Before I started on my new way of living and in particularly started eating a green plant based diet, I felt I needed a reboot of my body. I spent hours and hours watching videos on you tube and then reading about the benefits of a 3 day water fast. To make things easier for you if you are considering this approach I am going to share with you my experience. I am not suggesting that you must do this, in fact I am going to mention here that if you are considering a fast that you should consult with your doctor first. Fasting for up to 72 hours is generally fine for most healthy individuals but if you have any health problems or take any medications you should definitely consult a doctor prior. In my case I have fasted in the past and I knew my body could tolerate it.
Why I chose to do the 3 day fast
In essence the reason behind my decision to do the fast was to rid my body of any toxins I had accumulated, in order to reduce inflammation. I had struggled with such back pain in the months leading up the fast and I felt there has to be a way I can heal this. The doctors I had seen in the past all suggested pain killers of some sort, and I was totally against this approach. I was seeing a chiropractor at the time and I told her of my decision and she thought it was a good idea too, as I was not seeing a great deal of improvement with our sessions at this point. I had also decided to switch to a plant based diet after a finished my fast so I felt this would be a great way to prepare for it.
Preparing for the 3 day fast – preparation is key
As I had decided to commit to a plant based diet after completing the fast I started to reduce the amount of meat I consumed two weeks leading up to the fast. I also reduced coffee, sugar and fats in this time, so that by the couple of days prior I was only having fruit, vegetables and nuts. I know I felt very strongly about my intention to heal myself and this helped me overcome any cravings or hunger feelings. Believing in the approach I had taken made it a very easy transition for me I think, and I was also excited about the fact that I could lose some weight in the process. This was not my main goal but it was a close second, as during the past few years the weight had stated to pile on.
In the lead up I began to drink a lot more water than I usually would, and I was consuming 3 litres of water per day as well as at least 4 cups of green tea. By the end of the week prior to the fast I was not having any coffee at all. I would suggest if you drink coffee to omit it before as otherwise it is likely that you suffer headaches. Some people also choose to use a laxative prior to the fast but in this case I did not.
Starting the 3 day fast – stay focused on the goal
Monday morning came around and I started the day with a warm cup of water and made sure I had plenty of filtered water at hand. Before my decision to fast I did not realise that I would be attending a funeral on my first day, so I made sure I had plenty of water with me for the trip. My partner and I had to drive for about 4 hours to get to the service and then back home again after. The mood that day was very sombre to say the least and as such I did not even think about hunger or not eating. It went by and only in the evening when I was back home did I even feel some hunger pangs which were ignored before I went to bed. In total I had consumed 3,5 litres of water during the day, and spent quite a few pennies along the way. Undoubtedly having to say farewell to friend in that day made it very difficult to sleep so I would not put it down to the fast itself.
The next day I woke and felt amazing refreshed even though it felt like I only slept for a couple of hours in total. I had no headaches but I did feel a bit light headed so i decided to take it easy, and spent most of the day studying/reading. The only exercise on the day was a long walk with my dog and that was lovely as usual. The day progressed and the light headiness disappeared after lunch, and although the lack of sleep I felt fine. I consumed 3,5 litres of water again and went to bed around 10 pm. The second nights sleep was 80% better and I felt great the following morning.
The last day of the fast went by without a hitch but I have to mention that on this day my back pain had made a significant improvement and I could actually get into my jeans without having to sit down and struggle with pain. Now I do not know if this was due to the fast or a combination of my chiropractors visit the week prior, but I was ecstatic to say the least. The feeling of less pain allowed me to sail through the last day with a smile on my face and I was able to do some gardening in the afternoon which I hadn’t been able to in a very long time.
Breaking the 3 day fast – ease out of it
On the fourth day I started by drinking some warm water with a bit of lemon juice in it, and since I normally don’t have breakfast until late morning I sipped on a few cups of this. At breakfast I had a fruit smoothie with watermelon and kiwi fruit which tasted divine, and for lunch another smoothie which included spinach, apple, carrot and ginger. All of this went down without any problems and I continued my water intake through the day. That evening I felt rather hungry and I made a bowl of brown rice and had some sauerkraut with it. I felt great at the end of the day and when I weighed myself I had lost a total of 4 kg in the last week, which was a great start to my new way of living.
My thoughts on the benefits
All in all I was thrilled with the benefits of a 3 day water fast, and I know I will do it again the future. The benefits were amazing and the fact that I not only lost a coupe of kilos in the process, my back pain improved immensely, which was my number one motivator. Is the fast for everyone? Probably not, and as mentioned before you should consult with your doctor prior to embarking on any fast especially if you have any existing health problems. For me though it did wonders and the benefits I felt were:
- Reduced appetite and cravings in general
- Brighter skin and eyes
- Weight loss
- Reduced back pain and increased mobility
- Mental clarity
- Satisfaction due to accomplishment
- Feeling of a cleaner body and mind
- Better sleep after the fast
- Stronger motivation to stick to diet
- Sense of empowerment
So there you go, I had a very positive experience which I totally believe had everything to do with preparing properly both mentally and physically. It helped me get in the right frame of mind for my new way of eating and that was my aim in the first place. If you have any questions please get in touch as would love to be of help.