Day 1: The Hero’s Journey
A Look at the Hero’s Journey; The Power of Myth with Joseph Campbell; Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman; Everyday Life as a Heroic Journey with Jean Houston
Welcome to the Hero’s Journey! Congratulations on Day 1!!!!
We are so glad you are here! One of the toughest parts of the Hero’s Journey is to BEGIN.
How many obstacles were in your way in the last few hours, days, weeks, months, YEARS? Yet here you are, honoring your deepest intentions to shed limitations and cultivate something higher, wider, deeper, greater in your life. Breathe the clean sweet air of beginning anew.
Make your first juice of each day a Green Vegetable Juice (GVJ), which will have an alkalinizing effect on your body and help get your bowels moving. Also, we are not necessarily inclined to have Green Vegetable Juice – so making your first juice of the day a Green Juice will get one out of the way until your tastes have realigned to GVJ. Many Juice Feasters have commented that GVJ begins to taste like milk “from the earth” after a few days or so… which is interesting, particularly if GVJ looks like Oscar the Grouch in a glass to you right now!
Sample Daily Juice Feasting Schedule:
This is important. The GREATEST PITFALL of Juice Feasting is not drinking enough juice. And with our busy schedules, the tendency is to forget to drink our juices on a Juice Feast. So just as a reminder, remember:
One Quart each, made fresh, drank approx. 2-3 hours apart, in this order:
8:00 am Green Vegetable Juice
10:30 am Fruit Juice (or Green Vegetable Juice)
1:00 pm Fruit Juice (or Green Vegetable Juice)
3:30 pm Green Vegetable Juice
Drink these juices in about 5-15 minutes. Don’t sip your juice all day long – if you do, it is always there and you will get tired of it. Drink your juice like a meal, and then you will be hungry and ready for your next juice in less than 3 hours time.
Finally, if you get home from work and are hungry, please make yourself another quart of juice! This is a Juice Feast of abundance!
Remember, you are taking care of all your caloric needs for the day, including all the fat, protein, and carbohydrates that you need. This is a Juice Feast! Therefore, you will drink approximately 1 gallon of fresh nutrient-dense juice each day! Make certain that you have a drink every 2-3 hours–any longer and your body will tell you it wants more food through a return of cravings, which are not conducive to achieving your goals for yourself on this Feast. If you are unsure about any aspects of the Juice Feast, please go back to the Introduction to Juice Feasting by clicking here.
Keeping the Flow
Juice Feasting is designed to get things unstuck: toxins, health challenges, eating patterns… lots of things. While you are in a cleansing physiology as powerful as a Juice Feast, it is paramount that you move your bowels. On the Juice Feast, this is best done with ENEMAS daily for the first 10-14 Days, and every other day or every third day thereafter as needed.
Also, you can use Intestinal Movement Formula at the beginning of each day, to prompt the peristaltic wave and aid the bowel in elimination, as needed. This is best used if you have only 1 bowel movement a day. If you usually have 2-3 BMs a day, don’t bother with IMF or Cascara.
Moving the uneliminated waste matter from your digestive system is of great importance on this program, so we will maintain a conscious awareness of what you are releasing through your bowel. Intestinal Drawing Formula, should you choose to use it, will grab onto what is being released and make sure that it is not reintroduced into your system. Again, this is of best use if you have only 1 BM a day on average and want to really kickstart the Juice Feast.
On balance, Intestinal Movement Formula is for the first 30 days of a Juice Feast, and no more, unless serious constipation or overweight/obesity is in play. Please consult your health professional about the use of IMF. If you cannot access IMF, you can use Cascara Sagrada, 1 capsule per day, to help your body eliminate more efficiently in place of the IMF.
The file for Cascara Sagrada is included in the upcoming information for Day 3: Elimination Aides, which you can access now.
The Juice Feasting Nutrition Course: A Self-Empowerment Program
The Juice Feasting Nutrition Course is a self-empowerment, self-reliance program, and we want to discuss with you what you are reading, so that we know you are on track with the intellectual side of things. You have a sharp mind and are going to relish the exciting information that is now coming your way.
The downloads for you each Day of the Course are motivation to dive into the information, and to relish the opportunity that you are allowing yourself to heal and significantly upgrade your life. To kick it off, we have made Day 1 of Juice Feasting about The Hero’s Journey.
==> Take a Photo of Yourself NOW!!!! <==
It will be so important to you and those around you as you look back on your progress! And if you are thinking, “No, I look [awful],” don’t worry… in fact, rejoice. The best “before” photos are those that provide the most contrast to our after photos. So snap some photos. You will come to love them later.
Daily Movement: I Am Active
Juice Feasting is designed to get you UNSTUCK. Stagnation or Stuckness is the 1st Stage of Disease. Most of our difficulties in life have an element of stuckness, and this is never more true than with health challenges. The Hero must get unstuck, and move forth.
You will find the I Am Active section at the bottom of very single Day of the Juice Feasting Program, with videos, information, inspiration, and means to get moving. For Days 1-30, we will be engaging the wonderful series, Yoga Camp with Adriene. Check out the Yoga Camp Orientation video at right, and Day 1 of Yoga Camp in the I Am Active section of the Juice Feasting Program at the bottom of each Day, starting today!
Today’s Downloads: The Hero’s Journey
The download for you today is part of a writing/study project that I have been working with for many years – the Hero’s Journey of stepping away from the disease – causing diet of society, taking up a path to heal what ills the conventional diet has caused us, experiencing our own trials and despairs along the way, and returning to society a new person–one literally reborn in body, mind, and spirit. As experience has shown, any hero’s journey takes mettle – takes ganas – determination. Consider what Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero With a Thousand Faces has to say about our path and that of those before us.
The health of our society is at a critical point. “The U.S. Public Health Service revealed the rate of health deterioration of the American people. Out of 100 participating nations in the world, America was the healthiest in 1900. In 1920, we dropped to the second highest nation. During World War II, we went back to number one–that’s when sugar and meat were hard to obtain and family vegetable gardens were common. In 1978, we dropped to 79th. In 1980, we were 95th! In 1987, we hit rock bottom – that’s number 100 on the list. Yet we are said to be the wealthiest nation in the world. (Cleanse and Purify Thyself, pg 19).”
Our leading cause of death is heart disease – which is completely preventable and reversible through diet, as you will read on Day 43: Heart Disease and Hypertension which discusses Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn from the Cleveland Clinic. But it goes on – cancer, diabetes, arthritis, liver disease, acid reflux disease – largely preventable and reversible through diet, as overwhelming research and experience has proven.
Look around at what people eat, and at how we are marketed and programmed to do so–is it any wonder we are so ill? Shifting into a plant-based life-affirming program in an unhealthy food environment takes a hero. Juice cleansing and committing yourself to eliminating the causes of disease—you are a modern hero, have no doubt.
The download on The Hero’s Journey that I have put together for you is based on the life work of Joseph Campbell. It is a worksheet to engage in. Print it out and write down your thoughts and experiences.
At what point in the Hero’s Journey are you? Where do you see yourself going in the road ahead—the “labyrinth that is thoroughly known by all the heroes that have gone before us.”
Keep charting new territory!
Heroes and leaders are made of the actions that you take now.
P.S. The Delicious Questions
Take Note: We would love you to direct your Juice Feasting questions to The Juice Feasting Green Room, so that everyone gets the benefit of your question and the following answer! You can also consult the Master Q&A with David and Katrina Rainoshek for a thorough and seasoned look at the significant questions often asked on a Juice Feast.
See you in The Green Room! Enjoy your Juice! Congratulations on the first day of what may prove to be the most significant thing you have ever done for yourself!