3 Rules for a Successful 3-Day Fast

3 Rules for a Successful 3-Day Fast

Okay, so it’s time for a fast. You dropped your exercise routine months ago, have been eating crud for weeks, and just feel bloated and sick all the time.

You know a long-term fast will solve all your problems and help you get back on track with a healthy lifestyle. There’s only one problem.

You simply don’t have the time to dedicate to a 21+ day fast nor the money to shell out to a qualified retreat.  Isn’t there a way to get some of the benefits of a long-term fast without having to shell out wads of cash and be away from home for three weeks or more?

Yes, there is. It’s called a 3-day fast and I’ve got 3 rules for making your short-term fast as successful as possible.

#1: Eat Well Beforehand

I know exactly what you’re thinking: «Hey, since I’m going to be fasting for a few days and getting healthy, I might as well load up on all my junk food favorites the day before. Fast food, here I come!»

Well, stop thinking it!

Filling up on fatty, greasy food (the whole reason you need to fast in the first place) is NOT the way to prepare for your fast. Instead, you want to do the exact opposite. You want to eat as simply and cleanly as possible.

This means eating a healthy raw vegan diet that is low in fat, high in fruit, and contains a moderate amount of greens and non-sweet fruits.

No junky foods allowed!

Here’s an example of a healthy pre-fast meal plan (based on a 2000 calorie diet):

Breakfast:6 medium persimmons
Lunch:Smoothie of 5 medium bananas, 1 medium papaya, and water
Mid-Afternoon:32 oz of freshly squeezed orange juice
Dinner:Salad of 8 oz of bib lettuce and 8 oz of cucumber, dressed with 8 oz of OJ blended with 1 oz of pistachios

If you prefer, you could make things even simpler by eating only fruit (as much as you want) for the day. Or you could have just one fruit, like bananas, for every meal. While living on fruit alone is not recommended, it is perfectly acceptable as a short-term solution to kick starting a healthy fast and lifestyle.

#2: Rest During

Never forget, fasting equates to resting. This means that to get the most out of your fast, you need to spend as much time in bed as possible.

This also means steering clear of any emotional and sensory stressors as well. If you can, completely eliminate all sensory stimuli including television and internet.

Remember, it’s only 3 measly days. You can give up «Glee» and Scrabble Online for 3 days, right? 😉

#3: Eat Well Afterward

Have you read my article Is Fasting Always the Answer?

You haven’t?! 😥

It’s cool, I’ll catch you up. 🙂

Basically, I said that while fasting is a great tool for beginning a healthy lifestyle, it is only a teeny tiny part of the equation. The much bigger part is what you are doing to do after the fast.

A short-term fast is no different. While you can certainly see fantastic results in just 3 days (especially if you are taking the resting advice to heart), it won’t make one bit of difference if you go back to all your unhealthy dietary and lifestyle habits once the fast is over.

So before you even begin preparation for your fast, make sure you have a plan for what you are going to do after the fast. What changes are you going to make to your eating habits? Are you going to go raw? Are you going to start exercising? Do you need to make time for more sleep? What about sunshine?

You certainly don’t have to make all these changes right now. But you should be very clear about what your goals are, no matter how small, if you want to see lasting results from your fast.

When to Fast

Okay, so now you know the 3 rules for a successful 3-day fast. But when should you fast?

Anytime you are in poor health or simply do not feel like yourself, a fast may be in order. Even a short 3-day fast can do wonders for your mental and physical health and help you jump start a healthier lifestyle.

The best time to attempt a 3-day fast is over the weekend because you have more opportunity to rest. Long weekends (i.e. Labor Day Weekend) are especially good for this since you have an extra day off.

Go raw and be fit,

Swayze

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IPL 2 — Rules to Game

IPL 2 — Rules to Game

The Indian Premier League(IPL) in Season 2 is ruling the roost in South Africa, but some of the rules applicable to the T20 cricket games being played are not quite game.

Just what is achieved by having the ‘strategic time out’ breaks in every innings of every game? What is so strategic about this? Maybe this is needed for generating more commercial revenue and more hype. Because this is not needed for any cricketing reasons. The strategic time out is taken after every ten overs in an innings of twenty overs. The players cannot be tired in just ten overs. Normal drinks breaks are taken after every one hour in Tests and after every 15-17 overs in one-day internationals (ODI). But those breaks are only for 2-3 minutes. There have been complaints from players and others against this rule and the IPL authorities had agreed to look into this after the season. But then, why it was introduced in the first place?

Duckworth and Lewis rule is applied in rain interrupted ODIs that uses very complicated calculations to set revised targets in reduced overs to arrive at a result. Earlier, for applying D/L method a minimum 25 overs had to be compulsorily bowled. Due to emergence of T20 cricket the minimum was reduced to 20. In IPL 2 the Delhi Daredevils won a match in less than 5 overs using D/L method. There seems to be no rule regarding minimum overs to be bowled for such games. So, it is a possibility that a team can win a match achieving a target set for just one ball when the weather gods permitted time enough for only a solitary ball to be bowled. Though D/L method talks of minimum 5 overs in T20 the IPL rule book says nothing. Even a five over minimum is a mockery of cricket.

And, what about the sartorial cover code for the cheerleaders? There seems to be no rules either for determining this. Sometimes these gyrating damsels are clad quite decently while at times the dress gets reduced to the barest minimum!

A boisterous goodbye to cricketing rules?

Chinmay Chakravarty is a professional specialized in the creative field with over two decades of experience in journalistic writing, media co-ordination, film script writing, film dubbing, film & video making, management of international film festivals and editing of books & journals. Proficient in providing professional services in these related fields. Presently working in Mumbai Doordarshan as a News Editor.

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