I’m doing this blog post for my friends who have asked why I don’t publish this fast. They are tired of trying diets.. just like me. Diets are a fantasy to me, I don’t know how someone stays on one for a lifetime! And my Veggie Fast has been very successful for me… and I’m over 60 years old. So I think it would work for anyone. But having said this, if I don’t know you.. it would probably be a good idea for you to ask your Doctor if you can do this before you try it.
You should definitely read through this whole fast before you start. There is a lot to know before you begin.
The key to this fast is you can eat as much as you want, the catch to this fast is it’s mostly vegetables. It’s not a diet, it’s a fast… so don’t panic about giving up carbs. But, you will find that you really can’t eat that many veggies. It’s a strange thing to discover.
The best part about this fast is… your body will not believe it is starving. If you eat at least 4 times a day, this won’t feel like a diet to your body. It will be shocked that you are eating healthy, but it will not go into starvation mode like it will after most fasts.
The other part I love is that it only lasts 3 days by design. I mean, who wants to give up carbs? Not me! I can’t do the KETO diet, and I don’t want to.
I have a theory about weight loss. We usually eat the right amount of food to maintain and sustain our current weight. But unfortunately we can be enticed to leave the normal path when we go out to restaurants, take eating vacations, or celebrate occasions…. and oh those doggone Holidays really pack on the extra pounds!
What you are about to see is my antidote! I’m guilty of all of the above.
My fast requires a few strange things though. 1. The vegetable have to be cooked…except salads of course. 2. No veggies that mess with your thyroid like Spinach or radicchio! Also, roasting causes normal veggies to become sugary carbs! So you will have to either steam, boil or saute these veggies. 3. Olive oil and real butter are a necessity and can be used on anything. 4. Exercise is discouraged except for steps (at least 6000 steps a day). 5. You have to drink at least 2 liters of clear liquid (this includes herbal teas, coffee, unsweetened ice tea… etc. 6. Sea salt in moderation(a sprinkle)…. salt is the biggest problem in most diets.
You can eat most cooked veggies:
broccoli, carrots, onions, zucchini, cabbage, kale, squash, beets, … etc.
No carbs, real sugar or fake sugar can be used. Real Stevia can be used if it doesn’t contain dextrose..check the label. I suggest Sweetleaf.
In salads during the fast… only baby romaine or spring mix lettuce (no spinach… check to be sure). Also add raw Carrots, onions, 1/4 Roma tomato, 1/4 to 1/2 avocado, cooked broccoli if you like.
Salad dressing is either balsamic vinegar, olive oil and stevia… or Lemon juice, olive oil and stevia. 1 tbsp oil… 1-2 tsps lemon/vinegar and just a sprinkle of stevia.
No cheese, carbs, decaf coffee, cream, eggs, milk , half and half, spinach, store bought salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, sugar, Splenda, honey, or agave syrup. ( you can test honey and agave syrup on your next veggie fast)
Shopping List for my Sample days
1 fresh cut up cabbage and turkey kielbasa to cook in the cabbage (don’t use beef or pork)
frozen or fresh broccoli preferable organic
fresh carrots preferable organic
real stevia with no dextrose in it. Only use stevia for coffee, green tea and salad dressing
raw pumpkins seeds ( I bake mine for 13 minutes in oven at 350 degrees)
raw sunflower seeds (I also bake these. Don’t ever buy roasted seeds or nuts. They become rank)
1 lemon or balsamic vinegar
ginger tea or fresh ginger to make tea.
extra virgin olive oil
canned coconut milk
unsweetened coconut or almond milk
green tea… ( I like the Blueberry Acai Green tea by Lipton)
real butter (no margarine allowed… or any other fake food that looks like butter)
baby romaine or spring mix salad in a container or bag.
whole green beans either already snapped… or wash, snap off the ends and cook them.
apple cider vinegar
Cauliflower or squash.
1 golden apple (you should eat 1/2 of this apple a day if you start losing more than 1.5 lbs a day)
any other veggie that you want to test in the 2nd and 3rd day
I ALWAYS cook my veggies before I start the fast. And I definitely cook the cabbage in the kielbasa with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper the day before. NEVER save the broccoli for more than 3 days. I found this out the hard way. Cooked broccoli and some other veggies do not hold well for more than 3 days.
The good news is that you will never be hungry. You can eat as much of these veggies as you can stuff down. The more you eat, the more likely your weight will stay off. You can also change this fast to what your body likes after the 1st day. But the 1st day is a baseline, so please try to follow it precisely.