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Starting My Fast, Looking For Inspiration

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04 Jul 2011 07:27 #8157 by juliemgn2
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I have done many 24 -36 hour fasts in the past and up to 2.5 days of water fasting. I'm still in a healthy weight range, but I have recently gained a bit of weight from binge eating / disordered eating due to stress. I feel stuck in this unhealthy cycle and I'm really wanting to fast to detox my body and then have a fresh start and make healthier lifestyle changes. I was vegetarian for 6 years, and then went vegan in January 2011. Since my binge eating, I have cheated on the vegan diet - eating some dairy once in a while. After the fast I'd like to follow the vegan diet and include plenty of raw fruits and vegetables.

I'm hoping for a 14 day water fast, but if I can't make it, I might alternate between juice fasting and water fasting.

My main motivation for this fast is weight loss, to cleanse my body, and hoping it will help acne on my face (I broke out around the same time I started to gain weight).

I have a full time job and hope to have enough energy to make it through, if I get plenty of sleep and rest while not working.

I'm looking for any tips, insights, or motivation. A fasting buddy would be great as well.

Feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks :)

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04 Jul 2011 21:53 #8158 by david
david replied the topic: Re: Starting My Fast, Looking For Inspiration
Hello and a warm welcome Juliemgn2 do take into account that if there is any stress in your day job it could be counter productive as oftentimes the body just wants to rest during detox and all available energy is funneled into this process. So you may feel moody too. Some people find The Fast Doctor's five step detox method of great benefit while detoxing as it helps to mobilize and release the toxins with minimal fuss.

I wish you success

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04 Jul 2011 22:26 #8159 by juliemgn2
juliemgn2 replied the topic: Re: Starting My Fast, Looking For Inspiration
thanks for the reply! I looked at the page about the five cycle detox process, I just have a few questions about it.

From what I've read, it is often suggested to just stick to light exercise, such as walking or yoga. Will getting my pulse up to 179 be to exhausting while I'm fasting? Will I have energy for that? And does it help any?

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04 Jul 2011 22:59 #8160 by david
david replied the topic: Re: Starting My Fast, Looking For Inspiration
juliemgn2 there are two schools of thought: Many natural hygienists don't recommend over exertion while water fasting and recommend allowing the body to rest as much as it needs,and I'm afraid that day job is also out. The idea is that in order for the body to engage in a deep cleanse it needs all the energy it can get so rest and more rest is the order of the day.
The other school recommends tuning into the body and if the body needs rest then rest, if the body wants to run and jog then do that, and if you want to go to work and feel up to it then that is also OK (at least it will take your mind off food!) and as far as the 5 step detox process goes the Dynamic phase is only a short period of anaerobic exercise to immobilize the toxins in organs and tissues. Personally I find this process difficult when fasting as I have so little energy, but others swear by it. I think the golden rule though is to be receptive to what your body wants and avoid pushing it to extremes if you are working, too moody, or you have any physical malaise like irregular heart beats, nausea etc. Best of all is to have access to a health professional who is sympathetic to fasting who can monitor you during the fast.
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04 Jul 2011 23:28 #8161 by juliemgn2
juliemgn2 replied the topic: Re: Starting My Fast, Looking For Inspiration
Yes, that makes sense and answered my question. I think I'll give it a try if I'm feeling up to it. My plan is to get plenty of sleep and rest while not at work. I also plan to meditate daily and keep a journal of my fasting progress. I also plan to try using an enema and see if that seems to help any. Thanks again for your help!

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04 Jul 2011 23:31 #8162 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Starting My Fast, Looking For Inspiration

juliemgn2 wrote: thanks for the reply! I looked at the page about the five cycle detox process, I just have a few questions about it.

From what I've read, it is often suggested to just stick to light exercise, such as walking or yoga. Will getting my pulse up to 179 be to exhausting while I'm fasting? Will I have energy for that? And does it help any?


During my 40-day fast I was very mindful of how I was using my energy, particularly in my dry fast phase. However, I did have a lot of energy up until about day 30 so working full-time and taking care of my family was never an issue, provided I was getting enough sleep. So they key is to REST as much as you can and then you will not have any problems with functioning. I did not engage in the 5-step detox process but I also did not have any detox symptoms to speak off or the time to engage in doing the 5 steps, as I find them too time consuming. Some people do like them though.

Two weeks will go by very fast..:) Lots of strength to you in your fast and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

May the Energy you free from digesting serves your Body and Spirit well!

All my posts are based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of the licensed medical practitioner.

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05 Jul 2011 03:47 #8168 by juliemgn2
juliemgn2 replied the topic: Re: Starting My Fast, Looking For Inspiration
Thanks for the support! I will post with updates about how my fast is progressing.

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05 Jul 2011 21:35 #8186 by Lisafast
Lisafast replied the topic: 1 week dry fast and exercising
Hi Juliemgm2,
Welcome. I share a similar fasting history/ reasons for wanting to fast. Currently, I find that in order for me to do my intense group runs, I need to have eaten something the night before to have full carb stores. When you exercise anaerobically, you burn more sugar/carb and when you exercise aerobically, you burn more fat, although it is a combination of sugar/fat at all times. I have been doing a modified version of intermittent fasting and that is helping me reach my weight goals as well as keep up my exercise (currently biking and running). If I am biking or running slower, what they call conversational pace, I can do that while fasting, however I have noticed that my heart rate rises quicker than while not fasting. For example, the pace where my heartrate would be around 128 bpm while eating, I may be at 154 while fasting. If I am dry fasting, I only do lower intensity exercise, and while water fasting, I may do higher, although I am slower (running or biking) while fasting. Hope that helps!

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06 Jul 2011 03:42 #8190 by Esmée La Fleur
Esmée La Fleur replied the topic: 1 week dry fast and exercising
Hello Juliemgm2,

Welcome to the forum. :cheer:

I have never been able to work and do a water fast at the same time. I have found that by adding lemon juice to the water I drink I have a lot more energy on a fast. It is a sort of compromise between a water and juice fast, it gives you some energy without introducing a bunch of carbohydrates as other juices would. You may also want to consider doing what Milena is doing where she fasts for 36 hours twice a week. As long as you do not try and compensate by over eating on your eating days, this should help you to lose some unwanted fat as well.

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