Thanks to starting my CELTA course, an intensive training as an English language teacher, I’ve been a little short on time these past few days. Days 3 and 4 I felt great, until the evening of the 4th. We went to see a film and afterwards I was tired, grouchy and irritable – then burst into tears for no apparent reason on the way home. The thing I’ve learned about juice fasting is that the juices have to be regular – and I can’t state this enough. Because of my erratic hours, my blood sugar levels had gone way off. I had two juices in a short period, then nothing for several hours. I’m guessing my blood sugar spiked and crashed. I didn’t manage to recover it that well today, and I had my final CELTA of the week in the evening, which by the time I’ve gone there and back takes up 5 hours. I gave in to my body and ate a large meal, which saw me through. I’ve taken the night off to balance my body (5 1/2 days in) and will start over tomorrow for three more days, mainly because I have the fruit and veg in the flat and don’t want it going to waste. I’m under a lot of stress at the moment though, so my mood’s not the most stable at the moment as it is. I guess I’ll take it day by day, juice by juice.

The juices themselves are delicious. I’ve had a few mishaps… on the first day the juicer hadn’t suctioned itself onto the worktop properly and bounced away from me when I switched it on, spraying grape juice everywhere before I could turn it off. Other less sticky mishaps include the site I’ve been using insisting every juice have a whole cucumber in it… I soon grew sick of cucumber and knocked it down to a third… and one juice tasted like a liquid moldering salad, that proceeded to separate into cloudy gunk at the top of the glass – to the horror of my friend who had come round for a cup of tea. Beetroot, carrot, and squash however I am a big fan of in juices. I’ll post a list of my favourite recipes soon.

The other thing I was worried about it the amount of weight I’ve lost. I don’t need to lose weight, and I started feeling very thin and cold – I had lost a pound a day since starting. I’m not doing this for weight loss, after all, but energy and curiosity, and a reboot. 

The plan for tomorrow, therefore, is to prepare the vegetables and fruit in ziplocks tonight so that they’re ready to go for tomorrow, and then be strict about one every two hours. I’ll report back about how I’m feeling at the end of the day.

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