I finally completed my 7-day juice fast, and although I don’t really remember very much of it, I have to say it was something I needed very badly. All the food, alcohol and coffee that I had been consuming lately definitely needed to be exterminated somehow, and while I was cranky and irritable from the lack of caffeine in my system, every cup of juice made me feel a little bit better.
How I did it:
Research. I read up on juice fasts and made sure to look at the fruits and vegetables that were considered safe to have during juice fasts. I’ve never been a fan of melon-type fruits like cantaloupe or watermelon, or acidic ones like pineapple, so I stuck with the ones that I’ve liked since childhood: apple, orange, guava, starfruit and grapes. I also listed cucumber and celery for my vegetable intake (although I later stopped eating celery because it tasted weird, and just stayed with the cucumber).
Preparation. My mother was very supportive of my decision to go on this fast (probably because she wanted to see for herself if it worked on me so that she could give it a try as well), so she actually made me list down everything that I needed so that she could get it for me, when I was just planning to get it myself the day before I started my fast. Listing it all down helped, because I was able to plan my regime for the day and I knew what I was going to have at specific times of the day. I decided that since I have a full-time job and couldn’t be blending my fruits at all hours of the day, I would have to settle for juice in the mornings and nights, and eating my vegetables during the day at work. So my regime turned out looking like this:
Morning: Apple + guava juice, apple slices
Mid-morning: Cucumber slices/sticks
Lunchtime: Cucumber slices/sticks
Mid-afternoon: Cucumber slices/sticks
Evening: Orange juice, starfruit slices
Night: Orange juice, grapes
Execution. Obviously, juice fasting is more difficult than it looks. I’ve always liked eating fruits and vegetables, but when they become all you can rely on to survive, it can be very trying. Not only have I been accustomed to having coffee everyday to fight the drowsiness and chocolate to calm my sweet tooth, but I was also on this juice fast during PMS so my hormones, and therefore my appetite and temper, were raging, thus making me the biggest bitch towards most people I came in contact with. So every time I felt the hunger pangs — or tears — coming, especially in the office, I dove for my stash of cucumbers (Yes, I brought these to work with me every single day, safely hidden in a bag so that my colleagues wouldn’t think I was insane), and when I got home from work, I would drink at least two glasses of juice so that the fluid would give me the feeling of being full. I also maintained my nightly routine of green tea, which I have been drinking religiously every single night for the past five years, and forced myself to take a wheatgrass shot from Juice Works whenever I could.
The most important thing, which my high-energy job proved, is to not laze around when you’re on a juice fast, because keeping the energy levels up will help to burn the unnecessary fat and flush the toxins faster, not to mention take your mind off the need to eat regular food.
Results. My natural terror of weight scales since 2008 made me forget to weigh myself before I started the fast, so weighing myself now would not be of any help. However, as weight loss was secondary to the detoxification, I think I can actually feel myself being lighter from the lack — whether real or perceived — of toxins in my body, and less bloated from the lack of salt. It may have broken my caffeine addiction cycle, but it didn’t make me feel the need for coffee any less, which is one of the things that bothers me the most from this whole process because I am well aware of how bad too much coffee is for a person. Nevertheless, I’m fairly happy with the results, and I will definitely do this again when the time draws near for my next film or photoshoot.
Who says dieting from home has to be a torture?