Juice Fasting for Weight
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On a juice fast, the body can go weeks before there is a
serious detox or you can be blasted with headaches,
nausea and weakness on the first day. The Downs usually
last from one-to-three days, and may hit day 2 or day 28
of a fast. Dips, which are shorter, last only a few
hours. The greater the quantity of toxins in the blood,
the worse you feel. As unspiritual as an enema may seem,
it has helped many end or reduce the crisis by removing
toxins from the colon. Emotions and thinking are
affected; old memories and negative feelings arise from
the dead, like a detox of the soul. It is easy to become
discouraged, feel irritated, short-tempered or mildly
depressed. These cleansing periods require faith that it
Energy packets of glycogen are stored in the liver and muscles for use during bursts of physical activity. During The Downs and Dips, the body utilizes glycogen from the liver and muscles for energy. This results in the familiar feeling of weakness. During a peak, the body has an abundant supply of glucose, and glycogen replacement occurs at a rapid rate creating abundant energy. Also, there is an intermediate state when glycogen is starting to be replaced. You will feel energetic but lack the endurance to match. Persevering through these various fasting states and energy levels is necessary for success.
Pain is a sign of a problem. Feeling incredibly good is
a sign your body is functioning at peak performance.
Narcotics can alter your body’s chemistry to make you
feel good, but the feeling of well-being is not
connected to the state of your body. Drugs will increase
endorphin levels, but with continual usage the body
becomes accustomed and cannot produce endorphins without
the drug. Meanwhile, the health of the body deteriorates
from the impact of the drug. The high of fasting is the
natural high of being clean as a baby and living in the
state close to what God intended for Adam and Eve.
The peaks and highs of fasting can be better than any drug. Like never before, with a child-like innocence, you feel truly alive and laughter and love abounds.
Dr. Ehret, an avid faster who wrote Rational Fasting in the 1900’s, describes this state, "An indescribable feeling that gave me great joy and happiness just to be alive. Greater power, energy and endurance ...All my faculties were improved, beyond the healthiest part of my youth." The experience is similar to driving an old car that has needed major repairs. After a week in the garage, you pick the car up shining with fresh paint, new brakes, and a finely tuned engine. Driving, you remember how much you love your car. But this it more than a car; it is a fine-tuning of your mind, body, and spirit which is your connection with God and the world around you. The value is beyond measure.
The physical side of a fasting high is due to increased health, which increases endorphin levels similar to the endorphin high experienced by long distance running. Also, a cleaner brain functions with harmony and balance.
During fasting peaks and highs, there is a seemingly endless supply of physical energy. Don’t be fooled by this, you are still fasting, and conservation is the wisest practice. Energy can be fickle during the first stage of a fast. During water fasting, the detox is more aggressive and generally, it can take days to get to an energy peak.
Beware of intensified thoughts and emotions in this state. Strong emotions are common and the brain starts speed thinking. It feels as if everything around you is slowing down and becoming lifeless. Mental energy in the right direction can achieve much, but if misdirected, like towards Grandma’s apple pie, the outcome can be disastrous. I broke several fasts because I failed to wisely handle the excess mental energy of a fasting high.
The longer you fast, the higher the peaks and highs. The best highs are after 20 days of juice fasting or the day when you end a water fast and go to juice fasting. The water-to-juice fasting highs are the most radical. While water fasting, you can feel horrible. When you switch to juice fasting, the energy of the juice surges through the veins, saturating the cells and catapulting you into this astounding state of well-being. The difference in how you feel can be extreme to the max.
Peaks are the moments when the entire vista of your life can be seen with one sweeping glance. Purpose, conviction, resolution, determination and resolve burn strong. No challenge is too great.
These peaks and highs are some of the blessings of fasting, and no matter how good you get, your diet will never be able to match the highs of a long fast, but you will be able to live in an amazing state of health and well-being.
The above juice fasting article was written by Guest Writer, Tom McGregor, author of Eating in Freedom, which you can download into your computer today.
Tom had an overeating disorder and once ate an entire
gallon of ice cream in one sitting and almost froze his
stomach. He shares his story in this article:
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