Well we’ve now completed our 40 day juice fast and to celebrate I prepared some Norwegian smoked salmon, with scrambled eggs and a light salad for breakfast. It was washed down with a small glass of mixed fruit juice.
In order to give the appearance of a bang slap-up meal I served on small plates, the ones we used to use just for bread and butter. Although I ate faster than I would prefer, the habits of cutting lunch-hours during a busy previous life still have an influence, I really enjoyed our meal.
Irem savoured every mouthful. If we ever fall out and I need to get round her I now know that a few slices of smoked fish will bring her back to me.
I suppose really I should attempt to provide you with a real evaluation of our juicing experience. The good and the bad.
Starting with the bad, the first weeks are when you are likely to suffer the most aches and pains. I had yet to lose sufficient weight to really enjoy exercising until two weeks had passed. Even after two weeks occasional stomach aches and wobbles may be felt. I recall after around three weeks doing an enormous poo and my lower abdomen felt bruised and ached all morning after that.
On the other hand, as time passed my energy and mental acuity increased. I spend less time on the computer, and more time in the garden. I rarely watch DVDs before going to bed, and sleep earlier. I wake early, at around six, when I do some of my best writing, or work in Photoshop, then as it gets light go out for an hour’s gardening.
Perhaps it’s as much this excercise, as living on juice, which led to my losing 20 kg? Maybe, though it’s just that without tea, or coffee, I’m less toxic, and certainly living without any refined sugar?
And that’s really the problem. Had I simply drank juice for 40 days, and changed nothing else in my lifestyle, I could report how effective fasting in this way is. But so much extra has changed, so as a scientific experiment the results are inconclusive. On the other hand, my lifestyle and mental attitude is far more positve.
Later, Irem and I take a walk around Kumlubük, or stroll into Turunc to purchase goods and collect the mail.
Somehow life has become more balanced, and I’m even feeling a little sociable.