Read this blog post to learn how to prepare for fasting in 5 easy steps.
Prepping for a prolonged fast is about more than a shopping list for the right ingredients and equipment. With proper pre-fast preparation, the benefits of fasting go far beyond temporary weight loss.
Here are five steps to prepare your body, mind and soul so you can experience fasting for ultimate health and wellness. Let’s begin!
Step One: Diet Prep
Ease into your fast with a pre-fasting diet. If you are eating the typical SAD (Standard American Diet), go slowly. If you are vegan, you can consider starting out with the raw vegan diet.
To put it briefly, the Raw Vegan diet eliminates grains, dairy, fish, meat and all animal products (including eggs and butter!) . For great vegan recipes, click here.
Prior to your fast, eat a raw vegan diet for at least five days.
Raw Vegan Food List
- Leafy greens (Kale, spinach, arugula, etc.)
- Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pineapple)
- Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
- Berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
- Apples, grapes, bananas
- Dates & Figs
- Raw Nuts (almonds, walnuts cashews, brazil nuts, pecans, pine nuts)
- Raw Seeds (Sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, hemp seeds)
For someone who is looking for guidance on transitioning to a raw vegan diet, I highly recommend reading The 30-day Transformation Living Food Program by Dan McDonald aka “The Life Regenerator.”
The next tier after a raw vegan diet for putting your body in the best shape for a prolonged juice/water fast is to go on a Fruit Fast.
Only Fruit For At Least Two Days:
-Melons give you the most bang for your buck, but can be very aggressive as they are composed with the highest water content. Mono-fruit fasts consist of eating only one type of fruit for long periods of time. A mono-fruit fast is a great way to work up to a water fast or a juice fast, but don’t hesitate to eat more than one kind of fruit. Just be careful with your fruit combinations as combining improper fruits leads to fermentation resulting in bloating and gas ultimately leading to acidosis. For more information on food combining click here.
A diet consisting of raw foods and plenty of fruits will help clean the bowels, flush the liver and kidneys, and set your body in proper motion for a truly beneficial fast.
Step Two: Gather A Strong Support System
Seek the guidance of an experienced faster (someone who has proper knowledge and wisdom on fasting and detoxification). For complete trust and guidance on fasting I recommend reading the book Juice Fasting and Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz.
Trust me. You’ll need friends when fasting! While fasting is beneficial and simple, it is not easy. A strong support system is necessary for Emotional Detoxification: As your body rids itself of toxins, you might experience intense emotions from past traumas. I call this an “emotional detox”.
Let a close friend know in advance you might be calling them at absurd times to talk. Seek reassurance and encouragement in advance. This is a great habit for any project in life. Shore up support prior to beginning any life change.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”- Abraham Lincoln.
During detox, we often uproot past emotions that have been embedded inside of us for years; Enlist the help of someone you can trust to help you get through these tough times. This person should be someone who will openly listen to your emotions in a non-judgmental manner.
Granted that you enter an emotional detox, have a pen and a paper ready to write down what you are feeling as this will also help you through your emotional release.
Step Three: Shopping List
Stock up on the right ingredients for your fast.
For A Water Fast, You Will Need
- Distilled Water and/or Reverse Osmosis Water
- A glass cup
- Herbs (optional)
For A Juice Fast, You Will Need
- A proper juicer (masticating juicer recommended)
- Organic fruits and vegetables
- Distilled and/or reverse osmosis water
- Herbs (optional)
It is important to consume organic fruits and distilled water as these are your purest sources of water and juice for your fast. Remember, fasting is designed to eliminate toxins and heal. Filling your system with fruits and water containing impurities can only slow down the detoxification process.
Fruits That Are Okay To Consume Non-Organic
- Most fruits where you don’t eat the skin
- Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
- Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, lemons, limes)
Fruits That Are Very Important To Consume Organic
- All berries
For more information on organic produce and the most important produce to buy organic click here.
Step Four: Prep The Most Stress-Free Schedule You Can
Furthermore, when planning a time for your fast, you want to plan a time free of stress. This can be hard in today’s society as we all have demands whether its family, work, or relationships. Sometimes it is best to take some vacation time and rid your schedule of any events you had planned for your body deserves rest and a fast.
Above all, don’t start a fast when your physical, emotional, or mental demands are too high. Every stressful day of your fast can extend the time required to detoxify by one half day. This means that fasting for 15 days under a stressful environment would achieve the same amount of detoxification as a peaceful 10 day fast.
Even though time is important, fasting is also a matter of energy. You might be saving energy by not digesting food, but you are spending energy through mental or emotional stress. The goal is to conserve as much energy as you can for your body to use on healing and detoxification.
Moreover, make sure in advance you will be able to give yourself enough time to refrain from activity and you will be able to get plenty of bed rest. Remember, conserving the most energy is key.
If you are going on a juice fast, bed rest will not be as necessary as you are still giving the body energy. Depending on your level of toxicity, you should be fine carrying on normal daily activities on a juice fast.
Step Five: Adjusting To Climate
As for weather, it is best to wait until summer or go to a place that is warm. When you fast, you will likely feel cold. When you consume food, combustion takes place as your body digests the food. Combustion creates heat keeping you warm. The same goes with exercise and activity. Since you are trying to conserve energy for healing, these activities will be put on halt meaning it will be tougher for your body to stay warm.
Warm weather keeps you warm naturally and does not require your body to create energy in order for you to stay warm. If you are going to be carrying out your fast in the winter or in a cold environment, you must have the proper clothing.
Clothing To Stay Warm – Fasting In Cold Weather
- Long socks
- Undershirt (under amour)
- Layers for going outside
- Cayenne Pepper for socks
Putting cayenne pepper in socks can help keep your feet warm. When our feet are warm, our body feels warm.
As has been noted, correct fasting preparation is key to carrying your fast out smoothly and properly. Improperly carrying out these five steps can make a prolonged fast much more difficult.
Don’t cheat yourself of healing! Prepare, prepare, prepare!
Note: Build Up To More Rigorous Fasts
The fasting journey is nothing short of amazing. With that being said, make sure to continually educate yourself on fasting. People who do not have the healthiest body should start off slow with an intermittent fast, a one-day fast or a three-day fast. Work to build up to longer fasts. Be cautious when fasting for the first time!
Always Listen To Your Body
Lastly, during your fast, remind yourself to listen to your body. Your body will tell you how long to carry your fast, when to dig deeper, or when to stop the fast. Some people can go for a day, other people can go for months, your body will let you know.
When your body is telling you it is time to eat solid foods again, it is vital to break your fast the correct way. Breaking your fast improperly, especially a long one, can be detrimental to your health and very rarely can result in death. The Most Loving Way To Break A Fast For Your Body will show you the correct way to break a fast leading you to ultimate health and vitality.
As always, listen to your body, follow your heart, and enjoy the healing process!
For more in depth information on fasting, click here.
For more information on water fasting, click here.
For more information on the health benefits of juices, click here.
For more information on proper techniques for washing produce, click here.