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A glass of freshly squeezed orange and strawberry juice

Freshly squeezed orange and strawberry juice mixed with water

After having such a rough time of it last year on the juice portion of the fast, I decided to take matters in my own hands. Last year I bought prepared juices and had a fairly rough time. I’m not sure if it’s just that my stomach didn’t like the extras that come with commercially prepared juice or juice itself. This year, since I’m working at home, I’m squeezing my juices to order.

I’ve made up detoxing oils for my detox baths. Like last year, they are:

  • Lemon Oil – strengthens the kidney and the liver, boosts the immune system by increasing blood circulation and stimulating white blood cells.
  • Grapefruit Oil – Stimulates lymph, controls water levels and fluid retention in the body (which I needed last night)
  • Geranium Oil – diuretic, helps thin the blood and helps with blood circulation, relieves mental stress and stimulates the lymphatic system.
  • Patchouli Oil – diuretic, fights cellulite and fluid retention, helps flush toxins out through the kidneys, helps with releasing toxins.

I’m also planning on chopping up fresh ginger and adding that to my detox baths in a muslin bag. That will help open up my pores and even if I don’t sweat (which ginger baths promote), It will probably help me to burn up some toxins. My baths will also include baking soda, Epsom salts and sea salts. I’m hoping to take one if not nightly through this process, than at least every other night.

First juice up was a combination of oranges and strawberries (with a few blueberries thrown into the mix). I cut it half and half with water. I alternated sips of juice with sips of raw milk.

A few hours after drinking this, I started feeling a headache coming on and later on my back and shoulder muscles started aching. I knew this day wasn’t going to be easy. And while I know the rest of the three weeks will have its ups and downs, in some ways this is the hardest.

Perhaps it’s because I’m hungry more often. Being on a low carb diet means I never feel hungry and I never felt hungry or deprived on the milk cure last year.

I had some apple, pear and mixed berry juice mid day along with some home-made chicken stock. Lunch was a glass of milk and some mixed berry juice. (all juices cut at least half with water).

Afternoon snack was more chicken stock and the last of the milk. Evening (I really can’t call it dinner) was a pear, two glasses of juice (orange juice and then mixed apple/pear/berry).

Altogether, I had 6 glasses of juice, 2 cups of chicken stock and 3 1/2 cups of raw milk as well as lots of plain water. All the juice was mixed at least half and half with water.

The head and body aches stayed with me through bedtime. I did take a 45 minute detox bath. I listened to meditative music, and alternated between reading and reiki (I just got my first level attunement last week so its good practice). After that I went to bed, windows open just as recommended in the books.

This year, my juice fast was easier than last year by a good long distance. I think the difference of making my own juices from organic fruits made the difference, it had better. Since I don’t regularly juice (and won’t in the foreseeable future), I don’t own a juicer anymore. My braun food processor has a citrus juicer attachment, which made the oranges easy. But all I had for the apples, pears and berries was a small juicer that fit my magic bullet. It really doesn’t work well with the bullet. I found the best way to get juice out of it was to puree the fruit first in my food processor and then take batches and push them through the juicer with the plastic baton you get. In other words, I didn’t use the bullet attachment at all. It was slow and messy, but it worked. And for a once a year situation, its fine.

If you are doing the milk cure, in whatever way you are choosing to do it, let us know how you are doing today in the comments.

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Vital Statistics

So coming off my baseline day I was actually surprised to see a 2.2 pound drop in weight. That was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t actually track the juice fast day last year so I don’t have anything to compare it with, but I’m not surprised to see my glucose readings so high in the afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised to see it drop down at bedtime.

Day Weight Basal Temp Glucose: Fasting Glucose: Noon Glucose: Bed
Baseline From 2012 201.4 97.9 114 104 110
End Result Milk Cure 2012 196.0 97.9 103 82 120
Baseline From 2013 176.6 98.1 103 102 81
Day 0 (Juice Fast) 174.4 98.3 103 121 90

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