Today I am embarking on a modified, partial raw juice fast.
I know. Don’t blast me with warning comments.
I know that fasting or crash dieting while breastfeeding isn’t a good idea.
For several reasons.
According to the studies I’ve read, crash dieting, severe calorie restriction, and prolonged fasting can cause:
- dehydration and reduced milk supply
- changes in milk composition
- dumping of toxins into the breastmilk
- depleting of mom’s nutritional status
Of course, “fasting” according to these studies usually referred to prolonged, severe food restriction, such as in the case of Ramadan and other religious observances.
In the studies I found that mentioned a very brief fast, there was little to no change in the composition or supply of mom’s milk. Here’s one.
I had a normal breakfast this morning (which consisted of a fresh from the farm egg, gently cooked in grass-fed butter, served with breakfast potatoes and a slice of gluten free toast). My plan is to eat a normal breakfast, because I don’t do well without protein in the morning.
Then every hour I’m drinking 8 ounces of a raw juice combo I got from Arden’s Garden (famous here in Atlanta for their fresh raw juices). And drinking lots of water.
If I get too hungry, or weak and shaky, I’ll eat. Maybe a baked potato, a salad, a smoothie made with fruit and coconut milk, or an avocado. A handful of nuts. A banana. Whatever feels clean and light.
I just feel the need to do a little spring cleaning of the body. Do you ever feel that way?
I’ve actually never dieted in my life. I did attempt a fast once, but I was very weak and unhealthy and in the middle of a health crisis at the time. And it was one of those extreme lemon water, cayenne pepper things. I got really sick and weak and it felt wrong.
Right now, the baby is 9 months old. She nurses a lot, and she eats well at meal times. (She eats an entire egg every morning!) I would never reduce my calories if she were under 6 months, and I would never restrict my liquids or go on a crazy crash diet that eliminated entire food groups or advised eating just one or two things, no matter how old my nursing baby. I’ll be eating and drinking enough so that I shouldn’t detox, but even if I did a little, it wouldn’t harm her according to this study.
I plan on doing this modified juice fast for 48 hours.
I’ll let you know how it feels when I’m done.