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.
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 school...no 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.
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!