Today I met with my juice feast coach, Courtney, for a little over an hour. We went over all the nuts and bolts of my feast and what to expect. First, you may be wondering what the difference is between a juice feast and a juice fast. In a nutshell, a juice fast limits the intake of calories. In a juice fast, you could expect to need a lot of rest and spend a lot of time doing nothing. You might be tired a lot. Courtney said that for this reason a lot of people will go to retreats where they can float around in a pool all day and take naps. It can be hard to do a 7-day juice fast and contend with regular life.
A juice feast then is the opposite. I want to literally feast on juice. I should be able to function in everday life just fine, but I could experience some diffculties. I might be tired. I might get a headache, but I should be taking in plenty of calories. Feasting allows for me to go about my daily life including continuing my Bikram practice.
Yes – I plan to sustain my current schedule of five Bikram classes per week, plus one advanced class, plus whatever I would be doing at home outside of class (which can vary). Yes, I will be telling you ALL about it.
My plan during the juice feast is to blog once a day, usually in the evening, and also to tweet about my experiences. You can find and follow me on twitter at LeighAHall if you want to keep up with the juice feast tweets! Too bad I can’t tweet directly from class. Can you imagine what I might say? 🙂
Of course a big question on my mind was how much juice to drink and how to think about hydration in relation to my Bikram practice. You should know that anything I say about this feast applies only to me. When I tell you about my hydration needs do not run out and apply them to yourself. This is what works for me or what we think will work for me.
So juicing – I am supposed to drink at least one gallon of juice each day with the bulk of that being green juice. I do plan on having one citrus juice each day, and that’s fine. One gallon comes down to about 125 ounces. I drink between 100-125 ounces of water each day to stay hydrated for Bikram. What does all this mean? Well, while juice is a form of hydration, in this case it is also my only way of getting nutrients. I am supposed to drink at least one gallon of juice and then my regular gallon-ish intake of water every day.
I really hope I can get a bathroom pass out of the hot room. It could be a legitimate need. 🙂 And for the record, I will not be peeing on my mat. Yes, there are people who actually pee on their mat because they have to go and are committed to staying in the room. I know two of them personally. I really don’t want it to come down to that, but the thought has crossed my mind. What if I drink so much that my choice is flee the room or pee on my mat or be in severe pain? I am just letting that thought go. If it becomes a reality, we’ll see what I do (so stay tuned!).
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