Originally Posted by MightySunTzu
Hey there Cado,
It is interesting to hear that you encountered nausea so early. I have done a lot of 7 day fasts over the years and never experienced it until my 2nd and 3rd long fasts and then not until after about 25 or 30 days. Every individual is indeed different. Out of curiosity, how many 3 day fasts have you done and how many of these led you to feel nausea?
I've done around four, and the reason for the nausea during at least one of those was I had a lot to cleanse out of my body. It happened two other times and it was far more mild; it probably had more to do with being hungry and not being acclimated to it than it did any physical issues, but it was enough that I took noticed and monitored myself carefully.
This is true that a 3 day fast can be amazingly beneficial. I really think that with countrygirl's issues, though, it will likely take a lot longer to eliminate them. 3 days can wipe out arthritis symptoms, brain fog, many sore muscle issues and other quirks and make a lot of other corrections, but asthma and food allergies strike me as the kind of ailments that will take quite a bit longer. I was not able to heal my breathing in a 10 day fast but when i followed this up a few months later with 30 days my lungs emerged feeling like new.
The thing about more severe stuff is that it seems like it's gonna take a while no matter how you do it, and it's important to develop a regimen you can maintain after you're finished with a long fast. Jumping right into this kind of thing is more often than not a recipe for failure because we have a tendency to underestimate how much willpower we have at our disposal, and if emotional issues surface while she's doing this that will make it all the more difficult to stick with it.
A long fast may indeed be necessary to get rid of the symptoms for good, but I figure if it won't kill you tomorrow take the route that eases you into it steadily as opposed to the most efficient route. Sticking with a goal is more beneficial than jumping in, failing, and entering into a cycle of that.
There are outliers who avoid that, especially with strong motivation, but without intimate knowledge of a person I'm going to go with generalities over gung-ho encouragement. So countrygal, there's no ill-will here, just make sure you focus on your long-term success over what happens short-term with your current fast.