In the documentary “Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead,” we witness one woman go through a 10 Day Juice Fast and follow her ups and downs throughout the process. If you’ve seen this documentary, you see how irritable she is the first few days and how snappy she gets in her confessional style videos. I was expecting the worst, but I actually haven’t felt any irritation or anger at all! This was offset, however, by something else: depression.
Now, there is a stigma still attached to the “D” word, but I’m here to tell all! I had random bouts of sadness today, and I mean SADNESS. There was almost a vacancy there, which can feel worse. I didn’t feel like myself. So, I started reading. I spent some time reading anything I could find on juicing. And you know what? Every single thing I found noted that a small percentage of people experience depression on Day 2. Well, that hit the nail on the head. Clearly susceptible, I am in that small statistic. The readings also stated, however, that the juicer enthusiast should push through because it will pass by Day 5 at the latest! “The first 3 days are the most difficult.” I have to keep pushing through.
When I felt that the sadness was overwhelming, I immediately told Alicia, my juice buddy, and talked to my boyfriend, Brian, who lives out on the East Coast (I’m in Southern California), and actually felt better just talking about what I was feeling. Then I went to Alicia’s to juice and we took a walk. I felt immensely better just being outside and being around her and having conversations with her and my boyfriend. I want to say that my depression became overwhelming because I was alone all day and I didn’t have work— I’m not used to “doing nothing,” so I think I became extremely aware of the lack of actual food that I would normally eat sans juice fast. I feel great now and I feel satisfied. We have been letting ourselves nibble on some of the fruit that we put into the juicer, and that’s helped, as well.
My skin feels great, but I feel like I look EXHAUSTED. I can’t wait for that to pass! These eye shadows are no joke! However, like I said, my skin feels really great. My urine looks healthy and normal. I’m down 3 pounds. I had to nap today to upkeep my energy level, but it should be up by Day 4 or 5! My body is just getting the yucky stuff out!
Day 2 definitely lived up to it’s reputation. But, I got through it. There were a couple moments where I asked myself if I could really do this! I know I can though. Now I have two additional friends who have started the fast as well!
If you’re a reader who’s fasting with me, or if you’re getting ready to embark on this juice journey, remember that you CAN do it. The body is an amazing thing. Day 2 is going to be difficult, but if I can do it, you can do it.
I look forward to keeping you posted on how Day 3 goes. Day 2…you were a challenge and I appreciate you…but I’m glad to see you go. Cheers! And Happy Juicing!