Sunday, October 27, 2013

F(e)asting


Today starts my 10-day smoothie fast. This is an idea that I've tossed around in my head for quite a while, but never really SERIOUSLY considered since I knew it would be drastic.

I guess I'm finally ready for drastic.

My IG friend, CiCi, is a cancer survivor and is currently doing a 60 day juice fast to reboot her body and cleanse from the chemo (pretty much like in the movie, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead). I watch her post juice concoctions, and even have connected with others who love juicing for weight loss and as a way to detox. I've been REALLY curious. 

CiCi posted something the other day about juicing vs blending. Basically juicing is using an actual juicer and blending is blending the fruit in a blender. Blending includes the fiber and the pulp of the fruit that the juicer omits. After reading this info, I decided to blend... 

I want the nutritional benefits of the fruits and veggies. But I don't have a juicer, or the means to get one right now. And there's a part of me that agrees with the pro-smoothie camp who believes the fiber and pulp are good for you and should not be thrown away. I can always get a juicer in the future if this goes well.

I decided a week ago to step away from the scale... It just got to be too discouraging to feel like I was working hard and seeing no results. I feel bad some days because I have grown so dependent on those numbers. Standing on the scale was part of my morning routine! But now, my progress will be shown in other ways. Measuring tape, clothes... The only time I plan on stepping on the scale is the 1st day of each month.

So... I think it will be interesting to do this fast/cleanse without the scale as a motivator. It will truly be an exercise of self-control and willpower. I also want to be strengthened spiritually and plan to pray and reconnect with God during this time. The next 10 days has the potential to be really amazing.

So my plan is:
1. Green smoothies every 3-4 hours.
2. 1 gallon of water each day
3. No soda, coffee (green tea only)
4. Pray, pray, pray!

I have a list of things that I need to be in prayer for during this time. Lots of decisions to make and  issues that need to be handed over. If you are a believer, please pray for me, too!

8 comments:

Lyn said...

I'd love to hear about your smoothies and how this goes. If you have time, maybe you can post what you are putting in them, and how they taste. I am curious about the juicing thing too.

I'll be praying for you!

Mary Ellen Quigley said...

Good luck with your smoothies. I can't wait to see how it goes. It seems like you have a great starting plan.

katie@thecarbmonster said...

Excited to see how this goes for you :) I def tried juicing and the prep was overwhelming! Smoothies def sound a little easier and more filling :)

Lindy said...

Here's a favorite smoothie of mine: 1 cup almond milk; 1 kale leaf; 2 cups spinach; 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed; 1-2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (no shell); 1 banana; 2-3 ice cubes. Blend. Enjoy. I got this from a smoothie bar, I watched them make it several times and then finally made it on my own. Trust me, the pumpkin seeds and flaxseed add a lot of taste, so even though you might be tempted to take them out, try them in it, first.

Rosie said...

Prayer during fasting is the absolute best! You can do this! I wanted to do this but couldn't get a blender, but once I do Imma give it a try. You are always in my prayers.

kathyj333 said...

I'd love hear how it goes for you.

Sian said...

Wow, good luck on your smoothie diet! Personally I feel like I have to chew on something to feel like I'm eating, so it'll be interesting psychologically to see if you feel full from drinking.

johorsefall121 said...

Keep us posted, love to know how it goes :)

Jo