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« on: November 23, 2013, 11:05:20 AM »

Here is something I would like to share as a newbie.  I decided to a juice fast two weeks ago but would like to ensure my busy work schedule and work quality not affected.  I started fast on Friday, going on for 3 days.  Although it was my first time, generally it went well, thanks for the instructions from Barbara's book.  Monday was my first day to break the fast.  I had a potato and juice in the morning and lunch, and tried salad at night.  The salad is only composed of ice burger lettuce and cucumber.  I checked my Alcat tests and noted that I have no intolerance to cucumber and romaine lettuce.  Thinking ice burger lettuce should be in the similar group and they were available, I did not have a second thought.  I had stomach bloating and sore tummy after the salad at night.  The next day, I struggled to get up from my bed - my legs heavy and I feel exhausted.   I struggled for three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) since my work required me to go to a conference for 3 days.  Although I tried to stick to the food I know is okay (potato), it was inconvenient and I end up took egg and hash brown.  The symptoms were very bad on Tuesday but getting better on Wednesday and Thursday.  When I came back home I went again for a day fasting.  This time I am doing well and today I successfully broke my fast by having apple/carrot juice, half small potato and half apple.  No symptom at all.  My learning is, if you have done an Alcat test, utilize it.  Never try the food not on the list at the beginning.  2ndly, break a fast slowly.  Do not try to accomplish too much on the 1st day of the fast breaking.  Thirdly, do not plan a fast just before a trip.
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 11:39:19 PM »

Dear JK,

Thanks for sharing your learnings with the members of this forum.

I have a  questions.  Did your ALCAT testing include the food additives panel and environmental chemicals panel?  The iceburg lettuce could have been sprayed with sulfites to keep it looking fresh.  If you are reacting to sulfites (on the food additive panel), that could have been your trigger.  Are you reacting to any pesticides (two are tested for in the environmental chemicals panel)?  Lettuce is commonly sprayed with pesticides.  That might have also been a trigger, with the cucumber as well.
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 10:07:07 AM »

Hi Barbara, 

The iceberg lettuce is organic.  My Alcat testing indicates that I have no intolerance to sulphite.  But I discover that cucumber I had was actually Lebanese cucumber (also organic), which is not on my Alcat testing either.  I will not touch these two for a while.

As after fast, body became very sensitive.  I discovered I cannot have the 'normal black pepper''- after I had pepper, I had chest pain.  Then I realize that the pepper bottle indicates 'May contain sesame'. I am severe intolerance to sesame.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2013, 07:10:58 PM »

Dear JK,

It sounds like you are doing a good job of figuring all the nuances of not triggering your food sensitivities.  Be gentle with yourself during this process.  Good luck in getting to a safe, workable diet relatively quickly.
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