Well, it’s the beginning of “Juice Fast Day Two” and I’ve made it through day one! How did you do? Actually, it was easier this year – I think because my husband and some 25 others are joining me on this journey. There is something about being a part of something bigger than yourself that makes it exciting!
My observations from day one: I was hungry but not ravenous. I definitely felt more tired and went to bed early last night. Today I am hungry as well but it doesn’t seem too demanding. I spent some time yesterday just relaxing, reflecting and even took a catnap. I will reiterate that we are more addicted to the idea of eating than eating itself, and I recognized that several times yesterday. I feel a bit lightheaded but that is to be expected. It’s important in the first three days of a juice fast to not push yourself too much. Perhaps some light exercise is okay but realize that the body is dumping toxins and healing, which both require energy. Lots of rest is vital for a successful juice fast!
If you are on this journey with me, keep up the great work! I promise that the sacrifices you are making will be worth it in the end. By tomorrow afternoon, you should really start to make a turn and feel more energetic. However, if you are coming from the SAD (standard American diet) or are addicted to coffee, alcohol or salt, you may not be out of the woods yet and may continue with detox symptoms. Trust me, you want the toxins out so keep it up!
Asthma: I promised to focus on a few illnesses during this week to give you recipes for dealing with those specific ones. I had a request for asthma so we will start with that. Here are some juice recipes that can help heal your body from asthma, however realize that the body is the only thing that heals itself. The juices simply give your body what it needs to function the way it was designed to function. If you are dealing with chronic issues, continue adding these juices into your diet each day after the fast and follow a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Great things to juice for asthma are kale, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, parsley, collard greens, asparagus, red Swiss chard, turnip, garlic, beat greens, carrot, celery, endive and orange juice. These juices are high in: Vitamin B6 which helps to decrease frequency and severity of wheezing in asthma attacks, Vitamin C which provides an important defense against bronchial constriction, Beta-carotene which is effective in healing the epithelial lining of the respiratory tract, Vitamin E which can inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, Selenium which is effective in inhibiting the production of substances that stimulate bronchial constriction, and Magnesium which relaxes the bronchial muscle. A combination that is great for asthma according to Norman Walker is carrot, celery, and endive juices.
“I want to live all the days I’m alive.” – Jack LaLanne
To your health!