My other working title is, “24 Hours in Hell”.
I began Saturday, the 1st day of the juice fast, like any other day. Except that I sat stoically in my chair sipping a mug of hot water, sweetened with Stevia and a little lemon.
In lieu of caffeine.
I really had planned on weening myself off of my beloved caffeine, but, well, I did okay for a couple of days and then went right back to my usual caffeine consumption of one LARGE cup of coffee, followed by my much loved frozen coffee drink later in the morning.
The only way I’ve ever been able to drop caffeine is to do it cold turkey.
Which is what I did on Saturday. I had my first juice of the day at 8:00, wherein I consumed lime, 2 apples, some pineapple, cucumber, avocado, wheat grass, spirulina, and a nice little probiotic. All of the vegetables and fruits were first juiced, then I added the juice to my Vita-Mix with the avocado, wheat grass powder, probiotic, spirulina, and some ice cubes. It was tasty, I have to admit.
At 11 am, I consumed another juice.
By noon I had a full on caffeine withdrawal headache. Mixed I think with some toxins that were released. I was and am, very toxic indeed.
Somewhere around the 5:00 hour, and after a couple of more juices, I went to bed. To await death. Which I prayed would come swiftly.
I was so nauseous that I couldn’t consume the requisite 8:00 pm juice. When Fiddledaddy tried to coax me into drinking, I threatened to blow fruity vegetable chunks all over him.
Being the smart man that he is, he left me well alone. To die.
I rejoined the world at about 10 pm, tearing up my hastily put together last will and testament. The nausea had subdued and the headache was simply dull.
I knew I was going to live.
One thing I wanted to mention about Day 1 is that Jensen took a gander at one of the juices we had to drink (Fiddledaddy is doing this with me) and asked if he could try it. Remember, this is the kid that wouldn’t get within 20 feet of a green bean. He took a sip, declared it delicious, and promptly polished it off. So in essence, we were able to get the following into my vegetable/fruit phobic son in one fell swoop: 2 apples, chunk of carrot, 1/2 stick of celery, large handful of mixed greens, chunk of cucumber, broccoli stem, alfalfa sprouts, raw beetroot, zucchini, lemon, and ginger.
I hope not to dissuade anyone from trying this. I suspect that my reaction was severe because I have an abundance of toxins to clean out, mostly due to my fight with Lyme Disease. And because I am a tad dramatic. GO BIG OR GO HOME.
I am awfully glad that I read Jason Vale’s book through, because he goes into a lot of the mental preparation that is needed. YOUR MENTAL OUTLOOK IS KEY TO SUCCESS.
Day 2 was much better. I’ll talk about that tomorrow.
I have a number of friends, both real and cyber, who are doing this with me. A number are contemplating. I can’t wait to hear your progress! And also, if you use Jason Vale’s program, he has an app that you can buy for your iPhone or iPad which actually shows him making the juices, day by day. He also gives you a nice little pep talk, in his British accent, wherein he doesn’t mince his very colorful words. Love him.
He inspired me so much that I’ve taken to speaking in a British accent. I find you can get away with so much more.