Last weekend I decided to add a new regiment to my healthy detox lifestyle. I decided that every quarter of the year I would do a 3 day prolonged fast and to make things tougher I decided my last day was going to be a dry fast which I have never done before. Now, this would not be the first time I had water fasted; my first attempt lasting a mere 32 hours (for some would seem like an eternity). I knew at this point it would be a much harder challenge but I felt up to it.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FASTING
DAY 1. WET FASTING
My first day with no food and only water with added liquid minerals. Just drinking water will deplete you of valuable minerals you will need to replace. I will admit was a little tough especially around dinnertime which seems to be the hardest for me but by the end of the day all hunger was gone. Off to bed and forget I had nothing to eat all day. Tomorrow will just be a repeat.
DAY 2. WET FASTING
Second day of water fasting was much easier than the first. I had no hunger or cravings for food. It’s funny how that works. By noon I got a little tired and decided to slow down. By the way, I worked a full day which probably contributed to some of my being tired and stressed. I try to relax for the last half of the day and remind myself I have (only) another 24 hours to go.
DAY 3. DRY FASTING
CAUTION: FASTING CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
HOW TO BRAKE THE FAST?
When I did finally break my fast it was with water only at first by drinking several glasses within the next few hours. Next I eased into food by eating some coconut yogurt I had prepared specifically to break the fast. Yogurt is easy on the stomach, digestion and it boosts gut health with the added probiotics whereas fully cooked foods are harder to digest. You want to make sure you start with soft foods and no sugar or additives. About 3 hours after drinking and eating the yogurt I ate some lightly sauteed vegetables in butter. And shortly after that I finally had protein that I got from a tuna steak that I also pan-seared, but not fully cooked, a la sashimi style.
On to thinking about my next quarter and how I’m going to approach it. Possibly I may just dry fast one day because one day of dry fasting is the equivalent of 3 days of wet fasting. This being said I may just go another day depending on how I feel. I can’t determine this until I attempt my next fast but I will once again listen to my body and let it decide when it is necessary to drink water again.