When it comes to preparing for a fast I believe there are a number of different steps you need to take.
- How long are you going to do the fast for? Are you going to start off with a short fast and then work up to a longer fast? If this is your first time doing a water fast I would recommend you start off with maybe a 1 or 2 days fast and then work your way up to a 10 day fast. However, it is also possible to jump straight into a 10 day fast once you have tackled the rest of the “preparing for the fast” steps.
- When are you going to begin the fast? To be fully prepared for the fast and have fewer side effects, you need to allow yourself at least 2 weeks prior to starting the water fast to ease into it. If you do not, you may find that your “healing crisis” may be a lot worse.
- What Issues are you hoping to fix with the fast? Write down a long list of what you are hoping to achieve with the fast. Do you have joint pains that you are wanting to eliminate, do you have skin issues, what about an autoimmune condition you are looking at reversing. Are you doing it just to kick start that fat loss and lose a few kg. Whatever your reasons are, write them down in a journal so you can keep tabs on how everything is going as the fast continues.
Now that you have decided when you are going to do the fast, make sure that you have absolutely nothing on socially during that period of time. There is nothing worse than having to go out to dinner with friends and do nothing but drink water. The time spent during your water fast should be a relaxing time with minimal commitments. Of course, I don’t expect you to give up work, especially if you are doing a 10 day fast but if you are only going to start off with a 2 day fast, then doing it on the weekend is a great idea.
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