Because of hypoglycemia, this is the first time I've ever undertaken a fast. I undertook this one partially because it was touted as one on which you don't get hungry. WRONG! (LOL - hello, I'm judi and I'm hypoglycemic. I GET HUNGRY!!!!) Well, there's more than one way to skin a cat, so I set about to find a solution, because there were OTHER reasons I was on it, so I determined to see it through until I was clean or the 10 days was up and then re-evaluate my plan.
The first half day was hell. The more syrup I ate, the hungrier I became. Wrenn pointed out the directions for putting molasses in, and that made a big difference, but still, not enough (I made up my own directions rather than followin his, which are actually for diabetics). I added powdered protein (which one is discussed later). Over the next few days I gradually decreased the molasses and began to introduce the syrup. Eventually, I decreased the whey protein and began to use spirulina. But even toward the end, some adjustments were necessary. I used a blender for EVERY batch. All of the following also include the lemon juice and cayenne!
DAY ONE (last half): No syrup - only molasses
DAY TWO: No syrup, only molases, and 1 scoop whey protein/six 12 oz glasses of lemonade. I was drinking TWO of these batches the first 7 - 8 days - a large glass about every 2 hours.
DAY THREE: 11 T molasses + 1 T syrup + 1 scoop whey protein
DAY FOUR: 9 T molasses + 3 T syrup + whey protein
DAY FIVE: 8 T molasses + 4 T syrup + 2 T spirulina + 1/4 scoop whey (black molasses + green spirulina mixed together is NOT an attractive food color!!!!!!!!!!!!)
DAY SIX: 5 T molasses + 5 T syrup + 2 T spirulina
DAY SEVEN: 5 T molasses + 5 T syrup + 2 T spirulina
DAY EIGHT: 3 T molasses + 9 T syrup + 2 T spirulina
DAY NINE: 1 T molasses + 11 T syrup + 1/2 scoop whey (I'd been getting a bit hungry, plus the color was gross!)
DAY TEN: 12 T syrup + 2 teaspoons whey
So I played with it abit sometimes, based on how the day before was. I didn't want to get hungry and get that hypoglycemia thing going on - which leaves you looking like you just got hit in the head with a baseball bat, plus you're drooling and have forgotten your name at the same time.
I couldn't say what the following results correspond to relative to the amounts of molasses vs syrup and spirulina vs why vs nothing. I was very groovy through about day seven, when I began to have cravings for food I didn't even usually eat (donuts, meatball subs, etc). By day 9, I was beginning to feel depressed, my tongue was FINALLY getting a bit white, and my head was beginning to hurt. But it was still just silt, silt, silt.
But by this time, I was tired of lemonade, I was finding myself hungry for the first time in the diet, and I made the decision to stop and focus on parasites and the colon as the problem was really that I look 5 months pregnant if I don't hold my stomach in (jeans hide it, but I can't wear a slinky dress), and return to the MC in a few weeks.
I've discovered, not too coincidentally enough, that by going on this diet and eliminating the things that caused - even perpetuated it - my hypoglycemia has been vastly reduced. But I couldn't have done it without the whey protein - I'd not have lasted the first day.
I didn't go on it to lose weight. In fact, I have quite a bit of muscle as I've been in and out of the gym for 20 years, so I was concerned about the loss of protein intake that comes with the MC, not only for hypoglycemic reasons, but because of my existing musclemass. So I took muscle measurements before and after.
Calf and thigh measurements remained the same
Mid lats measurement remained the same
bicep shows loss of 1/2" but that MUST be a messed up measurement, because that's an extreme loss of mass for 10 days, especially when all the others were unchanged.
Breast and hip measurements didn't change, but the waist did because I lost 2" around my tummy (all that pooping!) And yet, I'm thinner, as if I lost a thin, sheen of light fat all over that the tape isn't picking up. And I'm now in a size 4 jean, which was definitely a bit on the tight side before so I was wearing a 6. (I don't have a scale - I've always gone by how I look and how my clothes fit)
WHEY PROTEIN: Jarrow's UNFILTERED, UNTREATED Whey Protein. No flavor added, no extra oomph put in. It does NOT cause mucus. What you DO want to stay away from are the "designer" proteins - they may be an great option for body builders (who often look good, but that doesn't mean they're healthy!), but there is lots of crap in there - including bovine serums.
This wasn't exactly written with my usual flair - but those are the results - as some people had asked for way back when I began it. Got any extra questions, give me a heads up - curezone email address is listed above.