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Our 5-Day Water Fasting Experience - Part 4 of 4

diet fasting health Aug 24, 2018
 

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We’ve been talking about water fasting and overall, we feel that it was a success and we will definitely do it again.

 

If you have never fasted before and you want to give it a try, take it in small steps.

 

Try to fast for half a day first, then a day, work your way up until you know you can do it. Don’t rely on sheer willpower because your willpower is not enough to keep you on the fast. (Tweet this)

 

And if you have a medical condition, or if you have any concerns about the potential risks of water fast, definitely check with your medical professionals to help you decide what’s best for you.

 

Water fast isn’t the only type of fast out there, so you do have other options even if this is not for you.

 

If you decide to go on an extended fast, and, as we’ve mentioned earlier, the longest documented fast was 382 days, then how do you know when to come out of the fast?

 

You can see from your tongue. Your tongue should turn back to a pale pink color. Your body should feel great. Your complexion should be clear. You should be energetic when your body is not an efficient fast burning engine.

 

But to come out of a multi-day fast, you can’t just go all out.

On day one, take in about 500 calories for women and about 800 to 1000 calories for men. Make sure you are eating clean, whole foods that includes healthy fats, proteins and vegetables. Do not go back to pizza and pasta.

The next day, add some soft foods and steamed vegetables. When you come out of a fast your stomach needs to replenish the healthy gut bacteria and you may not be able to process raw vegetables properly so steamed vegetables would be a better choice.

 

Even on day 1, You can go back on your supplements also. Kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut are also recommended because they will help you build back your good gut bacteria. Taking probiotics will also help.

 

3 days after you come out of your water fast, you can pretty much go back to your normal caloric intake. But let me remind you that, you didn’t just spend 5 days so that you can go back to your old ways. I certainly didn’t.

 

When we came out of our diet we notice that our cravings have changed. We no longer crave for ice cream or potato chips. Instead, we now want whole foods, so we restock our pantry and fridge with organic, whole foods, nuts and seeds and healthy fats.

 

We challenge you to try a 3-5 day water fast. Let us know how it went and how you felt afterwards!

 

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