My tips for Regular Intelligent Fasting Success
If you are fasting with us shortly then please have one last read through the smart things to consider and prepare before you embark on a vegetable juice fast.
Remember, there are no solid gold rules for all. Some of you will fast for a half day first and then a few weeks later do until dinner and then a few weeks later do the entire day. Others will find it incredibly easy and want to fast for a week! Take the parts from this and use them to support your own fasting ritual. There is lots of good advice here from over 25 years of learning so take the parts you like and throw the rest away!
- Have a goal when fasting; plan for it and prepare for it.
- Go into a fast already fit so you can carry on exercising while fasting.
- We recommend starting with a one-day fast. The first fast is usually the most challenging mentally. Subsequent fasts get easier as you progressively get healthier and your body has less accumulated toxins to deal with. Build to longer fasts slowly over a year or so as long as they continue to be beneficial to you.
- Relax - do not be too rigid - go to bed early - get enough sleep.
- Your emotional state may get a little testy while fasting as we eat junk-foods out of boredom, habit or emotional need. Chocolate, chips and lollies give us an immediate lift and an immediate ‘drug like’ feeling of happiness (which is why they sell so well). Watch your emotions carefully as you will be more prone to snapping and irritability.
- On waking: in the morning, drink one glass of warm water and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (plus a splash of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar if you have it on hand).
- Then go for a gentle walk (at least 15 minutes or more) to get your heart and lymphatic system pumping.
- Making one big vegetable juice in the morning and sipping it throughout the day as required when hungry or thirsty is the easiest way to prepare. You can store freshly made juice in the fridge for up to 24 hours, with only a moderate nutritional loss by sealing it in a glass container.
- Through the day, drink as much vegetable juice and water as you feel the need for but do not drink until bloated or if you feel too full. Initially you will be drinking all day but you will find the longer you fast the less liquid you need. Trust your instincts when it comes to water intake.
- Take absolutely no fizzy drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, alcohol, coffee or black tea of any sort.
- Dress warmly. You get much colder as your body fat reserves fall.
- Always have a support person who knows what you are doing and why so they can help when you feel low and encourage you when you need it. Flat mates, family or work mates are the best support people. Fasting with a friend is the best fasting of all.
- Stick with foods that you are used to such as good healthy vegetable juices. Do not try any unusual or new foods on a fast as foods may cause a reaction that will be amplified whilst fasting.
- Your breath may really smell bad. This is a result of the blood cleaning toxins from the body and your bowel letting go of old rotting waste. Your teeth may also ‘fur up’ quite substantially. Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you at all times!
- During fasting, remember to take one or two deep breaths before standing, to get the heart pumping.
- Do not use harsh laxatives. They are for emergency use only.
- Use the loofah or body-glove scrubber before your shower or bath as you are shedding lots of skin cells and toxins through the skin.
- The next day, break your fast with a grapefruit or another light fruit. Eat light healthy foods like salads and fruits. Soups are a great way to introduce food again. Do not overeat – and be sure to chew thoroughly. Avoid heavy foods like meat and dairy products, and no alcohol for at least a few days.
PS For those in or near Auckland, remember to book your tickets for the Fasting Celebration Seminar in Parnell on Thursday 7th November. This will be the last time I deliver this ‘Regular Intelligent Fasting’ seminar in public.