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15 Jun 2012 14:20 #11115 by SailorMarieBliss
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Kelly22222- Glad to hear you are doing well! I agree about not really having time to eat at work, which usually works to my benefit on fasting days, & is a big part of why I choose to fast, almost exclusively, during work days. It works well except yesterday, I made it through the work day, barely, & knew I had hit a wall, & couldn't pull off another day safely. I lift patients, as well as walk with folks who need lots of physical support, so if I were to feel weak/faint enough to stumble or fall, it would really compromise my ability to keep them safe.
Thank you for the book recommendation. That sounds like just the kind of reference material I'm looking for! Going to check it out :)
I will also be fasting weekly (Tues night-Sat mornings) until I lose at least 30 more lbs, so it will be great to have others doing a similar plan. I have lost about 30 lbs since Labor Day, & had lost more before that, & I'm starting to believe I may get back into a reasonable state of health.

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15 Jun 2012 14:50 - 08 Nov 2012 00:20 #11116 by Chelsea Girl
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OMG you girls are the fasting dream team!! learning so much from you...

Lisa, I am back!! holidays and wedding: AMAZING!! Pictures: fabulous!! Mission: accomplished!

I was over the moon that I managed to maintain my weight after a month of festivities and indulgence! Holidays abroad, wedding celebrations, Queen's Diamond Jubilee (a 4 day bank hol weekend!), etc.

In fact after I finished my fasting experience early May I lost yet another kilo (2 pounds) whilst eating normally.

For those weeks abroad, my trainer gave me a power daily workout routine (high intensity interval training + strength training – never done so many push ups in my life!) and one dietary suggestion: "portion control"... I lost another pound that way. SO I came back from holidays fit and thinner, can you guys possibly believe that?! I shocked myself!

As soon as I landed back in the UK I did a 36 hs fasting to detox from the trip/airport toxins (my last meal was a fruit bowl for breakfast in the airplane) and the day after back to work... that was hard!!

I was so motivated, but all that motivation is fading now a little… so yes, here I am, reading you guys for some inspiration and tips!! MY goal now: maintenance.

Therefore, I am planning to embark on a bi-weekly 36hs zero cal liquid diet.

A bit like eat-stop-eat. Pilon suggests exercise on the days you don’t eat to maximize the results. So I am thinking about fasting on Mondays and Thursdays. I also work those days, which is a good thing so time go faster.

Does anyone want to join me?! I want to experiment with this and keep track of results too.

X,
Chelsea Girl

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." - Albert Einstein

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15 Jun 2012 17:50 - 15 Jun 2012 17:51 #11117 by Shant
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Woohooo, it's so busy here. I'm excited!

Kelly, you're the hero of this fast! You set it up and you're going to cross the finish line. Run, run, run! Regarding your enlightening readings.. Check Gandhi's Happiness. You know what's bizarre? I haven't felt the lightness of being and increased creativity since I weighed ca. 7 kg less.

SailorMarieBliss: Your decision to break the fast earlier seems to make sense and I'm glad you feel better. As for IF, I'll join you in 6 cm over hips, thighs and waist to maintain my goal loose fit of my jeans. Regarding resetting the fast or listening to my bio-feedback. Wish I knew precisely how my body is ticking. I usually act on impulse and now I really want to prove myself I can do better and get my old life back. If I fall, I'll stand up and try again. I'm sick of falling, I want to be going! I don't care how many times I'm going to have to make up for bed ends again, I simply will. Still learning about my body as it will never cease to surprise me.

Hi Chelsea girl and welcome to the gang. I turbo-quickly read the article. I'll have to process it first :). Thanks for the addition, though. Get some organic Miso soup. Didn't see it on the list. OT: how I miss Whole foods on High St. Ken.

As for today, I felt amazing and full of energy despite last night's feast (fest sounds too innocent for what was really going on, though). It's weird because I normally feel slow the next day while today I was like a turbo-bee. Well, until my beloved 4 pm again. If it were at least 24 full hours. Never mind. I didn't make it today, I'll make it tomorrow. Besides that, I'll be travelling and it will be easy-peasy. Besides visiting the dentist's. My next google-search: Dentist and fasting.

Take care all!

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15 Jun 2012 17:59 #11118 by Shant
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By the way.. Ladies! Didn't know this. In the article, that Chelsea girl, posted, is written one valuable information I didn't know. Stomach growling means it's shrinking in size.

When the growling hits, treat it with TLC!

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16 Jun 2012 02:17 #11120 by Lisafast
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Hey everyone! So great to be part of a mini fasting connection family again. I welcome receiving the posts in my email. My only regret is that with my bargain android phone, I really can't reply to posts from my phone...so I have to try to remember everything that everyone said so I can give my replies and acknowlegments!

First of all @Shant. I have done exactly what you did, total binge fest when I wanted to be fasting. Sometimes it's easier than others to fast and sometimes, the temptation to quit is just insurmountable. But you always gain some experience and learn a little about your body and what is best for it, even if it looks like you "failed" to fast as long as you wanted. I think it is helpful to everyone whenever we share our setbacks as well as our successes because there is always someone who will be able to relate. If everyone who posted their fasts succeeded every time, I think this site would be intimidating to people who have never fasted. But instead, we welcome each other and share the joys and agonies of this fasting life. We are like the beta testers of cell phones....by giving it a go, we are making it possible for others to give it a go. So dust yourself off and take what lessons you can learn from the experience into your next fast.

@SailorMarieBliss I also ended a fast because of having to work. I remember I was attempting a 10 day fast and as I was posting my experience, I mentioned that I had three more work days to get through during the fast and I just decided to break the fast because it was just too much. I mean, some people take time off work and go to some retreat and lie in bed all day while fasting, so those of us who have to continue our lives and take care of others or prepare food for our families, well, any amount of fasting is quite an accomplishment. I say give yourself a pat on the back for the days that you did manage to fast. Way to go!

As far as going raw. I have been working toward raw for about a year and a half. There are different versions of raw and at first I tried out 80/10/10 which is based on a book by the same name and is a fruit based diet with an emphasis on avoiding "overt" fats, such as oils and nuts and avocados. I did a month on that and really enjoyed it mostly because I'm a fruit lover. It didn't work out so well for me because it is difficult to find fresh ripe fruit in the quantities that I needed to eat enough calories and to store it all, and to also afford to buy food for my family while I'm eating all this fruit. This time, I'm more open to the other types of raw food eating and have been allowing myself to enjoy nuts and avocados. I've also acquired more tools that you need for this type of eating, namely, a food processor, a spiralizer (to make veggie noodles) and a dehydrator. Oh, and a juicer...which I am in love with.

@Chelsea Girl Hey!!! Welcome back and congratulations on all the terrific results. I always enjoyed reading your posts and seeing how your zero calorie diet worked out!

@Everyone, is it okay for me to join you all with my 7 day juice fast? I'm training for a half marathon in September and I don't want to take off from running or lose any more running speed that would happen if I water fast. I find I CAN'T run worth a bag of marbles while water fasting. However, on juice, my digestive system gets a rest, but I have lots of energy. This will only be my second juice fast...as well as my longest. I am going to post my daily juicing ingredients and how it is going on another topic thread, because I don't want to be talking about fruits, veggies or even juice when people are fasting. So I'll post it on another thread so if it is a temptation to break your fasts, you can avoid it. I'm making tomorrows juice tonight and then freezing it immediately after it's made, which will help save the nutrients but also make it portable for me for work.

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16 Jun 2012 13:23 #11124 by kelly22222
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Hi ladies! I just wanted to check in quickly as I am going camping this weekend and will be out of the loop until monday! well, you spoke too soon Shant-haha, i ended up breaking my fast last night. At 10pm no less:( We went shopping for camping food and i ate some peanut butter and crackers...ugh, not good to break with that! i had an uber stressful day and thats why we were shopping so late. lesson learned: I will not shop for food on the day before breaking a fast! Lisa-I completely agree with you...this site is less intimidating since we can admit our screw ups! I almost didnt write about this because I didnt want to deter you guys. But, i had to after your post Lisa!!! :) I would LOVE for you to join us in your juicing journey! I was actually thinking that next week I will fast during the day and have a large glass of green juice at night. Mainly because (embarrassed to say this) but i get a little constipated from too long on a water only fast. Do you guys have any suggestions for that? I have tummy probs in general...I guess my digestive system is a bit slow in general. I am going to google juicing for constipation now. But, any suggestions would be helpful from you fasting gurus!! I just wanted to thank everyone for their support. This is so awesome to do this together!! I am so excited to get new messages and be able to talk through our experiences :)

Marie-you are amazing!! look at all that you accomplished! and what an awesome job. I wish I did something more fulfilling for a living like you:) You made it this far. We all do...so we all should be proud of ourselves-hehe seriously though. how many people do you know that can have the willpower to get through a workday rather than going on a retreat like lisa said??!\

chelsea girl- i read the links you sent-thank you!! so you drink coffee on your fasts? That is what i miss the most! mainly for taste because i do feel more energetic after the 3rd day of fasting. have you felt it has deterred your weight-loss at all? does your stomach handle it well? I am wondering if it would deter detox at all...

Talk to you ladies monday. Have a fabulous weekend :):)

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16 Jun 2012 14:52 #11125 by SailorMarieBliss
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Hi all,
Thought I'd check in even though I'm not re-starting just yet. I was planning on re-starting Tues Evening-Sat morning, but have had another idea, which I'll get to in a minute, but first;

Shant- I feel very much the same way re; my past levels of resolve/control. It's so mysterious to me how the ability to override the mind's first impulses can be so varied. I mean, during the years I was on the steroid treatment/in a terrible flare up, I never once wanted to control the weight gain less than I do now, but my resolve broke again & again! Why was I finally able to buckle down & take back control? Who knows? I was desperate to do so for years at a time! That is why I now believe so strongly in just re-starting each time I fall short of a goal instead of spending precious time beating myself up over it!

Kelly22222- I think you did great! We all stopped a bit short of our first concept of when we wanted to fast until, but we all got in a decent chunk of fasting, so I feel good about it. I hope you do as well! I had actually checked out that link from another of your older posts (I think?). It reminds me so much of the way I used to fast. It can certainly do the job weight loss wise. If you can keep control mentally with that method, then I think it could work for some people. For myself, I found it allowed me to fast for longer periods of time, but I got so obsessive (due to my past eating disorder), that I don't dare go that way again. I'm sure that people without that tendency/issue would have a completely different experience with it though, so I hope it is a useful tool for you :)

Lisa- I, for one, would completely welcome your input here re; your juice feasting! In a past post, you mentioned getting excellent results from it, & I'm really curious what your end stats were re; weight loss/ fat loss? I may even try it to see if it would allow me to reach a full 5 days, while working, with more consistent energy levels towards the end!

As for my new idea i spoke of earlier, I think I'm going to ask the fasting do for, but wonder what you all think of this too. If I stick to my original plan (how I've been doing it for the 4 weeks prior to this last longer attempt), I will be fasting for 3 days. Then I thought, what if I fasted from Sun evening-Wed morning, & again from Wed evening-Sat morning for longer total fasting time.
Here's the dilemma, from my test strips, I know I only begin ketosis after 48 hrs, even if re-starting w/in 10 days. So, am I better off with 3 days in a row, & at least a day in full ketosis, or with more total fasting days?
If calories in/calories out is truly the ultimate weight loss rule, it would seem that more total days would be the obvious choice. However, I'd obviously prefer to lose proportionately more fat than muscle, so go for 3 consecutive days??? Arrrggghhhh!!!!! (I will add that I feel great for the first 2 days of fasts for the most part, so am coming to prefer those days.)
Losing extra weight is my prime motivation until I reach at least 30 more lbs loss, then I am looking to maintain, or lose a bit more if it happens, as well as keep lIevels of joint inflammation, ANA levels, & autoimmune damage to a minimum for life.

Any thoughts? Have a great weekend everyone! I'll probably check in from time to time,

M

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16 Jun 2012 18:31 #11128 by Chelsea Girl
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Hello chicas!! we are taking over! who runs the world?! :woohoo:

Hi Kelly – If anything, I think coffee helped me lose even more weight. Everyone is different, so I am not sure how it would work out for you. I followed the Health Divas fasting regime by the letter, and lost over 5 kilos (over 10 lbs) on the first 4 and ½ days. If it wasn’t for my morning cup of organic coffee and vitamin supplements I wouldn’t have been able to work (hectic job) whilst fasting. Also, as I would go to the gym in the evenings (after work) I would have a small cup of maté which has a tiny bit of caffeine in it to pick me up and get my engine started. In essence, the Health Divas fasting regime is great for fat loss, rather than muscle loss.

Shant – How many calories does the organic miso have? Is there any particular brand you would suggest? The one Oxo cube I would have a day has 12 cals only.

Lisa – your juice fasting sounds great! Do you ever get hungry? just thinking of the sugars highs and lows + insulin drops. How do you manage around that?

Love,
Chelsea girl

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." - Albert Einstein

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16 Jun 2012 21:49 #11131 by SailorMarieBliss
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Chelsea Girl- Oops! I posted about the Health Divas link addressed to you Kelly22222, but that part should have been for you Chelsea Girl! I definitely used to get great results, like yours, while on my similar fast of 40 calorie Emergen-C vitamin drinks, & tons of plain, strong brewed iced tea with no sweeteners (real or artificial) added. I've seen maté in Whole Foods stores in my area, but never tried it. Is it close to coffee? Is it better for you? Anyways, sorry about the mix up, as I had just woken up & am NOT a morning person at all (p.s. I love your name!).

Kelly22222- I meant to add, have a great camping trip this weekend, but a bit late now, as you are hopefully already there enjoying what I hope is weather as great as we are having here! Also, my job can feel fulfilling, if I'm able to take a step back, mentally, from the chaos :) , but it's definitely not something one could stay with until a retirement age, because of the physical demands & wear and tear on the body. Injuries, especially to the back, are quite common. Still, it certainly has it's up sides too!

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17 Jun 2012 13:12 #11133 by Chelsea Girl
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Hi Marie!!! I like your nickname too, sailing is a bliss in the Queen Mary!! :woohoo: You can visit the Queen Mary in Bournemouth if you ever come to the UK, gorgeous ship.

Unfortunately my tummy can’t tolerate normal black tea, it makes me sick, such a shame – I have been told it’s because of the heavy copper content… Health Divas say copper makes you tired and after reading more about that I am now trying to avoid tofu and soya products since, all heavy in copper.

Maté is more like a tea, delicious, it’s pre-packed in handy tea bags. It looks green and I think the flavour is close to that of nettle tea. It has a bunch of antioxidants in it and is a natural appetite suppressant. I regularly have it, more as a treat, not just when fasting!

I love fasting as it really helps re-set your metabolism and habits. It helps me with healthier food choices. The only fasting I did this year is the Health Divas one for a couple of weeks. And that’s about it. But this site shows you can actually try fasting more regularly, as a lifestyle.

I am now going to experiment with Brad Pilon’s IF, but if that doesn’t work for me, I may revert back to the Health Divas one… HELLO, I need to get my beach body ready!

Xoxo,
Chelsea Girl

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." - Albert Einstein

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17 Jun 2012 14:33 #11134 by Lisafast
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@Kelly, I agree with you. Even if we fall short of our fasting goals, just think of what we accomplished just by joining together and encouraging each other. Think about how each one of us was mindful of the others and had in the back of our minds about disappointing or discouraging each others. That can only happen when we join together.

Oh and I can say unequivocally, that I am completely over coffee. I've been drinking EXPENSIVE herbal teas with equally expensive raw local honeys and now, when I smell coffee, it startles me with how strong it smells. If all the blogs were up, you would see how much I struggled with coffee. I actually did some fasting by drinking 2 cups of coffee in the morning and fasting the rest of the day...not good on the tummy, but it worked wonders for me...caffeine gave me energy and looking forward to my two cups of coffee (sweetened and with cream) helped me to fast the rest of the day. I did learn one thing though when I experimented with drinking black coffee. What I had thought was a caffeine withdrawal headache was actually a sugar/carb withdrawal headache. I drank black coffee (the nastiest thing I have ever tasted) and then fasted and I got the same headache that I would blame on caffeine. It made me relax a little about caffeine consumption.

@SailorMarieBliss I just realized that you were the one who said about how we accomplished during our fast. LOL. It's so hard to keep track and reply to everyone. I usually have two windows open so I can see more than the last three posts when typing my reply. About the constipation. First of all, food usually moves through the digestive tract and the colon by being pushed by food behind it. Hence, when fasting, you usually won't poop as much. I usually have a bm maybe the third day or so. However, if I have a period of gassiness and feel the need to go, I will do one of two things: Either use a glycerin suppository...which I do when dry fasting. Milena taught me that...it does work, usually to empty out whatever is waiting in the colon. They are inexpensive and I think pretty natural if it's natural to stick something up your rectum LOL. The other thing I do is one of those old fashioned bag enemas. I bought a kit for around $3 and it has paid for itself numerous times. I read a book available online: How and When to Be your own Doctor available here:
www.soilandhealth.org/02/0201hyglibcat/0...20102moser00toc.html
Read chapter 4 on colon cleansing. I follow her instructions. I know that the fasting doctor doesn't agree with this process. He recommends only one thing that I haven't seem to be able to find in America....It's some herb or supplement that you drink in water that flushes from the mouth out...but he only recommends it in certain cases. I think it's called macrogal or something like that. Someone else on here uses herbal tea that is a laxative and she said it worked well for her. Cranberrylime is her posting name, maybe you could send her a private message or search for her posts.

@Chelsea Girl I do get hungry on juice and then I have some juice or tea with honey...problem solved. I went from 113.5 to 107.5 lbs in just 3 drys but more importantly, my belly was completely flat afterward, where it had been all bloaty and gross. I have photos to prove this is not just me being anorexic LOL. Of course, my sister, who has a very observant eye said, "Wow! That's a big difference!" Everyone else around me was like, what's your problem, you're already skinny. Never ask someone who is "fatter" than you to look at your belly. It's like asking someone who is 52 to sympathize with your angst about turning 40. LOL

Thanks everyone for being open to me sharing my juice fasting experience. I filled up a 1 liter water bottle with a juice I made from Tomatoes, Zucchini, fennel, carrots, celery, garlic cloves and rosemary. I added a pinch of Celtic sea salt and stuck it in the freezer immediately after juicing it. It thawed out just in time for lunch but tasted "meh" not great. I drank it about half of it at lunch. The flavor of the celery and garlic had become very strong and left a terrible taste in my mouth. I then had some more a few hours later. I was running with my trail group at 5:30 that day and this drink ended up haunting me while I was running. I felt weak, as I don't think I had enough carbs that day, but also felt like throwing up. I really struggled through the run and realized that you should never try something new before a "race" or an intense 11 mile hilly trail run. When I got home from the run, I wanted to try out these FiddleGreens that I bought from trader joes, so I was going to cook them up (yes, cheating on both my juice fast and my raw food) well, they put out the most disgusting smell I have ever smelled and I tossed them in the trash. Instead, I combined some avocado, corn and zuccini and some salad dressing (my Good Seasons which is one of my three exceptions to raw food that I allow myself) I also cooked up some garlic very very lightly in olive oil and tossed in the rest of the zucchini that I had turned into noodles with my spiralizer and ate that. So, all in all, not 100% raw or juice, but still not too bad. I was down 2 lbs from my weight the day before. And some of my belly bloating is going down. I am getting to the point where I can tell what my weight is going to be just by looking at my belly. I don't know why I have such problems with bloating and I will have to do some experimenting to discover the cause. Since I'm just starting out raw, I am not willing to eliminate the sea salt at this time, but I do make sure it's either Celtic or Himalayan so it has nutrients. For the rest of this juicing, I'm switching back to fruit juice because I had success with that and won't need to salt it. Last time when I did the 3 days, I kept it very simple and had apples, oranges and grapes, plus some greens thrown in. Since that worked well, I'm going back to it.

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17 Jun 2012 14:55 #11135 by Lisafast
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OMG I just reread my post and saw that I said it would flush your colon from the mouth out LOL. Very very wrong! Here is how the fast doctor describes it...much more eloquently:
www.fastingconnection.com/forum/Posts-fo...ema-alternative#9478
Quoting the Fast Doctor: "You can flush your ENTIRE intestine by drinking an isotonic macrogol solution, which then flush your entire intestine from mouth to rectum. These are typically used to prepare the colon for investigations or surgery. We use smaller volumes (say 1 litre instead of 4) where the colon is to be emptied in preparation ofr a longer fast.

A good pharmacist will be able to advise you on this."

Hope that helps everyone!

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17 Jun 2012 16:27 #11138 by Erin127
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Hi Everyone,

Are you all going to be continuing the water fast this week? If so, I'd like to join you.

I've been lurking the boards this past month, and have tried a couple of 3-day-water fasts on my own. I like the doctors suggestion of shorter fasts rather than one long one. Im 30 yrs old, and a runner (like you, Lisa :) ) Gluten/soy intolerant and (just last week) Diag Hypothyroid. I was once over 200 pounds and lost weight via low carb, able to maintain roughly 125lbs for 5 years.

These past 8-6 months weight spiked to 160!! :ohmy: (Despite running and diet) After going for multiple testing, found out about the food intolerances and the Hypothyroid. Since May I've been able to get my weight down to 147, via water fasting and mono-dieting. But I still struggle with the overeating habit I seemed to have picked up because of the Thyroid and Gluten mess.

My main goal is to get the overeating under control with water fasts. I've always had SUPER willpower when it came to diet and exercise, so I feel out of control. :( I'd also like to get my weight back to where I feel comfortable, a good 20 pound loss. Water fasting has been the only thing that gets me back there, with ease.

I've been IF'ing for years, eating within a window of 5pm and 10pm - so I'm used to fasting everyday.

Hopefully you all are continuing on...I'd really like the support.

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17 Jun 2012 16:32 #11139 by SailorMarieBliss
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Just checking the thread when I saw Lisa's interestingly worded hint that macrogol "will flush your colon from the mouth out", & almost sprayed the lemon water I was drinking all over my table :laugh: Actually, I had seen the fasting doc reference macrogol in a couple of old posts, & wondered what it was! Will have to look into it a bit more at some point.

Question; does anyone else here get a sort of post-fasting let down? I think I get it on the 2nd or 3rd day post fast, once the novelty of being able to eat again has worn off. It makes me quite eager to get started on my next fast, but I need to be watchful of these types of unbalanced feelings. Is this just my disordered past calling to me, or is it a decrease of endorphins or something biological?

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17 Jun 2012 19:01 #11141 by Lisafast
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Erin, Welcome and yes, please join us. We are happy to have you. I am doing juicing instead of water fasting, but I'll gladly support whatever type of fasting you are looking to do. Glad to see another runner. There are quite a few of us here. Running is the next best thing to fasting to keep your weight in check.

Marie, I have the same thing...I MISS fasting when I am not. I have to get started training for this half marathon, so my fasting has to be IF or juice so I have energy for when I want to run.

Everyone...I forgot that we were taking my son to Olive Garden to celebrate his and his GF's high school graduation...he earned his diploma by the skin of his teeth, as he hates homework and his teachers hate him, according to him...so it is very celebratory worthy. I really don't want to eat the food there...it used to be my favorite restaurant but now it just doesn't appeal to me. But I don't want to sit there like a bump on a log while everyone else is eating. And I don't want to pay good money for me to eat salad with no dressing when I do like their dressed salad. ugh. I'll let you know what happens.

On a good note, I just signed up for a 30 day transformational empowerment seminar for July. It is at a raw food restaurant not too far from my house and will include a free green smoothie every day as well as 50% off one meal each day for a month. Plus I'm going to go to my first raw food potluck and a spaghetti dinner (raw) for a date night with my husband. (if we're still married then LOL)

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18 Jun 2012 00:59 #11143 by SailorMarieBliss
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Hi Erin, & welcome!
I do at least one 3 day fast per week, so will certainly be starting by Tuesday night at the latest, as I'm toying with trying to go longer, & fast for all 5 weekdays until I reach my goal weight. I stopped early last week a little over halfway through day 4, as I was having great difficulty working at my very active job. I'm hoping that it was a one time fluke, & that I can make this idea work.
I have also lost from over 200 lbs, & your story is very encouraging to hear, even with your recent medical issues. It sounds as if you are very determined, & will be successful in your goal! It will be great to have another addition to our little impromptu fasting group :)
Lisa- congrats on your son's graduation! Mine is going to be a Senior next year, & he has had a tough road as well, so I understand the cause for celebration! Have a great time no matter what your choice of food turns out to be!

Shant, Kelly22222, & Chelsea Girl, hope you've all had a happy & health filled weekend too :)

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18 Jun 2012 02:58 - 18 Jun 2012 03:00 #11144 by Erin127
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Thanks everyone for the welcome!

My water fast starts tomorrow (not counting days, Im just going to see where I end up). I think I set up my fast well with a high fat (no carb) day today.

I really like the "notebook diet" idea. I've never really responded well to fruits, but I could definitely do the raw vegetables. Not sure how I'd do with no protein - I'd rather add some lean turkey or chicken to the vegetables.

Anyone have any advice on that? Im afraid Id have cravings on all raw vegetables.

In a perfect world, Id love to get to 4 water fast days and 2 raw veggie days (each week) then my "notebook" day.

Lisa, how is your energy, for running, on your juice days?

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18 Jun 2012 12:32 #11145 by SailorMarieBliss
SailorMarieBliss replied the topic: Re: Starting water fast - June 11! join me?
Hi Erin127,
It looks like I will be joining you in starting a water fast today! It's weird though, because I had a terrible binge-ish night. I couldn't sleep, & ended up just plowing my way through a disgusting array of junk (chips, ice cream, & cashews!). Guess I got my pre-fasting fat filled meal in, ugh :( The really bad part is that this went on until around 1-2am, so my fast timing is going to be a bit different than usual. Oh well, got to just accept that I undid all the benefits of my last fast, pick myself up, & start again.

I really like your idea of 4 days WFing, 2 days raw, & 1 notebook day! I am really interested in how it works out for you. I don't eat meat, so I'm not the best one to advise on adding it to raw diet, but do you like nuts & seeds at all? I know there are some pretty creative raw recipies out there. Anyhoo, enjoy your day 1! I'll be fasting right along with you :)

Lisa, did you ever do a juice diet before you got a juicer? I ask, as I am thinking that, if I cannot get through work on days 4-5 of my fast, I could switch off to juice, but I don't have access to a juicer. I might buy one, but can't afford it until next month.

Anyone else have fasting/juice feasting scheduled for this week?

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18 Jun 2012 14:18 #11147 by Erin127
Erin127 replied the topic: Re: Starting water fast - June 11! join me?
Marie, great!!!! I love the seeds/nuts idea! And I eat them raw anyway - I looooooove the idea of raw foods. Even meat raw (which may gross some people out). A high quality steak raw, or oysters, raw fish - even ground steak, makes me feel amazing with energy!

I Subscribe to a paleo blog of a young woman who was able to cure her PCOS and finally get pregnant by eating raw organ meats. Very interesting stuff! I love the idea of eating vegan, but I also see the sense in meat from a primal standpoint.

I think all of us are different, and if it makes you feel amazing - do it! It's very hard to find support in that logic, my family and friends think I'm a weirdo-fanatic. But all of them are in horrible health and spout regurgitated "Dr.Oz" tips as gospel. :dry:

But thank you for the nuts suggestion, because that's exactly what I'm going to try!

I'd love to be able to keep my head in the game to make it past day 4; we'll see. I've always had better success when I wait and decide the day of, to keep continuing my fast or not. It seems the more "pushed" it feels to keep going, the more I resist. I guess that's just human nature. If I "expect" to be tempted to end it...I normally will. If I "expect" to stay strong, I do. It's all in the mind.

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18 Jun 2012 15:02 #11148 by Lisafast
Lisafast replied the topic: Re: Starting water fast - June 11! join me?
Hey SailorMarie, I did attempt some juicing before I had my juicer. It's time consuming. Just blend the veggies or fruits with water and strain. I'll bet a nut milk bag would work great, but I just got one and haven't tried it out yet. Also, do you have a citrus juicer? You could do all oranges. That's an excellent juice to "fast" on. There is also a monodiet where you just eat one type of fruit, such as bananas, oranges, or grapes. It still gives your digestive system a break because it's easier to digest one type of food compared to all the variety that we shove down the gullet. LOL

Erin, I know that two of the books on raw food also included raw meat and/or raw goat or cow milk cheeses. Unfortunately, I read so many books on the raw lifestyle that I don't remember any more which was which. I think maybe Carol Alt's book included those things. Her book was annoying to me because she kept reminding the reader that she worked as a fashion model. (conceited much? LOL) The most informative book on raw is by a woman by the last name of Underkoffler called Living Cuisine. That, to me, was a great book for those just starting on raw because she has some recipes for warm soups and for steamed veggies as well as raw and it's very accepting of different levels of raw. Matt Amsten has a cookbook with delicious recipes if you have a dehydrator and a high speed blender and a juicer. I have enjoyed everything I made from his cookbook, except that some stuff is a little salty, but nothing is yucky. I hate it when you use expensive ingredients to make something and it tastes like poopy. I think his cookbook is called Rawvolution. He also has restaurants by the same name.

About my Juicing: Well, I went to the restaurant for the graduation celebration and did end up eating but very very lightly. I ordered food that I could bring home to my daughter. Unfortunately, I did end up eating a little more of the leftovers before bed, but I didn't stuff myself. I bought 14 lbs of conventionally grown apples and 10 Florida juicing oranges. I also bought some fancy schmancy teas and some more raw honey. I will just continue with my juicing as if I didn't eat solid food. So today is day 3 of 7. I ran 7 miles this morning and I will be riding my bike to work and home (about 17 miles round trip.) Yes, I do have more energy for running on juicing rather than water fasting. I run like I'm on mile 22 of a marathon when fasting. For those less experienced with running, by about mile 20 or so, you will run out your body's carbohydrate stores after about 18-20 miles if you have not been refueling along the route and you will feel like all of the sudden there is no energy left and running becomes so difficult. That's what they call "hitting the wall". If you were riding a bike, you call it "bonking". When I'm juicing, I'm filling those carbohydrate stores. So while I won't hit ketosis, I will give my system a rest from digesting fiber and will be giving my body lots of vitamins and enzymes as well. Before, I considered juicing as inferior to water fasting, but now I can see that it has its place and that it is much more effective than I had previously thought!

Alright! I'm off to work by bike! Lots of endorphins today!

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