Updated: Aug 18, 2020
In my last post, I mentioned that I would try a detox bath and see how it worked for me. Well, it worked and it didn’t in a sense because I didn’t have enough Epsom salt. I should have checked but honestly, in my house, we have had Epsom salt forever and I was always the only one who used it so I expected it to always be there. I forgot that my son, an avid athlete, was now also an Epsom salt user. When I got to the container, there was just enough for a baby bath. I got in anyway and rested for the entire 45 minutes as recommended.
Perhaps because there was not much salt, I didn’t have to worry about dehydration. The diatomaceous earth made the water kinda grey but caused no negative side effects and the hot water was so soothing, I almost fell asleep. My tub is not very long making it was a challenge to submerge my entire body so I sat criss-cross for a while which I told myself was a good stretch in the hot water. When I got out, I drank a bunch of water and went straight to bed. I had no problems sleeping or waking up the next morning and I felt fine all day. So, other than wanting to do it again with more salt, I recommend a bath during a fast. Oh, but I also didn’t “bathe” with soap and stuff. I literally just used this bath as a soak.
The last 5 days of the water only fast actually were very simple. My natural hunger cues must have turned off because it became very easy to say no to food and actually, I began planning food. I would read blogs and Instagram pages that focused on plant-based foods and recipes for inspiration. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos by vegans who made simple and quick recipes or really affordable recipes without wheat. I also found many recipes that are gluten-free once I noticed meals that were not trying to mimic meat meals. I mean, burgers are burgers and most plant-based burgers are beans and quinoa or oats. Faux sausages or mock meats usually have seitan, which is made with wheat flour, so avoiding those recipes is actually pretty easy. I found some bloggers with YouTube channels that I am in love with! Not all are strictly plant-based, but because of the variety of recipes they offer, I found many recipes or growing techniques to be worth noting. I’ll share a link to their blogs or channels below for you to check out! All in all, I am looking forward to doing another 10-day water fast just because of the health benefits. I am thinking a 3-day water fast once a month and a 10-day water fast every 3 months. I know this may sound wild if you’ve never done a water fast, but I feel confident that once you whole-heartedly give one a try (after checking with your medical professional first of course,) you’ll notice the benefits and want to keep experiencing them for yourself as well!
Happy fasting friends!
LINKS TO A FEW OF MY FAVORITE FOODIES
D Goosby of JD's Organic Productions is a wife and a mom to 8 beautiful kids including 2 sets of twins. At one point, she weighed close to 300 lbs and then lost half of it just to put most of it back on. D eventually got tired of the yo-yo. She learned some hidden truths about our food system and decided to get educated and make lasting changes. D studied to become a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and peristeam practitioner because she realized that she was not alone in wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes but lacking the knowledge to make anything permanent.
That is what D does today, she helps busy moms like herself, get back to where they feel good again, they look the way they want to look and they get to be a healthy role model for their families and friends.