How To Prepare For Fasting In 5 Easy Steps

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.)
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • 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)
Raw Vegan Diet: Consuming plenty of raw fruits
and vegetables is key for proper fasting prep

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)
    • Kiwi
    • Papaya

Fruits That Are Very Important To Consume Organic

  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • 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

  • Sweatshirt
  • Sweatpants
  • Leggings
  • Long socks
  • Undershirt (under amour)
  • Layers for going outside
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • 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.

The Most Loving Way To Break A Fast For Your Body

In this informational blog post, you will learn the most loving way to break a fast for your body. To ensure success, you must follow the proper steps to come off a fast for ultimate health and vitality.

Fasting is like most achievements in your life, challenging in the beginning, easy as habits develop in the middle and most challenging after you’ve succeeded. This is why mental and physical preparation is so important for any lasting success.

Even with surgery, maintaining weight loss is not easy according to this article by Marschall S. Runge. 70% of people who win the lottery are broke within 3-5 years.

Accountability by texting or sharing with a friend helps greatly with discipline when you are ready to end your fast. Environment always trumps will power.

When you need will power the most, you have the least amount. Most of us can’t do this alone. After all, desire for food is the strongest desire we have. Yes, food is even more tempting than sex, money, or drugs for most of us! 

“The desrire for food is the strongest urge we have, and is even greater than the sexual drive,” – Steve Meyerowtiz.

Since breaking the fast properly is critical for success, carefully read this blog post all the way through. Together, we can prepare for a joyful end to your fast!

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Know When To Stop Your Fast

Choosing the incorrect time to break your fast can be a deal breaker. When you stretch your fast too long, many problems occur. Your body does not follow a calendar, so stretching a fast too long can result in problems when your fast ends. Stretching the body beyond its needs can cause a rebound effect during the re-feeding period.

You’ll be tempted to eat far too much too fast if you extend the length of your water fast, juice fast, or dry fast. Therefore, you must always listen to your body. Your body will tell you when it is time to break a fast.

Listen To The Body

  • Recognize your interest in food when it occurs
  • Stop the fast when the desire for food returns
  • Your body will guide you in specific ways
    • Desires to chew food
    • Constant curiosity about the food on your friends’ plate
    • Wondering what’s on the menu (scrolling through food websites, seeing what’s in the fridge, etc.)
  • If these signals continue to persist for the whole day, your body is telling you it’s time to break the fast

Listening to your body allows you to complete your fast in a disciplined healthy way.

Real Hunger vs Temptation

For the simple reason that our minds will tell us we’re hungry because we want to mindlessly eat, it is important to know the difference between real hunger and the hunger made up in our minds also known as temptation.

Real hunger is hard to ignore and once we ignore it, we are no longer fasting but starving. Starving occurs when the body truly needs food and cannot get it. When the body is starving, it wants to build its energy back up again, and seeks amino acids to do so.

When the body is fasting, it is cleansing and eliminating harmful agents. A fasting diary can be used to track food cravings and impulses. You can use a simple journal or a notebook for your fasting diary. Some helpful ideas to include are listed below. Remember to write an affirmation or thought to hold onto each day.

For example, “I am love”, “I am loved.” ” This moment is the best moment ever.” “Love Is Now.”

Fasting Diary Can Be Used To:

  • Track food impulses
  • Record cravings for solid food
  • Record time of the day cravings occur
  • See trends in craving
  • Distinguish between temptation and real hunger
  • Observe hunger trends
  • Guide you to the right time to break the fast

The Three Phases To Introducing Solid Foods

Phase 1

First stage of introducing solid foods back into your diet:

The first foods you should consume when breaking a fast should be soft, high water content fruits. Heavier fruits such as bananas are heavy and starchy with a low water content and should not be the first foods to break your fast.

Same goes with dried fruits as these do not have a high enough water content. These foods should be consumed in phase 2. Eating fruits with a higher water content will help stimulate your appetite and prepare the system for heavier solid foods.

The best foods to break a fast with are listed below. My favorite is pineapple, melons or grapes. Always choose organic when you can.

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase One

  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mango
  • Other Melons

Amount Of Food And Eating Approach

A fasting stomach is a sleeping stomach, glands that produce digestive juices are relaxed and are not in a place of production. Your stomach has not only been sleeping, it has shrunk. The amount of food we throw back into our sleeping stomach and our approach in doing so should be monitored closely while we break our fast.

How To Awaken Your Body Safely After A Fast

  • Make sure you sit while eating for better and easier digestion
  • Do everything slowly, sip your soup and chew pulpy juice
  • Never rush the refeeding process
  • Don’t push the body to return quickly to full capacity, let your body follow a natural schedule. Listen to your body!
  • Ease your body back into physical activity very slowly
  • As taste sensations return, monitor your portions carefully
    • Don’t let your anxiety to eat overcome you
    • Don’t let prior eating arrangements (going out to dinner with friends, etc.) wreck your progress. Order water or fruit if you can.
    • Listen to your stomach, gurgling sounds or feel bloated feelings are indicators to slow down or eat less

Methods For Phase 1

  • Nibble
  • Feed self like a baby
  • Eat small amounts every hour or two
  • Follow an eating schedule
  • Create a menu for the first day or two
  • Eat the simplest foods
  • Avoid food combining

Furthermore, the duration of the dry, water, intermittent or juice fast determines how long it takes for the digestive system to be turned back on in the post fast phase. Building the digestive system can take from one day to one week depending on the length of the fast.

For someone who has gone on a 10 day fast, the first 5 days after the fast should be foods from phase 1. The next 5 days should be phase 2 foods. Then after 10 days of phase 1 and 2, they can start introducing foods back in from their original diet.

For breaking a three day fast, I recommend phase one on day one, phast two on day two and phase three on day three. Keep it simple!

Phase 2

The digestive system has turned back on and you are able to begin consuming heavier foods. This is the transition phase from phase one light high-water-content foods to foods from your normal diet. These foods are listed below.

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Two

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Avocados
  • Sprouts
  • Kelp
  • Olive Oil
  • Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Tofu
  • Vegetable Soups

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Three

When you feel your digestive system is working properly and your body is adequately energized, you’re ready to reintroduce grains, starch vegetables, and cooked foods. Dairy and animal products can be reintroduced as well, but remember, these foods are clogging to the digestive system and cause high levels of acidosis.

CAUTION: Be careful with deep fried foods such as French fries or dairy such as high fat cheese. Foods with processed sugars should be consumed very minimally or not at all. The benefits of your fast can be reversed if you go back to eating a diet high in mucus forming foods! (Meat, Dairy, processed foods).

Breaking a fast correctly is critical; the time after your complete your fast is absolutely the most dangerous part of the fast.

Possible hazards of Breaking A Fast Incorrectly

  • High levels of stress on heart, liver, lungs, and other vital organs
  • Reversal of fasting benefits
  • Shock to your system, resulting in potentially serious health conditions

Three days fasts are a good idea, since you do not have to be as cautious about breaking the fast as people who have fasted for 30 days or more.

Even though you may feel like you’re on cloud 9 nine when your body breaks a fast with cooked foods, this satisfaction will be short lived. Once the digestion process begins, you’ll feel energy being used for digestion instead of healing. Our taste buds are always ready for food, but our digestive system is not.

Safety Precautions

The healing power of fasting is second to none, but experts recommend a slow build up to longer fasts. Start with a one-day juice fast, then work up to a three-day fast, then a seven-day fast. This will prep you for a longer term fast correctly without putting yourself in danger by carrying out incorrect fasting methods.

Success Is Determined By How You Break Your Fast

In the end, your success is determined by how well you break your fast. Don’t let three days of healing on a fast go down the drain by breaking your fast incorrectly.

Breaking your fast correctly takes dedication and willpower, but when done correctly, you’ll enjoy all the incredible benefits of your fast. Practice with a one day fast soon and best of luck on your fasting journey!

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For more information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For more information on proper food combining, click here.

For more information on washing produce correctly, click here.