A Little Bit of Everything

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears” – Buddha

This is going to sound incredibly insane or right on the mark for a few people that have done it. Cross it off the 2012 bucket list, I am going for it. A 21 day…drum role please…juice fast. Now before you call me and ask me if I am out of my mind, I can assure you that this is well documented and incredibly great for your body. What does it entail. 21 days of drinking 4-6 servings of 16oz shots of fruit and vegi juice. There is this fantastic documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead which only solidified my resolve for doing this. Also, there is a book called Juice Fasting and Detoxification that is a great guide on how to do this properly. The way it works is that the first 3-4 days absolutely suck because your body is detoxifying itself. Your body goes through ridding itself from all of the toxins readily available, then the ones in your deep tissue, and then eventually in your joints. While this sounds like grueling process, it really has fantastic benefits. So off I go. I already hammered down my first big juice cocktail and am looking forward to the rest. I have taken my before picture and will post my after picture in 21 days. All I ask is for a little bit of support on this. I know it is deemed socially nuts and many people will look with an unsure eye, but, I am doing it and there’s really nothing else to say about that!


There is another reason why I am doing this besides general health. It is going to be a little bit of a spiritual experience for me. If I can go to 40 days after my evaluation with my doctor at 21 days I will. By the way, always go to your doctor before doing things and make sure that you are good to go. You don’t want to put yourself at any sort of risk. But back to the spiritual part. I never really fancied myself to be a religious person (Catholic, Christian, Muslim…..you know the rest). I do believe in something called God…but he does not have a specific floor plan in which I have to be on to be in communication. This process is about cutting out all the fat, both physically, mentally, and linguistically. I used to think that by writing a ton and saying more than I needed to that it would make me look smarter and make what I am saying more credible. Well after these recent months and in learning from a couple of great teachers, I have started to learn how to cut out the fat from my writing. Of course there are times when you need to elaborate on things, but I think that in general it is the best to have writing that packs a punch and really gets to the point. So, saying that, I am really focusing on delivering pieces of work that are hard-hitting and to the point. I never thought of myself as a boxer that jabbed his way to victory…I think I’m more like Mike Tyson…just not the ear biting part.

I put the quote up at the top because it is incredibly insightful. No matter how smart the teacher is, he will not be listened to or understood until the student is ready. This project is all about self discovery…and boy have I learned a lot. We are almost coming up on 1 year of writing and that completely blows my mind. By the way keep an eye out for that 1 year anniversary post it will be a special one. But what really just knocks me off my chair is the amount of change and adaptation I have gone through in the past year. I mean good lord, last year I was having a really hard time picking myself up right about now and I would not have changed that for anything. It taught me a lot of things including resilience. For me, resilience is the ability to stand in the shit and simply go…well this is shitty…time to move. It may take a while to get out of it, but when you are, things never seemed so good. I am really becoming a student of life. While I can talk your ear off about things that I have learned, I know that many of you don’t have hours to read posts. So I am going to keep this really simple.

When your mind tires, trust your heart. Your mind can play tricks on you and tell you things to take you off track, but when you listen to your heart, you will always know where to go. Your mind creates your dreams, your heart follows them. Your mind conceals your feelings, your heart opens you up to them. If you want to make a change in your life, make it. There is no better time than now. Don’t worry about what others will say including your mind, because if your heart is in it, you can do anything.



Evan Sanders

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  • thefutureofhope
    January 22, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Best of luck on your fast! And, it is amazing how many people do not consult their doctors before any dieting or new exercise regimens! Good for you! Looking forward to seeing and reading the results.

    • Adam Chaloeicheep
      January 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Nice Evan! I did only a 7.5 day juice detox but with one added bonus, daily double colema boards. Look it up if your interested. It was an…eh….experience. After 4 days of all sorts of withdrawl your body is buzzing. You feel alive and have a clear mind. That is where the magic happens and insights about yourself come to the surface. Good stuff bro! Also, make sure to get some sort of light excersise in every week. It helps keep your body strong when it’s feeling weak.

  • anotherhickabillyhoedown
    January 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This is amazing. I wish the very best for you. Can’t wait to see the results of this and how you do. I’m anxious to watch as the time passes by. Your blogs are always so inspirational. Thank you for that!

  • blissinger
    January 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hello, Evan – I do wish you great success in your project and will be interested in seeing how the steps you take change your life as they’re bound to do. I understand what you are undertaking now is beyond a mere diet.

    I’m pursuing a similar goal, in that I’m attempting to reinvent myself as a musician in the latter years of my life. Perhaps I’d have achieved more if I had made this attempt when I was young, but my belated decision has brought me a satisfying sense of purpose like nothing I have ever done before. I have no assurance that I will meet my own expectations, but the process so far has been thrilling and enormously worthwhile. I hope your process brings you joy too.

  • colleenmoorewriter
    January 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Sounds crazy, but good luck!

  • Alex Autin
    January 23, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Wow Evan, another great post. I really enjoy your writing, I find it not only inspirational but also clear and to the point. (No fat!) Best of luck in your juice fast. 21 days is tough! I’ve done 7 day juice fasts before and they are quiet amazing. Just as Adam points out, around day 4 the body really does start to buzz and there is an incredible amount of energy. Last time I fasted I painted a friend’s entire house…all 7 rooms! And yes… it was with his permission! I regularly do 1 day fasts primarily because I like the way it makes me feel. You didn’t mention your source of juice….as to whether you were making your own fresh with a juicer. Most bottled juices aren’t really nutritionally suitable for fasting.

    Change is inevitable Evan…the key is to take control of the changes as opposed to allowing them to control us. It seems you’re taking control. Also…I LOVE that quote by Einstein, one of my heroes! I think I’ll use it over on my blog!

  • Christine Smith-Johnson
    January 23, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Hi Evan! I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award and think you really deserve it. Have fun! Rules and picture to copy at http://pullingitupbythebootstraps.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/my-second-versatile-blogger-award/

  • cruz2lose
    January 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

    To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

    I am looking forward to hearing the results of your juicing experience… I might have to try this myself!

    : )


  • The Guat
    January 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

    “When your mind tires, trust your heart…”

    Whoa…great quote! Applicable to just about every situation 🙂

  • Garry
    January 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Hey Evan,

    It seems that we have the same intrests! A year ago, I saw the same documentary, my friend Troy and I both were AMAZED at this documentary! We bought some Breville juicers, and started. My only advice is to make sure you follow recipes- its easy to grab 8 apples when the recipe calls for 4- this will save you money and ingredients. It really is fun, and a lot of athletes, Carmelo Anthony for instance, does it regularly. Ps. the scene when the big dude could fit into that 1L yellow tee—-PRICELESS!

  • preparetocrossover
    January 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Good Luck! You have my support. I may follow your efforts!

  • honesttofoodness
    January 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Evan, your juice detox sounds like a challenge that from reading your post I’m sure you will get through.

    Your post is very inspirational. I might have to take the Albert Einstein quote some day! Love it!

  • estrellaexplores
    January 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    This challenge seems really interesting, I want to go check out that documentary now. I hope it all turns out okay and you get the results you want. Can’t wait to read about it!

  • LunaSunshine
    January 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I have always wanted to do this! How do you do it? I’m interested, because I really, really want to do it. My husband is on board, and he insists that I should really take a mufti-vitamin because it’s really likely that I’ll lose key nutrients.

    Any tips?

  • Vic Rana
    January 24, 2012 at 1:36 am

    So true “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”. I fully agree, they say it in a slight different way i.e. The teacher finds you instead of other way around.

    All the best!! I’m glad you’re doing this fast, it will be very beneficial for you.



  • GrowthLines...
    January 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Good luck with your fast, and traveling mercies on your “better man” journey!

  • hermitsdoor
    January 25, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Fasting, whether juice, water only, for the Sabbath, Ramadan, 40 days in the wilderness, etc. have many historic precedents for cleansing the body and soul. I’ll be following your experience. What will be your nutrition plan after the 21 days? One reservation that I have, nutritionally, about juicing is that this process eliminates most of the fiber from the fruits and vegetables. You are left with water, sugars (not refined at least), and vitamins. Fiber is your gut scrubbers, as well as fat sponges. I’m a big fruit and veggie guy myself (just check our my series on Preserving the Harvest that I started last Fall), but I advocate for a regular diet eating whole fruits and vegetables. Go for the Fast, then develop a Lifestyle.

  • kathryningrid
    January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    More power to you! It sounds like you’ve reached a wonderful point of inspiration and engagement and I wish you all the best as you move forward in this new direction–or *these* new directions.

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