Several years ago I read an article about a guy who had volunteered to do a 7 day juice fast. For those not aware of juice fasting, it’s a popular trend for people looking to “detox” or purge the body of all the crap we consume on a daily basis.
I was interested in it simply because of the exceptionally graphic detail the author went into regarding the intestine cleansing effects. In other words, you have a tendency, when you stop consuming solids, for your body to release the inner goop from your digestive tract. In the author’s case, he dropped a marble in a bathroom visit that he specifically recalled swallowing as a chid.
After watching a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, I was particularly impressed by the health benefits portrayed, but still skeptical. If juice fasting could help get the body recentered, great. At worst, I figured, it might help me develop a taste for the vegetables I have managed to avoid for most of my life.
So I have kicked off what is planned as a 10 day fast. April and I are doing it together (it was actually her idea, but I have always been keen to try it, so I went along easily.)
So far it hasn’t been bad, with the exception of a juice called “gazpacho juice”. It’s a combination of plum tomatoes, cucumber, celery, red bell pepper. red onion, parsley and lime. While it sounds harmless enough, it’s actually some of the worst stuff I have ever put in my mouth.
I’ll keep posting over the next ten days with my thoughts and progress.