I was supposed to start a 7 day fast 5 days ago. I completed day 1 just fine but just before bedtime on Day 2 I decided to put off the fast until I was really ready. I don’t know if I’m really ready but I’m going to try it again today, only I will be attempting a 5 day fast this time instead of 7. Depending on how I feel on day 5 I might consider adding an additional 2 days.
My fibroids have been out of control for a few weeks. The only time I’ve felt balanced in those few weeks was during the 36 or so hours that I avoided solid food between December 31 2012 and most of the day January 1 2013.
I’ll be honest with you, this whole cycle is frustrating; but I guess I need to accept it for what it is because it’s a problem I have for the rest of my life unless I get the hysterectomy. Living with fibroids is my reality and I need to face the fact that as long as I’m going to have slip ups in my daily fibroid management routines, then I will have setbacks.
I almost don’t want to admit it, but if I’m going to do this then I have to be completely honest not just about positive results but also about the setbacks. So here is what I believe is the primary cause of my most recent setback. I am not a drinker, which is to say, out of a 365 day year, I probably consume alcohol on 15 days tops. Now I know that not a drinker means you absolutely never consume alcohol so by comparison to people who absolutely never drink, my 15 days out of 365 are quite a lot of days.
Back in late October I decided I wanted to have some wine. I figured what the heck. So much had happened in my life up to that point and most of it unpleasant and I was still standing. I had even conquered a few things I didn’t think I would be able to conquer. I wanted to treat myself with a nice glass of wine; so I told my husband to buy a bottle from the supermarket. Yeah, we’re those people–the unsophisticated poor people who buy their wine from the supermarket for $5 bucks.
So my husband brought home the wine and I think I drank the whole bottle over a period of a few days. Several weeks later he came home with another bottle. This time a bottle of Baileys Irish cream. I hadn’t asked him for it and he usually does not bring any kind of liquor into the house that I did not specifically request. He’s not a drinker himself; but he seemed to think he was doing something good trying to provide a means for me to alleviate the extra stress I was under.
Knowing I had not so long ago consumed an entire bottle of wine, albeit over a period of several days, and knowing it was not a good idea to follow that up with yet another bottle, I tried not to drink any of the Irish cream; but I ended up having about 1/8th of a cup one day and it was downhill from there. I consumed the rest over the next several days.
That should have been it for my alcohol consumption for the year 2012; but then on the day before Thanksgiving my husband came home from work with a gift from his boss. It was a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey. You’d imagine whiskey should be easy enough to avoid drinking right? After all I’m not a gun-toting cowboy from the Wild West; but I managed to finish half the bottle spiking my smoothies on sporadic days.
So there you have it, my confession. Between the last week of October 2012 and the last week of December 2012 I consumed about 6 cups of liquor and that more than anything is what I believe has set me back with my fibroids. So here I am now about to start a 5 day fast in an attempt to reset my mind and body so that I can get back on track.
I’ll be doing a tea fast today and tomorrow; so basically I’ll be consuming only green tea during the day and chamomile tea in the evening. After that I’ll switch to juice for the next 3 days. And if after 5 days I feel like I can go another 2 then I’ll add two days; but I won’t go beyond that. Maybe I’ll attempt another 21 day juice fast in July. July will mark a year since my first 21 day juice fast attempt. I only made it to Day 14 with that one; but it did wonders and I am still enjoying the benefits. Even if my fibroids are at present bigger than in the first few months after the fast, except for when its that time of the month, they are still not as big as they were before the fast.
I am feeling good today. The sun is shining and I feel like I can accomplish any goal I set. I wish everyone a happy, successful 2013.
Image credit: Green Smoothies by Oksana Vitruk