Megan: 40 days of Juice/Water Fasting

  • Megan R, 22 years old Female, weighing 69 kg / 151.8 lbs, 59 in /149.86 cm tall, From Austin, United States

  • Doing 40 days of Juice/Water Fasting. Starting December 11, 2010

  • Reasons for Fasting:
    I used to fast regularly but with the stress of college I have tried to fast and failed, I really needed 'brain food'. I graduated from school last week and with my degree I also got an extra 40lbs of fat I gained over the past 4 years. I am going to India in the summer for an internship with a linguistics company. I want to be fresh and at peace again by the time I leave for my trip. I have tried to reach that peace with simple meditation and exercise but I need to take it to the next level.

  • Past Fasting Experience:
    I used to fast at least once a month for a min. of 3 days from the time I was 15 until I was 17.

  • Present Diet:
    Ha. For awhile it was whatever I could get delivered to my door, so Jimmy Johns, Pizza, and doughnuts. But now that school is over and I have time to cook and go to the store I've been eating a lot of salads and low fat meats like fish and chicken.

  • Relevant Medical History:
    I have chronic back pain that prevents me from doing more than moderate exercise.

  • State of Mind:
    Mostly content the only thing keeping me from being happy is my body, not just the weight but knowing all the toxins I have ingested makes me disgusted by it.

  • Limitations:
    I like with my boyfriend who is practically 'starving' every other hour. He is 6'4" and weighs about 140lbs. He's a yoga instructor and very active but is constantly eating and making me food. Even if the food is healthy my small 4'11" frame can only take in so many calories before expanding a few extra inches outward.

  • Questions:
    I work a 1.5 miles from my home and usually I ride my bike to and from work (I dont have a car) and during my fast I plan on walking. I figure with my super slow metabolism this should be a reasonable activity. Is this a flat out terrible idea? Should I just take the bus?

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3 Responses to Megan: 40 days of Juice/Water Fasting

  1. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi Megan,
    Good time to change your ways as you are on the road to some major health issue with that diet as you age. Do you have a juicer? It is good to build your nutritional reserves with a few days of juice fasting before you start water fasting. As you metabolism is slow you could easy exercise but there well be time when you feel dragged out. Yoga would be good during the fast.

    • minniemeg says:

      My juicer was somehow lost in our recent move but my boyfriend has agreed to take me out to look for one today after work.

      Yoga is a must for me. Especially since my boyfriends yoga studio is in our backyard. If I don’t participate I feel like the laziest person on earth sitting inside on my computer. =] You are an awesome inspiration and I can’t wait to start healing my mind again.

  2. minniemeg says:

    So today is my pre-fast. Some people can jump right into their fasts but I like to really prepare. Not to mention I had to run around town a lot today getting things for my fast so I needed to make sure I had an energy boost. I have been only drinking herbal tea made fresh from my own herb & tea garden. I had a small salad with baby spinach leaves and raw walnuts I picked from my dads tree. Later on tonight my boyfriend and I are cooking for some friends so I am going to have half a chicken breast and a mango. Tomorrow I will begin a 3 day water fast my schedule will be as follows:

    3 days of water
    10 days of juice
    3 days of water
    20 days of juice/water
    4 days of water

    I realize that with my work I sometimes may be required to ride my bike instead of my usual slow pace day in the store. On these days I may be riding for 5-20 miles and its not a ‘stroll’ I will have to be putting out a lot of energy. Therefore I went to my fathers land and picked some berries and nuts. I’ll let them soak in water and have myself a nice stash of raw fuits and veggies if I need fuel. I figure I wont need it but in case I have to ride for 15+ miles I made some gluten free grain bread I can munch. I tried fasting before with this job and once I hit 10miles I came back to the store and almost passed out. So I have learned my lesson. But its all consumption I can feel good about and I like knowing exactly where what I am consuming came from. I’m lucky enough to have access to all that wonderful stuff. Most people have to go to the farmers market to get fresh naturally produced food.

    I’m super nervous about tomorrow. Today my boyfriend made homemade doughnuts and it was so hard to turn them down! Plus tonight I’m making this wonderful mango salsa and grilled chicken with corn from our garden it’s going to be hard not to indulge. I can only imagine how much worse its going to be with our dinner party next week!