The benefit brought by fasting have been discussed in several articles. Fasting helps detoxification and self-healing of human bodies [link], fasting is also good for skin care, early recovery from illness, and immunity development [link]. Some study also indicates that fasting under careful monitoring is a useful way to treat allergy [link].
In the most strict sense, fasting requires people drink only water during the process under careful medical monitoring, and is indeed too difficult to most people. Thus, I would recommend a less radical way for fasting, that is, fluid fasting. Before I start to introduce my recipe for fluid fasting, I would like to remind that there is no standard duration for fasting; you may try it for a day or for a week. The point is you can stop (fluid) fasting whenever you want once started. Forcing yourself continuing fasting is totally not necessary.
My kitchen equipments
- Vitamix blender
- Joyoung soymilk maker
- A freezer (Mine has a capacity of 380 litres, but a freezer with any size will also do).
- Following the instruction of the soymilk maker to make your own soymilk with non-GMO soybeans and without any sugar. I don't get rid of the soybean debris with a strainer; instead, I put the soymilk into the Vitammix blender to grind the debris into finer pieces.
- Drinking plain soymilk can be boring. Therefore, you may add some nuts such as walnuts, apricot kernels, sesames, black soybean, or any kinds of grains. Sometimes I make black soybean or grain milk as well.
Mixed fruit and vegetable juice
- Apple: Purchase apples without waxes. Cutting them into halves, get rid of the kernels, and blending them into juice with their peels.
- Lemon: Wash lemons with fruit and vegetable wash. Cutting them into halves, and blend them into juice with their peels.
- Golden kiwi: Getting rid of the short fibers over the skin with scrub sponges, washing them, cutting off their heads and the bottoms, and blending them into juice with their peels.
- Passion fruit: Cutting passion fruits into halves and taking out the flesh for making juice.
- Pineapple: Ask the vendor to remove the shells and cut them into pieces for making juice.
- Pomegranate: Pare the red layer from the peels of pomegranate and keep the rest parts, cutting them into halves.
- Grape: Purchase grapes with seeds. Remove their heads to prevent them from mildewed; however, be careful not to break their skin. Washing them with fruit and vegetable wash and blend them into juice with their peels and seeds.
- Cranberry and blueberry: Wash the berries well for juice making.
- Banana: Purchase the matured bananas with a few black spots on them. Soak them into water for 10-15 minutes, chop off the both ends, and blend them into juice with their peels.
- Burdock: Cut burdocks into sections and remove their peels with the back of your knife.
- Sprouts: Sprouts like alfalfa sprouts or pea sprouts are good. Wash them with clean water.
- Chinese Yam: Remove the peels of Chinese yams and cut them into pieces for blending into juice.
- Cauliflower or Broccoli: Purchase the frozen cauliflowers or broccolis from super markets like COSTCO.
After being prepared, all the materials should be packed with zipper closure bags or preserving containers. Besides apples, all the fruits ought to be put into the freezer. Apples and vegetables are put into the fridge refrigerator for preservation.
Drinking juice made from fruits and vegetables with different colors helps you stay healthy [link]. Juice made from pineapples and gold kiwis is tasty. My favorite recipe is juice containing pineapples, gold kiwis, passion fruits, and bananas. Adding lemon into juice is better for your health with some costs of taste, and mixing fruits and vegetables together into your juice is excellent for the health. In Chinese medical theory, food can be classified into warm food and cold food. The fruits and vegetables are mostly classified as cold food, and thus it is better to put some warm food such as ginger root and nuts into juice for balance. Last but not the least, you should never put any sugar into the juice.
Root vegetables, such as radish, carrot, celery, onion, burdock, cabbage, and wax gourd, are good materials for making soups. Cook the soup together with mushrooms, pork ribs or Japanese miso makes your soup tastier. You may drink only the liquid of the soup or enjoy it freely. To force yourself having only liquid is not really necessary in my experiences.
My recipes for liquid fasting are shown above. During the fasting process, you may drink any of the above dishes whenever feeling hungry. Having six or even eight meals a day is all right. It is totally unncessary to tolerate hunger or waiting for normal meal times. I would suggest you drink juice during day time, having soup for dinner, and drinking soymilk in the middle.
Based on my experiences, I did not feel hungry during the fasting process. Only after I had my rewarding gourmet meals after my fasting diet that I started feeling hungry.
I believe that you will definitely feel changes in three days after the fasting starts. I get rid of my decades-long habit of having late-night supper after the first day. My face gets slimer at day three, and my pants get loose at day four. After a whole-week fasting, I restarted to have meals normally. Amazingly, my appetite halves, and I no longer feel strong hunger even my meal is delayed. After this, I also trained myself to eat slower and thus less. I have 12 KG weight-loss in two months without any other fasting or diet plans. Finally, I strongly recommend anyone who reads this article to give it a try---it will be good to your health.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any problems.