Yesterday Monday, March 26, at 12:00 pm I ended my 72 hour herbal tea fast. The length was technically 70 hours, and was supposed to go until 2:00 pm. However, my fasting buddy and kids encouraged me to get back to eating on a normal schedule and end it 2 hours early. Besides, I felt like I was going to die! UGH! 🤕
When I woke up on Monday morning around 8:00 am, it had been 66 hours since my last solid meal. I felt okay while I was laying down, but the second I stood up, I felt as if I was going to pass out. My head was spinning, I felt light headed and my legs were quite weak. I seriously thought I was going to pass out. By the time I got back in bed, my entire body felt weak, especially my arms and legs.
I drank some water and green tea, which helped, and spent the morning lying down and studying for my oral exam, which I took today. The odd thing is, when it came time to eat, I wasn’t hungry at all. I forced myself to eat, because I obviously needed it.
Here’s what I had:
Here’s the nutrition breakdown for this meal.
The macros work out to:
I’m a bit over my carb goal. I would have preferred to be under 30 grams, but 40 isn’t too bad. I’m still under the 50 gram threshold.
For the next 4 days, I’ll eat one meal a day. Then on Friday, I begin phase 1 of the Red Tea Detox. During phase one, days 1-5, I’ll eat on an intermittent fasting schedule of 16/8 meaning – 16 hours fasting and 8 hours of eating. During those 8 hours, I’ll eat three meals consisting of only vegetables the first day and vegetables and protein the next 4 days.
But, despite everything, despite how poorly I felt, I’d absolutely do it again. While I’m still a bit weak from from the 72-hour fast, I actually feel really good. I feel uplifted and clean, I’m not sluggish or bloated. My morning headaches are gone!!! My craving have completely disappeared, especially, and most importantly, my addiction and cravings for soda are gone. AND…As of this morning. I lost 7 pounds in 3 days .
Then, there ‘s the spiritual aspect. There was something soul cleansing about this experience. My mind is clearer, I’m happier and my stress level has diminished to a great degree. Now, more than ever in my life, I feel more ready to attack and achieve my goals. Sitting around doing nothing is no longer and option. I somehow feel more connected with life and the world around me. It’s as if I could feel my soul, my spirit heal and the energy strengthen. As difficult as this experience was, I am so glad I did it.