Today is the second day of my “modified juice fast” that I started yesterday.
Yesterday late afternoon and evening were a little rough.
I felt yucky. A little achy, and tired. I went to bed at around 8 PM and slept until 8 AM. I didn’t feel vital at all, I felt weak.
This morning, and all day, I felt great.
I made breakfast late and did eat a little (which was my plan). But I haven’t had any “food” since. Just the raw juice mixture. I was active and busy all day and didn’t feel very hungry even.
There were a couple of times when I wanted food. It wasn’t so much a real hunger, it was a “everyone else is doing it”, or a “now is when I usually do it” kind of thing. I was able to distract myself by reading, and staying busy with other things.
Times when it was a little harder not to think about food:
- adding recipes to my whole foods recipe site
- cooking dinner for the kids
Even though this is only my second day, I’ve already noticed a couple of things.
- When one doesn’t eat, one doesn’t poop. One of the things I had hoped this mini fast would accomplish is to kind of clean out my guts a little. I thought the raw juice mix I’m drinking (a gallon a day) would have enough fiber, plus all the fluid, to make me go. Nope. Just peeing like a horse.
- When I did eat solid food (breakfast), I savored. every. bite. I even noticed flavor nuances, like the subtle flavor of the butter on my toast (it tasted like the inside of the fridge because I forgot to cover it up).
I can see how going without food could really put the brakes on the hedonic treadmill. I bet I eat a little mindlessly most of the time.
So my goal when I am back to eating three squares is to: Slow Down and Savor Each Bite.