Day 13: Oh my, I don’t know what hit me but I most certainly did the bed rest thing yesterday. I laid on the couch the entire rest of the day after I got home from work–at least when I was not in the bathroom. I only managed to get 5 cups of milk in yesterday and that was a chore. Must have been some kind of a bug as hubby was down also. He had a fever and chills which I had none of. Still surprises me as I have not had anything like this ever other than an occasional upset stomach but never 2-3 days of diarrhea. Finally was able to get a decent night sleep yesterday and have awakened feeling better this am. Of course after a day in the bathroom one’s weight would be down but when I washed my face and looked in the mirror this morning my skin was amazingly clear? I feel like I was hit by a hurricane and now the storm has passed. I still have some milk left so I am going to take today and the next 2 days to gradually reintroduce solid foods. First meal was 5 oz of strawberries and 1 ½ eggs cooked n 1 tsp butter. Fruit tasted very sweet and it felt peculiar to chew after so long; eggs tasted delicious. That settled well, had a glass of milk a couple of hours later , 3 hours after that some squash and zucchini in bacon drippings and 2 pieces of bacon. All good followed by some chicken and kale soup for dinner. Will reintroduce more protein tomorrow.
Day 14: Slept decent. Kept food intake light yesterday with not a lot of protein. Weight this am was 119.4 lbs a loss of 4 lbs, however we had a thorough cleansing over the weekend. Wow! I feel amazing this morning and full of energy!! Skin again is clear and glowing. Elimination back on track and deep, dark brown again. I am still not sold on the fact that I had a bug; not that I am immune to that sort of thing but I had no fever and no chills and never get them, it’s been years. I wonder if it could have been die off symptoms, the timing was accurate (after 11 days on the fast) and I feel cleansed today. I feel reenergized and rejuvenated. Wow. Life is good.
Day 15: Sleeping better and things moving normally. Included protein back into diet yesterday; had a farm fresh chicken that my husband roasted, fresh green beans with raw butter and a nice green salad with homemade dressing for dinner. Good to be eating again although I must say milk is truly a perfect food and I never wanted for anything. It was still baffling to me why I came down with a little bug at the end. I like to know the whys and what Sarah said this morning made perfect sense. When you are detoxing (and you are in a raw milk fast), you are more vulnerable. That made sense. I feel absolutely fabulous today. My energy levels are incredible and I am ready to take on the world. Also have been on a cleaning binge at home and work, decluttering everything and does it feel good. I had toned down my workouts during the fast because it felt like I needed to but we are ready to kick things up several notches. As I have mentioned before I wanted to do the fast prior to our Swimsuit Challenge at my CrossFit facility. Well I have started and will chart the progress over the next 8 weeks in my quest to lose 11 (now 7) pounds of winter fat that accumulated. And as for the milk fast. . . it was a great experience and one that I will repeat each spring perhaps a little longer next year. I wonder if somewhere down my ancestral lines I am not part Maasai for I believe I could exist on exclusively meat, milk and even the blood doesn’t sound bad. Stay tuned for swimsuit challenge reports. . .
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.