April Chandler

Do you want to grow old healthily? Fasting is part of a healthy regime that might surprise you.

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I’ve just finished a 72 hour water detox. I’ve had nothing other than warm water in my body in that time! I have to say, other than wanting a nap in the afternoon for 30 mins, I’ve felt pretty good, alert, focused and functioning at the same speed as normal. I slept deep and woke each morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I’ve never slept well with food in my tummy. I kept myself hydrated, so I haven’t experienced any headaches, or felt lethargic. I wouldn’t recommend anyone doing longer than 72 hours without building up to it first. For anyone wanting to give this a go, I’d suggest no longer than 48 hours to start with. 

Kickstarting our bodies at least twice a year is beneficial to maintaining a healthy body and longevity. Personally, my metabolism is slowing down and hasn’t worked as well as it has in past years. I therefore had a choice, do I let my body change, become less healthy, less focused, increased body fat… or do I choose to adapt what I do, how I eat, exercise, how I process stress et cetera to ensure I maintain the health that I want, body shape I want, regenerate my brain cells to avoid neurodegenerative diseases, forgetfulness, memory loss… ? None of us are getting any younger and contrary to beliefs, we can make a difference to our own health and wellbeing as we grow older and not rely on pills from the GP, or accept it is what it is. It takes discipline, but it’s worth it. 

What’s the point of living passed 90/100 years old if you can’t enjoy it due to poor health, memory issues…? If you want to be healthy, mobile, mentally sound, in control of your bladder and bowel movements (not in a nappy or reliant on someone to clean your butt) when you are 85, you can’t start at 85 when the problems start to happen, but begin your health regime at 40! I really do believe you have to plan for a healthy future. It won’t happen otherwise. 

I’m now on day 1 of a 28 day Intermittent Fasting. Basically, I’m only going to eat between 11am -7pm each day. 16 hours without food, 8 hours I can eat (of course not non-stop or it will defeat the purpose 🤪). The research shows cell regeneration when intermittent fasting. Of course, food choices are important and I plan to maintain 75% raw, 25% cooked plant-based whole foods. 

After the 28 days, I’ll go back to what works best for me, which is a 3 day fasting cycle normally at the start of Spring that incorporates a 100% plant-based foundation and I repeat this cycle for 12 weeks and finish on a 3 day veggie juice plan, which is pumping my body full of micronutrients. I do the same after Summer, before Autumn kicks in. When the weather is hot during the Summer months, most people are more active, eat healthier like salads and raw food, so I don’t do anything specific during the Summer other than drink more fresh veggie juices instead of cooked meals.

My 3 day fasting cycle:

Day One. Warm water only. I’ve always got a cup of warm water in my hand or next to me. I never get thirsty.

Day Two. I eat 500 calories. 75% raw, 25% cooked. Finish eating the latest 7pm.

Day Three. I eat 1000 calories. 50% raw, 50% cooked. Finish eating the latest 7pm.

Day Four, Five, Six. I eat normally, around 1500 calories. 50% raw, 50% cooked. Finish eating the latest 8pm.

Day Seven. Cheat day. If you want that vegan beer, cheesecake or a yummy plant-based chocolate bar, this is the day. Maximum of 2,000 – 2,500 calories. 25% raw, 75% cooked.

If you want fasting to be successful, the below is helpful:

Eat prebiotic and high-fibre foods, such as nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables, and high protein foods, tofu, or nuts, during your eating window.

Drink lots of water. People tend to think they’re hungry, when they are really just thirsty.

Go for black coffee or tea, or herbal teas. These beverages may have appetite-suppressing effects.

Watch less TV. I know this sounds strange, but while you are watching TV, you are bombarded with dozens of ads for food. This can make you feel hungry, when in actuality, you are not hungry at all.

Do more. Pick whether you want to exercise on a feasting or fasting day, or if you are doing Intermittent Fasting like I am right now, I personally exercise during 11am-7pm so that I am not hungry or feel deflated during the fasting window. When I’m doing alternate fasting (one day I’ll eat 500 calories, the next day 1500) I prefer to exercise on the fasting days and eat most of my 500 calories within 30 minutes of exercising. I feel more energetic on fasting days. Your body knows best, let it lead you.

It’s good to shake things up in life and our bodies are no different. 

Any thoughts on fasting? 



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