April 5, 2010
3 oz. wheatgrass
Breakfast: 33 oz. carrot, celery, cucumber, cilantro, lime, sunflower sprouts, red cabbage, dandelion, apple.
Today's Symptom's: woke to head and chest pressure. More Energy! Started my period (1 day early again like last month?) Slight numbness on head and face (old symptom from when I first got sick.) Less lightheaded, but lightheaded none the less. Kidney's hurt on and off throughout the day.
I cleaned my house from the Easter weekend disaster! Did laundry and made my juice's and the kids lunch and we went to go to a movie with some of their friends, but they were sold out so we stopped at the Health Food Store and I bought some more wheatgrass and groceries. Definitely had more energy. While I was there, I noticed a book called "FASTING AND EATING FOR HEALTH A MEDICAL DOCTOR'S PROGRAM FOR CONQUERING DISEASE" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I ended up taking the kids to a family fun center and started reading the book.
Dr. Fuhrman says, "Juice Fasting is not truly fasting; biochemically the body does not enter the "protein-sparing" fasting state. In this state the body conserves its muscle reserves and fat is preferentially broken down. This does not occur with juice fasting. Juice fasting also does not have the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of the pure water fast that are essential for recovery in autoimmune illnesses. Other benefits of total fasting include decreasing platelet aggregation and promoting other biochemical changes that help to prevent the formation of blood clots, which could cause a heart attack. These beneficial changes, so essential in a cardiac patient, as well as the significant lowering of blood pressure, also do not occur if even a small amount of carbohydrate in the form of juice is taken. The powerful detoxifying effects of the fast cannot be obtained by following a restricted or supplement diet. ONLY when there is total abstinence from all calories do we observe waste products being heavily excreted from the breath, the tongue, the urine, and the skin. Plus, the fast does not merely detoxify, it also breaks down superfluous tissue-fat, abnormal cells, atheromatous plaque, and tumors-and releases diseased tissues and their cellular products into the circulation for elimination. This kind of dramatic detoxification cannot occur with supplemented eating plans. Toxic or unwanted materials circulate in our bloodstream and lymphatic tissues and are deposited in and released from our fat stores and other tissues. And important element of detoxification is mobilizing the toxins from their storage sites. This occurs best and most efficiently during TOTAL fasting."
So, after reading that and also having been feeling more and more that I want to drink juice less and less. I am going to implement water fasting as well. I think I've done 2 days of water fasting so far. It sure make you weak and feel crummy, but I think this will promote quicker healing of my symptoms. But I have to say, that for me, not matter what ANY book says. Listening to my body is THE most important key. And my body HAS been wanting to water fast. So, here goes!