What I Hope To Gain From A 21 Day Water Fast
I have type 2 diabetes. I have had it for 10 years (now age 64). In the past, I have kept it under reasonable control with diet and exercise. Over the past 2 years, I have needed oral meds. Now, nothing seems to work.
Without meds, my blood sugar level is 76, well within the “normal” range of 70 – 100, and the lowest it’s been in those 10 years. That’s on day 4 of this fast.
It took me 4 days to go from 294 to 76. I have modified the water slightly. I am consuming no calorie liquids including seeped cold herbal tea, coffee, and water.
What I hope to gain from a 21 day fast is a complete reversal of diabetes. I don’t say cure, because I’m sure even if you keep the numbers in the normal range for 21 days, you could likely go back to the disease if you don’t live a diabetic friendly lifestyle.
I have eaten a vegan diet for about 4 months. That’s no panacea in and of itself as many vegan foods can be high sugar and high fat. I have to go radical vegan at the end of 21 days.
What do I mean? Doctors McDougall, Greger, Fuhrman, and Barnard all recommend various versions of a vegan diet, and all could work, but I’m going with McDougall.
I lived in Asia for 10 years as a young man, and I have eaten more rice than most Americans could ever conceive. I have always loved potatoes and corn. I will have no trouble making starch the cornerstone of my diet.
The difference for me from my current vegan meals is the near elimination of oil, especially processed oils, even olive and coconut oils.
According to all of these doctors, fats enter the cells and block insulin from entering, causing insulin resistance. We shall see. I can’t decide if I will follow the Duke Rice Diet at first or go straight to McDougall.
At the end of the 21 days, I will cook up a pot of brown rice (the Duke Rice Diet used white rice) and a huge pot of my own vegetable soup. In the past, I sauteed some vegetables for the soup in coconut oil, but that is now out. The only fat in the soup will be from corn and beans.
I will add soup and rice first. If that goes okay without spiking my blood sugar to high levels, I will add roasted vegetables which I like to eat in a tortilla with salsa. The vegetables I now roast with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar instead of olive oil.
Roasted vegetables are my way to get broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts into my diet. The corn or flour tortillas are a good starchy way to consume them.
If I start to work out with weights – which I should to prevent muscle loss – I will add a pea protein vegan shake.
Type 2 diabetes is not my only target. The low fat vegan lifestyle should also reduce inflammation, which should help my enlarged prostate. Any alleged mental or spiritual benefits will be welcome.
My blood pressure is quite good, but stress of being a “healthcare aid” for my 90 year old mother is driving me insane. I am going to do as little as possible. She is incredibly lazy and shortening her life by refusing to move. I’ve had enough.
This fast should also help rest and repair the immune system. I hope it reverses any existing arthritis or gout I have in my feet. After 5 days, my fingers are thinner and working better.
Most online sites and gurus recommend 3 – 5 days for a water fast. I am going radical and shooting for 21 days to knock diabetes and insulin resistance out of my system. And I’m doing it without medical supervision, but that’s me.
If you’re reading this, you know I’m not a doctor and I’m not giving medical advice. Stop being a pussy and chart your own path with your own medical professionals.