I started on Tuesday afternoon, and then:
5pm – one kiwi, handful of grapes
6pm – one banana
8pm – 11 strawberries, one apple
8:30am – two strawberries, one banana
10am – three clementines, 1 c mighty mango naked juice
12pm – one white peach, one fuji (?) apple
4:30pm – 1/4 personal watermelon
7pm – handful of grapes
9pm – 2 clementines
I think I ate a banana in the morning but I didn’t write it down…
10am – one kiwi, one black plum
11am – two clementines
1pm – 1/4 personal watermelon
4pm – one gala (?) apple
7pm – 10 strawberries, four clementines
8:30pm – one red plum
10pm – 1/4 pineapple, two clementines
9:40am – one white nectarine
12pm – one black plum, one pluot
2pm – two clementines
Total cost: I bought about $38 worth of fruit and juice, and probably consumed about $25 worth. I still have a few kiwis, half of the grapes, most of my mango juice, and some clementines left.
I pretty much just felt hungry for the entire three days, but felt unable to consume more fruit. I think this has something to do with the high water content of the things I was eating, filling my stomach but not really being satisfying. Possibly relatedly, I noticed my ankle was no longer swollen and the inflammation in my knees seemed to be a bit better on Thursday. So on Friday morning, I woke up early to try my joints at running… which was no good, and my knees hurt more than ever. I stopped and power-walked for about five minutes (back home) instead. Oh yeah and also during the entire 72 hours, my mouth would water at the sight of “real” food in pictures; Oh how I missed savory flavors! I didn’t notice any change in energy levels or skin quality (lol), but I’m a pretty energetic person to begin with, and my skin is pretty reasonable as well. It was hardest the last day, when I knew I was close to being able to eat bread again. I was kind of hesitant to leave my apartment during the cleanse because of all the temptations I know I had to resist Outside so I pretty much stayed home and didn’t do much. Had I tried to continue going out and being an active person, maybe I would have noticed more changes re: my energy, etc.
First thing I ate when I was done was: Matzo with Taiwanese tuna. Delicious. Is it just me, or does matzo now have more flavor and depth than ever??
Since I figure keeping track of my food intake might be a helpful thing to keep track of alongside my RA symptoms, I’m continuing a pescetarian diet (since I already ate that tuna without thinking). More updates about vegetarian recipes and food I’ll try my hand at making coming soon
Lastly, on Friday night my knees hurt as bad as they used to before I increased my mtx dosage. I couldn’t keep them bent or straight for more than a minute without the soreness/pain from creeping back. I don’t think this is a function of the fruit cleanse ending, but rather a sign of my RA coming out of remission. It didn’t last too long though, and today has been much better so far.