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Day 12: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 12 on the fast and I'm feeling good today. Very energetic and healthy, and I actually feel a little thinner (down 12 pounds).

So being more than half way through with the cleanse, I thought I'd share more about what's going on with my mind and body so far.

The Good:

Spiritually speaking, I've been doing my devotional and praying daily. Honestly, it's only slightly more than what I've been doing. (I'm still caring for and cooking for my kiddos) However, I talk to God all day, and try to have more quiet time to hear Him.

I have felt more positive about everything. Feeling the comfort of knowing that God is in control of all aspects of my life. I'm also feeling better about some relationships...more forgiving and just ready to move on. I've never been a big grudge holder anyway, but sometimes there are things that are more challenging to move past than others. I'm moving on and it feels freeing.

This is a biggie: I get out of bed with energy in the morning. I'm not tired and cranky and I don't miss my coffee at all. I'm amazed. Today we were so on top of things we had time to play with musical instruments, and the other toys before rushing around, I could get used to that! I also had to have 1-2 cups of coffee every morning. I never thought that was too bad, because I drink it black and it's supposed to have antioxidants. So I never really cared about giving it up. My worse and more recent bad happen was my trip to Mc Donalds for a Carmel Mocha everyday. I don't miss that either! And just 2 weeks ago, I couldn't pass a McDonalds with out considering stopping! I'm happy to be rid of that addiction. I think I'll keep coffee to an occasional treat instead of every day after this.

The Bad/Ugly:

My tongue is white and my breath is bad. It's so ugly. I have a white coating all over my tongue (I'm a dental hygienist and I would call it "white hairy tongue") This is supposed to be a good sign that my body is ridding itself of toxins. It's supposed to go way either when your body has rid itself of all that it can or when I break the fast - whichever comes first.
I'm monitoring this tongue thing closely. I know that it can also be a sign of dehydration, ketosis, or a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

And here's a little TMI: I have not had any solid food in 5 days and I'm still pooping! Holy Smacks, where is this stuff coming from?! It's kind of gross to think my body has been holding on to so much extra waste. That can't be healthy, and I'm so glad to be getting rid of it. I've been adding a tablespoon of Chia seeds to one of my juices per day and I'm sure that is what is moving the colon cleanse along. Chia seeds are a pretty amazing "super food" and I totally recommend them. (Thanks for reminding me about them Le Vell)

While I do enjoy getting a little more done during the day because I don't have to sit and eat. I kind of miss eating. I miss sitting with my kids and sharing a meal and I'm looking forward to going on a nice (healthy) date night with my husband sometime. Oddly, although I'm not hungry at all, I really have a taste for Salmon. This is not unusual for me, but I'm glad I'm fantasizing about a healthy food instead of junk!

More later!

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    This might be TMI, but want your opinion. Unlike you i have not been to the potty in like 6 days. I know some juice fast experts preach enemas, or something, but honestly hate that stuff. Did it on day 4 and regretted it. If I feel fine should I worry about it?
    I also wake up feeling refreshed, but also fine myself ready for bed at night. I used to have a hard time falling asleep and would wake up often through the night. No more. I fall asleep and stay asleep.
    1739 days ago
  • VHAYES1001
    Wow you are doing fantastic!!

    1740 days ago
    Seriously-- thank you for bringing up the TMI-bits-- it seems like the only thing you ever hear about from juicer-fast people are all of the good bits (from the fan club), or horror stories (from the opposed). So hearing both sides of the story from someone who is actually Doing one for the first time is refreshing.

    Thanks for the good, non-biased info!
    1741 days ago
    Great job! I can't wait to hear the final results! Your story is so inspiring so far, even the more TMI parts! :-)
    1741 days ago
    I love all the juicy details! Thanks for sharing your journey & all TMI's. I find that awesome!
    1742 days ago
    emoticon on the emoticon going emoticon That is great. Yeah, that cleansing will make you poopy. It eventually get better.Well you know what I mean. I am sure a little of the different food will be alright,just not too much. You can monitor that and stay in your range. I researched Chia seeds and I was quite amazed. They fill your stomach and supress your appetite also. Which means you consume less food.It forms a gel that thickens,thus filling.
    I have not had McDonalds in 14 months and don't plan to. I have only eaten at Subway and Taco Bell and that is sparingly.
    Tracy you are doing so well. Keep fighting and praying. It is working.Soon you will be passing your vast knowledge to someone else. emoticon
    1742 days ago
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