For people who are considering fasting therapy for the first time, abstaining from (certain) foods and the resulting weakness can initially be quite overwhelming. We have put together some tips for you to make fasting pleasant and, most of all, successful:
Environment: First of all, make sure that you fast in an environment that supports your goals. Many people choose a fasting holiday at a clinic or hotel, for example, so that they can meet like-minded people as well as not be exposed to tempting stimuli that could derail their therapy. In this way you can concentrate fully on your fasting stay in a supportive environment. It also allows you to get away from your day-to-day stressors, giving you the headspace to reflect on your health and lifestyle.
Timing: In principle, you can always start a fasting therapy, provided are in good health and not pregnant or breastfeeding. However, it is advisable to choose a period that is free of stress for you. You should start your fasting holiday completely relaxed and have time for your thoughts. Even after the fasting therapy, it is important to remain relaxed and mindful, so that you do not immediately fall back into old patterns, which you have defeated during the treatment.
Health: You should always consult with your personal physician before embarking on a fasting holiday. Tell your doctor about the fasting methods that interest you most and discuss if they would be suitable for you and your body. You can also ask them if they have a method that they would suggest for you. This step is particularly important to first-time fasters.
Goal: Choose a fasting therapy that caters towards your goal – whether it is to tackle a specific health problem or simply shed some pounds. Not every programme is right for every situation.
Mindset: There will be days when you will wonder why you started this in the first place. It is important not to focus on quitting, but consciously remind yourself of the good aspects as well as the initial goal. Make yourself aware of the health benefits of fasting and perceive all moments of the treatment as an enjoyable experience. Get support from other guests at the fasting hotel, as they are likely battling the same pitfalls and doubts. And most of all, let yourself be pampered with a massage, mud pack or other wellness treatments. This is, after all, a holiday that is about taking time for yourself!