I thought that I finished with the bumpiness however Day 4 wasn’t super smooth, but it also was not that terrible either. Overall, I felt weaker, with lesser energy, and my weight had gone up a couple of pounds as measured in the morning. However I felt this “cleanliness” inside, you know, the tummy felt fresh, and light. I don’t know how to describe it, but I just felt lighter inside. And that felt good.
I think weight may have been impacted by the fact that I was mostly juicing fruits the day before. And I ate an entire coconut! Technically, my diet should be 70% veggies and 20-30% fruits no more. I did the opposite just because I thoroughly enjoyed drinking apple and grape juices!
I also want to go back and follow more closely the diet as detailed by JointheReboot.com. Their nutrionists know what they’re doing; they ensured that the diet is balanced and includes most needed nutrients. I think the weakness I felt was due to the swinging of blood sugar, and to the lack of iron/calories. So I’m going to go back and try to follow them as closely as I can.
Diet Inhibits Reflection
I know that I will experience more positive aspects of this diet as I progress. It’s still too early to reap the full benefits. However on the spiritual level, it really is doing something to me. The constant hunger and weakness that I have experienced so far is making me feel more emphatic towards the poor. You really can’t help but thinking about them. Here I am fat and happy living in the west and dieting mostly for fun. However there are real people, hundreds of millions, if not billions, living in very underprivileged conditions and that actually dream of having my diet food, let alone the food that I enjoy off the diet.
I’ve heard arguments saying that the poor are poor because they’re lazy and because they don’t work hard, and don’t know how to take advantage of their environment. I think that may be true in some limited cases where people have opportunities but they don’t make an effort to benefit from them. However in many cases especially overseas, things are far more complex than this simplistic thinking. Poverty is a physical and mental shackle and both are very hard to break without external help and influence, no matter how hard you work.
Coming to think of it, I had zero influence in chosing where I was born and the environment I grew up in, which helped shape who I am today. And if I were born in the slums of India, or in the dry deserts of Somalia instead, things may not likely be the same to me. So if I think that the bounties that I enjoy are there because I deserve them, and purely because I work hard, I’m wrong. How many millions of people in the world work 10 times as hard as I do constantly and with no weekends and vacation breaks yet they don’t even enjoy 1/1000th of the material resources that I have around me. Is it really just about hard work? How can I explain the 10 year old boy in India or in Somalia who work 16 hours a day to be able to get a bowl of rice at the end of the day to their family? If this is about hard work, they surely deserve much more than I do here, “working” in an air conditioned office with all means of entertainment and pleasure at my finger tips. Yet we complain if we’re faced with the smallest challenge and insecurity and we have this never ending hunger to buy new gadgets, new clothing, new everything…things we don’t really need. We are spoiled.
I realize that what we enjoy as resources and bounties are purely blessings from God. Some of us are blessed more than others, not because we deserve it, but as a mere test. Those who have less, their test is to be grateful by being patient and by trying. And those who have more, their test is to be grateful by giving and not being selfish. This is not socialism, this is just humanism.
I weighed 232 lbs in the morning, and throughout the day I had 4 cups of mean-green juice (mostly greens), as well as 2 bowls of lentils soup, one banana and one peach and water. I also had a cup of tea with 1/2 teaspoon of honey as a sweetener (maybe I shouldn’t have had the honey). No coffee today.
Lino’s Day 4 Summary
Morning Weight: 236 lbs
Foods Consumed: 4 cups of juice made with kale, chard, parsley, cucumbers, carrots, Apples, plenty of water. One tea(my morning tea).
Allergies/Medical Condition: High BP 121/79 Good
Notes: Day 4 felt ok. I fell off the wagon, a friend had a birthday and they had Afghan food which I was NOT able to resist but I am back on again.