Recently, I did a 3 day water-only fast, and in this article I’m going share my journal entries.
As for the period of time, it depends, you can do it from intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast) up to as many days as you can.
Believe it or not human beings can actually survive for more than a month without food and just water. Basically all of us are in the first mode, and I don’t think it needs to be explained how it works.
To activate the second mode, you’d have to make your body switch by fasting, and this normally takes about 2-3 days.
When we fast, our gut is not busy anymore digesting food we eat, this means we’re allowing the energy normally used for digestion for repairing and healing. Lose weight that you might want to keep such as muscles (there’s a counter-argument that makes sense is by losing muscle cells, you can help clear out cellular junk that uses up place but is fake muscle = for looks but not real strength). You might experience side effects: weakened memory, fatigue, lack of focus, slower reaction time, lack of attention, dizziness. First, you will feel extremely hungry and it’ll require strong self-discipline to resist from eating until you finish your session.
It’s a common myth to believe that fasting means starving, but they are two different ideas.
Starving is when you have basically depleted your body storage of energy and what that means is you have around 4% body fat and you will look anorexic.
So, as a regular reader you might know that I’ve been on the strict eating diet for a long time, on this page where I showcase a list of foods I only eat. Also, I got a friend to do the 3 day fast together with me, he promptly agreed and it was a lot easier to have done it together with a partner. In the afternoon, I played about 2 hours of basketball and after that, the hunger started to strike in for a while and stopped. I cheated again after basketball and drank a bottle of Oolong tea, but it’s healthy anyway.
The typical busy morning I used to have transformed into a non-rushy block of time, it gave me a sense of simplicity. In the afternoon, a friend offered me this little desert treat, I was extremely tempted to eat it, but I controlled myself and put it in my bag to eat it after the fast.
At night I slept a little earlier than usual because I had this really strong headache with no obvious cause except for my fasting experiment. Today, I fell asleep in two classes for a little while because I was way too exhausted and debilitated. And I felt quite full unlike normally I’d still want more food, I suspect that my gut capacity has decreased in size.
I have to say, I definitely appreciate food a lot more than I used to, and this experience also trained up my level of self-discipline.
Originally, my friend and I planned to do a 5-day fast but at the end I gave in and stopped after day 3, which was still a great feat for us. What really moved me to give up was my lack of energy (also partially because of my 6-7 hours sleep every night – my body needs more sleep). Mainly, it was to have enough time to cool down with simple foods so we can have a reward feast few days later in the weekend.
Extreme dizziness (near fainting) when I got up too fast from sitting, the blood pressure couldn’t readjust fast enough. But overall, it was a great experience and a nice story to share around with friends and family. Also, if you have something important to do in the following days like the exams coming up or a big meeting, you might want to postpone your fasting for the later. Just after Christmas this past year, I didn’t eat or drink anything (other than water) for 10 days.

One afternoon he shared that in his early forties, he had been diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer. He had been an active biker and ate a mostly vegetarian diet. But wait… he’s survived for nearly 20 years, AFTER being diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer? He embarked on a fast of up to 40 days, consuming only water. He was determined to fight his cancer naturally (against the advice of his doctor). Curious and skeptical at the time, I began combing the web to validate his fascination and love of fasting.
Despite all the nitty gritty details that the web will produce, my friend had exposed me to something I thought I’d never try: fasting. The Master cleanse is when you basically make homemade lemonade (with fresh lemons) and add cayenne pepper to the mixture. Fast forward to the fall of 2012 and the idea of fasting resurfaced between myself and Mrs. Water fasts are generally the quickest way to detoxify. Some even consider this the only “real” way to detoxify your body and bring it back in check. A 2008 study at the University of California at Berkeley found that eating every other day decreased the rate at which cells produced, an effect known to reduce the development of cancers. In animal models, intermittent fasting was found to reduce cancer growth on the skin and in breast tissue. If fasting has the potential to treat and even possibly cure cancer, why isn’t this being evaluated more often instead of the latest and greatest drug? You see, once your digestive system shuts down (around the three day mark), it takes a few days to bring it back up to speed. Back to the bread… I wanted that bread so much that I had to go upstairs, take a shower and wait for everyone to finish eating dinner. I simply could not bear even LOOKING at the bread!
Get instant access to my free eBook that will hold your hand as you get started eating real food on a budget. I have wanted to try a 10 day fast (without the Master Cleanse protocol) but keep getting a lot of negative feedback. If you visit youtube, you’ll find a lot of personal testimonies and video diaries of people attempting all sorts of fasts – even up to 40+ days (to extreme for us).
I know a pure water fast is, well, only water but the symptoms might be overwhelming and work against you keep the fast.
Reintroducing foods after the smoothie fast didn’t require nearly the protocol as a water fast. I would love it if you shared this with Healthy Vegan Fridays, a blog hop co-hosted by 3 bloggers. Few questions about this post ffirst of all while I appreciate some concerns regarding anorexia I disagree that this post at all is intended to promote that the benefits of fasting have been well recognized and documented.
The last two pictures were taken a few minutes a ago, about 3 weeks after the end of my 6 day water fast. But the hunger goes away as soon as you switch your energy source – perhaps a few days.
Also, I’ve done a 3 day apple-only fast before, so I sort of know what the fast will feel like.
We also had a deal that whoever broke the fast pays the other person $50 (Chinese currency). I knew I made a promise the previous day and I need to let me digestive system take a complete rest. Plus, I needed the energy to not fall asleep during class, to learn new materials, to do assignments better, to pay more attention in class and memorize well.
If you want the fastest strategy to detoxification of your body, to rid eczema, then go for a fast.
Crumbs and I had decided to fast as a way of detoxifying our bodies – giving the insides (particularly the digestive track) a chance to rest and heal itself. His views were so wildly different than mine (coming from the other side of the planet), but talking with him helped to broaden my own horizons on the various topics.

His oncologist at the time had recommended various treatments, ranging from chemotherapy and radiation to surgery and even the removal the prostate. Now approximately 18 years from his original diagnosis, his cancer remains in remission and he lives a pretty normal life. He integrated fasting into his lifestyle. He routinely and regularly completes long water fasts and permanently changed his diet to include more wholesome, nutrient dense foods.
Article after article, page after page was filled with testimonials of people who love fasting. They raved about the health benefits, spiritual benefits and so on.
And in reality, I just wanted to try it since the benefits seemed great, and there were virtually no risks. I started out doing the “Master Cleanse” aka, the lemonade diet. You drink this mixture for the desired length of the fast (usually 10-14 days or so, in order to detoxify your body. While some love the taste of this concoction, the cayenne pepper made me gag and the laxative tea had me up at 3am. My first attempt at fasting lasted 3 days before indulging in a burrito (and I STILL remember how amazing that burrito was) from a local taco shop. Crumbs. Unable to shake the idea of “not eating” for a week or more, we both decided to fast after the holidays. I thought if I could go ten days on water alone, all future fasts of juice or smoothies would be easy in comparison. It doesn’t mean you can quit wearing your contacts or throw your glasses in the trash can, but it’s possible for your eyes to function more efficiently. I encourage you to do more research on this topic yourself if you truly consider attempting a water fast.
You do this by very slowly introducing food to your digestive system… drinking juice for 1-2 days, fresh fruit for another couple days, steamed vegetables for another day or two… taking anywhere from 7 – 14 days to bring your digestive system back up to fully operational. Eating any solid food while in a fasted state can lead to severe discomfort and even hospitalization!
It was challenging, but the health benefits were well worth it. My digestion improved, blood pressure was lowered and I may have reduced the possibility of getting cancer. I plan on doing it again later this year, and probably continue to fast at least once or twice a year from now on! The Miracle of Fasting by the Bragg family (the same family who makes our recommended apple cider vinegar) is available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99. By making a purchase through those links, I will earn commission that helps to keep the lights on in the Crumbs house – with no additional cost to you. I’ve noticed in my 3-day fasts that drinking a bit of green tea or sugar-free coffee helped to overcome some symptoms. Having a history of anorexia in my teens I feel fasting is never a good idea – although I appreciate some people do it for religious reasons. I also told my basketball coach to skip the tryouts for me today because I was fasting so he let me off until next week.
Was it because there was so much excellent food over the holidays that my body couldn’t digest all that was in it?
We had never attempted such a feat before and heard mixed reviews about fasting, but we figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. I believe the original formula has you do a “salt water flush” early in the morning and drink a laxative tea in the afternoon. If you make a similar attempt on your own, we applaud your efforts to take reign of your health.
Also, many experienced “fasters”, recommend a raw diet 2-3 days in advance to ease some of the detox symptoms in Days 1-3. It does seem that it works for you, and clearly it worked for the gentleman you recommended though. No. Did I grow a large hump on my back (like a camel), that allowed me to feast off of its fat reserves? Regarding the book, it will have to take a while, but it is likely to be released within this year.

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