Woo Hoo! Only one day left of my juice cleanse!
Have to say I am looking forward to the end of this juice cleanse. I know I will not be able to return to eating foods that I have been craving like chips and salsa when I get off this juice cleanse. Maybe in a week I will make some baked chips and salsa from scratch to appease some of my cravings. Yummy!
Since we have gone on a prolonged juice cleanse, we will take 4 days to transition to a normal diet. When breaking the juice fast, I will also make a point to eat small meals and more often like every two hours. This will be good practice as eating every couple hours is good for your metabolism and digestion. Making sure to add new foods slowly to see how my body reacts. Seeing if there are mild food allergies or if I am adding foods to quickly. Still will be consuming fruit and vegetable juices periodically until reaching my normal diet where I still plan to have at least one juice a day.
The first day will be raw non-fibrous fruits, vegetable broths, and maybe transition into steamed vegetables. May go for a baked sweet potato to soothe my desire for hot food since that is pretty soft. The second day, we plan on adding leafy greens, yogurt, and other raw vegetables. The third, adding foods like eggs, nuts, soaked grains, legumes. On the fourth day, we will add meat, non-cultured dairy (i.e. milk), and all other foods. I think we are planning having rainbow trout. In the past, I have not been big on fish yet coming off this diet, I desire to increase my Omega 3 fatty acid and decrease my Omega 6 fatty acid intake. Fish are a good source of Omega 3s.
Have been interested in balancing my Omega 3s and Omega 6s. Typically, the american diet has way too many Omega 6s compared to Omega 3s which can be inflammatory and cause stress on your body. This is something I desire to learn more about. Something interesting I discovered today about grass-fed meats. In addition to it being more humane, you can actually intake Omega 3s from meat and dairy from grass fed cows opposed to the dairy cows that are corn fed. Grass fed truly is the way to go in my opinion.
Also, In breaking the fast, we are to eat soaked grains on the third day which allows them to be easier on our system after fasting. In addition to making them more easily digested, phyates are to be released from the grain. These inhibit the absorption of vital nutrients. Will discuss this more in a later post when I know more about it.
For now, I am truly excited that I have made a huge accomplishment in my health and am one day away from completing my juice cleanse and continuing on to a new healthy lifestyle!