Well, now I will chronicle how I followed up on the fast and got back into regular food for a few days. (It turned out much longer than I expected today!) Woke up this morning feeling fine, drank some lemon water and around 9 had a light breakfast. It consisted of one slice of whole wheat, homemade bread with 1/4 of an avocado spread on it and one mango. Thought I’d see how that went.
10:00 – my stomach is starting to hurt seriously. Not sure why. Tried a bit more lemon water but that sure didn’t help.
11:00 – I am seriously nauseated, feel like throwing up and starting to break out in hives on the inner aspect of the elbows, wrists, hands, neck and who knows where else. Some pretty bad gut cramping. A lot of belching. Got a hot water bottle on my stomach. Seriously miserable.
12:00 – Called my friend that has experience with these fasts and she suggested I call the friend (we’ll call her Mary) that she originally got these fasting guidelines from who is an expert in the area. Apparently I am in serious detox. Mary says that often it’s the most intense between days 26 or so and day 40, if you can go that long. I guess this is when the body is really getting in high gear to get rid of long and deeply stored toxins, many of them for many years. She thinks the hives are an allergic reaction to some kind of toxin currently circulating as well as possibly a reaction to the wheat in the bread. She said to take echinacea for the hives and avoid wheat for about 10 days. Also, in order to keep detoxing, I should stick to a raw or at least 85% raw diet till I’m past this phase, maybe another 10 days or so. Also need to continue my chlorella and Barley Max. I guess my immune system is on high alert and may actually react to stuff much quicker now than before the fast – my body’s way of saying that I’m doing something I need to avoid right now.
3:00 – feeling much better, the hives have dissipated, my stomach is feeling more normal. Had just a bit of vegetable juice and waited 1/2 an hour. Felt OK. So I tried lunch – 1/4 avocado on a Kavli rye cracker, and a bowl of homemade, organic, sugar-free applesauce.
5:20 – still feeling fine – whew! what a relief 🙂 Will drink more water and/or lemon water now. I’m feeling a bit dehydrated as I couldn’t drink this morning when feeling so bad.
9:00 – Feeling pretty back much to normal. Just a mild headache. We’ll see what tomorrow holds 🙂