Day 73 ♥
My second longest Orange juice mono diet ended after 52 days.
But I ended it not because I was listening to my own body, but because I was listening to the concerns and considerations of other people.
I accept that those who were concerned for my welfare were only acting out of love and care.
They saw a loss of weight and that was what they focused on.
I had lost a lot of weight (28lbs) but I was stronger and had more endurance and felt as well as I have ever done.
And when I stopped my mono diet, I knew that I had ended my Orange juice diet prematurely because the wonderful fruits that I broke my diet on (my fathers fresh Greengages and then a beautiful Mango) tasted only like ashes in my mouth after my beloved Orange juice.
On another Orange juice diet in 2008, I broke it after 40 days, and the Persimmon that I ate tasted like nectar.
So the big difference was that the breaking of the 52 Day Orange juice diet, was due not from messages within but without.
And on the 40 Day Orange juice diet, my body was ready to stop.
So the message I am trying to relate is that one skill which is vitally important on any kind of raw unprocessed diet is Listening to Your Own Body.
We are taught the importance of listening to others, and how to be good listeners; but also equally vital is listening to your own body and its very important needs.
I truly believe that on a raw unprocessed diet, where most of the food is eaten totally unaltered and mono, your body will give you very clear signals of its needs and desires.
We have the internal 'ears' to hear our bodily needs but it is not always easy to listen with these ears.
Why is this?
I believe that a big part of it is that most of us have not been raised to listen to our own bodies, and also we have not been raised on a raw unprocessed diet from birth.
We have been told to listen to our parents, listen to our teachers, listen to the 'experts' and nutritionists, and listen to the Television, and listen to the doctors.
But who ever told you "Listen to Your Own Body".
And it is hard on a mixed, cooked, and processed diet to listen to your own body because the instinctive signals from raw unprocessed foods are not there.
There are so many mixes and de-natured foods that how could your body possibly be getting any clear signals as to what food it really needs.
So, I believe,one huge advantage of eating raw mono meals is that your body has a far easier time seeing what works for it personally, and then it also has a far easier time letting you know. The message is not lost in a barrage of other bodily messages from mixed, cooked, or processed foods.
So I am listening to my body regarding the stop point of my diet.
I am trying to listen with my internal 'ears' to my physical, mental and spiritual needs.
On the physical side, I do the same workout every day, so that is a good benchmark for me of how my body is doing physically.
And at the moment I find this workout to still be easier than when I am on a mixed fruit diet.
So this is one indicator, another is my general energy levels and my weight.
I am still losing weight, but I still have not lost much muscle mass. I accept there will be a point where I do not want to go any lower weight wise. And I think that this will most likely be an influence in my decision to end the Orange diet, if the weight loss become an issue and my body tells me it has lost enough weight.
The emotional and spiritual signals may be more subtle than the physical signs, but I believe they are still there if we listen to our internal 'ears'.
To be able to listen to others is indeed a great and valuable skill. However, also vitally important is the skill of being able to listen to yourself ♥
Fruity Fare ♥
Morning— 14 Organic Valencias, juiced with a spoon
Midday—9 Organic Valencias, juiced with a spoon, and 3 Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth.
Afternoon—7 Organic Valencias, juiced with a spoon, 3 Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth.
Fruitful Exercise ♥
40 minutes workout
20 minutes dancing.
Have Beauty, Fruity Days ♥
Love and Peaches XX.