It's not difficult for the reasons you might suppose. I can go quite a while without eating or drinking anything. In fact, I do it inadvertently throughout the year. I take after my Mother and Grandmother. They are both part camel.
|HULK NEED |
The point is, I need to eat. Everyone around me needs me to eat. So fasting can be a bit of a problem for me. Fortunately, there are many different kinds of fasting. You can do a full fast, which means you don't eat anything at all and only drink water. You can have broth if you start feeling too weak. This is not a good option for me. It would take about 20 minutes before I would go for the broth. The Daniel Fast lets you eat only fruits and vegetables. Not a bad way to live everyday, but I love bacon too much to make that a permanent lifestyle. My kids are fasting TV, video games, and sugary snacks on different days during the week. They're doing a great job and I'm really proud of them.
I decided this would be a good time to jump-start some better eating habits. I found a 3-day cleanse on the Dr. Oz website that looked good. It's supposed to re-set your hormones and boost your immune system. It sounded great, so I went and bought all the fruits, vegetables, supplements, and weird food products that I needed from the Natures Marketplace section of the grocery store that I generally avoid because I'm no hippie. I even bought the Epsom salts and lavender oil drops to take the nightly Detox Ultra Bath. I don't generally take baths because sitting in a pot of my own filth is not something I generally enjoy, but I sat in the hot, salty water until my fingers got all pruney because I was committed to doing this thing. It turned out to be pretty relaxing. I didn't like it. Relaxation is very uncomfortable to me. I wrote a blog all about that here if you want to know why.
The breakfast drink went down pretty well on day one. It was a little more banana-y than I like, but it was still okay. The lunch drink was very, very thick and pulpy. It made me gag and what bit of it I managed to get down burned my throat. This should have been a red flag to me, but I ignored it. Four large stalks of celery turned out to be too much. I think I put too much cayenne pepper in the dinner shake the first night, because it made my throat feel like it was going to bleed. I used cinnamon the next day instead. It was much better.
|The irony of me being taken out |
by a nut is not lost on me.
I was going to finish the cleanse, but my husband insisted that I stop. About two days later I was feeling just fine, breathing in and out without incident. I tried it again a few days later, without the poisonous ingredients.
I guess what I learned most during this fast is to listen more carefully to that still, small voice inside of me that says, "Hey, Dummy, you're poisoning yourself." Maybe that voice should be a little louder.
|Hey, Dummy. You're eating poison.|