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7 Step Detox

7-Step Detox (you decide how many days each step lasts) It will rid you of toxins and food addictions and allow you to reintroduce each food individually

1.Water

2. Clear fruit juices-

3.fruit and fruit juices-

4. fruit, raw veggies, juice, and veggie broth-

5. fruit, veggies (can be in soup), juice, whole grains-

6. fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and meat-

7. reintroduce all food types, excluding those you no longer wish to eat (processed foods, starches, etc.)

You can use this method to come off any water or water/juice fast. In any fast, reintroducing foods gradually is important. Fasting can help you change the way you eat or break bad food habits, and this reintroduction method can help you adjust back to eating with healthy foods (fruits and veggies) and during the 5th, 6th, and 7th step, decide which foods you never want to reintroduce. 

Remember, it's important NEVER to binge immediately after a fast, and the best way to begin and end a fast is gradually, with healthy foods. 

You could also do the detox in reverse to begin a fast.

Fasting

Fasting is effective for purifying the body, jump-starting weight loss and breaking bad habits/cycles. It is generally not thought of as effective for long-term weight loss, and long-term fasting will slow metabolism although an occasional fast can help overcome a plateau.

Fasting changes the metabolic balance of the body toward decreased nutrient intake, increased utilization of stored energy, and increased elimination.

Water fasting cleanses the body and releases stored toxins. A day or more on just water will intensify other forms of fasts. However it is not recommended for a first fast as it can be a shock to the body, especially as stored toxins are released.

Water fasting will often promote the most immediate  weight loss results but should be avoided beyond two or three days, or if continued longer, should be medically supervised. If no nutrients other than water are consumed the body is forced to use up its available energy reserves. Glycogen, stored in muscle and liver tissue, is utilized first, but there is not enough to sustain the body and especially the brain, which requires 25% of the energy the body produces, for any great length of time. Once the glycogen is used up, the body begins breaking down stored fats (lipolysis) for energy. Without consuming any alkalizing substances the production of ketone bodies during lipolysis can lead to ketoacidosis. If the water fast continues the body will begin to break down the proteins in muscle tissue for the production of energy, leading to wasting and eventually, death. 

Fasting clears the skin, whitens eyes, initiates rapid weight loss, and can help break addictions (food and otherwise) and restore an appreciation for clean natural foods.

Fasting is very dangerous for those with metabolic diseases; if you are hypoglycemic, diabetic, etc consult a doctor before attempting any fast. Also be careful if you are taking any medication, it can affect the strength or absorption of the medication.

Distilled water is best for fasting.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stave off hunger, hydrate and purify the body, and keep your digestion moving.

Juice fasting combines the benefits of water fasting, with the introduction of alkalizing substances that help to buffer the blood against acidosis. Further, juice fasting provides somewhat of a psychological buffer since something of substance is being consumed. Juice fasting can also protect against hypoglycemia, but if the juices are consumed in excess, they can promote transient states of hyperglycemia, which can rebound into hypoglycemia. The best way to avoid this is to dilute the juices in half with water, and consume the juice over a longer period of time, such as 1 litre of juice slowly sipped over an hour. And, as Mohandas Gandhi said, "one should drink one's food, and chew one's juice." Chewing the juice by swishing it around in the mouth ensures that it undergoes some initial digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract.

There are many different kinds of fruits and vegetables that can be juiced, but in order to avoid inducing reactive hypoglycemia, vegetable juices, which have a lower sugar content, are used in preference to fruit juices. Apples are to some extent an exception to this rule, as some of its long chain polysaccharides such as pectin slow its digestion. Some of the most commonly juiced vegetables are carrot, beet, celery, cucumber and cabbage, but any number of other vegetables can be added, including herbs such as fresh cilantro, garlic, ginger, basil and parsley. Strong tasting vegetables or herbs should be used in lesser quantity in order to make the juice palatable. Also, if you plan on using any of the cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli) it's a good idea to include a little bit of ginger to prevent bloating and flatulence. A typical juice might be 4 large carrots, 1 beet, 1 medium cucumber, 2 stalks of celery, with parsley and basil to taste. Another juice that's a little sweeter is equal parts carrot and apple, with a finger of ginger thrown in for a little 'kick.' There are virtually endless combinations, allowing you to experiment with different tastes and colours. Typically, a juice fast can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days.

 

On a juice or liquid fast, drink only pure fresh squeezed fruit juices. If you fast often you may want to invest in a juicer. A lot of commercial juices are mostly water, sugar, and preservatives.

Orange or tomato juice are not recommended as they can be too acidic during a fast.

Try diluting juice in water. Adds flavor to water, reduces calories in juice, and gives you more energy.

Pure vegetable broths without added seasoning are good for liquid fasts; juice from leafy green veggies is great for detoxifying.

Whether it's a juice fast or water fast, some measure of preparation is required before beginning them. If you are a drinker, a smoker or like your coffee, it's a good idea to wean these items out of your diet before going on the fast. Indulging in them while fasting corrupts the whole purpose of going on fast in the first place. If you take any prescription drugs it's a good idea to check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if the drugs you are taking must be taken with food. If you are diabetic, then water or juice fasting is not the best approach to cleansing. If the body is particularly toxic work your way into the fast slowly, consuming only raw fruits and vegetables the first day, a complete water fast for the next 2-3 days, followed by a juice fast over the next 4-6 days. 

Herbal teas, with or without honey, can aid fasting.

Green tea is purifying and can help suppress appetite.

Typical fasts (no solid food) last for 3, 7, 10, or 14 days. Consult a doctor for fasts exceeding 21 days.

Don't break a fast with a heavy meal; raw fruits and veggies are best. Eating only fresh raw fruit and vegetables for 5-7 days following the fast will continue the detox and weight loss effects.

The calories you take in directly following a fast will stay with you longer so choose carefully.

Eat light both the night before you begin, and when you end the fast

You will lose more weight faster at the beginning of a fast.

If you don't have enough energy on a water fast, dilute some juice in the water or switch to a juice fast.


Any exercise done on a fast should be minimal and low-impact. Stretch frequently to increase circulation; walking, yoga, pilates, or mild calisthenics.

 

Ketosis

the following information is from an article by sue reith and goalguide.com
  • ketosis happens during fasting, low carb diets or pregnancy.
  • in my terms, ketosis is a condition in which the body uses its own muscle and/or body fat as an energy source instead of food.
  • in technical terms, ketosis is a condition brought on by a metabolic imbalance.
  • in scientific terms, ketosis is an accumulation of excessive amounts of ketone bodies in body tissues and fluids.
  • ketones, or ketone bodies, are metabolic substances that are normal products of the liver.
  • when the body isn't taking in carbohydrates to produce glycogen (blood sugar) as a source of energy, muscle and/or body fat is used to supply the needed energy.
  • the muscle/fat being used as fuel is broken down into ketones.
  • ketones are circulated in the blood, hence the names ketosis or acetonemia.
  • symptoms of ketosis include bad breath, lightheadedness and strong urine odor. the odor in urine and breath is caused by the presence of ketones and can be reduced by drinking more water.
  • the time it takes to reach ketosis depends on the amount of stored glycogen in your body and how much muscle and fat you have. your body's glycogen storage depends on your recent calorie intake and activity. before burning muscle or fat for energy, your body will use stored glycogen as an energy source.
  • ketostix are little strips that measure the presence of ketones in the urine. ketostix aren't completely accurate, depending on your body's conditions. the strips show the amount of ketones being released by the change of color on the testing area. the darker the pink/purple color shows, the more heavily into ketosis you are.
  • your body won't get out of ketosis if you drink a little juice or chew gum, etc... to get out of ketosis, you have to ingest enough sugar for your body to use for constant energy or storage. as soon as the ingested/stored sugar runs out, your body will get back into ketosis.