Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
Hello one and all and thank you for allowing me to be part of this wonderful community. Well here I am 6 days later still juice fasting/feasting. I am Eric, a 38 yo daddy of a 5 yo son and husband to an awesome wife living in sunny Wesley Chapel ,FL. I started this journey last year by transitioning to a 99.99% raw diet for a 4 month period of time losing over 30lbs of weight. I say 99.99% becasue I love my fish and from time to time would have a grilled grouper filet seasoned with lemon, fresh cracked pepper, and celtic salt. I would always have a handmade raw mango salsa for the topping as well, yum!! Anyways, back to the subject. I fell off the wagon in June of 2012 after going on a cruise and having my wife drill me to eat a nice dinner and have some drinks with her. Well, thats all it took for me to deep 6 the raw.
By November I was back up from 175lbs to 205lbs along with the bad eating habbits and poor overall health, yuk. I think this was the best thing for me to experience though because I deffinately know what I had before and missed all the benefits that came with this lifestyle. I have always been active and ate as healthy as I knew how (at the time) before going raw but once I did I really felt like I never have before. I became wrapped up in work and did not take the time out for my own health and well being. Things started going down the tubes with my health, energy, and self well being.
By December I had enough. I began researching and reading up on the raw lifestyle once again to start motivating myself to get back up on the horse. Through my research I decided to begin this round 2 journey with a juice fast/feast. I did not want to set any long term goals for this so I set out with a decission to take it day by day. I began on January 7th, 2013 and here we are 6 days later. I have been doing things by the book but at my own pace and comfort level. I am not following a stringent by the hour routine but rather a how I am feeling routine. If I am hungry I address it with whatever I am feeing in the mood for either juice, water, or a handful of refrigerated pomogranate seeds (which I only chew out the juice and spit out the seeds and such.) The only rule that I am following is the 80/20 mixture of vegtables vs fruits.
I weighed myself on 1/5/13 at was at 205lbs. Today at midnight 1/12/13 I am currently at 194.5, thats a 10.5 lbs off. If that isn't a motivator I do not know what is! I have had some ups and downs but nothing that was extreme. Day 5 brought on alot of energy and i ended up only sleeping for about 1.5 hours but I still felt sharp and focused. I am not sure how much longer I will fast for, I geuss I will let my body tell me when its time to transition. I am working on getting my wife and mother to now start down their own paths with the lifestyle and now that they see my success they are motivated more than ever. I cannot wait to try many of the reciptes on this forum and continue growing with you all. More to come on my own journey. Respectfully, Eric