About My Water Fast: the Followup

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In early February, I did a 7-day water fast in California. I wrote an article about everything that happened during my fast and how I felt in the days after the fast, which you can find on Renegade Health.

The fast was relatively easy for the first five days, and quite difficult in the last two days.

In the last two days, my body triggered signals of pain in many places where I had hurt myself in the past. For example, in a bicycle accident more than 15 years ago, I hurt my left leg and both of my knees. During the last two days of the fast, I felt this pain intensely! It was like my body remembered the pain and perhaps some healing was going on too.

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After the fast, I felt a great sense of elation and excitement.

Now it’s been one month since I broke the fast.

What happened since then?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been noticing many benefits, which seem to be long-lasting.

I believe that fasting is one the most powerful, life-enhancing practices available to anyone armed with the right knowledge on how to do it correctly and avoid common mistakes. Next to whole foods, plant-based diet, it can make a world of difference in your life.

That’s why for the past year, I’ve been working on putting together the most complete program on fasting available anywhere. This project involves a lot of great people with decades of experience with fasting, and I’m quite excited about it!

The Benefits of My Fast

* Improved Digestion: Overall, I found that my fast led to improved digestion. My body seems more efficient than ever in digestion and elimination, with no discomforts and an overall sense of digestive “well-being.”

* Elimination of Lower Back Pain. For the past year, I’ve been recovering from a lower back injury. The fast seems to have eliminated any leftover inflammation, leading to the almost complete disappearance of the last few symptoms I had left of lower back pain. I can’t credit the fast completely for this, but it seems to have helped.

* Neuroadaptation to Healthy Food. My diet after the fast is not that different, with one notable exception: I noticed that I’ve started to dislike most added salt. I find most natural foods already “salty” as they are. This is coming from a “salt addict” who tried to eat almost no salt on many occasions but rarely stuck with it. This effect didn’t happen immediately after the fast but became more noticeable as time went by after I broke my fast.

* Improved Mood. This is probably the most noticeable benefit. The “mood enhancement” benefits of fasting seem to be lasting for weeks and months after the fast. Even four weeks after breaking my fast, I feel more optimistic than I have felt in a long time!

* New sense of “direction” and “purpose.” I did not fast to improve my health. I felt quite healthy before the fast (although it’s great to feel even better now). The reason I fasted was because I know fasting can be a profound spiritual practice. I know, it may sound a little woo-woo, especially coming from me.

Every time I’ve fasted, I’ve experienced a sense of purpose and new insights about my life that lasted for years after the fast.

Because I am approaching my 40th birthday (next week!), I felt it was time to do another longish fast.

It’s not like I sat through the fast in a lotus position and got incredible insights into the nature of life and destiny. However, because fasting is truly a journey of transformation and renewal, I came out of the fast with a newfound spiritual energy.

You rarely hear me use these words, that many people throw around too easily. I use them in their truest sense. Fasting brings you closer to what’s truly important.

Every day since I broke my fast, I am surprised at how much more energy I have. And I’m not necessarily talking about physical energy. The changes I’m referring to have to do with concepts such as:

  • Being less afraid to take risks
  • Feeling a sense of purpose
  • Elimination of cynicism
  • Readiness to tackle new challenges

In other words, the fast helped recharge my “personal power” batteries, improving my capacity for resilience.

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be sharing more information on the many ways fasting can be utilized in your life. I’ll cover broad topics such as intermittent fasting, longer water fasts, and compare them to juice fasting programs.

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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