Fasting Journal: Day 1
Before I begin, allow me to say that obviously I'm not a doctor and you should definitely consult yours before drastically changing your diet and attempting a fast. Do your research, read some books on the subject, and ask your doctor tons of questions before starting a new diet or any of the things that I talk about in this post. I've been doing this for the past ten years and am well aware of what to expect after years of studying and consulting my nutritionist, Natalia Rose, who guided my husband and I into this lifestyle. Please don't go into it blindly as that's never a good thing for anything.
SO, WHY FAST OR DETOX?
Adopting a plant-based diet and living a detox lifestyle was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My nutritionist, whom I met while living in NYC back in 2007 when I was working as a host on MTV, taught me how to properly combine my meals so that my body could easily digest what I eat, explained why starting the day by drinking organic, green juice is optimal, how colonics help rid the body of the toxins we accumulate in our digestive tract (like so many people, I was constipated and would go days without going #2. Sorry for the TMI but I know I'm not alone here), and SO MUCH MORE! Natalia's books have been life-changing to so many people so I want you all to check them out along with some of the others on my detox reading list below.
Properly combining alone helped me lose 10 lbs and my husband lost 15 lbs within the first month! ! Yep. When I was hosting at MTV I was incredibly bloated from the terrible eating and excessive drinking I was doing and that weight has been kept off ever since because we made a lifestyle change.
In 2006 at the premiere of The Devil Wears Prada while I was a host on MTV.
A few months after adopting a plant-based diet and properly combining. Notice how much slimmer my face is.
Occasional fasting was something that I learned along my decade-long journey. Fasting gives our bodies a break from digestion, which is one of the most taxing things our body does on a regular basis so it doesn't go do the other things it's suppose to be doing. Even doing intermittent fasting is awesome. Just as an example, on a regular day, I only eat between the hours of 1pm and 8pm. Contrary to popular belief, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day and skipping breakfast is one of the best adjustments you can make to lead a healthier life.
Don't get me wrong. I'm certainly not perfect at this lifestyle. Occasionally, I break my rules but 98% of the time, I stick to my plan of properly combining my meals and intermittent fasting. The best part is that it keeps me in shape without slaving away at the gym and I've noticed a significant change in my immune system. While friends and family member are constantly dealing
WHO SHOULD FAST?
An Instagram follower asked me if first time fasters can do this and to that I say, it totally depends. Ask yourself this:
- Have I been eating super clean, plant-based, REAL food for at least a few weeks?
- Am I an overall healthy person?
If the answer if 'yes' to both of the above questions and you'd like to try it, go for a one-day fast once per week and see how it goes! I've had friends who've gone from eating their normal mainstream diet (not clean eating) straight to a fast and have felt pretty miserable during the fast. You truly do have to prepare your body for a fast by eating super clean meals with lots of leafy greens.
Getting a gravity centered colonic before a fast would help as well. If you're in Los Angeles, I recommend seeing Fatima Williams, the founder of Holistic Life. Fatima is amazing and both my husband and I have had many gravity colonics with her.
HOW WAS DAY 1 OF MY FAST?
Glad you asked : )
Let me start by saying that in the past, I've done mostly organic juice fasts. One time I did the Master Cleanse and that was the worst thing ever, LOL! I was in a terrible mood the entire time and hated life so needless to say, I will not be doing that again. The fast that I'm doing right now is a water fast. However, I'm allowing myself to have Bulletproof coffee (no sugar) on days 1 and 2.
I started my day of detoxing by doing an invigorating full-body dry brushing (here is the one I like. This one looks great too!), walking my pups around the neighborhood, getting in 30 minutes of cardio, doing an ab and leg workout, got some work done, drank a cup of homemade Bulletproof coffee (made by my husband because he's the barista in our house) and was ready for bed around 9pm!
I woke up yesterday morning feeling pretty excited to be starting my first fast in over two years! Why the hell would I be excited to start a 3-5 day journey of not eating you ask? Because I've been feeling sluggish lately, have lower back pain and I absolutely HATE feeing that way.
Some of the symptoms I felt on day 1 were:
- jittery when I was going to bed at night
- fast heart beat
- felt super tired around 9pm
So, how am I feeling this so far today? This morning I was a bit dizzy and I felt like I was nauseas, a sign of hypoglycemia and something I will keep an eye on today. If my symptoms don't improve I'll have an avocado, which are a great source of healthy fat and low in sugar.
At the moment, it's noon, I've drank three glasses of water so far, and I feel really friggin hungry, LOL! But I'm going to power through because day 2 of any fast tends to be the most difficult so this is totally normal! In my experience, getting over the hump of day 2 is difficult and things get better on day 3. Wish me luck!
MY READING LIST
If you'd like to read more on my lifestyle and about detoxing, here's my suggested reading list (yes, I've read them all), documentaries, and a podcast I'm really loving right now:
- The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose (my nutritionist)
- The New Energy Body by Natalia Rose
- Detox 4 Women by Natalia Rose
- Raw Food Life Force Energy by Natalia Rose
- Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret
- The Cause and Cure of Human Illness by Arnold Ehret
- Rational Fasting by Arnold Ehret
- Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder
- Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey (podcast)
- Food, Inc. (Oscar nominated documentary)
- Food Matters (documentary)
Let me know if you have any questions and I'll answer them below in the comments section.
Lots of love,