A Day-by-Day Chronology of My 30-Day Fruit Fast
“Abstinence and fasting cure many a complaint.” ~ Danish proverb
“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Why do a fruit fast?
Fruit fasting is often recommended as a way of detoxifyng the body and, in so doing, ridding it of common food addictions, cravings, ailments, allergies, etc. However, fruit fasting, like all forms of fasting, is much more than just depriving oneself of food for the good of the body. There is a mental factor involved as well. One perceives oneself, and especially society, quite differently after conducting a fast. For example, not being able to engage in eating makes one see just how much of society and social activities center around food. One also begins to understand why perhaps there is the epidemic of obesity: when food becomes a main social outlet, it is unlikely that anyone will eat simply for basic sustenance.
But aside from allowing such basic realizations, there is also a spiritual side to fasting. It is no coincidence that all the major religions of the world have prescribed fasting. Even the mathematician Pythagoras required that his followers fast for 40 days before being allowed to learn his higher principles. On a spiritual level, fasting forces one to look within rather than without for stimulation and sustenance. Aside from the very real physical hunger and weakness than one experiences, one must also overcome significant peer and social pressure to break the fast and eat. Such stamina prepares the person who is fasting for even greater spiritual challenges.
Why do I fruit fast?
For me, fruit fasting is a way for me to redirect myself, so to speak. I slow down and focus on my physical, mental and spiritual well-being. I try to be patient with my body and understand that, due to my lower energy levels, I may not be able to accomplish everything I set out to do. After all, my body has limitations, and pushing it too hard will cause it to break! I also try to undertstand that my body, because it is limited, will not endure in top form unless I periodically slow down to focus on my health.
The way I look at it, my body is my most valuable investment so I take care of it. Just like I would fix a leaky faucet or re-shingle the roof of my house, which is also a valuable investment, I likewise fix my body by fasting.
And regarding my health, I have so far been very blessed. I had scoliosis in my earlier years but that was mostly the result of a calcium deficiency. Since reaching adulthood, my health has actually been improving, and it became even better once I undertook running. So, why would I subject it to this periodic "starvation"?
In my mid to late 20's, I started noticing small issues with my body. For example, I started having trouble in my left knee after running and needed to wear a brace. I also had a major carb addiction and would routinely crave bread, pizza, pasta, etc. This, combined with my penchant for eating salty food, resulted in some nasty results. I gained weight; on my 5 foot 8 inch frame, I went from being roughly 130 lbs to 161 lbs!. I had never paid much attention to my diet while I was younger; in fact, for a long time I was convinced I couldn't gain weight! Well, that assumption quickly faded when one day I found myself trying to squeeze into an old dress I owned. Weight gain was not only possible- it had occurred!
I started eating low calorie foods and walking. Later on, I took up running. That killed an easy 20 lbs for me. Once I moved to Madison and started doing serious renovation on my new house, I dropped to 126 lbs and didn't budge a pound no matter what I ate. I thought I was in the clear. However, my carb and other addictions had not gone away. Neither had my love of salty food.
As a result of some reading and previous exposure to the topic, I decided to try a 30-day fruit fast, figuring this might kill some food cravings and realign my knee. Well, I lasted only 7 days on this fast. Creeping nausea finally forced me to quit.
After another month had passed, I restarted my fruit fast. This time, I lasted 13 days before quitting, the reason being an upcoming Oktoberfest and not nausea. I felt a little let down for stopping my fast, but who could resist Oktoberfest? Needless to say, after almost 2 weeks of eating very little, the sudden onslaught of food and beer caused me incredible physical pain in my belly. My stomach muscles had tightened up during my fast and they did not appreciate the sudden forced dilation. I had learned my lesson about gorging after a fast!
I didn't attempt another fruit fast until a year or so later when I'd moved to Madison. Here, in the midst of winter and with very little else to do, I was able to successfully complete my 30-day fruit fast. In the process, I finally lost my carb and salt cravings. I also gained a heightened (and hopefully lifelong) sensitivity to anything salted or sugared, resulting in my needing far less salt and sugar in order to taste the respective item. I did lose about 18 lbs but most of that weight returned with normal eating. Finally, my most pleasant surprise was the total disappearance of a planter's wart on my foot, which I assumed would need to be surgically removed. Since a planter's wart is technically a cancer, this opened up a whole new arena for me as to what fasting could accomplish healthwise.
I didn't fast the next year, nor the year after that. In total, I skipped 6 years where I didn't fast. The effect of this laziness cost me: I developed migraines. I, who'd never even had a headache since age 6, was suddenly getting migraines every 2-3 weeks. In one case, I had one migraine end and then start up about 3 days later. I was at my wit's end.
Eventually, I discovered that my migraines were caused by a toxin called MSG (monosodium glutamate). This salt, as well as the various glutamate derivates that are found in items like soy sauce, hydrolyzed protein, etc., are the subject of another hub entitled "How I Found Out that MSG Was and Was NOT the Cause of My Migraines". However, the discovery that this toxin was causing my migraines brought around the idea of fruit fasting once more as a method of detoxifying my body from its years of exposure to MSG and glutamates. Perhaps this would also lessen my incredible sensitivity to this item and its derivatives. In the process, I hoped that something else would occur too: namely, that I would once more be able to enjoy natural sources of glutamate, such as soy sauce and seaweed. Since I loved sushi and sashimi, not being able to ingest soy sauce and seaweed-wrapped fish was killing me!
What exactly can you eat during a fruit fast?
A simple answer would be fruit; however, it's not that simple. In theory, items such as tomatoes, avocados and cucumbers are fruits too. You should also consider a fundamental question here: What exactly is the purpose of the fast? If it's to detox, then you probably want to eat detoxifying fruits like apples, citrus and grapes. You have no real need for items like avocados, since most of what they'll contribute is fat.
Also, because you want to maintain all the naturally occurring enzymes and vitamins in your fruit, it doesn't pay to buy canned fruit and eat it. Likewise, pasteurized juices provide no real value to your fast. In essence, you want the fruit that you eat and drink to be as fresh as possible in order to be as cleansing as possible.
Personally, I buy and consume the following fruits during my fruit fast: apples, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, lemons, limes, mangoes, bananas (not recommended by some fasting experts due to their inherent starch), raisins, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cantaloupes, watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and papayas. I also purchase fresh-squeezed and non-pasteurized tangerine, grapefruit and orange juice. As an alternative, I'll freeze various fruit chunks and later mix them all in my blender with water or juice; this makes for a great shake!
While it's not recommended that you turn your fruit fast into a "fruit feast", even if you go all out and gorge yourself on fruit in the first few fasting days, eventually that urge goes away. The monotony of fruit taste (i.e., sweet, sweet, sweet) wears on you, keeping your appetite in check.
Starting the process: Preparation
Aside from freezing food that I wouldn't be able to eat for 30 days and stocking up on fruit, there wasn't much more to physically preparing to fruit fast. Mentally, however, I braced myself for the inevitables, such as what I would do if invited out to eat, or what I would do around holidays like Easter. I knew it wouldn't be easy to skirt around the issue of why I wasn't eating, or eating so lightly. However, if needed, I would simply have to stick to my guns, explain what I was doing, and NOT back down from my plan. Luckily, my prior fasting experiences had prepared me for this eventuality.
For the purposes of this fast, I also decided to track my weight. I don't think it matters one way or the other if one loses weight on a fruit fast because that weight does eventually return. However, during the process of the fast, lifelong eating habits are altered, and so long-term weight loss is the inevitable result of fasting.
March 21: Day 1
Starting weight: 137.8 lbs.
I had been planning to fast after Easter, when all the eating around that holiday would finally be done. For whatever reason, though, I decided to start fasting with the onset of spring. Of course, this resolve started to fizzle after lunchtime, when I considered what was stocked in my fridge and cabinets. Also, I had just purchased some tasty bakery cookies! Luckily, my partner Michael could pick up the tab on that element. I lasted until evening without too many other side effects, aside from just boredom with my stack of grapefruits and oranges. Michael did mention that I seemed a bit testy, though.
March 22: Day 2
Weight: 136.2 lbs.
Day 2 went amazingly easy for me. Of course, I also didn't do much aside from catch up on one of my blogs and Desperate Housewives episodes. I ate my usual variety of one grapefruit, 1/3 pineapple, an orange and a banana. I also didn't feel weak, which is something I was expecting as my body woke up to the fact that its regular supply of chocolate walnut cookies was MIA. I figured I was due for a major sugar low soon.
Incidentally, my sense of smell doubled in power; I could actually smell the dog treats that I keep downstairs while just passing by the stairway. This did not surprise me; it had happened during my last fast as well. In fact, by the end of my last fast, I could smell barbeques up to 5 miles away!
March 23: Day 3
Weight: 136.2 lbs.
This was a tough day for me. I probably overexherted myself by vacuuming and steam-cleaning one of my cars and then also attempting my taxes. My emotions, which could previously be dulled by eating a warm cookie or some bacon, were no longer being assuaged through such means. I felt everything more acutely as a result. The only really productive point I had while doing my taxes was discovering cdemp11's hub entitled Homemade Deodorant-Antiperspirant: Basic, Easy Recipe. After reading about the process, I decided to make it. Just needed to get the corn starch...
I went to bed dissatisfied and fed up with taxes. By 1AM, I was just burned out and seeing numbers backwards! I had eaten some grapes and a grapefruit, orange and banana that day.
March 24: Day 4: Hot flash!
Weight: 134.2 lbs.
I woke up dazed and in a sweat. I did not feel good at all! Trying to grab some fruit from the kitchen, I thought I would faint in the process. Apparently, today was the day that my body had finally run out of available sugar and was going into glycogen burn mode. So long insulin; go go glucagon! But, in the process of this hormonal change, I was enduring a hot flash!
I ate a banana, drank a glass of freshly squeezed OJ, and made it back to bed. After two hours I woke up and felt 100% better. I tackled my taxes with no sweat, sent them away, and then did some shopping. I bought some corn starch for my homemade deodorant project, courtesy of cdemp11's hub. I also bought raisins and strawberries. Those raisins really gave me some extra energy, as well as staying power, to do some extra house chores and watch a movie. Good day overall.
March 25: Day 5
Weight: 132.4 lbs.
I started out with a breakfast of raisins and didn't even feel hungry until noon. I then cut up a grapefruit for lunch. Later day food consisted of strawberries, 1/3 cucumber, and a Champane mango. That mango was great; I must get more. The day was quiet, and I didn't even salivate too much when Michael grilled a sirloin steak for his dinner.
The question of Easter came up and I decided to invite some relations. I wonder how they'll deal with my not partaking of the Easter meal! I am coming to the realization that I may be forced to break my fast around that time...
March 26: Day 6
Weight: 132.4 lbs.
I had a strange sensation today in my head: Around noon, a sudden stab of pain hit the right side of my head for about two seconds. Then, it just went away as quickly as it had come. I've had these things happen before and I still can't figure out their origin. Anyone?
Otherwise, my day was slow and steady. I ate pineapple, raisins, strawberries and a banana. I also made a fruit shake out of a medley of fruits like frozen papaya, mango, pineapple, and strawberries. I added orange juice and squeezed in some lemon and lime juice too. Yum!
March 27: Day 7
Weight: 132.4 lbs.
I had no strange head pains today. I spent part of the warmer Wisconsin evening tracking down an air filter for a Harley, which was non-existent except at the now closed Harley dealership. Ugh. My energy levels were way up, though, to the point where I even considered doing a run later that night. Alas, no time was left by the time I got home. My daily rations for that day consisted of pineapple, raisins, a banana, an orange and a grapefruit.
March 28: Day 8
Weight: 132.4 lbs.
Two types of cake, followed by a lavish dinner with my father and unknown guests, filled my dream today. Life is short: Eat dessert first? But the Colonel hasn't yet shown up to beckon me with a bucket of fried chicken.
I ate some raisins and a grapefruit today and decided to try running again. I haven't run since I twisted some of my left foot ligaments about two weeks ago. Well, after putting in 2.4 miles, my ankle felt just fine. I was winded, though, so I quit my run. After 15 minutes, I put in another 1.4 miles. My ankle held up and did not hurt at all. I'll have to see if it feels OK on Friday, when I try running again.
I also made the natural deodorant that cdemp11 mentioned in her hub Homemade Deodorant-Antiperspirant: Basic, Easy Recipe. The stuff melted in my hands as I tried to pack it into my empty deodorant dispensers, but it really smelled great (I added geranium essential oil as the scent). I placed both containers in my refrigerator so they could solidify.
March 29: Day 9
Weight: 130.8 lbs.
I had a hard time getting motivated this morning and it took me until the early afternoon to really start working. However, by the mid-afternoon I was OK. Michael came home and apologetically made himself some bacon and burgers. I smelled the food but it didn't even cause my mouth to water. While I enjoyed the smell of the fragrant bacon (cured with cherry juice!), the ground beef scent was rather offensive.
My energy levels started really soaring around nightfall, though. I made good progress on one of my side writing projects and even ran some errands. I credit the watermelon that I ate as well as the short nap I took from 4-5PM.
The homemade deodorant worked really well on me once it had solidified overnight. I didn't have any issue with excess sweat or odor. I am intrigued...
March 30: Day 10
Weight: 130.8 lbs.
I decided to try my hand, or rather my feet, at running again. This time I felt far less winded and was able to complete a full 3 miles without stopping. My left foot felt just fine too. Perhaps the fasting has decreased my inflammation and finally allowed my twisted foot ligaments to heal?
I again applied my homemade deodorant today and have gone the entire day without sweating or stinking. Even after running my underarm sweat wasn't too bad, and the volume output was definitely decreased compared to what I'd see sans deodorant. Yay!
My diet today consisted of raisins, dried blueberries, watermelon, a mango and a banana. I experienced no weakness and no slugginess. However, towards the end of the day I experienced an odd batch of head "quakes"...my upper nose would tingle with light pain, and then the back of my head would reply with the same tingle pain. The tingles lasted 3-4 seconds each and came on every few minutes. This went on for half an hour and then stopped.
March 31: Day 11
Weight: 129.4 lbs.
Busy day today: I traveled to Illinois to pick up my Mom and take her back with me, thus allowing her caregiver a much-needed break. I also went out with some friends to Lalo's, a Mexican restaurant, for dinner. While they had tamales, margaritas, tacos and nachos, I had water and some raisins I'd snuck in. The menu had no purely fruit offerings, alas. Maybe another day I will imbibe margaritas with Lee and even, possibly, Heather? Until then!
My fruit intake for the day: two bananas, two mangos, a glass of orange juice and raisins.
I had two more odd head "quakes" as I was driving home, with each one gone after maybe 10 seconds.
April 1: Day 12
Weight: 129.4 lbs.
Spent a good majority of the day cooking, shopping, hunting down coupons, plus actually watching one entire hour of TV. Despite having to make salad, pork chops and steamed broccoli for dinner for my Mom, I was OK appetite-wise. I ate two bananas, two mangos, and I tided myself over by making a frozen papaya-mango-pineapple-strawberry-lemon shake. I love those shakes.
I was supposed to go running today but time just did not permit. Perhaps tomorrow....
April 2: Day 13
Weight: 129.4 lbs.
This might sound weird, but I've actually forgotten that I'm fruit fasting. I am so used to going to my little corner of the kitchen and partaking of its fruit offerings that I've forgotten about other food. In fact, I was trying to recall today what I'd actually eaten, just to make sure that it was only fruit. Yep, still eating only fruit.
I ran 3.3 miles in the evening on my treadmill and had no issues with my left foot. Yay!
April 3: Day 14
Weight 128 lbs.
I've noticed that my usual morning slugginess has disappeared now that I'm fasting. It's a great feeling to wake up in the morning and just be able to jump out of bed, ready to face the day with a smile on my face (which is amazing given the current state of the stock markets). I seem to be gaining more and more energy as I fast.
I spent over two hours outside digging up my backyard dandelions. Then I got excited thinking about how nice fresh sod would feel under my feet. I can smell so much more now when I'm outside. Incidentally, I can also tell when Michael has been smoking- it hits me from 30 feet away!
I'm slurping another one of my frozen concoctions as I type this log. It's full of frozen papaya, among other goodies. I've stopped salivating for bacon and eggs, which was what I made for Michael and my mother this morning.
April 4: Day 15: Halfway there
Weight: 128 lbs.
Busy day today: Between walking my dog to the vet, rolling out sod, pulling weeds, and running a leisurely 3.7 miles, I had no time to post here. I've truly forgotten that I'm fasting anymore; I just make the same variety of foods for myself and go about my chores and work. Today it was a medley of dried apricots and cherries, two mangoes, some cantaloupe and a grapefruit. But there's one thing that didn't escape my notice: Today my fast is half over!
April 5: Day 16
Weight 126.8 lbs.
Today I re-read my copy of "Rational Fasting" by Dr. Arnold Ehret, the dude who first turned me on to fasting. Even a hundred years later, his words inspire me. Here is a wonderful excerpt taken from Dr. Ehret's explanation of what happens spiritually once you start eating healthy and wholesome foods:
"Your former life will take on the appearance of a dream, and for the first time in your existence your conscience awakens to a real self-consciousness. Your mind, your thinking, your ideals, your aspirations and your philosophy will change fundamentally for the better. Your soul will shout with joy and triumph over all misery of life. For the first time you will feel a vibration of vitality thru your body like a slight electric current that shakes you delightfully."
This passage reminds me of a passage from the poet and mystic Rumi:
There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean
with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you
run up the steps in front of you.
April 6: Day 17
Weight: 126.8 lbs.
I think I've been overdoing it on house chores: my upper back aches, my right hand has blisters and sores, and my index finger hurts from a pulled back nail. In the past few days, I've pulled weeds, sodded, planted shrub shoots, baked a ham, painted a wall and sewn a dog bed backing. With Easter coming, I'll be baking another ham and making deviled eggs, two salads, mashed potatoes and veggies. Michael will be helping out and cleaning too. What a guy.
I also ran 4 miles today. My diet consisted of a mango, grapefruit juice, dried apricots and a pineapple-strawberry-papaya-mango shake.
April 7: Day 18
Weight: 125.6 lbs.
It's hard not to dab my finger into all the food that I'm making today for tomorrow's Easter feast. Between making a large fruit salad (mostly for me), I also spent some time making deviled eggs. I love deviled eggs. And the yolk stuffing was everywhere, including my hands. I was sooo tempted to just try a small taste. But, I didn't give in.
My back is aching though from my six-hour marathon of grocery shopping, cutting, cooking, mixing and washing. And there's still plenty of work for tomorrow...
April 8: Day 19
Weight: 125.6 lbs.
Well, with the Easter ham, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, cheesecake, pecan bread, cream puffs, buttered carrots, buttered string beans, cous cous vinaigrette, 7-grain salad, chocolate eggs and so much more at my beck and call, do you think I gave up my fast today? Do you think that the peer pressure to eat made me give in to all this yummy fod?
I went from preparing ham #2 to cooking veggies to dishing out food and drink on my guests. It was quite an affair- and I have way too many leftovers too. Some of those leftovers have already been frozen up. Others are sitting in my 'fridge, waiting, waiting...
April 9: Day 20
Weight: 125.6 lbs.
As of today, I am still posting to this chronology, so my 30 day fruit fast is still going strong! Yes, I did resist yesterday's feast of temptations and survive on just orange juice, strawberry slices, pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon. Today I ate through some more of the leftovers, meaning the extra container of watermelon. I also purchased some raisins, dried blueberries and apricots. Those dried fruits give me amazing stamina for running, which is another thing I did today. My 4.1 mile run was great!
April 10: Day 21
Weight: 125.6 lbs.
I drove my Mom back to her home today, then shopped at two grocery stores, then blew $90 at a liquor store. Whew! I then got to haul all this stuff to her house and unload it. I also cleaned out my bedroom closet at my parents' house. Wow, at age 36, I have finally moved out of my parents' house! I'm actually trying to clean out some space for my Mom's next caregiver, who will most likely be living right at her house.
My sustenance for today was dried raisins, dried apricots, a mango, a half pint of blackberries, and 2 glasses of fresh-squeezed OJ.
April 11: Day 22
Weight: 123.8 lbs.
I spent the better part of today getting back to normal after my trip down south. I also took care of some errands. My fruit selection today consisted of a mango, raisins, dried blueberries, fresh blueberries, dried apricots and fresh-squeezed OJ. I did not run as expected; I will do so tomorrow.
April 12: Day 23
Weight: 123.8 lbs.
My thoughts today turned to what I would first eat when this fast was finally over. Snow crab with lots of melted butter. And a dish made with a base of fried mushrooms, topped with artichoke-garlic-veggie pasta sauce, topped with butter-sauteed shrimp. Egg salad with Easter ham on a croissant. Ah....
I also ran 4 miles tonight at a slightly faster pace. It did tire me out though!
April 13: Day 24
Weight: 123.8 lbs.
I've been noticing how fasting has made me more creative as well as energetic over the last several days. For example, today I got up with the sun, dusted, vacuumed and tried out a homemade coconut milk shampoo recipe on my hair. Well, the shampoo was a disaster (acted like glue on my hair), so I washed it out and got going on some drapes I've been meaning to hem. In the meantime, I also wrote and submitted a 1,100+ word article. Then I did the laundry and dusted some more. This was all before 5PM, and all without the aid of coffee.
April 14: Day 25
Weight: 123.8 lbs.
Today we spent a great day out at Mirror Lake State Park. It was almost 80F! I waded into one of the lake's creeks and tried some of its still cold water. Murphy, my dog, had a blast. I took some orange juice and raisins with me for sustenance and that food was more than enough.
April 15: Day 26: Brain atrophy and migraines
Weight: 122.2 lbs.
I am absolutely convinced that migraines are a sign of brain atrophy. After all, the migraine is a vascular event involving the influx of blood into a region of the brain. Migraine medications act to constrict this blood flow, thus reducing the pain of the migraine. But why would blood be rushing into a brain unless it had undergone some kind of insult and was now undergoing inflammation? Items such as MSG and aspartame easily lead to neuronal death, which could be followed by inflammation. Neuronal death would also be marked by considerable pain that might last for days. Hmm...sounds like the progression of a classic migraine to me.
My biggest impetus for starting this fruit fast was to finally rid myself of migraines and to also prove that they are food-related. So far, in the 26 days that I've been fasting, I've experienced no migraine. Unless something surprises me in the next four days, I am certain that excititoxins like MSG, free glutamate and aspartame have caused my migraines and resultant brain atrophy. I am livid that food is our sold with these poisons added in; we require prescriptions to take substances like Pristiq (a serotonin reuptake inhibitor), yet food manufacturers are adding toxic substances like MSG (a neurotransmitter) to our food and even hiding this fact!
April 16: Day 27
Weight: 122.2 lbs.
Drove down to Illinois again to take my Mom to a psych appt. Between doing that, grocery shopping, calling up the DISH network, shopping again and visiting relations, I didn't return home until way after dark. Ugh. Michael was kind enough to do all the laundry and even steam clean the hallway carpet. He's such a sweetie.
April 17: Day 28 Tax Day!
Weight: 122.2 lbs.
Just when I thought I had conquered all my cravings, I decided to visit a local bakery today to see what Easter goodies were on sale. Big mistake. The smell of the fresh baked bread had my mouth watering in no time. I could easily see myself taking a big slice of the multigrain rustic, slathering it with butter and biting right into it. And this wouldn't be hard to do with all those bakery bread samples lined up next to a big vat of butter. Ohh....
I made a quick escape and drove off in search of fruit.
April 18: Day 29
Weight: 122.4 lbs.
I treated myself to a hot stone therapy massage today, which was so nice that it actually hurt. And, since out here Wednesday is double coupon day, I decided to do some shopping. It was really difficult to find anything edible at my local Copps; most foods had some additive that I didn't want, like high fructose corn syrup, nitrites, aspartame, soy/milk/vegetable protein isolate or extract and of course MSG. I started actually leaving my coupons right by the food-like substances I'd rejected. Luckily, those coupons were snapped up in no time. I also ran into another supercoupon person who informed me about a 100% rebate on dish detergent. That was a good find.
April 19: Day 30: The End is Near
Weight: 120.6 lbs.
Today is my last day of fruit fasting. For tomorrow, I already have my "break fast" meal planned: steamed snow crab legs. I am really looking forward to trying everything anew and marveling at its flavor. The last time I broke a 30-day fruit fast, I was amazed at just how salty everything tasted. And I could really pick up on the caffeine in chocolate.
Thank you all for sticking with me during my 30-day detox fruit fast. I feel so much better now and I'm amazed at the energy I've had while fasting. I'm definitely going to fast at least once a year now. I hope I've inspired some of you to try fruit fasting as well.
After the Fruit Fast: Day 3: In the clear with MSG/Glutamate?
It's been just wonderful getting back into eating things like ham, eggs, salads (with dressing too!), bread, chocolate, etc. I've had no ill effects from anything, even meat. I did get an interesting "buzz" from my first cup of coffee today, though. It felt like I was taking Ritalin!
An update on my MSG and glutamate sensitivity: As you may recall, I was deeply concerned over not being able to eat my sushi with soy sauce due to its high free glutamate content. Well, today I decided to take a risk and eat one sushi roll with soy sauce. So far, I've developed no migraine! However, I did eat a lot of protein and magnesium-laden spinach (magnesium blocks the excitotoxic effect of the neurotransmitter glutamate) the last two days. Plus, I made sure to take four prenatal Wholemega (DHA, EPA, cholesterol, Vit. D, Omega 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9) pills right afterwards. A glutamate-induced migraine can take up to 48 hours to develop, however, so I'll be laying low for the next 2 days and taking in no more glutamate-enriched foods to make sure that I really had no reaction to soy sauce.