*Today’s post is yesterdays news as I am a day ahead of my blog postings. ie When Day 2 blog is released I am actually going through Day 3 and so on
Before I begin the Juice Feasting program from Joanne Gero, www.vibealive.ca, I must jot down my starting statistics so I can track how my body reacts to the Juice Feasting program. As with my Training and Nutrition business, everything is about the numbers.
Body Weight: 207.4lbs
Body Fat (scale measurement): 9.9%BF
As you can see from the photo I am already rather lean despite what my body fat reading was from the scale measurement. I am not worried about dropping weight during the next 10 days. Losing body fat or weight in general is not the goal or purpose for taking part in the Juice Feast. I can feel that my body is not digesting food properly and in turn has caused me to lose some muscle mass that I once carried. That being said though, since transitioning to a Raw Vegan lifestyle I have cleared a lot of the mucus from my muscles which has left them looking quite flat and stringy. Trust me, I know what I look like and if you have known me over the years you know that even though I am not a mass monster I was definitely bigger than I am today.
My main focus over the next ten days is to give my body a major reset, to cleanse and detox from within while re-energizing my cells and tissues. The Juice Feast program is just the start of my body revolution as the period that follows will be just as important and that is where you will see the greatest change in my body on the outside. I will be able to digest and use the nutrients I put into my body much more efficiently allowing me to increase mass, strength and performance.
Morning routine as outlined in Day 1 entry consisting of sipping on 24 ounces of fresh lemon juice and water while I write in my journal.
Another amazing day of endless energy and keen awareness. The three days at the beginning of this feast that physically leveled me were worth the vibrant feelings I have had for the past few days and what is to come going forward. My back once again did not hurt this morning which is a HUGE plus. My fingers are crossed that the elimination of toxins in my body has helped to rid my body of the pain I feel when I awake.
I mentioned “keen awareness” above and bare with me as I try to explain this to you but what I have been feeling has to be what Spiderman calls his “Spidey senses.” Whether it be writing in my journal, walking down the street, petting my cat, breathing in fresh oxygen, washing my car, reading e-mails you name it, I feel so much more ALIVE. I know for a fact I am not a person who does not have feelings as I am a sensitive person but this heightened sense I have is ridiculous, I love it! This can only help me as an actor tap into all the different colours of my personality.
Instead of yoga today I decided to revisit a friend of mine, Chris “Bodhi” Batista and his Zen Stretch, Moving Meditation (zenstretch.ca). Anyone who is in the Toronto area needs to drop in on a Zen Stretch class to wake up their sleeping giant body and for those of you who can’t make it to the city, he has a Zen Stretch DVD you can purchase as well.
I know I have already mentioned how much I am enjoying my time in the mornings doing yoga and in today’s case the Zen Stretch, but taking the time to nourish myself has brought so much more meaning to an already meaningful life. Not only did I succeed in riding my body of the toxins that were causing unnecessary strain on me but to my surprise I was able to enhance my mind and spirit as well.
I walked over to the gym today and was happy to see one of my clients already there working out on a Saturday. Coincidentally, my client had just finished a juice feasting program of her own as she was in the group ahead of mine. Maybe once she reads this blog she will comment on it and give a little synopsis of how the program benefited her.
Today’s workout was again a complex but instead of using a kettlebell I prefer to use a body weight workout the day after that puts much less stress on my joints. The workout is as follows,
BODY WEIGHT COMPLEX (6 sets of 6 reps, 90 sec rest)
Reverse Grip Chins–>Plyo Pushups–>Jump Squats–>Mountain Climber (Quick shuffle)–>Dips
Next was a little calve and abdominal work followed by 8 minutes of the Upright Bike using the Tabata protocol.
Tabata protocol is simply a means of High Intensity Interval Training consisting of 20 seconds of intense work followed by 10 seconds of light recovery work. I did 16 rounds for a total of 8 minutes.
THE STOOL CORNER
Another four maybe five bowel movements today. Some of you may be wondering how can one possibly have so many bowel movements in a single day from drinking juice. Well, lets recap a little here. First, the juice feasting is giving my body a break from digesting food by nourishing it with only living vegetable and fruit juices. The juices are fibre free (hence why I use a juicer or a blender with a strainer) and I would have to say that everything I am passing at this point is waste that has been backed up in my intestines over the years. As much as I joked about using the “Fun Bag” self enema kit I know it really helped in loosening up the plaque that has been fermenting in my intestinal walls. After all, we all have 35 feet of intestines for fermenting plaque to build up in.
I have mentioned this before but if your digestive process is working optimally you should digest a meal within 17 hours. A great way to check this is to eat either corn or beets as they are foods that the body has a tough time breaking down. You will be able to see pieces of corn and the redness of the beets in your stool when the it exits your body.
Have a great day everyone!
8 days down, 2 to go!
Train Mind, Body & Spirit
Nathane L. Jackson cscs & kbts
WBFF Pro & VEGA Ambassador
Nathane Jackson conducts 1-on-1 and group training business in downtown Toronto, as well as offers a comprehensive International Online Coaching and Nutrition Program for general fitness and athletes, as well as special programs for golfers and physique competitors.
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