(just for reference, I don't recommend breaking the fast according to this article)
Personally I've had the problem of discomfort in part of the throat when drinking after a dry fast, but it went away quickly.
Can't really give you advice, just say what I would do if I were you based on what I've read and my limited experience...
First, I'd break the fast a day or two earlier to have at least some time to re-adjust. Well, taking into account my own body I'd leave at least the amount of days I've dry fasted between breaking and work...
As for the water, I would try diluted grape juice, 100ml juice and 400ml water. If that tasted too sweet I would further dilute it.
Recently I've been reading through the fastingconnection forum threads, specifically the Posts for The Fast Doctor section. There is a lot of information. Since Dr. Kruger has lots of experience and is an MD, I think that he is somewhat trustworthy, though obviously he is one person and as a natural hygienist has certain prejudices... That aside, what he has to say on breaking a *water* fast:
- You should break it with whole fruit (juicing is not necessary) in small amounts and increase slowly.
- Eating protein before the body's want for energy is satisfied will lead to conversion of protein to carbohydrate.
- This leads to the creation of toxic ammonia with associated problems.
- Eating fat after the fast is dangerous, because it can lead to ketoacidosis from too great an amount of ketones in the blood.
Now, I would love to ask Dr. Kruger what he thinks of the ketogenic diet in relation to breaking the fast, but haven't been able to contact him, unfortunately.
Also I was thinking why those POWs you referred to before died... My idea would be that they had done permanent damage by stress and going to far into starvation. You have to consider that their condition was highly different from somebody fasting for health, especially their mental state would be opposite, which I think is important for how the body handles the stress of fasting.
Also, I think that *sweets* might mean chocolate, cookies, cake etc., not necessarily pure sugar, so their deaths might also have been caused by too high a *caloric* intake too quickly due to the extremely high palatability of the fat-sugar combination which interferes with biofeedback, as well as them not paying attention to biofeedback.
I heard that the raw food diet helps you build new skin. Also, after you are on it for awhile, you need less water because you are taking in little acidic foods, salt and sugar.
So after a few weeks on raw, I started dry fasting. You can't do it on a regular diet because you need so much water. Dry fasting means that after 3pm, I don't eat anymore food or drink.
Once in a while, if I am thirsty, I will drink. I've found some days the thirst is there and sometimes not. When the body has less water, it uses up old scar tissue. At this point, I don't know if eating raw would have done it on it's own or not.
My scar, os still there, but much less deep.
I just wanted to point out that I was in a car accident a couple weeks ago. I haven't been feeling well, and my sleep has really suffered.
But surprisingly, my blueish circles are still improving.
I can't wait to get over the trauma, so my sleep will improve. Before the accident, my PH was regularly at 6.6.
Now with not sleeping well, and drinking coffee to control the headaches, my PH has been 6.0. It's a set back, but I'm sure it will pass.
How did it go? Do you follow Dr.Morse ? I am trying to get rid of my acne, currently on a dry fast right now when I came across this post, 27 hours in so far, going for 36-40 hours, which will be my longest dry fast so I am still a beginner. I am hoping to start a 30-40 day mono diet on grapes, with intermittent dry fasting, which I hope will help my skin.
If you gain weight from re-hydrating, that is a good sign. It means your body is assimilating the water you put in. On the other hand, frequent and / or high-volume urination would be a bad sign, a sign you're taking in too much water and / or the electrolyte profile of your water / re-hydration solution is not the right one.
DAY ONE (12 hours in) - Started my Dry Fast at ~1 am on Tuesday and it's now ~1 pm Wednesday. I am feeling good. I have dabbled a bit with water fasting and intermittent dry/water fasting before with very limited results - as I was never able to really commit to it for more than two days. My goals:
1. Complete a Soft Dry Fast for at least 5 days (but ideally 10 days) successfully. This means I will still brush my teeth, shower and practice normal hygiene during the Fast.
2. Lose 20 pounds of excess weight. My starting weight is 158 pounds (height: 5'5").
3. Break free of food (especially junk food) addiction and binge eating.
4. Become more aware of my body and learn how to identify true hunger and satiety.
5. Reap other health benefits for my body/skin.
6. Eat healthy after the fast to maintain new weight.
7. Overcome the mental test that fasting presents. Overcome any and all healing crises that may arise. Exercise/improve self control and will power.
Status Check --
Urination: Multiple times, small trickles of medium yellow fluid each time; Bowels: Two times.
Mental State: Clear, happy.
Wish me luck every one! I really need the support :)
IMO dry fasting is easier than water fasts because you shut off your desire from all food and drink, focusing on rest. I dry fast every second day and have for 99% of the past 6 years - except when I travel or fall ill.
I feel more ill on water fasts. The longest I have dry fasted is around 7 days. I was pretty weak and in bed. but I was actually unwell at the time. 4-5 days dry fasting is ok... but expect gnarly breath...
yes bicarb helps you urine not coming out like battery acid.
I am currently on the first day of a 12 day limited pineapple fast and want to go into a 21 day water fast. I feel slightly over ambitious seeing as I have only ever done several 8 day water fasts, frequent intermittent fasts and short dry fast.
I can be the same with the re-feeding. I do best when I stick to two meals a day, preferably within a 4-8 hour period. I really don't need the third (I skip dinner.. haha, well I try)
I also try not to eat for at least a few hours after waking. The longer the better. It eliminates that insulin attachment to food. Really, what's a bowl of cereal do except prime you for eating all the calories.. then you have to spread them out supposedly over 12 plus hours. I don't restrict calories at all, I want to all the calories I need for the day, just minimise the time.
Aside from that, i do what I want and stay fairly stable, negating blow outs with a full day fast.
Also, I don't exercise yet.. soon.. so maybe I'll want dinner then ;)