60 Day Juice Feast – Day 18

by Courtney on November 3, 2007

Today’s Feast, in order of consumption:

32 oz. spinach/apple/celery/grape juice
32 oz. green juice w/ lemon, cayenne and turmeric
A lot of bee pollen
16 oz. green juice w/ lemon, cayenne and turmeric
28 oz. orange juice w/ 1 TBS hemp oil
10 oz. water w/ 1 TBS chlorella and 1 TBS Pure Synergy
18 oz. parsley/apple/grape/mango juice
Ahhh that last juice had a whole bunch of parsley, mmmmm…. I absolutely LOVE parsley and cilantro, they’re two of my favorite things ever!
I had waaaaaay too much bee pollen today – even having enough juice, my body was ravenous for it.
My body seems to be urging me into a sleep routine. I get tired earlier and wake up earlier. Before the juice I tended to get to bed around 11:00 or 11:30, and wake up around 6:45 or so. Since starting the feast my body seems to want to go to bed around 10:00. I haven’t really been honoring that, I’ve still been going to bed late, but I want to change that. There have been periods of my life when I’ve been on a sleep routine where I would go to bed before 10 pm and wake before 6am and it felt wonderful – I really love the early morning when everything is still very quiet and serene.
Juicily,
Courtney
Photo above of Big Cottonwood Creek, Wasatch Mountains, Utah courtesy of David Whitten.

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David and Katrina Rainoshek November 4, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Hi Darling,

Sleeping is GOOD! We have quite recently added a little something about sleep on our site, so in case you haven’t seen it here it is! Congratulations on your beauty sleep you beauty!

We love you, Katrina and David.

Begin Sleep Information:

Your body is able to do an incredible amount of wonderful things now that you are no longer dumping toxic foods into it. Instead, you are feeding every cell in your body some of the most amazing nutrition on the planet.

You can assist it in taking full advantage of this opportunity by getting adequate rest and sleep. While you are resting or sleeping, you free up energy so that your body can get to work at flushing out that old red dye #40 from your liver where it has been storing it because it was just too busy trying to keep up with all the MSG and other toxic things coming at it. Also while you are resting your body can safely remove that layer of mucus lining your intestine and bowel, that worked to protect you from the over 3,000 synthetic chemicals that are regularly added to food products (among other things) but has also (sadly) been preventing you from assimilating and absorbing valuable nutrients from your food. Remember: you absorb 90% of your nutrition through the wall of the small intestine. If that wall is lined with uneliminated waste matter, you will become malnourished. Thankfully this old matter will release and get flushed out by the Green Vegetable Juices and Intestinal Drawing Formula on the Feast.

Rest is not a waste of time! Imagine if you left your bathroom light on all the time. No matter what type of bulb it was, it would only last half as long or less than if you turned it off when you were not in the bathroom. You are like a lightbulb, and you need rest too, and not only do you not burn out as fast, but you actually re-energize yourself so that you may burn even brighter when you are on! Make use of resting in a peaceful spot during the day, sitting on a park bench, getting hugs, meditiation, deep breathing, going for a sauna, sunbathing, going to bed early, or yoga. You will find over time that your rest is very restful, and that your “on” time is very energetic and bright!

Sleep is not a waste of time! The sleeping brain and body do many important things, including regulating gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and immune functions. Adequate sleep is especially important to hormone regulation. Lack of sleep creates hormonal imbalances that equate to metabolic disasters. It has even been shown in a ground-breaking study that after only a week of sleep deprivation, healthy, young men with no risk factor reached a pre-diabetic state. Why? Because without sleep, the central nervous system becomes more active, which inhibits the pancreas from producing enough insulin – an essential hormone that works to digest glucose, thus creating pre-diabetic blood sugar levels. Had the study’s participants’ sleep deprivation continued, as it does for so many people, these young men could well have turned diabetic, as so many young people currently are. So you can see, hormonal balance is very sensitive and very important, and it is extremely dependent on adequate sleep. To learn more about the importance of sleep, you can go to Day 30, Sleep and Insomnia.

Don’t feel bad if you find you need more sleep than usual during the first part of your Juice Feast. You are only giving your body more time and energy to clean and repair house.

According to Sam Graci in his book The Food Connection, North America is the nation of the Great Un-Slept, being kept awake longer and longer by TV, telephones, electrical lights, the Internet, and e-mail.

Don’t let this happen to you! Give yourself the gift of sleep and rest, and honor this amazing body you have been given! And remember, although sleep experts recommend eight and half hours of sleep per night, in the 1920’s the average adult got nine to ten hours a night. And our ancient ancestors, following the rhythms of the sun and moon, got between ten and twelve hours of sleep. Again, don’t feel bad if you are sleeping long hours; feel proud that you are doing something for your body that it desperately needs, especially if you are making up for years of inadequate sleep.

We recommend going to bed around the same time every night so that you can develop a healthy regular sleeping pattern. This will better ensure that you wake up at a regular time as well, probably without the use of an alarm clock (though make sure you do get up early enough to make your Juices!). Also, daily exercise is important to getting a good night’s sleep. If you haven’t yet, scroll back up this page and read the section on exercise. Make sure that you are sleeping in a completely dark room, as even the red light on an alarm clock will affect the delicate light-sensitive cells in our skin and thus our neurotransmitters that switch hormones “on” or “off.” In nature, these light-sensitive cells would trigger the daytime hormones to be switched on during the light of day, and the night time hormones to be switched on during the dark of night. You do not want daytime hormones running around your body at night, thinking that there is still a bit of daylight because the red light on your alarm clock is keeping them activated. One easy solution for this is to throw a shirt over your clock. It is a good idea to turn off any electronics that share your sleeping space with you.

Remember, if you are hungry right before bed time and have another juice, make sure it is a green juice, not fruit juice, as the sugar in the fruit juice will keep you awake. The green juice will quiet you though, and send you into a nice peaceful sleep.

Sweet Dreams! You are going to love how deeply you sleep as the Juice Feast goes on!

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