And things take a turn for the worse ... Deadweight. That's the first thing I think when I try to get out of my bed the morning after my Miracle Juice fast day. Each step I take is a conscious decision to expend energy. I take a shower but trying to wash my hair leaves me breathless; bending over to wash my legs is exhausting. By the time I get out of the shower, I feel nauseated and queasy, so I decide I have to eat something. I'm shaking as I walk down the stairs, holding on to the wall and railing. I have scrambled eggs and water for breakfast and feel better, but the thought of walking back up the stairs drains me so much that I sit on the couch for 10 minutes. Once I make it up the stairs, my body chills come back.
While Gittleman says the initial experience of the one-day fast can be "somewhat uncomfortable," my experience is a lot more extreme. She offers an explanation: "You were drained of electrolytes because of the consistent diarrhea, so you were just depleted by that point," she tells me. "Quite honestly, not everybody should be doing the one-day fast." If you're on medication that requires food as a buffer, have problems with your kidney or liver, have blood sugar difficulties, or have mental health issues, Gittleman recommends skipping the fast day, which can clearly be traumatic for some people (myself included).
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