For me, all the advanced warnings and encouragements I received were true, Once you get to day 3 of your juice fast, you are home free. I woke up on the morning of the third day and felt good. I wasn’t hungry, my headache from the minor caffeine withdrawals was hardly noticeable, and I didn’t really feel too tired. As predicted, I was doing well. Day 3 for me proceeded much the way the first two days had. I had four juices spaced out across the day starting first thing in the morning and ending around 5pm or so. I made broth for dinner again, only this time I added a tomato and some red cabbage for extra flavor.
I felt like I crossed the threshold from challenging side of the juice fast to the easier, more enjoyable side.
As successful as our first day on the juice fast had been, day two turned out to be quite the opposite. Most people will tell you that days 2 and 3 are the hardest of any juice fast, but once you get through them, it gets a whole lot easier. The challenge, however, is getting through them. Breakfast juice featured kale, cucumber, red cabbage, lemon, and apple, and was definitely a little more on the savory side. Lunch on day two featured more greens with apple and pineapple followed by a carrot and beet juice combination. Thats right, two “lunches.”
One of the things about me that is important to keep in mind is that I have never been a three square meals type of person. I usually eat about five meals during the day starting with a small breakfast followed by a late morning snack of fruit and nuts. Lunch is also usually small and is followed by a late afternoon snack that depends on what kind of activity I have planned for the evening. An hour of cross training requires a meal replacement bar where as a 30-60 minute, moderately paced run requires something smaller like granola. Finally, dinner is usually a smaller meal portion as well.
A few weeks ago my fiancé and I decided to try a juice fast for the first time. This little endeavor was intentionally scheduled right before a nice vacation week. We had a couple different reasons for trying this, from dropping a couple pounds, to cleansing, to rebooting our nutrition in advance of a little vaca-style food frolicking. Personally, I was also looking forward to kicking my morning coffee habit as well.
We started our juicing adventure shopping for a grocery cart full of fruits and vegetables, including apples, carrots, lemons, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, pears, pineapples, mangos, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, parsley, tomatoes, onion, ginger, kiwis, and red cabbage. All told, we spent about $80, with the idea of juicing for two people for four days. That math worked out pretty good as we would have just enough fruits and vegetables to get us to the finish line, spending just $10 per person per day.