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.
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