Categories: Fasting & Dieting

How-to Baby Step Your Way Into a Water Fast

You may have attempted to go cold turkey, so to speak, from food and dove feet first into a water fast. The first few hours, you may have thought to yourself that you felt fine, felt amazing,  actually, and really thought that you would survive those measly few hours without eating. And maybe you did…but maybe you didn’t. Maybe you started salivating like a wild beast as the smell of freshly baked éclairs or jalapeño cheddar bagels wafted through your open New York City window and knew that you would die if you didn’t get one… or both. You definitely have to have both now and a 2-liter sprite to wash the stickiness of the chocolate and sun-dried tomato cream cheese from your traitorous throat.

You probably now feel sick, having over-stuffed your stomach in your desperation to avoid starvation. You’re bloated and your tummy hurts from gluttony and you feel like a total failure. Now that you have failed, you can never try fasting ever again. Food is just too good and skipping meals is only for poor people and people with eating disorders and you are healthy; not because you eat fruits and vegetables every day while avoiding fried foods and processed sugars, but because eating three meals a day is healthy.

And you are totally wrong.

  1. We don’t need to eat three meals a day to be healthy.
  2. Fasting is just like any other activity; it takes practice so try, try again.
  3. You can not only survive your 24 hour water fast, you can thrive during it.

In this post, we’ll be talking about the 3rd part of this trifecta: surviving your first water fast. There are a few methods that I recommend for doing this:

  1. Take a day off to rest on the day of the fast.
  2. If you’re already pretty active, do a light workout in the middle of your day to ward off the side effects of water fasting and boost detox.
  3. Baby-step your way into a water fast.

That’s right. You don’t have to give up food on the first day. It is actually a lot easier on you and a lot less stressful to do the baby-step method. Here is a plan to slowly work your way up to a water fast:

Week 1- Give up fried foods, junk, sticky cheeses, and desserts. I know that may sound a lot like dying, but, I promise you, I used to believe the same thing before I started fasting, and, just in case you were wondering, I’m not even close to being dead. During this first week you should be avoiding pizza, bread items, ice cream, bagels. Bread items can be heavy on the stomach, and by the end of this first week, you should already be starting to feel lighter.

Week 2- You have already shown remarkable control and should be very proud of yourself. This week, give up cooked foods altogether. If you can’t eat it raw, then you should be avoiding it. You can have things like, fruit salads, parfaits, veggie salads, smoothies. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as not only does your body need water, you are getting used to flushing your body with fluids.

Books from Me

The Next 2-3 days: Liquids only. I like to go through these days with lots of cleansing smoothies, pure juice, and tea. If you haven’t before, you might want to try Matcha green tea. It’s a heavier tea that actually is very filling because it is much thicker than other teas.

You are now ready for a water fast. The last couple of weeks have helped you already begin detoxing by slowly removing toxins from your body. These toxins are largely to blame for the side effects associated with water fasting, so, the fewer toxins you have in your body, the easier your water fast will go. You have also been spending this time building self-control by abstaining from certain foods, then from solid foods all together (fruit and veggies juices still provide plenty of nutrients without such a heavy burden of digestion). At this point, you have had two and a half weeks to mentally prepare for your water fast, you have seen that you do have the strength to get through it, and you are starting to gain the belief that you do not need to eat so much to avoid starvation.

The amount of time you take during this water fast is totally up to you. I would start with doing 24 hours to boost your confidence in yourself. During this time, you will want to keep busy and not obsess over the idea that you are not eating for a whole day. Go for a walk, binge-watch a new TV show, go to the park. Just don’t do anything too active, as you will be unsure as yet on how water fasting might affect you.

I have experienced dizziness, increased sweating, short bouts of euphoria (which make for excellent times to do a lot of writing!), fatigue, mania, and crashes. You can expect any of these side-effects among several others, but, as you practice fasting more and more often, you will see fewer and fewer effects as you cleanse yourself from the inside. Don’t be afraid to get sweaty, this just means you’re helping your body cleanse itself even faster. Also, don’t take any showers or baths that are too hot (this is totally for your safety, no one wants to pass out).

Just remember, when using the baby-step method, you have to baby-step into and out of your fast. By following the schedule I’ve laid out in reverse, you can reintroduce solids to your diet. But don’t be surprised if your cravings for all of those fried foods and sugary confections you gave up a few weeks ago don’t satisfy you. This is because you have taken several steps in the right direction to becoming a healthier and more self-aware human being, so, congratulations are in order. You are on your way to freedom.

If you have any questions for me or want to share your personal experiences with fasting, you can comment below or email me.  🙂

Books from Me

Maple Summers

Author. Blogger. Feminist. Pole dancer and musician with an obsession with blenders and squeezing a little bit of healthy into every day.

Comments are closed.

Share
Published by
Maple Summers

Recent Posts

Survival Is the Underdog Of Super Powers

Survival Is the Underdog Of Super Powers

I saw this post that was saying that people need to stop holding on to what has hurt them, that…

1 year ago
How I Used a Raised Garden Bed as a Compost Garden During the Winter

How I Used a Raised Garden Bed as a Compost Garden During the Winter

A few weeks ago, a friend and I uprooted the grass on this overgrown, raised, garden bed on the side…

1 year ago
Exercising and Traveling: Staying Fit Abroad

Exercising and Traveling: Staying Fit Abroad

Gyms, no. Surely, we can do better than that. And we can! But let's start with the more obvious stuff.…

1 year ago
Spinach Avocado Dip

Spinach Avocado Dip

As it seems to be her new hobby of thrusting things on me without warning whenever I go home to…

2 years ago
(Apparently) All I Needed to Nail My Yoga Forearm Stand Was To Start Pole Dancing

(Apparently) All I Needed to Nail My Yoga Forearm Stand Was To Start Pole Dancing

One of my fitness goals for 2017 was finally being able to do a forearm stand. I wasn't being too…

2 years ago
Pole (Dancing) and Pasta? Multitasking to Increase Productivity For An Easier Life

Pole (Dancing) and Pasta? Multitasking to Increase Productivity For An Easier Life

I might have mastered the art of multitasking . Although I do enjoy cooking , I feel like many days…

2 years ago

How-to Baby Step Your Way Into a Water Fast





Affiliate Disclosure: I am grateful to be of service and bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to keep my design and customization prices ridiculously low and empower more people worldwide to blog with less worry and less hassle. Thank you! :)
Join me in this lovely journey of self-discovery and reclaimation of happiness, health, and well-being.

Send this to a friend

Hi, this may be interesting you: How-to Baby Step Your Way Into a Water Fast! This is the link: https://www.bamboococoon.com/how-to-baby-step-your-way-into-a-water-fast/
Keep Up With Bamboo Cocoon on Facebook
It's time to love yourself.
Subscribe for unique self-care advice for improving mental health, de-stressing, and becoming a happier you. <3
CONTACT US
It's time to love yourself.
Get exclusive discounts on gourmet tea, coffee, workout videos, athletic gear, and more.
Being a blogger is hard. Sharing helps make sure I can keep pumping out awesome posts. Thank you!
Share before you go!
Hey there! Sign up for my newsletter to support Bamboo Cocoon and unlock the rest of this banging post. <3
This Content Is Locked
This content is locked
Use one of these wonderful buttons to unlock the content and support me. :)
Get a free song from my first tank drum album!! :)
Before you go...