Preparing for water fasting – this is a sufficiently important part for those who wish to experience a water fast, and it deserves appropriate attention. For this reason, I have prepared this article in which I talk about the preliminary steps before starting a water fast. Water fasting is an intense process of cleansing and healing, regardless of the number of days involved, so preparing for water fasting correctly will help you have an effective and possibly easier fasting.
Preparing for water fasting will help you become more aware of what lies ahead, more prepared for what seems to be the experience you have chosen to undergo. Water fasting will be a unique experience, full of unknowns, a mosaic of physical sensations, states and emotions. It will be both challenging and easy, which is why preparing for water fasting is so necessary. First and foremost, preparing for the water fast involves gathering information, knowing how to begin, how to go through the process itself, and how to transition out of this stage.
Preparing for water fasting varies from person to person, depending on each individual’s lifestyle. Additionally, the preliminary steps for a water fast differ depending on the number of days or the duration of the fast. Therefore, before starting a water fast, you need to have an idea of the type of fast you will be undertaking, and here I am referring to the time!
In other words, if you plan to do a 3-day fast, you will follow certain steps, and if you decide to do a longer water fast, for example, 7 days or 14 days, 21 days, or even 35 to 40 days fasting, the preliminary steps will depend on different factors.
Preparatory Steps in Getting Ready for a Water Fast
The steps may vary slightly depending on the duration and level of preparation of the individual. However, not everyone has the necessary time to commit to a long-term fast, so each person chooses what they believe they can handle, what they need, and above all, what they are prepared to go through.
The first step in preparing for water fasting can be to equip oneself with strength, willpower, and determination. Having a clear intention or something that motivates you to stay on the chosen path for as many days as you can or need.
Furthermore, when preparing for water fasting, the actual number of days dedicated to this event is not as important as the fact that we will undertake this journey and devote all our energy to a water fast. We will be attentive to things that come our way, allowing them to unfold as naturally as possible without the desire to force them in a specific direction.
Our states of being are important, and just as fasting is a synergy that affects our lives, so are all the aspects of our being: the physical, mental, and spiritual planes. The preparatory steps for fasting need to be addressed on all these levels to allow the entire being to benefit from the work we are about to undertake through fasting.
The three essential aspects for preparing for water fasting – the physical, mental and spiritual – are equally important and I encourage you to address them in order and allocate time for each. Water fasting has changed my life, so it will surely transform yours as well!
Preparing for Water Fasting – Physical Aspect – Before the Water Fast
When it comes to preparing for water fasting, addressing the physical aspect is crucial. Here are some steps to consider before starting the water fast:
- Gradually reduce food intake. In the days leading up to the fast, gradually reduce the amount and types of food you consume. This helps prepare your body for the transition into fasting and reduces the likelihood of experiencing intense hunger or discomfort.
- Focus on nutrient-dense foods. Prioritize consuming nutrient-dense foods that provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in your diet to ensure your body receives adequate nourishment.
- Stay hydrated. Hydration is essential before and during a water fast. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the fast to ensure your body is well-hydrated. Proper hydration supports overall bodily functions and helps minimize potential side effects of fasting.
- Avoid processed foods and stimulants. Before the water fast, eliminate or significantly reduce the intake of processed foods, sugary beverages, caffeine and alcohol. These substances can negatively affect your body and make the fasting process more challenging.
- Get sufficient rest. Prioritize getting enough sleep and rest before starting the water fast. A well-rested body will be better equipped to handle the challenges of fasting and support overall well-being during the fast.
For a short fasting period, from 1to 7 days, the physical preparation requires to consume exclusively fruits on the day preceding the fast. Fruits are easily digested, which allows for faster elimination of residues and helps us start the fast feeling lighter and better prepared, without the burden of deteriorating foods like meat.
It is recommended not to mix multiple fruits in a single meal to avoid interfering with their respective digestion times. For example, you can have some prunes in the morning, watermelon for lunch, and yellow melon in the evening. The important thing is to keep them as separate as possible because when we mix them, the digestion process becomes more difficult, and unnecessary processes may occur. (Organic and seasonal fruits are recommended.)
For fasts longer than seven days, in addition to consuming fruits the day before, I would recommend avoiding fried foods and meat consumption during at least the last seven days due to their relatively challenging digestion. It is advised to opt for light and nutritious meals to prepare the body for the upcoming restrictions. Therefore, it is essential to consume as many fruits, juices, light soups and easily digestible foods as possible.
For fasts exceeding 21 days, I recommend a longer preparation period and abstaining from meat consumption for at least one month before the fast. For example, you can start with one or two weeks of intermittent fasting and then transition smoothly into a water fast.
Another option is to undergo a juice detox before any water fast. A day of a natural juice diet for each day of the water fast could be a suitable ratio. However, this method might be too much for some people, especially considering that water fasting already involves dietary reeducation, and the strictness of this technique is sufficient for most people. Nonetheless, those who are brave enough to explore more intensively can continue with the water fast, making it a beneficial part of their lifestyle.
Before starting a fast, it is crucial to ensure a sufficient water supply during the fasting period. If necessary, organize and gather the necessary resources. When you have a water filter or an available water source on which you can rely, things are straightforward. However, if not, you need to plan how to make provisions.
During longer fasts, if you don’t have someone to support you, there may be days when you won’t have the necessary strength to go out and buy the water you need to consume! The water consumption is highly important during the water fast, so you need to consider this essential element before starting the fast.
Water is so crucial in this process that we must take it into account before starting. Since water fasting varies from person to person, we never know how we will manage the things that come our way. Therefore, either someone helps you by bringing you water or you stock up in advance. It is essential to be aware of these aspects as part of your preparation for water fasting.
Also, for the physical aspect of preparation for water fasting, you need to decide whether to delegate someone to supervise or support you during the upcoming fast. Be cautious in selecting someone truly prepared to accept what you are about to do and support you throughout the process. You don’t need people who will make you feel even more vulnerable than you already are, but individuals who will fully support you, respect your decisions, and have utmost trust in you.
Preparing for water fasting in this regard will help you alleviate the stress of being alone and the fear of something happening without immediate assistance being available.
How to prepare for water fasting – The Mental Aspect
Preparing for water fasting in terms of mental aspect is the stage where we establish very clear what the intention of the water fast we are about to embark on is! The more sincere and deeply rooted our intention is, the more intensely we will be supported during the fast by both internal and external forces!
Our intention must be strong, like an oak tree! Emotionally, we need to fill ourselves with self-confidence, trust in the entire process that is about to unfold, and the fact that what we have chosen to do is for our transformation and ultimate well-being!
However, when we decide to start a water fast, it is obvious that we are prepared for this transmutation of energies, and it is equally clear that we are supported. For this reason, it is essential to identify the fears that linger during the preparation period before the water fast.
The mental transmutation requires the polarization of yourself, in the case of fear, with courage, following the universal principle of polarization. This principle states that everything is dual, and every thing has two poles, every thing has its opposite aspects because extremes attract each other. As you affirm statements that evoke fear, balance yourself with affirmations that support your courage. Every being has a strong mind always because anyone can transmute their thoughts. I’m not saying it’s easy!
The process of transforming our mental state during the preparation for water fasting requires conscious effort and practice. It involves identifying and acknowledging any fears or limiting beliefs that may arise, and actively replacing them with empowering thoughts and affirmations. This can be challenging, but it is an essential part of the mental preparation for a successful water fast.
Additionally, it is helpful to surround yourself with supportive and positive influences during this period. Seek out resources, such as books, articles or online communities that provide guidance and encouragement for your water fasting journey. Engage in activities that promote mental clarity, such as meditation, journaling or spending time in nature.
Remember, the mental aspect of preparation is just as important as the physical aspect. By cultivating a strong and positive mindset, you will enhance your ability to navigate the challenges and reap the benefits of the water fast. Trust in your own inner strength and the transformative power of the journey you are embarking upon.
Preparing for water fasting – The Spiritual Aspect
Spiritually, we can only strive to open ourselves up to what is about to happen and come to us! I have encountered individuals who expect supernatural events to occur in the spiritual realm because this has happened to others. I want to tell you that these expectations of experiencing something specific only serve to block us from what is meant to be for us!
Why? Because each being has its own way of communicating with the Divine, and in this expectation of being a certain way, we will be disappointed because we will not be fully present in the All, but only in a particular way.
Water fasting can be practiced without any specific dogmatic or theological beliefs. However, prayer supports some individuals, while meditation balances and centers others in the here and now. Whatever your way of exploring the spiritual realm may be, water fasting is here to assist your being on all levels, so you can integrate it as a technique, just like any other! Therefore, preparing for water fasting in the spiritual aspect is done without any trace of expectation or desire!
Approaching the spiritual aspect of water fasting requires letting go of specific expectations and embracing a state of openness and surrender. Rather than seeking predetermined outcomes or experiences, it is about allowing the process to unfold naturally and being fully present in the present moment. This involves cultivating a sense of trust and surrender to the divine or higher power, recognizing that the journey itself is transformative and holds its own unique lessons and revelations.
During the preparation phase, you can engage in practices that support spiritual growth and connection, such as meditation, mindfulness, contemplation, or devotional activities. These practices can help create a receptive and attuned state of being, allowing you to tap into your inner wisdom and guidance.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s spiritual path is unique, and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Embrace your own individuality and explore practices that resonate with you personally. The key is to approach the spiritual aspect of water fasting with an open mind and heart, free from expectations and attachments.
Ultimately, water fasting can serve as a catalyst for deepening your spiritual connection, expanding your awareness, and gaining insights into your inner self. Embrace the journey with a sense of surrender and trust, and allow the spiritual unfoldment to happen naturally as you embark on your water fasting experience!
I kindly urge you to pay close attention! I do not recommend a long-duration fast for those who have not previously tried at least a few short fasts to prepare their body, mind, and spirit and to understand how they react to such therapy. Therefore, preparation for water fasting must be approached with the utmost seriousness.
Do not plan long fasts if you have not started with short fasts or prior detoxifications! Starting a long fast without proper preparation can disrupt your system. It is not advisable unless you are fully committed to it until the end! Ultimately, everyone is free to choose, but before embarking on this journey, it is essential to know what it entails and to stay well-informed at all times.