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Is fasting a good idea to get 'back on the wagon?'

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Created January 18, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Starting at Christmas time, I went from being 80/20 to probably 50/50 and have been not more than 70/30 for the past 3 weeks. I feel like my body needs to detox or something. Would fasting (say 24h) be a good way to kind of 'reset' my body and get back on track?

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on January 20, 2013
at 01:58 PM

Thanks - that makes a lot of sense. I'm definitely having sugar cravings now.

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at 01:54 PM

Lol. My wife won't let me fast anyhow, she's probably right that I'll have low blood sugar crabbiness.

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We just got a BlendTec so we've been trying all kinds of juice drinks & smoothies. Thanks for the suggestion, this could definitely work for me.

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:22 PM

If you are hungry during the time you choose to fast and don't think you are going to "make it", what about drinking green juices maybe a combo of celery, cucumber, spinach, kale and a lemon? You can drink a gallon or more of that a day and good water and have a very nice cleanse. Other veggies can be added if you like. That combo is just nice and light. Whenever you feel hungry or have cravings, you can have another glass of juice. I put mint leaves in mine or in another batch I add a jalepeno just to spice it up! Cilantro is also a great detox veggie when juicing. It binds with heavy metals and rids the body of any it has accumulated.

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on January 20, 2013
at 01:52 PM

We just got a BlendTec so we've been trying all kinds of juice drinks & smoothies. Thanks for the suggestion, this could definitely work for me.

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:29 PM

No. It is actually a good idea to get back on the wagon, so that you can fast. Off wagon almost certainly means glucose dependent ups and downs. If you want a pleasant fast, get fat adapted by eat meals with a healthy amount of fat in them for a few days. Then, when the sugar cravings have largely dissappeared, you can fast.

You can fast now, but it if it kinda sucks and you feel you have no energy, don't say I didn't warn you. Eventually via fasting, you will shift over, but it'll be rougher to do it that way.

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on January 20, 2013
at 01:58 PM

Thanks - that makes a lot of sense. I'm definitely having sugar cravings now.

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on January 18, 2013
at 09:03 PM

Everyone has their own opinion, but I find htat juice fasting helped me get back on the wagon. I had been following Paleo rather strictly-80/20 for several months leading up to a 5k and Thanksgiving, (both were in the same week) and I went back to eating gluten free "modern" and we have several birthdays in my family around that time of year, so I was doing a fair amount of cheating, but to get back on the wagon I did a juice fast for my wisdom tooth that was bothering me (ok, it wasn't a true juice fast because I allowed mushy things like sweet potatoes pureed with kale or other leafy greens and I had shakes and smoothies, and it wasn't paleo because I allowed soy, goat and sheep's milk yogurt (in addition to heat treated eggs and chia seeds) for protein) but after a week, I got my taste for meat and veggies back.

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:27 PM

That's exactly what I'm doing and seems to be working. Gets my body back hydrated (drinking lots of tea and water) and allows me to just stay away from food temptations (being in an office environment is not helpful when making Paleo food choices).

Some people say to make a huge paleo feast to get back into it, which may work for some, but I think a fast gets you in a clear state of mind and gets you ready to dive in head first. If fasting makes you crave SAD foods even more, then maybe a fast isn't for you.

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on January 19, 2013
at 12:33 AM

I find that intermittent fasting helps me approach my diet with more discipline and sensibility.

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on January 18, 2013
at 10:53 PM

I fell off the wagon over the holidays as well and have had troubles getting my body to crave only healthy foods like it used to... I did a 16 hour fast and that did the trick for me :) Well that and lots of organic fresh fish and veggies... with no extras.... no nuts, no yogurt, no fruit. I feel sooooooooo much better now!

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:03 PM

< sarcasm > Going from one extreme to the other? What could possibly go wrong?! < /sarcasm >

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on January 20, 2013
at 01:54 PM

Lol. My wife won't let me fast anyhow, she's probably right that I'll have low blood sugar crabbiness.

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:51 PM

You bet. 24 hours sounds excessive. As long as you don't have any adrenal issues, I say go for it.

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