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Fasting Guide

Fasting Guide

So you’ve decided to take your raw food cleanse to the next level. This article is meant to assist you and give you guidance in doing an all-liquid diet for whatever duration you choose. This type of specialized diet is often referred to as a fast.

Here is the definition of fasting: an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days.

The term feast has been used to describe a fast in which you consume an unrestricted amount of juice or smoothie during the course of the day.

In essence the Raw Food Cleanse is a fast/feast that abstains from cooked food and animal products. If you choose to do only smoothies and juices for the rest of your cleanse you will be abstaining from solid foods. This is often referred to as a smoothie or juice fast.

Juice/smoothie fasting can be undertaken for cleansing, detox, healing and/or maintenance. Everyone who undertakes an extended fast comes to realize how much time in the day is dedicated to thinking about and preparing food and cleaning up meals. The simplicity and efficiency of juicing, fasting and feasting can be quite appealing once you get into the rhythm of things.

The results from doing a juice/smoothie fast will be more dramatic than that of the Raw Food Cleanse. Weight loss will likely happen more rapidly and cleansing reactions can be more extreme. Return to eating the Raw Food Cleanse menu if the results of fasting are too extreme. Colonics and/or enemas may help to remediate cleansing reactions.

Coming off of a fast in the proper manner is an extremely important aspect of the juice/smoothie fasting process. Benefit from fasting can be undermined by improperly coming off of a fast. The general rule is that you should transition from your fast for the same number of days that your were on the fast. So a ten-day juice fast/feast requires 10 days of easing back into solid foods. Simple fruits like melons are an ideal choice for breaking a fast. Your stomach has shrunk and your intestinal muscle tone has atrophied from lack of use during the fast. A small amount of food will easily fill you up. The reintroduction of fiber will wake up your newly revitalized digestive system.

Respect your body’s response to solid foods. Properly transitioning back to solid foods requires that some of your meals still be fresh juices or smoothies while slowly adding more solid meals. Fruits are introduced first, and then eventually vegetables and then fat rich foods like avocados and olives. Nuts, seeds and fat heavy recipes should be introduced only after solids have been eaten for at least three quarters of the duration of your entire fast. The serving portions of these foods should be much smaller than what was consumed prior to the fast.

 

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