It's the new year, let me introduce you to my recent life change - juice fasting. This documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead so motivated me, I decided this was the right plan for me and the reset button I wanted to activate. I have learned much from it, but mostly that if you tend to have stomach acid, you may be quite queasy the first day unless you take Zantac or periodic Tums or Maalox. If you can't do just juices, consider doing a salad as a meal during the day at eat the fruits/veggies instead of juicing them.
The benefits of this are enormous. Do not be surprised to find that your skin the first day feels flushed and warm. Getting actual supernutrients from what you digest instead of spending all your bodies energies digesting processed crap, you get immediate benefits of blood flow and even arousal. Yeah, seriously. Your intestines too will clean out completely as if you had a freaking coffee enema. It's pretty impressive how clean you feel inside and out. Something happens as you clean and peel and juice fruits and vegetables of lots of colors and tastes. You start to look at food as nourishment and not entertainment. Your body actually begins to crave more of the good stuff and less of the greasy stuff that makes you feel groggy. These juices keep your energy levels up, but they also make you feel so peppy because you are not spending tons of energy trying to break down and digest junk food. Your sleep is better and easier. You have a better tolerance for exercise. Your skin becomes glowing. You find yourself wanting to exercise your body more because you know you are running on super fuels.
Some people do the juice fasting diet for a few days, others for weeks. My goal was to do 3 days, then if I make that, go for a week total. If I made that, go for 10 days. If I made that, go for the 2-week point. Now the the holidays are over and I have this down to a rhythm, I expect to be on the juice fast faithfully. To get to my goal weight, I would probably need to do it for a month, but of course life gets in the way, a birthday, an invite to supper, a gathering with friends, but you just get right back into it. The main thing is just to retrain yourself to feel the benefits of good nutrients and to be conscious when you eat.
We all have goals for 2012, mine is to fuel my body more efficiently and to move it as often as possible since my work life and writing life are both very sedentary. Good luck with your goals. Perhaps we can check in with each other and be supportive.