Preparations for Prolonged Fasting

Don't rush - get ready before you start... 

Prolonged Fasting needs some preparation... it should be a great experience, so take your time to understand and be ready for some major impact... before starting.

Used for thousands of years, fasting is one of the oldest therapies in medicine. Many of the great doctors of ancient times and many of the oldest healing systems have recommended it as an integral method of healing and prevention.

Fasting is not a cure for any particular disease. Rather, it is an opportunity to give the body a prolonged period of rest to heal and restore itself.

The detoxifying and healing processes that occur during a fast are also active when a person is eating… but a fast can be helpful for people whose conditions are not improving as quickly as they would like. Prolonged Fasting

It is wise to prepare the body gently for the fast.

A time of 'house-cleaning' – a time of detox – eliminating all meat, dairy products, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, sugar, alcohol, cigarettes… greasy foods... you get the point... This will make the process of fasting much more enjoyable, and is strongly recommended.

However, eliminating all these harmful substances is withdrawal from addictions and will not be easy for most. Well… you're on your way… you were going to give all this up… anyway... some day.

The day has come!

So.. before undertaking a fast, eat mostly raw foods for a week or two and clean up all addictions. This will give the body a chance to detoxify extensively before the fast is started, and will make water fasting much more comfortable.

Quit smoking before you start your fast.Prolonged Fasting

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Words of Caution

Fasters are often astonished that intensified healing can be painful.

We have been programmed by our culture and by doctors to think that if we are doing the right thing for our bodies we should feel better instantaneously.

I wish it weren't so, but most people have to pay past debts - for their errors in living and dietary excesses. There will be aches and pains and sore sensations.

Only few fasters feel better immediately. The majority of us just have to tough it out, keeping in mind that...Prolonged Fasting

The way out is the way through...

It is important to remind yourself at times that even with some discomfort and considering the inconvenience of fasting that you are getting off easy – one month of self-denial pays for those years of excess and buys a rejuvenated body.

Dangerously ill people should only fast with experienced guidance.

Fasts must be entered and exited with care

To enter a fast, the diet should be gradually lightened over a minimum of 3 days.

  • First, heavy foods such as meats and dairy products should be eliminated for a day or two. 
  • Grains, nuts, and beans should then be reduced for several days. 
  • The day before a fast, only easily digested foods like fruits, light salads, and soups should be eaten. 
  • During the fast, only pure water and occasional herbal teas should be drunk.

Fasts should be ended as gradually as they are entered, going from lighter to heavier foods progressively. The diet after a fast should emphasize fresh, wholesome foods.

Fasters should particularly take care not to overeat when they complete a fast.

How long should you fast?

Fasts can be performed for varying lengths of time, depending on the person and his or her health requirements. It is a good idea to set a time frame before you start. Make sure you have enough time to stop the fast in a calm setting... breaking the fast while running your regular work schedule will not be a great experience... 

  • For chronic conditions, therapists recommend from two to four weeks to get the most benefits.
  • Seven-day fasts are also commonly performed. 
  • A popular fasting program for prevention and general health is a three-day fast taken four times per year, at the change of each season. These can be easily performed over long weekends. 
  • Preventative fasts of one day per week are used by many people as well.

Juice fasts are also used by many people, although these are not technically fasts. Juice fasts are less intensive than water fasts because the body doesn't reach the ketosis stage. The advantage of juice fasts is that fruit and vegetable drinks can supply extra energy and nutrients.

You can fit a few days of juice fasting into your normal schedule without significant drops in energy. Juice fasts also have cleansing and detoxifying effects. 

Medical supervision is recommended for any fast over three days... this is especially important for the first time faster.

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