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Gearing up by Vegging Out

Hello World, It's me again. I can't believe how long it's been since my last blog entry!

Me, now...or at least a month ago when I colored my hair last.
In this past winter, I have done a lot of hunkering down with a blanket, a coffee, and a load of papers to grade.  Spring will be here in days (though Mother Nature is gracing us with snow today), and I am gearing up for my next fast/Reboot blast starting today.

What's the plan? 

Like my last 60 day fast, I will be doing a heck of a lot of juicing and blogging. Unlike my first fast, I am going to be vegging-out for 3-4 days every 10 days of juice (3 times total), with the last 20 days being a straight juice fast.  Vegging Out means salads and veggies, some fruits, keeping it raw and fresh, for a few days in the middle of consecutive juice blasts, for a period of 60 days total.  I've blocked out my calendar and have shifted plans to start March 25th - May 24.

How are you preparing?

Today, a week before the first 10 day juice faze, begins with veggies and more veggies. I am spending a week adding that bulk to my diet by way of close-to-nature goodness. The more fiber in now, the better my digestion will work later.  I am abstaining from meat and processed food starting today because the transition to juice is only made worse if you are also suffering from withdrawals from meat and junk. Now the coffee is taking a bit more time and I hope to be off it by Wednesday. Green Tea with lemon will be my go-to hot morning drink.

Wait, withdrawal from junk? Weren't you all cured and stuff from your last fast?

Um, no. After my last fast I slid far and fast. I went out to a nice Chinese restaurant about a month after the fast, woke with STABBING pain (I seriously thought I was having a heart attack), had emergency gall-bladder removal, and cursed the heck out of my clean body not dealing with the realities of going out to dinner with friends.  I made-up with all manner of foods I swore-off, and I gained back some of the weight I lost from the fast; it sucked.  Dude, I am human and I love drinks, traveling, and restaurants. It is the Cheetos and crap that I have no excuse for at all. I have been on and off the wagon of healthy eating for the past few years, but since last year, I have been trying to eat less and more green than ever before. The result? I am back at the weight I was when I finished the big fast. Woot! Now it is time to push through the plateau.

I think I want to join in for some/all of this with you...

By all means, yes.  Please do. Know I am not a health professional and do not know anything about Doctor's Orders, so I am not liable for anyone but me on this or any fast program.  That said, I also know that people don't have to listen to Dr Pharma when they are looking to increase their overall well-being by trying vegetarianism or juicing. Did I listen to the "Consult your Dr before begining this or any exercise program" when I tried the Insanity workout? Nope. Was I so sore that it hurt to breathe for nearly a week after my first failed two-class attempt? Yuppers. (This reminds me I need to try this program again, soon.)

Be Smart. If you have a history with eating disorders there are many things I think you need to work out with a professional before you start restricting like this, but also know that if you are over 18 and mentally "good", you shouldn't feel like this is so extreme that you will be cursed with a disorder. Try it if you like, and share your woes in the comments below. Link me to your blog so I can follow your own journey.

Let me hear back from you - do you have any plans for this Spring? Trying any new healthy thing?

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