Garden of Eden Fast
Day 1: No Food! No Coffee! Drink only unfiltered apple juice, as much as you want throughout the day.
Day 2: No Food! No Coffee! Drink only unfiltered apple juice mixed with water (50/50), as much as you want throughout the day.
Day 3: No Food! No Coffee! Drink only water with lemon, as much as you want throughout the day.
*If you choose not to do the detox, start immediately with the plan.
The Garden of Eden diet is simple.
EAT (as much and as often as you like):
Grains, including rice
Sugar (Be sure to check ingredients in health bars that claim to be healthy… lots of them have sugar.)
For breakfast: Fresh fruit (bananas and strawberries) mixed with chopped cashews, walnuts, almonds, almond milk, and honey. It’s actually really good.
Can I have salad dressing? Sure, but not dressing with sugar or dairy or any other off-limit ingredients. Salad dressings with olive oil, vinegar, and other ingredients made from vegetables are acceptable.
Can I have seasonings? Yes, you can have seasonings like salt and pepper, garlic, cinnamon, etc.
How about COFFEE? Yes, you can have coffee. It’s a bean. But no sugar and no creamer. Almond milk kind of works.
You can use honey or pure maple syrup as an alternative sweetener.
It’s good to start with veggie juice each morning from one of the Juice Lady recipes at www.juiceladycherie.com.
Lots of nuts seem to help with the carb cravings. Oh and almond or peanut butter (with no sugar!). I also get a bump with split pea soup (but no ham or bacon!).
MEN! Get a vegetable based protein drink and add this into your fast every day, especially in the third week.
NEED A TREAT? Try Jamba Juice or Nekter. There are many locally. Be sure to ask questions so that you aren’t consuming stuff that isn’t on the list.
Go online and look up recipes. For instance, try Spaghetti Squash. It’s a process, but totally worth it!
ENJOY? You will be laughing at your shopping cart at the grocery store. People will stare at you. Go when you’re hungry, and shop in the fresh produce and health sections; you will find yourself loading up on fruit, vegetables, nuts, and beans like never before.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
The first week can be rough in terms of cravings and how you are feeling, including energy. If you do the optional detox, you will be releasing toxins. Many claim to experience feeling worse during these days. It’s like the body doing some deep cleaning, getting all the junk out. Pray for strength!
The second week you will be feeling better, and the scale is going to start singing music to your ears. You will notice energy returning. You will still be greatly craving some good junk food. I like to announce the first thing I’m going to eat when I come off the fast. Trust me, there will be one that comes to mind.
The third week you will feel amazing, the clothes are getting baggy, and you will be eating less because your body is so loaded with nutrients. Remember that you really do need protein and grain in your normal diet, but you have given your body a time to rebalance itself. In the third week, your cravings will have changed, and your eating habits will forever be more balanced. That sugar addiction has been broken.
IT’S BEEN 21 DAYS, NOW WHAT?
Introduce meats and dairy carefully back into your diet. Don’t come off of your fast with a juicy steak! Go slow, wait a day or two before eating a sloppy burger. Maybe try some fish or chicken at first.
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