It is 7:30 a.m. I’m sipping my Yogi Detox Tea with 1/2 lemon squeezed into it. And wishing it was coffee. And wishing I could eat something. Anything. It’s supposed to get easier, but I’m still waiting for that.
I woke up to a very encouraging email from Whitney and it really did help to hear what others were going through:
- It was nice to hear that others are sleeping a lot. I took 2 naps yesterday and was in bed by 9 p.m.
- Others felt “foggy” or “spacey.” Yep and yep.
- Some have reported losing 4 or 5lbs. already. After 1 day of feasting? Ok, that hurt a little. I didn’t even lose a full pound!
But the most helpful part of her email was listing the side effects we can potentially experience. I felt a lot of those yesterday and was very close to giving up. I’m learning I don’t have a lot of mental toughness. You know on Survivor when Jeff Probst tells the contestants to “dig deep.” There’s more than just enduring physical discomfort. There’s a very real mental aspect to this. I have to want the “prize” (renewed health) more than present comfort. And it’s hard because comfort can come very quickly and easily. It’s just a saltine away.
Side Effects of Detoxing
I thought I’d share some of the side effects Whitney listed cause they might provide help for anyone who decides to embark on this journey. I cut and paste most of this from her email:
* Headaches, less than a day in duration, may occur at the beginning of the fast, or if you forget to stay well hydrated.
* Insomnia often occurs at the start of a fast. Drinking chamomile tea can help. (Sound sleep is coming)
* Mild nausea can occur. Drinking ginger tea can help. Make sure that the vegetable and fruit juices you are making are not too strong.
* Dizziness, lightheadedness and palpitations are common early symptoms. During a fast the blood pressure may normalize itself, and in so doing there may be a blood pressure decrease. Blood sugar may also fluctuate as this system normalizes. Relaxation, deep breathing and gentle yoga can all help.
Be aware not to leap out of bed or rise quickly from a hot bath if you are in a phase of feeling light-headed. (Otherwise feel free to leap out of bed singing “I feel Good! I feel Fine! I’m feeling like this All the Time!”). Try some ginseng herbal tea. Be sure that you are drinking enough juice so as to regularly support blood sugar.
* The bowels may slow down. After the first few days, there frankly isn’t much traveling through the pipes. Having no BM is not unusual and is to be expected!
* Depression and anxiety feelings may occur as part of a mental or ‘brain’ detoxification. They will pass, often by the next day. Make sure you get enough sleep on the fast as the body may be doing some rebuilding.
* Aching limbs and muscles can occur as a result of increased acidity in the tissues from circulating toxins released from storage and now mobilized in the blood. and can be minimized by drinking plenty of fluids, taking more of the Vitamineral green support product and by taking a bath with Epsom salts. Also consider massage, walking, extra sleep and Yoga.
* Increased discharge of mucous from the sinuses, throat, vagina etc may happen. The body has realized that it is time to clean house and it is using the mucous membranes to carry toxins out of the body.
* Symptoms of a previous illness or injury may temporarily re-occur. This is a very good sign. This is a healing sign, well known to naturopaths and homeopaths whereby layers of held illness will peel off, sometimes producing the temporary symptoms of the illness as the last remnants of it leave the body.
I had 6 of the 9 issues listed. I think the most surprising one for me was the depression. And anger. I was very depressed yesterday. I would see people eating and wish I could. I was mad that there were naturally thin people in the world and they never had to worry about their weight. It ticked me off I work so hard and sometimes the results aren’t there. I was discouraged that I was trying to do something good for my body and my body was throwing tantrums like a 2 year old!
As Day 3 wore on, I felt better and better. Much better energy, no headaches. Still hungry, but not horrible like the first day.
Did yoga which was very therapeutic. If you’ve even done yoga and have some extra weight on, some of the positions can “highlight” that bulge. For me, every time I would do a forward bend, I could feel my stomach get in the way. Last night, it was still there, but slightly smaller. Yay! I’ve never had a flat stomach. Never. Even at 8 years old I had a belly. And for the first time last night I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have that? To not have it get in they way? Hopefully by Day 10, that will be closer to being a reality!
After yoga I was pretty sore, so I decided to to a mud bath. I know it sounds weird. And maybe it is. I don’t know. My view of weird is different than normal people. But let me tell you, it’s amazing.
I used Torf Moor Mud. Moor Mud therapy helps with pain management, detoxification, circulation and immunity, reduce inflammation, and fights eczema. It’s harvested in Europe and is basically very old decomposed plants. They are full of bio-minerals, amino acids and plant hormones. It has no smell. I usually add 5 drops of my favorite essential oil to help increase the therapeutic benefits.
Afterwards, I felt soooo good. And slept like a baby.
We don’t currently carry it at the store. but it’s available on Amazon. Click on the link to the right if you’re interested.
Here is where we are with weight loss:
|Date||Weight||% Body Fat||% Water||% Muscle||% Bone|
Day 3 DONE!