Today begins our third cycle through the 50 Day Cleanse. My husband and I are so eager to do this one just like we were from that first day back in April. I can’t believe it’s been that long. I haven’t turned on my oven since then either. I’ve made several tweaks to the cleanse as is always when doing something with participation input. I think this time it will be easier to maintain as well as continue on as a lifestyle change.
Days 1 – 5: Water Fasting
This can include:
- Organic Green and Herbal Teas and organic coffee no sweetener and no cream.
- Himalayan Sole Water (Refer to the link)
- Reverse Osmosis, Ionized, Kangen, Electrolyte and Spring water
- If you take medications and supplements, continue taking them. If you need to take with food, eat 1/3 cup organic raw cashews or almonds and drink plenty of water.
How much water should you drink? Most experts say half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 200 pounds then you should drink 100 ounces of water.
Hint: Green and herbal teas count toward your ounces of water. Coffee doesn’t since 1 cup of coffee eats away 2 cups of fluid from your cells.
Why Water Fast?
Ever take your car for an oil change? Does the technician just pour fresh oil into the reservoir without draining the old oil out? No, that would be defeating the purpose of an oil change. Well, the same is true for our bodies. If we treat our bodies like a finely tuned sports car and clean out the old residue from our previous eating habits we’ll be able to absorb more of the nutrients of the new foods we’ll be adding to our diets (rebooting). Water fasting has also been shown to help combat diseases and aids in weight loss. It’s also being used by different oncologists in the treatment of cancer (Dr. Thomas Seyfried).
Days 6 – 50: Intermittent Fasting with Raw Alkaline High Fat Vegan Foods
What does this look like?
On Day 6 it’s a good idea to end your fast with a raw alkaline veggie smoothie or juice. Never, Never, Never end an extended fast with a full meal. (Unless, of course, you like puking!) Find a 4-hour window where you’ll have an alkaline veggie juice, an alkaline veggie high fat smoothie, and a nice big salad again with raw alkaline veggies and lemon/avocado oil dressing. (For me that 4-hour window is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Going forward, your meals will change and you may want to skip the juice and add a more hearty vegan meal, that will be your choice. I will be sharing more recipes with you as we move toward that goal.
Many people have asked, “Why Raw?” “Why Alkaline?” and “Why high fat”
Raw because when we cook veggies we kill the natural enzymes a.k.a. proteins in the veggies and fruits. We need those enzymes to digest the food itself but when it’s the enzymes are killed. Now granted there are those individuals who for health reasons by their doctors will only eat cooked veggies because it kills the enzymes but cooking also kills the nutrients. If you think you still need to cook your veggies, steam them lightly after the cleanse when we transition to an alkaline keto vegan plan for the fall and winter months.
Alkaline because our bodies are under an extreme amount of stress which creates an acidic environment in our guts and digestive tract. When we eat alkaline foods we help our bodies stave off diseases as well as helping our bodies heal from within.
High Fat The right kind of fat will help you stay mentally focused because our brain is 60% fat. Our bodies love running on fat better than carbs. Fat is also great for the elasticity of our skin, it has an important role in the production of hormones, and it fills us up and keeps us full for hours which makes intermittent fasting easier. A high fat (good fats: coconut oil, MCT oil, nuts, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, seeds, and avocado oil) helps stave off the maladies of aging.
You’re probably wondering what exactly can you eat now? Below is an infographic I put together to help you understand what’s allowable and what’s not on this 50 Day Cleanse.
One last note: Please keep track of your gains and losses with a notebook. If not for yourself, then for me. I am interested in how this is working for all of you. If you’d like to join our 50 Day Cleanse group on Facebook for some group therapy, you’re more than welcome to.
To your health!
Dr. Jason Fung on Intermittent Fasting for weight loss and health
Dr. Thomas Seyfried using water fasting as another tool for cancer treatments
Dr. Alan Goldhamer, DC: Water Fasting – The Clinical Effectiveness of Rebooting Your Body
A chemo free cancer survivor tells how he beat cancer using a Raw Vegan Diet
Dr. Edward Group Understanding An Alkaline Diet and Its Benefits
Protecting your brain from aging
Disclaimer: The information listed here is based on my own experience. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of trained medical or mental health professionals. The participant should regularly consult a physician, therapist or counselor in matters relating to his/ her physical or mental health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. In the event, you use any of the information listed here the author and blogger assume no responsibility for your actions.