Thursday, April 25, 2013

MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST RESULTS!

WoooHooo!!! I'm finished, finito, donzo, termine!!! After 60 days of nothing but juices and for 12 days water, I am done - and as promised here are the results. But 1st I want to show you how this morning went down :

I broke my fast with this yummy papaya/dates/pineapple smoothie, and oh my goodnessssss - was is EVER good!  I have to say, I felt surprised at how fast I got full, this is seriously a full meal in a glass. You may be wondering why I didn't just devour any solid possible thing in my path instead of having a smoothie. You may even be like really, a smoothie Lorena?! Let me explain my logic: I have eaten chewed NOTHING in 60 days, my stomach has been on vacay, napping and donating all the energy it takes to digest to the rest of my body, so that it could heal itself. I want to wake it up slowly, don't you hate it when you're deeply asleep and then your 911 siren type alarm clock wakes up?! I'm being nice to my body, and so I started gently - it also ensured I didn't get stabbing pains from it being in shock! ... so it's a win-win situation ;)


My first bite of food was the beautiful piece of pineapple from my smoothie - ahhhhhh soooo goood!!! Oh my goodness, seriously guys, I have never enjoyed fresh fruit the way I do now - it's like the fast reset my taste buds, fresh food tastes amazing! I've also had a few dates and oh my wow, chewy, sweet and totally satisfying!


I was feeling all energized and happy and decided to have a mini shoot, so I could show you guys the results but it  totally flopped because it got really cold & windy, the sun went away and I felt a bit silly setting up my tripod and taking pics in my backyard lol - I tried to get at least one, here it is


 Anyways, enough delaying, you guys came here to read about my results - so here you go!
  • I'm down 41 pounds & about 6 sizes
  • my hair grew - like at turbo speed!
  • my skin is clear, clean and glowing
  • this one is probably the most important one: my period pains are GONE (if you know me, you know how HUGE this is - if you don't well let's just say I was that girl who spent her first 3 days crying, in a ball, self medicating and sometimes ODing on pain killers that make ulcers in your stomach  just to try to survive!)
  • I learned so much about my body, I became in tuned with it and now can listen and care for it better
  • this is probably the second best thing: I for once feel in control of my feelings, meaning that I now don't feel the need to eat to quiet or numb my feelings! I've struggled with food issues in the past and have been a slave to yo-yo dieting for years. I do feel however that this is a clean start and I have lifestyle change instead of a quick fix. 
  • I needed less sleep throughout the fast
  • no more headaches
  • no more slugishness
  • I gained a whole lot more insight on the art of self-care and self-love. I don't think I ever really loved myself enough to take care of my health and body... like really truly care and nurture it - not until now that is!
  • I am determined now more than ever to get fit - tomorrow I start running again!
I'm sure I'm missing some things, but I will share as they come to mind - I'll leave you all with this last set of pictures. I really want to thank you all for taking such an interest in my mundane little life and inspiring me to push myself and continue to do this fast even when I felt that it was stupid!

Thank you to my family and friends who put up with my share of emotional detox, you guys are the best. I also really want to thank my online friends for constant encouragement and accountability - you were crucial to my success!

Most importantly, I want to thank my Heavenly Father for the strength He provided everyday, for His sustenance, and for fighting for me when I had no strength to do so. For carrying me through life, work, school and finals. I thank Him for the insight He has given me into my body and for helping me accept that this "cross" I carry  (a genetically predetermined poor constitution and  a few food sensitivities, allergies and intolerances) is nothing compared to the cross He had to endure for me. I feel loved, accepted, and whole - I will gladly bear this "burden", and find creative ways of improving my health and helping others to do the same. I want to close this post with the following verse:

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14




If you want to know more about juice fasting you can watch  My Most Frequently Asked  Juice Fasting Questions

Also download my FREE eBook   How to Do a 10 Day Juice Fast 

If you have any questions or comments, tell me, I love hearing from you!

Love,
Lorena

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

LAST DAY OF MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST + JAMAICAN SORREL DRINK

This is it, the very last day of my juice fast. It almost feels surreal, and I'm having a hard time putting into words exactly how I feel right now - 60 days, 12 of which were pure water fasting ... woah

This has been quite a journey, full of ups and downs - many times it felt like a silly idea but the truth is, that I don't regret it one bit! I feel as though I am coming out a different person, one who is ready to start a new chapter in her life - one that involves loving her body instead of being at constant odds with it. One who knows just how much more she can push herself, if she sets her mind to - and one who now better understands that by letting her own light shine, she empowers others to do the same.

I am super grateful for the strength that God has given me to not only get though these past 60 days, but to also the ability to influence those around to me. Quite a few people have asked for recipes and tips on how to do a juice fast, which is why I plan on putting together a juicing e-book, which I hope to have ready by the end of May, so keep and eye out for that!

Closer to home, Mom has started to taking juices to work and is loving them - she says that they are giving them energy and she is sleeping better at night!

That being said, today I made some Jamaican Sorrel drink - if you've never tried it, you're definitely missing out! I grew up drinking this stuff by the pitcher in Mexico  - not only is it healthy because it is natural, but it is also super delicious! You can find the Sorrel flowers at any Asian or West Indian market, they cost approximately $2.00 and the package will rend at least 4 liters of concentrate.


How to make it:
  1. boil a handful of sorrel flowers in 2 liters of water - let it boil in medium heat for a while so that the concentrate gets nice and robust.
  2. let the concentrate cool, you can put it in the fridge
  3. add 3 cups of water for 2 cups of concentrate 
  4. sweeten to taste and enjoy!


Well, that is all for tonight folks, I had an awesome bath and am feeling all cozy and ready to go to bed...Tomorrow... I CHEW!!!! Tomorrow I will also share full results, pictures and a better summary of the whole thing, you guys get the full enchilada so stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SPRING: NEW BLOG NAME & DESIGN




 Spring is here! Today we finally got some rain instead of snow (grin.) It felt like the cold winter spell was never going to let up, but the hope of April's showers bringing on May's flowers makes me feel giddy!!! I came across this lovely flowers on my tumblr dashboard, since we have no flowers outside yet, these will have to do for now.


How do you like the new blog?!  I'm still working out some final details but for the most part things should work. That being said there is still a lot of work to do but it will have to wait until after finals.The next two weeks are VERY exciting for a few reasons:
 
  1. School will be done by next Friday 
  2. My juice fast is done the Wednesday after that
  3. I will have time to start cooking and blogging regularly
  4. I get to see my friends!!!
It's 1:35 am and I really should be getting to bed, but I had to write a little blurb about how excited I am!!!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST ADVENTURE: 40 DAY CHECK-IN


So here I am, 40 days into what different people have a called crazy, amazing, inspiring, ridiculous and impossible journey. I can honestly say that I have agreed with all these descriptions at different points in these past 40 days. I have had amazing days and also had not so amazing ones, but I do not regret a single one of them.

Yesterday I wrote a fairly comprehensive post on my experience during these past 20 days (since I totally missed the third 10 day checkpoint, sorry) - so I don't want to repeat myself (you can read it here)

Today I want to reflect on just how good God is, He has faithfully carried me through these past 40 days and has held me up through some pretty rough lows. He has also helped  me to see that this whole juice fast journey is bigger than me - it is not just about a sick and desperate girl trying whatever she can to make herself feel better. This adventure is helping me connect with many people who just like me, are sick and desperate needing to find an alternative route to improve their quality of life. I'm also realizing how much I enjoy sharing the information that I have learned and feel that I could do this for the rest of my life. Isn't that so like Him - to take our ordinary, mundane lives and make them into something much more meaningful? I'm reminded of this verse:

 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  - Romans 12:1 (MSG)

I'm not sure of what He has in store for me, but today I am content with walking this journey of discovery, healing and health, holding my Abba's hand... one day at a time.

I am excited about the next few weeks, as much as sometimes I want to eat food - I am secretly cherishing these last 20 days of adventure.

That is all for now!


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I KNOW I'VE BEEN GONE, I'M SORRY!!!

Hello, hi! It's been a few days weeks since I've blogged about my juice fast adventure, I apologize for that. With only 2 weeks before finals and all my assignments piled up at the tail end of the semester, your girl has been having to crunch down and get things done!

I want however to take a couple of minutes to share with you what's been going on these past few weeks in regards to the juice fast - just a whole bunch of random tid-bits as they come to mind... here I go:

  • Last post you saw that I started taking spirulina as a supplement because I had decided to start weight training - now I know, you're probably freaking out thinking "Lorena, why would you weight train if you are not taking any sort of protein to help you! Your muscles are going to waste away!!!" and if I wasn't taking spirulina perhaps you'd be somewhat right. However did you know that spirulina is 60-70% a complete protein?! This means that it has 10-15 times more protein than lean meat!!! Amazing right?!!! I've been working out 5 days a week and weight training 3 of those days, my muscle recovery time is short, and I have plenty of energy during my workouts.
  • Tomorrow is day 40 and although I have not weighted myself since day 20, I can feel the difference in weight and yesterday had to go buy new jeans! Yay!!! I think I can attribute much of the weight release to the combination of juicing and a solid and consistent workout plan!
  • These past 2 weeks have been a real roller coaster - I've had some amazing highs and some pretty interesting lows. The lows have been, rises and dips in energy - I think due to the extra energy exertion and the turbo-detox effects of spirulina and apple cider vinegar I've been drinking. They also have included few tid bits of negative criticism that one should expect when others find out you're drinking nothing but juices for 60 days. These on the other hand have been vastly outnumbered by the encouraging, admiring and cheering comments I've also received. Another super awesome high, has been the amount of people asking me questions about juicing and expressing an interest in trying juicing for their own health, how awesome is that?! (I think I will write a separate, more elaborate post of this later on, right now my energy is winding down fast)
  • Lastly, I've noticed how cold I feel for most of the time ... the weather outside totally does not help and I've been going to sleep with 3 extra blankets (I'm dead serious) - I read that this is a normal detox side effect, but has anyone else experienced this?
 I had originally meant for this post to be a bit longer and more detailed, but my energy is going through a dip and my body is begging me for a nap - so until next time, STAY JUICY!! 



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