Sunday, August 25, 2013
Day 3 well underway and I don't know whether to be relieved or concerned. Everything I've watched or read about juice fasting mentions that you need to be prepared for a really bad day or two around day 2-4. Middle of day three and none of us have had anything like that. Everyone here is in good spirits, amazed at how little hunger we are experiencing and dropping weight like crazy. Water weight, I know.
I feel like I have to always qualify that. I say, "I've lost 8 lbs already. But I know it's just water weight." Even then, I wait for the lecture. It is amazing how many (usually overweight and clearly unhealthy) people need to let me know that ALL the experts agree that if you lose weight too fast, you will just regain it. And losing weight too fast will make you lose all your muscle. And that kind of weight loss is just water weight and will come right back. There are people who lecture me about doing something "so extreme" with teenagers (17 and 19) while these same people would be SOOOO supportive and kind if I elected to have gastric bypass surgery. I know because many of them have asked if I've looked into it.
I need to make a tee shirt that says, "I am an educated person. I don't play fast and easy with my health or that of my family. I did my research. And my research is just as relevant as yours." Funny how whatever expert a person relies on is much more reliable than any expert who disagrees with them. I'm including myself here. There is so much contradictory information out there, we all have to decide which line of thinking we believe is most worthy. The low-carb, paleo, Atkins, whatever people are quite sure that Dr. Campbell's China Study is whack. The whole foods people believe the FDA and their pyramid is whack (waving hand in air here - "Me, me!") and the PC police spouting conventional wisdom are probably the most annoying and sanctimonious of all. I respect anyone trying to find a healthier way of being. I am not trying to tell anyone else that their chosen path is the wrong one and that mine is the right one. If asked, I explain what I am doing and why. That's it. Is it too much to ask for the same courtesy from others? I know a lot of people on Paleo and that is great as long as it works for them. I have a dear, intelligent friend who swears by the blood-type diet. She is feeling better so that's great.
It's kind of like religion or politics people. Feel free to share what you believe with me but don't act like I'm doing something wrong if I don't think/believe the same way.
Hmmmm.... well, there's that drama after all! Just in my head and not my gut! LOL