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Two weeks after the Fast

It is now two weeks since the end of my two week fast where all I consumed was water. Eating is now back to normal, my heart rate is back to normal, and energy wise, I have loads. I am now eating everything I used to eat, but as much as possible it is organic. Now that I have done the full detox, I don’t really want to fill the body with rubbish again. Having said that it was the start of the six nations championships yesterday, and I ate a load of cheese and crackers and a few bottles of beer. However I have been in calorie deficit since the fast; that is I am still consuming less than my body is using. Although I am still not eating enough to run my body I am still gaining weight, replacing glucose reserves in the muscles etc, but still burning fat. Looking back at the stats from my previous fasts, the first one I did I lost 12.1kg and then gained 5.6kg afterwards, giving a net loss of 6.5kg. The second fast I lost 13.4kg and then gained 7.9kg giving a net loss of 5.5kg. That second fast I completely lost it on after a few days of eating again and over did things. With this fast total loss was 13.1kg and the gain has been 3.2kg. My eating has been much more controlled and I feel much better, and the bonus is I have still not got the cold that the rest of the family have had.

Looking back on my fast the stand out thing for me was when my body started to react to the cleaning gel I put on my hands and the washing powder residue on my clothing. My interpretation of this is that your body does not normally have the resources to repel these chemicals. With enough resources freed up, your body has the resources to clear out more threats. Knowing that the slightest chemical contamination can affect the body has made me more aware of what I eat and what I come in contact with. Just because your body is not reacting to it does not mean it is not having a negative effect, it just means the body is not coping with it and perhaps not able to metabolise the chemicals, therefore the residue is just stored. It is that gradual increase of ‘stored chemicals’ that will have a negative effect on your health. Slow poisoning, there is no long term studies on this, but so much evidence that this is a major health issue, purely on the amount of people that have a turn around on their health when detoxing with whatever method they use and the change of diet, by cutting out the rubbish.

My next goal is to get my weight down to under 90kg. I am to maintain a calorie intake of 1500 to 2000 during week days and 2000-3000 at weekends. If I manage to maintain that it should take eight weeks to hit my target but I will give myself to Easter which is 10 weeks. I may do another blog update then on this subject.

Weight today 97.7Kg, water drank today is 1.5 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 67 BPM. Calories consumed 2400.

One week after the Fast

A week of eating now behind me, I did a six mile walk today with relative ease. My heart rate is falling quickly back to normal and my appetite has returned to normal. I will still take it easy over the coming two weeks, restricting my calorie intake to 1500 – 2000 per day. Today is my last of my daily updates; I may do another update next week.

Today I cooked a Sunday roast for everyone. I usually do myself a nut or lentil roast, but today I decided just to go for vegetables. Roast pork for the family, together with roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes and parsnips. I all put together an array of 7 other vegetables, (I wanted to taste everything!); beetroot, carrots. Broccoli, green beans, sweetcorn, cabbage and of course brussel sprouts. The sprouts I roasted in coconut oil with salt, pepper and Harissa spice. Served with olive oil and a drizzle of pomegranate syrup. The recipe can be found here.  It is outstanding. The whole meal was outstanding, and the fact that I was sat down with the family eating pretty much the same meal was great as well. The problem was that it was so good that I ended up eating much more than I should have, but hey ho, it has been a while since I have had a proper meal like that.

Back to normal (ish), this week I will reintroduce, cheese, eggs, beans and lentils. Bread, in limited amounts will come in next weekend.

Weight today 95.7Kg, water drank today is 1.5 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 74 BPM. Calories consumed 1,477.

Day 6 after the Fast

Eating wise soup and smoothies made up most of today, but I ended my eating journey today with a detox salad. I am getting more veggies into the diet now and cutting back the fruit. My breakfast smoothie this morning was raw beetroot, sugar snap peas and a banana. This is something I would normally have for breakfast at times anyway. The smoothies I try and keep to the ratio of 70-80% veg and 20-30% fruit. However I have been enjoying a mid-afternoon smoothie made from 4-6 clementines, which I will keep going just to maximise the vitamin C, to try and fight the cold everyone around me seems to be going down with.

During the two last days of the fast, or the dark days of the fast as I think of them, I spent my time reading, or rather fantasising over recipe books, websites and You Tube videos. I have discovered many new recipes to add to my diet, and learnt quite a bit about cooking techniques. It was a very fruitful two days. One of the recipes that came from this weekend of fantasy was the detox salad. I made this last night in preparation for today to let the flavours infuse overnight. The recipe can be found here.

The detox salad consists of broccoli cauliflower, carrots, sunflower seeds, fresh parsley, raisins, fresh lemon juice and kelp powder. Served with a drizzle of maple syrup, it was wonderful, and I have enough for another couple of meals. In addition I nicked a couple of chips at dinner time, they did taste good!

My heart rate continues to fall, as I said yesterday, in correlation to my rising hunger.

Weight today 95.3Kg, water drank today is 3 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 76 BPM. Calories consumed 1,208.

Fifth day after the Fast

Proper food today, proper solids, food I could chew for the first time in 19 days. It was so good, in fact too good. I made a veggie stir fry, consisting of; cauliflower and broccoli stalks thinly cut, (the rest of the cauliflower and broccoli are part of a salad for tomorrow), green beans, green pepper, cabbage, garlic, (five cloves), and beansprouts. It was very green and the massive wok full of the stuff, including the cooking oil came in at 420 calories. I had a huge bowl of it, leaving the same again for this evening. The problem was that it was just too good. I ate it slowly, savoured it, and after I wanted more, I did not want that taste experience to end, so I promptly dished out the rest into the bowl. I justified it to myself as it was such few calories, however just a quarter of the way into that second bowl I felt, very full and stopped, saving the rest for the evening. I felt bloated and a bit uncomfortable for most of the afternoon. This is the problem of eating again, your mind wants to eat loads but the body is just not equipped for it. Coming out of my last too fasts, this is the point it starts to go wrong, quite simply I ate too much and too much of the wrong stuff. This completely overloads the recovering body. The result in both previous fasts was a stinking cold at the end of the second week of eating. Then again those times I compounded things by training at judo and going to a boxercise class in the second week. I am determined not to do the same again, having said that the rest of the family have all gone down with really bad colds, so it might be coming my way anyway.

Another plus is my heart rate has started to drop; this has a direct correlation with my hunger which is now returning to a bit of normality. It means that my body is burning less fat now hence the lower heart rate, and the bonus is that my feet and hands are now warming up.

Weight today 95.3Kg, water drank today is 1.5 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 78 BPM. Calories consumed 1,047

Day three & four after the fast


Sorry for the lack of update yesterday, I got how late and did not have time to write it, so a double write up today.

Yesterday I saw the introduction of hot food; leek, sugar snap pea and spinach soup to be precise. It was very green, and it tasted wonderful. I had one large bowl for lunch and one and a half in the evening, Breakfast was pineapple and melon smoothie. The fruit smoothis is sitting much easier with me for breakfast. I finished off the evening with a glass of Kefir once again. My Kefir granules arrived today so I set them to work on a a quarter pint of unhomogenised milk, (that is the old fashioned milk that has not been messed about with, where the cream gathers at the top), it is surprisingly hard to find. I finished off the day drinking many cups of Earl Grey Roobios tea chatting to a friend.

Today with my energy levels still quite low, and that fact that I had a slight pang of hunger for the first time, I decided to get more direct carbs to see if this would make a difference. I kicked off with the now standard fruit smoothie, Pineapple and mango today. I then dismantled the bed as we are having a new one delivered today. Bed dismantled, room cleaned and just in time as the delivery van arrives. Very excited as we have been waiting three weeks for the bed and mattress, but we could have done with a new one years ago! Anyway, apparently not all the boxes had been loaded at the depot, so I was a box short, the delivery guys said sorry, they don’t load it and it was the third one that day already with an incomplete order. I would have to call the customer services number and sort out the delivery with them. That call did not go well. To cut a long story short, the company is in a mess with no communication between departments, and it could be a long time before the box arrives. Top tip avoid Bensons for Beds at all costs. It is a good job we have a spare room with a suitable bed.

Back on track, to get the carbs up I opted for sweet potato. I made soup again, making it as easy as possible for the digestive system. Leek, sweet potato and coconut, my God, it was good. That was lunch and dinner, something I will have to make again, perhaps with a bit of chilli and some smooth peanut butter added to the mix.

My kefir culture was a total disaster, the yogurt maker is too hot for it, so I will have to leave it out to ‘cook’ at room temperature, unfortunately our house being over 700 years old is not the warmest of places, so our room temperature may not be warm enough. We will see, another batch is under way.

I started to look at my calorie intake for the week, Monday was 424, Tuesday 621, yesterday 815 and today 952. Although I am still in major calorie deficit my weight is rising, as I said at the start I recon it will end up around the 97-98kg mark.

Big day tomorrow, proper solids!

Weight yesterday 94.6Kg, water drank today is 3 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 80 BPM

Weight today 95Kg, water drank today is 2 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 80 BPM

Day two after the fast

Food wise it was almost the same as yesterday. Again today I felt a bit queasy after the plain yogurt for breakfast, so I will cut that out tomorrow and slot it in somewhere else during the day. I had two of the pineapple and melon smoothies, one for lunch and one for dinner. I also had a mid-afternoon orange smoothie.

Judo coaching this evening was physically hard, I would say harder than last Thursday. My energy levels have a lot of recovery still to make, but I can’t force the food intake, I have made that mistake in the past. After judo I had a small bottle of kefir. That stuff is so expensive in the shops, £1.60 for 250ml, outrageous. I have therefore ordered some Kefir granules  so I can make my own, for an outlay of £3.50 on ebay this will be cheap for an endless supply. The granules are live, and the more you use then the bigger your supply of granules get, and the larger quantities you can make in one go.

Looking forward to tomorrow, it is the introduction of some hot food.

Weight today 94.5Kg, water drank today is 2 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 80 BPM

Eating again!

When I woke this morning I felt fairly good, in fact I felt that I could continue with the fast for a few more days, but my decision to end was already made. I had a pint of water to start the day followed by a plain active yogurt, (a small one). It tasted fantastic, I savoured every spoonful. Five minutes after I felt a bit sick. It is a slow frustrating process getting the body used to food again. On one had I am desperate to taste everything, but I have to go slow as the digestive system has been shut down for two weeks. This week will take far more will power than the 14 day fast. After breakfast, pick up one or two extra things from the shops that I will need this week. For lunch I had a quarter of melon and pineapple whizzed up into a smoothie. I was just going to have pineapple but I thought it might be a bit too intense, hence the melon. It made just over a pint, which I drank slowly enjoying the sweetness hit, it was bloody marvellous. I didn’t feel too bad after. It is funny, the hunger has not come back yet, but the desire to taste is off the scale. I finished off my new love affair with food with a glass of Kefir in the evening. Kefir is a cultured milk drink, it has loads more live cultures than yogurt. The idea is to get the digestive system up and running as fast as possible, the yogurt and kefir are added to the needed bacteria in the system.

Weight today 94.6Kg, water drank today is 3 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 80 BPM

Giving up food – day 14

I’ve done it, I’m coming towards the end of the last day and I will start eating again tomorrow, although the diet will be sparse for a few days while I get the body used to food again.

As for the rest of the day, it has been a hard day again. My energy levels have been at zero. Every movement seems to take such a lot of effort. I think I am well and truly detoxed. I think if I were to do longer than two weeks I would need to be on a tropical island spending the day dozing on a hammock looking out over the sea. Life is too busy for me to do more than two weeks.

Water is getting increasing hard to drink as I am starting to taste the chemicals in it. When you start eating again after a fast the taste of food is incredible. Fruit and vegetables are so sweet, and you realise why sweet corn is called sweet corn! Although the water I am drinking is filtered it is limited to what it can filter out. We used to have a reverse osmosis system which was fantastic; it would even take the fluoride out the water. Unfortunately we are unable to plumb that into to our current house so we have had to go back to our old ceramic filter. Anyway I can now taste the chemicals and I don’t really want to drink it. I have even started having a few problems with my clothes! I am now reacting to the soap powder that we use. As you fill your body with rubbish you desensitise to the bad things, your body learns to cope with it, which is not necessarily a good thing. The same thing goes for anything that goes on your skin. How much poison can you take for things to be ok? Fluoride is quite a nasty poison, but it is added to our water, we do not have a choice in that. The build-up over the years of these poison does have an effect on our health.

After my first fast, a few weeks after I had started to eat again I had my first beer, it was quite disgusting, put I persevered, I thought it was worth it. Over time I started drifting back into my old ways, and this Christmas I realised I was back to square one, hence the fast.

Well this is the last fasting blog, the eating blog starts tomorrow and I am so looking forward to it.

Weight today 95.4Kg, water drank today is 4.5 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 81 BPM

Giving up food – day 13

Today has been the worst day of my fast, so bad I almost packed it in. I just felt awful this morning, (overdoing things yesterday with the wood cutting), so bad I stayed in bed until midday. I think my wife wanted me to start eating again as she was worried, and I came so close. I opted for a hot bath instead; life is always better after a long soak. I did feel a bit better afterwards better, but I felt so incredibly weak, almost no energy. If I feel like that tomorrow I may finish a day early, but we will see.

By 3:30pm I felt well enough to go shopping. My wife and daughter went to do the 100 shops they normally do and opted to go and do the food shopping. It was physically hard, I suspect this is how you feel when you get old and frail, quite scary actually. The incentive for doing the shopping was that I was shopping for the food I will be eating next week, it was quite exciting. More on the food on Monday’s blog, or even tomorrow, although at the time of writing this I do feel much better.

Weight today 95.9Kg, water drank today is 3.5 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 80 BPM

Giving up food – day 12

Energy levels are still high, considering I have had no food for 12 days. I took my youngest to the hospital for an appointment for a dodgy elbow this morning. We saw the consultant then had to walk up to the x-ray department, which involved a big flight of stairs, I did find that quite hard, well trying to keep up with my daughters pace anyway. The consultant gave us the options after the x-ray, which his preferred treatment was put some ibuprofen gel on it and go away, this is on an injury that has been going on 15 months. Anyway I challenged him on that and on inquiring a bit more about the other options he was not keen on, it transpires he does not actually know what is wrong, so we are still searching on a diagnosis. A referral to another consultant and a wait of about six months, that’s the good old NHS. At every level we have seen someone at the hospital over the last few months they have been keen to get rid of us with the minimal of work or commitment of resources, I must say I am disgusted. Rant over.

Back to the fasting, I cut up a load of logs after the hospital visit, which felt like a hard workout, then I had to go and soak my hands. At the hospital you clean your hands with a squirt of that gel stuff, before you go in to the consulting rooms and x-ray. It looks like I have reacted to it. On the way back my hands were really itchy, and by the time I had cut the wood, they were all bright red and puffed up. It did clear up, but it took a couple of hours.

This brings me to another point of fasting. The point of the fast is to detox, so not only do you refrain from food, but chemicals too. Our biggest organ is our skin, putting chemicals on it means that some of those chemicals will pass through into your body. It may only be tiny amounts, but if it is happening multiple times every single day it becomes significant. Common products include, soap, shower gel, bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and not relevant to me makeup. Alternatives need to be found. I have used the same alternatives since my first fast, I use either soapnut soap or olive oil soap, (I use the soap on my hair as well), fluoride free toothpaste and a natural stick deodorant, sprays should be avoided at all costs.

The more you start cutting the chemicals you use on your body and rubbish food from your diet, you will start noticing more and more when you do come in contact with them. My eating habits were starting to go back to the old days, increased sugar and rubbish, (Christmas did not help) so the detox is a way of resetting things.

Weight today 96.1Kg, water drank today is 4.0 litres. Resting Heart Rate is 79 BPM