Fasting is not a new concept; humans have fasted for most of history, whether it’s during an overnight period, longer periods of food scarcity or for religious reasons. What’s new is the resent clinical research on the benefits of fasting for health and longevity. Studies show that fasting is beneficial to overall health (when done correctly) because it helps to stabilise blood glucose levels, improve blood pressure, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, manage blood lipids, reduce body weight and increase fat burning.
My experience with fasting
I have regularly fasted in the past and know from personal experience how amazing it has made me feel. My first fast was at the age of 18, I was in Thailand and did a one week fast. At the start I was worried I would crave foods, and I did regularly dream about potatoes and chocolates. However, to my surprise, after the first day I didn’t get hungry at all! So much of what we think is hunger is simply cravings we get in response to blood sugar fluctuations or emotional eating. After a week my energy levels had improved drastically, my skin cleared and my eyes were bluer than ever. I felt amazing and that is part of the reason I went on to study nutrition. Having said that, it is important to remember that fasting for such long periods needs to be done under the supervision of a health professional and with proper detoxification regimes and supplementation to avoid adverse healing reactions.
My fasting protocol: this protocol uses the benefits of fiber to keep you full, and apple cider vinegar to alkalise and detoxify.
8am: 2 tsp psyllium husk with the juice from half a fresh lemon mixed in 300mL water (I put this into a protein shaker and shake it together and then drink it).
9:30am: 2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of honey in hot water to make a tea
11am: 2 tsp psyllium husk with the juice from half a fresh lemon mixed in 300mL water
12:30pm: 2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of honey in hot water to make a tea
2pm: 2 tsp psyllium husk with the juice from half a fresh lemon mixed in 300mL water
4:30pm: 2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of honey in hot water to make a tea
6pm: 2 tsp psyllium husk with the juice from half a fresh lemon mixed in 300mL water
7:30pm: Chamomile tea and warm bath with Epson salts
9pm: Take 2 probiotics (Inner Health Plus or Bioceuticals Ultrabiotic 45) and hop into bed for an early sleep
Note: If you’re feeling hungry you can have an additional shakes of psyllium husk and lemon to keep you full.
You can buy psyllium husk and apple cider vinegar in health food stores and in Coles and Woolworths.
Good luck on your fast!
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PLEASE NOTE: for those with any medical conditions, you should seek the professional advice of a medical practitioner before embarking on any fasting protocols.