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Do I have the electrolyte and nutrient reserves for a 2 week water fast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM

hi Since june 2012, I've been trying to do a full 14 day water fast. The longest I've gone was 9 days.

I've had a food addiction that I'm trying to break and I truly believe a 2 week fast is what I need.

I know a lot of this may be psychological to- I get a craving on day 6 and tell myself "o I don't have enough reserves" to justify breaking it.

I want to do it. I want to finish this fast. I've built so much hypeo it, my goal for doing so goes beyond the health benefits, its a personal quest.

SO here's a breakdown of the last 3 weeks: I started fasting on saturday, February 9th. I made it 5 full days, 4 of which were dry. On thursday feb. 14th I broke it, and ate freely that day and friday. Saturday I felt sick, had a stomach virus and threw up a lot, including a lot of the food from the 2 days before. I did force down a gatorade, but no food. Sunday I felt better, and was eating full meals by the night. I starting fasting again monday the 18th, and broke it wesenday the 20th. Today is friday the 22nd- if I eat this weekend, do you think I'd be prepared for a 14 day fast starting monday the 25th?

My concern is the prior days fasting and especially the stomach flu which induced lots of diahrrea and vomiting- my legs still feel a bit tingly, though I've been consuming plenty of electrolyte rich food/drink.

What do you think?

Also, what do you think about electrolyte supplements? I;ve read they only delete reserves faster, is this true?

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:29 PM

breaking your fast by 'eating freely' is definitely not advisable. your digestive system has shut down, no wonder you felt sick. if you truly want to water or dry fast, best to read a LOT more about how to do it safely.

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:52 PM

Not eating constantly is fine and dandy, but extending that to not eating for 2 weeks? C'mon.

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on February 22, 2013
at 04:22 PM

I can understand the challenge, but I wonder, if this is a psychological issue wouldn't the focus on improving nutrition for improving new habit formation and general brain chemistry be more useful?

Because I wonder if the benefit of doing this fast as a challenge is less than two weeks of really focusing on developing really good nutritional habits? Couple that with the possibility of failing a few more times before you succeed and the emotional stress of the whole ordeal and it seems to me not such a great idea. But What do I know, I have never done more than 24 hours.

Why not do it the other way round, and set yourself a nutritionally dense challenge like the Whole30?

do-i-have-the-electrolyte-and-nutrient-reserves-for-a-2-week-water-fast?

But I wish you luck with what you feel you have to do, but I will say that temptation in whatever form does not get removed by self-denial, but by the replacement. And to sound even more 'woo woo', self-flagellation never cleansed anyone, it just left them with scars and doubt.

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:35 PM

hi tom..im currently on day 11 of a 14 day water fast. the fisrt week was the most difficult.i just was so determined to complete it to break my food addiction. i am sick with a cold right now and so is everyone i know. however, i am getting better much more quickly than everyone else i know!! you can start the fast when you feel good. i have only been drinking distilled water. almost a gallon a day.also, complete rest since i started. i know you can do it!! this is my first water fast and any cravings i have had are all in my head. do not try to excercise!! it will drain you. and dont listen to people who are negative about what you're doing!! summer

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