Monday, April 28, 2008

Fruit fast

During the weekend, I went on a fruit fast to ease the digestive system a little. Didn't do much preparation work like eating smaller meals beforehand, but it was overall ok!

WEAKNESS: My mum was saying it will make me weak or something and I was told by other people it will lead to gastric or something. But during the fast, I volunteered to help out for VSS at the Lian He Wan Bao fair, sweep and mop the floor the following day and went to visit my relatives and am still quite fine. No I didn't get trembling fingers or faint.

HUNGER: I do feel hungry quite a few times, so I tend to eat small amounts and spread it out throughout the day. Usually I will feel more hungry between breakfast and lunch and late at night. But down some fruits and it goes away (at night I just go to bed). No I won't wake up in the middle of the night feeling hungry.

HEALTH: I haven't had a runny nose for some time, after I started this fruit fast, it came. Usually people will attribute it to part of the body detoxification process. Perhaps it is because today when I switch back to vegan, it stopped. Unfortunately, if I had fast for a longer period, I probably feel great! I also slimmed down a little at the waist line, but then again I am now going back to a vegan junkie and adding it back :( .

CRAVINGS: I can now understand how some omnivores feel when they are making the switch and what they mean by "Going vegetarian is so difficult!". It would certainly require a certain amount of determination and a strong motivation. I don't have a very strong reason for this short fruit-only diet except that I must do it for the weekend, even if I can't do it three days. I get ocassional "Urgh" from fruits, maybe because I am eating too few a variety of them. My cravings include oily, spicy, carbohydrate, salty foods. When I went to my relatives' place, I passed by two vegetarian stalls, and I was having thoughts of doing my lunch there. My aunt cut watermelons and added salt to them. When I tasted the salt, it was ~heavenly~. I guess this is what people call cheating. :) If you can't imagine how a world without salt is like, trying going on a fruit or water fast.

ADAPTING: Going back to the usual diet is not a one step thing. I tried to increase my proportions slowly, starting with a bowl of green bean soup in the morning and some fruits before lunch. I bought a pack of mix veg rice for lunch (ask for small portions) and ate only slightly more than half of it - and my that was really too filling. The rest I ate slightly before dinner time and had some vegetables and tofu soup for dinner. Followed by fruits a little while later. Tomorrow I will increase a little more of the carbohydrate and protein portions.

In my 2 day fruit fast, I also ate ginger as a means to balance the cooling effect most fruits have. (Ginger is warming in nature). That's the only non-fruit item I had.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, :) when you crave fatty foods, consider having avocados, but in moderation.

Drinking more water fills me up and I'll forget about junk food - vegan for not!

For most people, it's much easier to reduce gradually, rather than to refuse suddenly (which might lead to binges and guilt).

miao yin

Jari (travelling-vegan) said...

Hmm, this is an interesting idea, I think I'll try fruit fasting also, for a similarly short time. Kind of strange about the runny nose, have to see if I get the same symptom.

Sunny said...

Kampung Senang organises qtrly organic diet camp over the weekends (http://www.kg-senang.org.sg/). Although abit exp but think in turns of financing a non-profit org & the benefits of knowledge gained from their lectures & supply of organic drinks etc, I think it is still worth it.
I managed to lose abt 3 kgs in 1st 2 weeks after following more strictly to their recommended diet bf I gave way to the junk food again.:P
It's good to detox once in a while:-)
Cheers:-)

jj said...

I tried that once but I did have the ah...shall we just say "gastric difficulties", which I found very disappointing as I just love fruit and thought it would be a healthful means of getting nutrients and dropping those last five pounds. Kudo's to you - and your digestive system! :)

Urban Vegan said...

I've only done a fruit juice or raw food fast for 1 day, and overall, I felt very energized afterwards. I'd love to try a detox fast for a few days, but I never seem to have the willpower.

One thing's for sure--the day after a fast, it just feels so good to bite into some food with texture.

dreamy said...

Hi mian yin, yea I did have avocados for both days, but only in the morning, I am amazed by your will power to rely on water to give up the junk food!

Did you gain your 3kg back sunny?

jj, I guess miao yin's advice of reducing the amount you eat gradually helps, maybe you can try that out :)

UV I agree with you!

kara said...

I've been on a 21 day fruit fast and it was amazing. You feel so much better and lighter and I go sudden feeling of joy. It was weird, but I was definitely happier. I'm start a fruit fast tomorrow and I'm going to go for a while.I need to lose a little weight.

WaterLily said...

Hi,

Bumped into your blog while searching for how to do a 3-day fruit fast..

Would you please guide me? What fruits to eat? how to consume daily?

Thanks,
SL

Mathula on This and That said...

I've been on a fruit fast now for two weeks and I'm loving it. I intend going up to 40 days.

I eat a whole variety of fruit, and I tend to eat when I feel hungry because I dont like eating anyway. My diet previously was french fries, chocolate cake, ice cream and hot chocolate.

I've already lost about 4kg, I feel very healthy, energetic and happy. Seeing as I'm vegetarian and dont like food anyway, I think I'm going to stay on this diet and eat other stuff only occasionally.

Mathula on This and That said...

I've been on a fruit fast now for two weeks and I'm loving it. I intend going up to 40 days.

I eat a whole variety of fruit, and I tend to eat when I feel hungry because I dont like eating anyway. My diet previously was french fries, chocolate cake, ice cream and hot chocolate.

I've already lost about 4kg, I feel very healthy, energetic and happy. Seeing as I'm vegetarian and dont like food anyway, I think I'm going to stay on this diet and eat other stuff only occasionally.

Anonymous said...

Did you gain your 3kg back sunny?

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