I've never fasted before. My parents raised me on junk food-- I am not kidding or exggerating when I say I never drank a sip of plain water until I was 16 years old and taught myself to do it. It took months of transition. All I had had before that were sugary drinks and soda. I never had fresh veggies, only microwave dinners.
I'm now 22 and have taught myself to eat fruit and veggies, and to drink water. However, I am finding that a lifetime of eating refined junk food makes it a hard habit to kick. I've tried changing my diet, but I suffer from Depression and the only thing that makes me feel better is eating refined carbs. (I hate the conventional Depression meds and refuse to take them anymore.)I am about 35 pounds overweight and am so tired I can hardly exercise. I can't feel rested until I have slept at least 10 hours. I also have joint pains and sinus congestion.
I have heard that changing one's diet can change all these symptoms-- but every time I try, I just can't do it! If I'm given a choice between refined food and a salad, I will go for the junk every single time. I have heard that Water Fasts can 'reset' the body and taste buds so that natural food is more appealing. I want to change my diet before fasting, but I can see that realistically it won't happen. Ditto for juice fasting-- I do not have the time to sit at a juicer, nor the patience-- I should, I know, but I'm being realistic here. I have made many positive changes, but eliminating refined food is something i have yet to accomplish.
I would like to try a 21 day Water Fast as Dr. Fuhrman describes in his book... I realize I should transition from my rich diet first, but I've tried and been unable! I would like to simply jump right in and see if I can handle it. However, I would like some real-life advice first. I read all about the side effects of water fasts, such as coated tongue, fatigue (who cares, I'm already dead tired!).. but I'd like to know how you all handle Water Fasting in a real life, day to day setting. Are you really able to continue working (if it is a sedentary job)? What is it like?