Preparing for ANYTHING, is almost always going to increase your success rate in any given field and fasting is no different. You really want to think about what is going on in your life before you prepare for a fast, especially if you have never fasted before.
Just as you should research when you are planning on taking up a specific diet or training exercise regime, you should also consider the timing of such a change in to your lifestyle, even it is for a short time.
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Timing Is Important
In my experience, it is best to avoid social events, work or other commitments if it is possible and this is particularly important with extended water or juice fasts.
As you become more experienced with fasting, you will be able to handle the physical side effects a lot better and may find that you can go about your usual activities with no issue.
Generally, it is best to avoid any situation that may obstruct your fasting goals unless you feel that you are mentally strong enough to put yourself in that situation.
Try to avoid being around people eating and drinking whether it be at home or at work, as the smells associated with food will make you hungry.
Sometimes work situations can become stressful and you may decide to head for the trusty “comfort” foods. Being around food can be torturous, if you are not ready.
Take a look at your calendar and schedule and put a lot of thought into the timing of when you are to begin your fast. Don’t fast when you know you have a party coming up and certainly don’t plan a fast during October! You don’t want to be drinking water at Oktoberfest celebrations, but that’s totally up to you…
Part of fasting is about giving your digestive system a break, so give it every chance you can to succeed. Plan around it.
Think About How You Will Fast
In order to know how to prepare for your fast, you need to think about the type of fast you will undertake, as it will help with your scheduling and the amount of trips you may need to take out. Make sure you have the things you need IE. a juicer, bottled or filtered water, tea & coffee, water infusion ingredients.
Having these items on hand may help to avoid you going to the shops and smelling the delicious roast meat from the food court… (drools….)
Short or intermittent fasts may be easier to work around your day without a problem if your job is not very physical but water fasting when you are employed in a labour-intensive job will likely find you getting exhausted fairly quickly.
Set Your Fasting Goal
What I am mainly referring to is to plan for the duration of your fast and stick to it. If you plan for 7 days, then stick to it. If you have something to aim for, then you are more likely to achieve it.
There will sometimes be moments during your fast when you will be feeling a bit run down and may feel like giving up. Just be aware of the symptoms that are expected from fasting and ketosis and just realize that they will pass. Stick to your goal and you will feel great in the long run.
For me, I have usually aimed for around 7-10 days, depending on my schedule, keeping in mind that you will need to ease into eating food again when you have decided to break your fast, which you should to do over a few days.
Your digestive system will not love you too much if you go straight back into eating the wrong things and if you have gone through and extended fast, it is likely that you won’t want to go back to eating crappy food. You will feel cleansed and fresh and you will want to keep that feeling alive whilst you can.
Who Will Feed Your Children?
If you have children, fasting around them can be tricky, especially if you are a family that always make the effort sit together at dinner time.
First of all, if you are responsible for their meals, then it is a real challenge to try to cook them a nice meal and not do some taste testing.
I have generally been able to avoid this situation, as my partner was quite happy to cook the meals whilst I was fasting, but during my most recent fast, she was working a lot so I had to take on this duty and I can say it took some strength not to eat!
The second thing is, that we spend most of our time trying get our kids to eat! And so what sort of message does it send them to go completely against that!
As a rule, children should not be fasting unless they are directed to by their doctor, so trying to serve the kids a meal and not let them see can be the tricky part.
Thankfully, this is where TV’s and IPads play their part well…. my kids jump at the opportunity to “watch and eat” that they have no idea that I have not eaten a meal, so questions don’t get asked.
Failure Leads To Success
If for some reason you fail in achieving your fasting goals, don’t be too disheartened. It is likely that this will help you to recognize a weakness or a mistake that you have made along the way. Have a think about where you went wrong, plan how you will overcome it and try again at a later date.
I have made mistakes in my planning in the past and certain events have popped up, where I have decided to break my fast. I probably could still have gone to the event whilst fasting, but it’s generally more relaxing socializing with family and friends when you can enjoy eating and drinking. You need to enjoy life too.
Finding the right balance in life is something we all strive for but I would try to prepare for a fast and plan around your social life to avoid any temptation.
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