Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Love Letters to Juice Feasting

Put on your happy boots!

Our dear friend Juice Feasting gets love letters. Here is one that we would love to share with you.

Dear Juice Feasting (c/o David and Katrina),

I am on day 30 of my juice feast.

In the last 30 days I have seen such dramatic changes in my body and my brain that I wanted to share. I have almost no armpit odor. I wasn't particularly stinky before, but I no longer need to wear any deodorant. I just don't emit much odor.

I have not had any heart burn for 30 days, which is huge. My dreams have become vivid and in them I am recalling events of my past. It's like the physical detox is working backward in time with my brain. My memory is strengthened both short term & long term. I am recalling all manner of names, places, songs & events that had just been lost in my mind. I feel like I am time traveling within my body! How crazy is that?! My cognitive functions are simply improved.

My energy is out of this world. I am running up and down stairs to do laundry, and feeling good about it instead of winded and tired. Phlegm and mucous is greatly reduced, and my chronic urinary tract infections are totally gone, as is my IBS.

My skin! My skin is unlike it ever has been. I am virtually free of acne, and my cheeks have a healthy glow - something I've always envied in others! I have naturally pink cheeks & lips! I don't need to fake it with makeup. My hair is also curlier - don't know why - but it is. Just another change.

The big one - the really huge change, is that I am currently experiencing my second consecutive period in eight years. My husband and I have been unable to conceive since the birth of our first child, as I was diagnosed with PCOS shortly after, and stopped menstruating altogether, except for 3-4 times a year when I was prescribed hormones to generate a period. Awesome!

I come to this as a morbidly obese woman, diagnosed with PCOS & insulin resistance, who does not want to have gastric bypass surgery. Prior to the birth of my daughter, I was physically active and strong, but pregnancy changed something in my body. My weight went up and up and up. My doctor recommended I read The China Study. That reoriented my focus from "weight loss to achieve health" to "weight loss as a side affect of health"

After 6 months of dedicated whole foods consumption, directed at weight loss, longevity and fertility, I went vegan January 1st 2008, and started the Feast on January 11th. I actually started with the idea of trying it out for a weekend to see if it was something I could do. It felt so good that I kept it up. While I have struggled with cravings and the natural mental battle, my physical being has felt better on the whole.

I have lost weight, yes, but believe it or not the weight loss is overshadowed by the pink in my cheeks and the fact that suddenly, I don't need 10 hours sleep per night.I have had bad days, I even had to do this without running water & (oh my!) internet for a week. I am seeing food as medicine, nutrition, for the first time in my life. I am so excited about this journey!

~Michelle B.

We say: Thank you for sharing Michelle! We are excited about your journey too!

Eight Days later Michelle writes back:

I'm on day 38 now! Weight loss has slowed to a crawl and I'm just fine with that for this period in my transformation. As it was so quick in the first 3 weeks, my body is shrinking around me regardless of the scale. I have to say I am having a blast - I really am. It seems that the first 30 days are a challenge, but the last 8 have been comparably smooth. I'm used to the process of juicing as well as the time involved in doing so, carry my bottles around un self-consciously, and my cravings are greatly diminished.

Best wishes & happy feasting!

~Michelle B.

Celebrating each and every one of you Juice Feasting fans,

David and Katrina


NifteThrifte said...

That is an amazing letter, I love to read things like that, they give me inspiration! I cannot wait to see al the before and after pictures that will blossom in June! I sure will have mine up there!

Hanlie said...

She could be me! Except that I haven't even had baby #1 yet. I'm currently on Day 21 and loving it, even when I have a bad day like yesterday!

Robyn said...

thank you so much for posting that letter; i have PCOS myself and was wondering if juice feasting would help it (although my naturopath doesnt approve!) does she have a blog? im wondering if there were any supplements that she was using that might have been particularly affective in restoring her cycle.
thanks again!

David and Katrina Rainoshek said...

Thanks for reading! We liked it too!

Robyn, clicking on your Blogger name does not lead to your blog!! If you read this, please drop us a note letting us know how to get in touch with you, and we can pass it along to Michelle who wrote the letter and let her know you would love to get in touch with her...and she can take it from there.