An Introduction to the 21 Day Fast
Fasting for health is picking up rapidly as people are getting more and more aware of the benefits of fasting. Most health fasting regimes require a person to fast for a certain period of time. One may be required to fast for three days, a week or more in order to get the benefits of fasting. In fact, if you are fasting for weight loss, then most fasting books and fasting clinics advise a 21 day fast or a 40 day fast. One ends up losing a lot of weight on these fasts where you do not actually give up eating or drinking, but rather abstain from certain kinds of food while preferring healthier alternatives.
A 21 day fast is a great way of detoxification fasting that not only helps you in losing weight but also improves and strengthens your body’s internal mechanism. The 21 day fast consists of a cycle where one is on a juice fast for eight days, comes off the juice fast for three days and then starts on a ten day diet that consists of seventy five per cent raw foods. The total twenty one day regime does wonders for your health.
For the first eight days, one is supposed to follow a strict juice fasting diet. You can drink only fruit and vegetable juices and water during a juice fast. It is advised that you drink fresh fruit or vegetable juice that is not processed and is preferably squeezed from organically grown produce. While this is something that you can do in an ideal case, you can make allowances if you do not have access to such things and make do with the nearest alternative.
The next part of the diet after the eight day fast consists of three days where you come off the juice fast. You should remember that since the body has not had any solid intake for more than a week, it will take time for normal digestive functions to resume. You are advised to consume light foods in small quantities during this time. Stuff like meats and fish or fried, oily or extra sweet food is a complete no no during this period.
Once you are through with the juice fast and getting off it, then you can start with a 75% raw food fasting diet, which you are supposed to follow for the next ten days of your twenty one day cycle. During this period, you can eat as much as you want, provided seventy five per cent of your total intake is uncooked. You are supposed to have fresh raw fruits and vegetables and nuts. Cooked vegetables and grains should make up the other twenty five per cent of your diet. Poultry and meat are not advised, but lightly cooked fish and sea food are considered to be extremely beneficial.