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My first ever 7 day pure water fast followed by juice fasting

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25 Jun 2012 17:42 - 25 Jun 2012 17:45 #11210 by Shant
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I've been thinking to water fast for a while but never had guts to do that as I couldn't imagine to stick to water only. I read posts of many who did that and said to myself why couldn't I. My main goal is simply weight loss. I've put on weight when I was trying to maintain my new set point and it reversed to mean anyway (hormones playing a major role accompanied by a huge urge to overeat.. forgettable 4 months). Any other benefits that will come along are welcome. I realised that since fasting couple of times during this half a year I no longer suffer from hay fever.. Whoop whoop! (I never missed those 2 months every year since I was a kid until this year!). It might also be thanks to all the sweating at the gym and clean diet I followed last year. I don't know. Whatever it caused, I'm happy for that.

I don't intend to weigh myself during the water fast, however, I'll do so when I finish it and start juice fast, and will go on until I either reach my goal weight or until my body/mind allows me to. Then I intend to break the fast by eating raw for couple of days and adopt a warrior diet or IF lifestyle to maintain. I'm actually looking forward to it as I know that in warm weather I no longer will have swollen legs and will perceive the outdoor temperatures as a bit lower.

I bought some spiritual readings and acrylics to release the possible creative ' :evil:' inside of me :).

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25 Jun 2012 19:39 #11211 by david
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Hi Shant thanks for sharing this. Do take into account that the body doesn't always want to follow the dictates of the mind so try to be flexible too and take a day at a time it is sometimes easier on your system. See it as climbing a mountain and trying to make it to the next peak rather than the summit. :) As another option to a juice fast you could try a fruit mono diet on melons. Or some other fruit. I did three weeks on melons last summer and felt great afterwards. But three weeks was my natural threshold. Wishing you success

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26 Jun 2012 09:25 #11212 by Shant
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Hi David, thank you for encouragement. I will consider the option of alternating between water and juice, 1 water - 1 day green juice, 2 days water - 1 day green juice. Even the idea of drinking water only has been bothering me since the very morning. Seriously, I am irritated by the fact that I can't make myself a cup of tea or squeeze lemon into water. If there's something on earth I find hard to give up, its the lemony taste in water. Fasting or not, I always drink a glass of pure water and another glass with lemon upon waking up.. Guess I'm having withdrawals or something. I expected that while drinking water only one can only get the "basic" cravings. Like, lemons in water, in my case. It's a waking up moment for me...

Re. fruit mono-diet. I could imagine myself following a young coconut mono diet if they sold any at my end of the world :).

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26 Jun 2012 18:05 #11213 by Chelsea Girl
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Hi Shant!! if your goal is purely weight loss, as I read from your first post, then herbal teas and a slice of lemon in your glass of water should make no difference whatsoever.

On Monday 2nd July I will start a 5 day fasting, Health Divas style. So my last meal will be SUnday's dinner, resuming my eating on Fri night or Sat, depending on how I feel. The last time I did this I kept my workout routine as usual - boot camp, spinning, etc. in the evenings after work. I felt I had all the energy in the world for this. Even more so than when eating normally, I felt lighter, faster and motivated!

My social agenda this week is insane... lunches, dinners and client events every day, so I do welcome my detox next week! I also find it easier from Mon to Fri, it goes faster!

Let me know if you want to join me next week! :woohoo:

xoxo

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26 Jun 2012 19:09 #11214 by Shant
Shant replied the topic: Re: My first ever 7 day pure water fast followed by juice fasting
Hey chica, I figured out the same. However, 24 hours (must be my absolute record) of pure water later :). David was right. I'm back to drinking lemon water and herbal tea. Happy about that decision. Felt like crap (headache) in the afternoon, mainly because i remained awfully static today.

Yeah, sure. On Saturday some oxo low sodium cubes are coming, so i'll be all set up to go health divas style. Also ordered Inspiral raw kale chips, just in case. Ever tried? I love all flavours. Chocolate/cinammon is new. As for training when fasting, nothing can beat that. I usually work out in the morning, though :).

Have a super tasty week and enjoy.

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26 Jun 2012 22:30 #11216 by david
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Shant that sounds like a really healthy practice to drink a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning

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27 Jun 2012 06:37 #11219 by Chelsea Girl
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Shant - good tip, I just looked up the raw kale chips... it says ZERO calories, is that for real?! :woohoo:

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27 Jun 2012 12:37 #11220 by Shant
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yeah, per 1 teaspoon, or per 0 g :).

you can check the nutritional info here:

www.inspiralled.net/shop/nutritional-inf...ritional-information

or all products:

www.inspiralled.net/shop/nutritional-information

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28 Jun 2012 07:16 #11228 by Chelsea Girl
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a-ha! makes sense now! thanks for the links!

How's your fasting going!?

as for me, I can't wait to start mine next MOnday! :woohoo:

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28 Jun 2012 13:10 - 28 Jun 2012 13:11 #11229 by Shant
Shant replied the topic: Re: My first ever 7 day pure water fast followed by juice fasting
Glad I was helpful.

It's going well, thanks for asking. Day 4 is near. I'd peep if I changed anything or had some problems. Still drinking water, herbal tea and lemon juice. One lemon a day, keeps a shrink away! :evil: I'm really considering the coconut mono diet, though.

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28 Jun 2012 14:57 #11230 by david
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That's an achievement! Do you mean coconut juice mono or or the whole coconut?

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28 Jun 2012 15:43 #11231 by Shant
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thanks.

I would rather eat the whole virgin coconut, but instead I usually drink this one:

www.dr-martins.com/products_juice.php?lang=en

and sometimes mix a bit of this one with home made almond milk when juice fasting:
www.dr-martins.com/products_milkdrink.php?lang=en

Also considered I might buy organic already cut fresh coconut flesh. they sell it in 60 g cooled tiny boxes (with a very short shelf life), so not much of it but in case i'd feel like chewing on something, that would be it. just an idea. i don't care it's high in fat, still better than to go absolutely nuts on other nuts that i so much love and can easily manage 200g in a short sitting. try it with coconut.. not so easy to do, right?

I thought coconut mono-diet would be great because it's low in carbs (i never drank much of coconut water at once anyway) and coconut juice is the most natural sports drink, great in warm weather, too.

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29 Jun 2012 12:35 - 29 Jun 2012 12:38 #11237 by Shant
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Topic- the poop, heat outside, light pain in lower back, throat mucus and a few notes I forgot to mention earlier.

On Monday I consumed plenty of psyllium husks with water, along with normal meals and have been fasting since the 1st post in this thread was posted.
On Tuesday, I had a couple of wonderfully easy very productive bowel movements, thanks to the fibre eaten the day before. Today, I had my first tiny bm in the last 3 days - liquid, gassy and dark, not smelly though.
Last night, when I was cleaning my tongue, I "bumped into" some mucus that I could be spiting out endlessly. Small amounts of slightly white/clear liquid mucus. I guess that's revenge for my love for diary products lately. I don't have a runny nose, otherwise.
It's another very warm day today. I have a habit of either going to the gym in the morning or for a walk. So I went for a walk. Heat, strong sun and I got that typical light headache that appears when it's hot outside and you feel like you've done too much or didn't drink enough. I drank enough. What I have to admit now is that I drank a cup of warm black coffee in strong sunlight and it sure didn't help much. Now I get why it is not recommended to fast in extreme temperatures.
Today, I also feel a light pain in the lower back. Not sure why. Other than that, I feel fine. It's amazing that my legs don't get swollen in this weather.
Mentally, I don't feel as excited as I used to when I was drinking green juices and coconut/almond milk with ginger and stuff once a day. But it also might be because of the weather.

Already bought 2 packages of coconut juice, 1 coconut milk for drinking and 60 g of energy rich coconut flesh (I'll have to freeze it because it expires tomorrow), just in case. I have decided to break my fast exactly with this. At least I don't have to run unprepared to the shop for the greens so I can make myself a juice in the last minute, or worse - eat what fridge has to offer.

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29 Jun 2012 14:41 #11238 by Erin127
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Shant - you're my hero! I love that mono-diet idea with the coconut. I had a major coconut obsession about a year ago. Let me tell you - they arent the easiest things to try and open on your own. :blink: I never learned the secret on how to open one without a hammer and a huge mess.

*I don't want to high jack your thread - but if you and Chelsea Girl are going to start the "Health Diva" fast on Monday, I'd love to join with you! Weekends are always mentally harder for me to start a fast. Mondays are perfect :cheer:

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30 Jun 2012 16:10 #11239 by Shant
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Erin, you got to have the right people to open the nut for you! At least, you won't be the one to be blamed for all the mess ;).

You're absolutely welcome. Not sure if I am going to be diva fasting, I'll see. I broke my fast 5 hours ago. We went to the mountains for a steep uphill hike and I felt just weird. Slow legs, heart beat irregular. I think the heat does it. So I ate, ate and ate and of course it wasn't the coco juice or nut I kept stored at home for Monday. I'm upset. It looks like I'm never going to make it and break the fast as I am supposed to! But I'm glad I got back home in one piece :).

Nevertheless, I'm going to fast again, starting tonight. Temperatures are going to fall by nearly 15 degrees tomorrow and it's going to stay that way for the rest of the week, whoop whoop!

Have a great weekend and thanks for joining.

P.S. If I remember correctly you are IFer, right? Eat stop eat?

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30 Jun 2012 16:13 #11240 by Shant
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Chelsea: Vegetable Stock Cubes - Organic 'LOW SALT' 66g (Kallo). A must-have!

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30 Jun 2012 16:39 #11242 by Erin127
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Shant - what day were you on? Day 5? I think it's okay if you didn't break the fast perfectly, you've stuck to the fast, so that's the important part! I've never fasted longer than 4 days. Not sure why, I guess I just never set the goal to try. And I agree with the Doctor, I'd rather listen and do what my body wants than try and push it. To me, there's a murky area where I question "ok, what's a healthy fast? And what's considered pushing it?" because I don't want to fall into unconsciously starving myself. Even though intentions are that of health, I'd rather err on the side of caution and do what is right by my body.

I think you responded well to your biofeedback, it's very motivating!

And yes, I do IF. I have an eating window everyday of 5pm to 10pm. I've been doing this a long time. So when I fast - I can actually squeeze in an extra 24 hours without feeling the extra day. So if I fast 4 days, it only feels like 3 because of IF. If I start my fast on a Sunday night at 8 pm (after finishing dinner at 7pm, lets say) then I'm at 24hrs of fasting on Monday night at 8. So if I fast until Thursday night and eat at 8 - I've fasted 96 hours (4 days) but only went without food on Monday, tues, wed. So it feels like I only fasted 3 days, but I actually fasted 4.
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01 Jul 2012 15:58 - 01 Jul 2012 16:00 #11243 by Shant
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Yeah yeah, it was the 5th day. It's not ok for me because ever since I broke my first fast I started to eat loads of fatty junk food afterwards. Junk food meaning a lot of dairy products, nuts, chocolate and when I satisfied these.. I turned to bread.. uh.. but one thing for sure, there's no better place in the world for better fresh breads, chocolate and cheese. I might have lack of calcium, or something. I never intended to go on a shorter fast and re-start because I wanted to spare the rest of LBM I got :( . I should have done things differently, like being more flexible, not setting myself for a 7 day water fast, for example. Like on the first day, I couldn't live without lemon water. And since I allowed myself to drink water with lemon on the 2nd day, I started to miss green juices and my daily medicine of almond milk in espresso cup I drink when juice fasting. Take everything from me and I'll want stuff I normally don't want. Forbid me a chocolate, I'll make sure I'll eat 200 g a day. I'll have to reset that "I can have it later" attitude :). End of rant.

I'm sorry I was so long, I just had to spit it all out. There's no blog section anymore.
Erin, for me the first day is the worst one. I completely understand that if you're IFer you don't realise the first day because you're used to it. I actually IFed for most of my life, even if I didn't know it could be approved as a life style but since prolonged fasting that's when I want to give up and have the "I have to catch up on more eating because I'm going to fast" attitude. Like today. Again.
How long would you like to fast now then? And why doing an extended fast when you're doing so well with IFing? Bikini body or have you got higher goals :)? What does your diet normally look like?

Anyway, I originally wanted to juice fast in July. I don't call it juice feast because I don't drink much of juice. And if I will.. GOOD FOR ME! I donno if I mentioned but I had an accident some time ago and couldn't hit the gym properly which had a brutal effect on my skin fold.
1. too little calories out
2. too many cals in
3. could I have weight trained hard, I would be a rambo already but this way, it's been a fattening experience.

So, I'm going to make it! I know I'll be fine and everyone else with me also will. Amen.

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01 Jul 2012 19:50 #11246 by david
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Shant are you missing the blog function :) I am going to install another one soon. The last one was buggy. There will be a new rule though this time which is to blog after a fast day rather than before one.

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01 Jul 2012 20:06 #11247 by Shant
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Yay, looking forward! It helps heaps. :)

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