In August, I started doing intermittent fasting. I allowed myself eight hours a day to eat, and I only drank liquids (I had to include coffee, milk, and the occasional fruit shake, more for social purposes) for the remaining 16. I'm haven't confirmed if I lost any weight, but I felt more energized a few days into it. I started waking up after six to eight hours of sleep without feeling sluggish. I haven't weighed myself (I don't want to; any slight fluctuation discourages me), but my clothes started fitting better again. And all that without changing what I ate, only when I ate them.
I thought that it was an easy way to ease myself into the discipline of fasting again.
Shortly before my sister was pregnant with Keona, I went on a 30-day juice fast to detox. I remember Keona being a time marker, because my sister's pregnancy had me eating things she craved with her, things like tocino.
I loved going on the juice fast, and I told myself I'd do it once a year, but Keona has turned 6 now and I have yet to go on another juice fast. I'm not sure I can do it as easily now, given that I have no kitchen in Proj. 4 and the Fruit Magic kiosk in Eastwood Cybermall has closed. But I'd like to see if I can ease myself slowly into making the extra effort to go on a juice fast in my current context.
To be honest, arthritic symptoms provides additional impetus. My mom's been experiencing arthritic pain, and I've been feeling some of the symptoms myself. (I'll get back to you on this after a proper blood test and medical check-up.)
Today, September 3, I'll be going on a raw food diet until September 30. Then, by October 1, I can gauge if I'll be able to do a juice fast. I'll allow myself some milk and coffee (though I'm not a coffee addict, really), but if I feel like I can live without these two, I'll probably take them out too.
Wish me luck!