Tips on How to Break a Fast and Why Exercise is Not a Good Idea When Water Fasting : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview

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You do not want to fast on Halloween in New Orleans. There is no rest.

Yesterday’s interview with Dr. Alan Goldhamer was great…

What’s even better is that I have a second part for you.

In this interview, Dr. Goldhamer will share how to prep for a fast and how to end it, what not to do when fasting, other modalities that can enhance your fasting experience and more.

Let’s get into it now (my written comments follow)…

Listen to Part 2 here:

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Click the play button to start the call:


My thoughts about this interview…

1. How to prep for a fast.

Dr. Goldhamer has a very simple pre-fast protocol. Eat plants.

A simple diet of fruits and vegetables — no animal food — before your fast (even if it’s a week or so), will get you in great shape for your fast.

If you eat an entire plant based diet, then you’re already on to this one.

Dr. Goldhamer says that some of his healthy clients really don’t even need to fast because they have very clean, organic diets.

2. What to do after a fast.

“Appropriate progressive termination.”

I can turn this into English for you:

Don’t jump back into your regular eating habits so fast.

Alan recommends that you follow a modified re-feeding program of half the time of your fast. So if you fast for 14 days, your modified eating program will be 7.

During a fast, your digestive process slows down to a crawl. You don’t produce much HCL or enzymes.

As these systems go into hibernation, your body spends time healing.

But once you’re done, you can’t just start eating complex foods again.

You need to come back slowly. (This is another reason why being in a facility is better — you’re not tempted to jump back into your regular habits.

In my water fasting experience (limited to one 5 day fast), I ate cooked rice way too fast and ended up getting massive heartburn.

This is a sign that my body was not ready to produce enough HCL to digest something this complicated.

Starting off with fruit, smoothies and green juices is the best way to build back your digestive fire.

3. Don’t exercise when fasting.

Dr. Goldhamer explains very clearly why exercising while water fasting is a bad idea.

I’ve heard so many people say that they’ve felt so good on a fast that they went out and ran 10 miles — or something similar to this.

This intuitively — to me — is not a good idea. But physiologically, it isn’t either.

When you fast you go into a mode of resource conservation. This means your body looks to conserve energy by burning fat.

When you exercise, you start to use more calories and your body may dip into protein stores to get you the energy you need. Dr. Goldhamer explains this in the interview much more eloquently than I do, but the concept is the same — keep your exercise simple, conserve your energy and rest. Your body is healing, so give it a total break.

The best exercise for fasting is very gentle yoga and light walking — if you are strong enough.

4. More than just fasting at True North.

They have a pretty comprehensive staff at Dr. Goldhamer’s facility. They have chiropractic care, a psychologist, yoga, mediation areas, and more. You can also juice fast or go on their healthy eating program.

Sometimes healing requires more than just one or two tools, so knowing Dr. Goldhamer and his team acknowledge this is a true sign of a good place to go.

5. Is there WiFi?

Every time I recommend someone check out True North, they inevitably ask, “Is there Wifi?”

I did too, LOL!

Yes, there is Wifi, but it does undermine the most important part of water fasting — rest.

Maybe you’re ill because you don’t get away from work or the computer.

If you feel that may be the case, then take a real break when you fast and stay away from the Internet. (Yes, I’ll even let you pass on our newsletters for that time, as long as you come back!)

If you truly can’t get away, limit your Internet time to essential business and take the rest of the day off.

Remember, healthy fasting = rest.

6. Strong vegan diet undertones.

I’m sure you caught on, but if you didn’t, Alan is a strong supporter of a pure vegan diet. For him cooked food is OK — in fact — he believes for someone to be healthy on a vegan diet they need to eat cooked foods to get enough calories.

His version of a healthy diet is no additional salt, no additional oil, and no added sugar. This is he calls a “Vegan SOS” diet.

While evidence shows you can eat some animal protein and still be healthy, it’s best to get your blood tested and determine if the diet you’ve chosen is a good match for you.

Your Question of the Day: Can you go somewhere without WiFi? Yes or no?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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