fast or were both proponents of it and also those who were against it.
I already had a juicer, but it was a cheap, $40 Black and Decker that after the first day I knew wasn’t going to cut it. It just didn’t have the power I needed. I embarked on the tedious plan of researching juicers and reading reviews.. Wanted either a Champion or a Breville. My dad happen to call me and when I told him what I was doing he offered to loan me his juicer, a L’Equip 600 watt which has the best reviews on amazon of any, even better than Breville and Champion which are more expensive. ALL juicers are messy and a pain to clean, but I ‘ve it down now with this one! I’ll share some of my tips in future posts.
I’ve been eating Paleo since Jan 1, 2011.. I did 5 weeks absolutely strictly, lost probably 18 lbs and felt better than I ever had and had zero feelings of deprivation at all. Since then I’ve fluctuated between 70-80% paleo, meaning I would have a little bit go grains and/or dairy every once in a while but 70-80% of the time I am strictly paleo.
With my knowledge of health and fitness, which I feel is above average, I made the decision to try a 10 day raw juice fast. I knew it would be hard so I committed to 3 days, if I could do that then I’d go to 5 days. If I was able to make it 5 days I’d get to a week. (I’m actually at 1 week today!!) and if I could do that (I am) I would go 10 days.
Well I made it to my 7th day today and I’m taking the time to upload my journal so far and photos that I“‘e taken to bring you along my journey with me.
It’s been quite a learning experience and I’m so happy that I’m doing it! This is MY experience only and I wouldn’t suggest anyone to do this without first doing your own research and knowing your own body. I also know there are hard-core folks who swear that “their way” is the ONLY correct way, and I’m sure people will tell me that some of the way I’ve done this isn’t right… but for every person who swears they have the correct procedure for something there is 10 more who will say they are wrong… so each person has to come up with what works best for them.
Sooo.. welcome to my journey! :) Stay tuned!