We love hearing about people’s first-time fasting experiences, and for this month’s newsletter we lucked out when Charlotte Evans wanted to dish on her first ever three-day fast by offering a first-person account of her feels before, during and after.
People gravitate toward fasting for different reasons, and for Evans, boosting her health on the cusp of one pivotal year of healthful awareness was all the impetus she needed for three days of successful sipping. (That she fell hard for her new fave nutmilks didn’t hurt.)
Been thinking about a juice fast? Need a little push in the right direction? Fasting is easier than you think when you do it with us since TJS prides itself on the satisfaction each 16-ounce glass Singleton delivers…sip by beeautiful sip.
But don’t take our word for it….
In about 12 months I will turn 50. I’ve been anticipating this deadline birthday with special angst for some time now; but, a few weeks ago it occurred to me that I do have 12 months to prepare for the BIG 5-0—both mentally and physically—and perhaps I can use this milestone to my advantage and embrace it for health reasons. In fact, why not use my 50th birthday to signal the start of what an esteemed theatre friend called “the third and BEST act of the play that is my life?”
Come to think of it, don’t mind if I do.
The Juice Fast
Recent years of poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity helped to pad my waistline and drain my energy/ I knew I was going to need to start a comprehensive fitness routine to get back in shape, but the prospect felt overwhelming. That’s when I decided to throw my body a “fitness launch party” of sorts in the form of a three-day juice fast.The idea would be to strengthen my exercise and health resolve, jumpstart my nutrient intake and really (really) clean out my system.
I set up my juice fast with The Juice Standard in Henderson on St. Rose Parkway and picked up my entire assortment of fresh, 100 percent organic prepared juices a few days later. The Juice Standard made sure my bottles were already sealed, chilled, and ready to go in a carrier bag they provided. (I’m a huge fan of convenience!) The juice was easy to transport despite the number of bottles. It included six different juice beverages to be enjoyed daily from sequentially numbered bottles to avoid confusion about which drink to have when. The Juice Standard employee who handed me my bottles told me they contained the nutritional equivalent of more 2-3 pounds of fresh produce per bottle.
On the first day of the juice fast my body seemed appreciative. My taste buds were happy, my appetite was manageable and my energy level seemed fairly consistent.
The day went by quickly, and I went to bed not feeling deprived. In fact, I drank an evening drink on my cleanse program that was so unique and savory, I would describe it as liquid satin perfection with
a vanilla bean and cinnamon finish. The juice, called “Bee Magnificent,” is flavored and textured with ground cashews, dates and agave. I will definitely be picking up this “Magnificent” drink again based on my personal cravings.
On the second day on the fast my taste buds seemed to have exploded! I woke up craving my morning juice fix and walked briskly to the refrigerator to get it. Who knew juice could taste so juicy, right?! I did, however, get very thirsty during the second day and made sure to drink extra water. I also chewed on crushed ice. I found myself at times feeling irritable when I was around foods that smelled good to me. Unfortunately, this was pretty much everything I smelled that day, including hot dogs at the gas station. I felt a little mentally foggy that night, but thank goodness I was able to enjoy another ”Bee Magnificent” evening beverage! I even started fantasizing about making ice cream or popsicles out of it.
On day three I woke up energized, and thirsty. I decided to mix up my morning routine and put half of my “Bee Vibrant” juice, made with fresh lemon and cayenne, in a mug in the microwave. The “Bee Vibrant” juice is crisp and palate cleansing, and if you throw some extra heat on it, the cayenne comes alive. I did not notice until the third day that my sinuses were acting up. This may have been due to an allergy season, but I suspect my body was flushing out toxins as a result of the juice fast. By bedtime on the third day I was already making breakfast plans for the next morning because I could not wait to eat solid food again. My energy was high and I felt invigorated.
Overall, I consider the juice cleanse to have been a highly successful experience! I lost almost six pounds in three days, and cleaned out my intestines like I never imagined was possible. The juice itself tasted so flavorful that I would have chugged it without ever knowing or caring how healthy it was. Still, somehow knowing that the juice is so beneficial may have triggered a Pavlov’s dog response in me that continues today. Weeks after my cleanse was finished I caught myself looking up juice recipes and The Juice Standard’s hours of operation. I’m a devotee now as I see that juice has seeped into my subconscious. I’ll be back for more of my favorites (like Bee Energized!) soon