I have tried many diets and different detoxification programs for health and weight loss over the past sixteen years. I have fluctuated between chronic fatigue and high energy, illness and health, being overweight and being at least close to my ideal weight. I’m not much different from most Americans.
In the past two years I have focused more and more on toxins and my need to purify and cleanse my body of toxicity. I have cut out a huge amount of toxic food from my diet and yet I still struggle with the same issues. It has been frustrating and exhausting. To come all this way and come to the realization that my body is still toxic is exasperating. Where do I go next? What do I read next? Where are the answers?
I am inspired by the documentary films, “Food, Inc.,” “Food Matters,” and “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” and I’m ready to try yet another detoxification program—a vegan diet for 10 days with 2/3 of each meal being juiced fruits and vegetables and close to 90% organic. Will it make a difference? I’m beginning this regimen today, and I’m hopeful that I will experience a positive difference in my health.
Today I embark upon my 10-day juice fast, drinking 2 meals a day of organic juiced fruits and vegetables and eating 1 meal of a mixture of raw and cooked fruits and vegetables. Some days, if I feel up to it, I’ll do total juicing with no solid foods, but I’m allowing myself the freedom to “chew.” I’m also adding vitamin supplements, Chinese herbs, some nuts, seeds and mega-nutrients, like chlorella, spirulina, bee pollen, aloe vera, coconut water, goji berries, and other healthy oils and superfood nutrients for added nutrition.
If I increase my intake of fresh-squeezed organic fruits and vegetables, I’ll be partially following the Dr. Max Gerson Therapy plan (http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy). However, I want to make it clear that I am not truly following the Gerson method, but I am researching its benefits. I have been employing coffee enemas off and on for the past few months (also part of the Gerson Therapy) and I can tell they’re helping to increase my energy level and the tonal quality of my skin.
To strengthen my own willpower and resolve to remain on this 10-day fast, I have decided to keep a diary of my progress. It’s a little embarrassing and intimidating to post something so personal online, but I’m hoping for success and perhaps I’ll encourage others to try something similar. So, here goes…
Day 1: Today, day 1 of this challenge, I have to admit that it was very easy. I have been consuming a breakfast of exclusively juiced fruits and vegetables for months, so to switch my afternoon “dinner” meal from solid food to juice was not very dramatic. Furthermore, swapping out meat, grains and dairy products for raw plant foods was also not very difficult…for today, anyhow. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.