I have completed my 40 day grapes and lemons fast followed by 38 hour dry fasting.
I am giving detailed description below for those that are interested and would like to try it. I am not a detox specialist, nor this is a set exact formula. My friend who did this fast 3 months before me, have done it a bit differently, ate different amounts of grapes, and had her own detox symptoms. One thing that is the same for all of us: we get physically, emotionally, psychologically better from detoxing via fruit, and that is super amazing!
So here is my personal journey, and you can take what works for you:
1. I live in the area where there are no organic grapes available. Heck, there are almost none of any type of organic fruit available. So i bought inorganic, and soaked them in water with 3 tbs apple cider vinegar and 2 tbs bicarbonate of soda for 3 hours, to remove pesticides. Later i bought myself O3 Washer Machine - removes pesticides using water and ozone.
2. I ate dark grapes, I don’t like the taste of green, but other people detox on green as well. I could find seeded only 20% of the time, so i mostly bought seedless dark grapes of different kinds, whatever i could find.
3. I know its recommended to buy fruit in season, but i needed to do grape detox, so i bought imported grapes out of season, without seeds and full of pesticides (yep, it cannot be worse than that!), and i still got tremendous results with my detox. Imagine what you can do with dark organic seeded grapes in season?! You could totally fly!
4. I ate 3 kg of grapes per day most days, on few days it was 2.5, on some 3.5. You can eat as many as you like.
How I ate them.
I DRANK NO WATER FOR 40 DAYS. This is absolutely crucial for healing as pathological organisms and bacteria cannot survive without water, and healthy cells win. I never felt dehydrated, grapes have enough water.
You can eat grapes in any form: grapes and lemon juice blended in blender, grapes juiced in juicing machine or eat them.
Day 1 to 22:
1 kg Blended grapes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also ate a bit of grapes in between when i felt like it. Blended grapes had 1 lemon juice added to the blend.
Day 22 to 26:
The same, but 1 lemon was added to each blend.
Day 26 to 28:
Blended grapes with lemon for breakfast and lunch, grape juice with lemon for dinner
Day 28 to 30:
Blended grapes with lemon for breakfast, grape juice with lemon for lunch and dinner.
Day 31 to 40:
Grape juice with lemon 3 times a day, no eating grapes.
You can go with Blended grapes and eating grapes all 40 day, or juices all 40 days, listen to your body and adjust.
8 am, 1 pm, 5 pm.
15 hour daily dry fasting:
I dry fasted 15 hours 5 pm to 8 am all 40 days, which means no food no water. This is very crucial for healing, so do combine dry fast with grape fast if you are going on it. This facilitates better filtration.
Filtration (cloudy sediment in urine, if urine smells bad and looks dark and after standing for few hours gathers lot of sediment at the bottom - it means detox is working well, you are expelling toxins.)
I had filtration from day 3, on some days stronger, on some not, but i expelled good amount of toxins out of me from day 3 to 30.
Mucoid plaque (please google what it is. If you ever ate wheat, dairy, meat, you have mucoid plaque attached to your bowel walls, preventing proper absorbtion of nutrients)
The moment i switched to juices, my filtration stopped, but i started seeing mucoid plaque coming out from next day and day after, so from day 33 i added 1 tbsp bentonite clay, 2 tbsp psyllium husk and 1 charcoal capsule to my 1st morning grape juice to facilitate the plaque coming out, and it was coming every day in large amounts, i was pretty shocked to see how much of it i had in my body.
I already almost reached my goal weight when i started on grapes, I wouldn’t mind losing 2-3 kg, but was terrified that I would lose 10 or more. However i only lost 3 kg, reaching my ideal weight. My friend lost more than enough weight during this fast and looked rather too thin, but she gained it all back, so it should not be an issue. Your body recovers during detox the way it feels right, don’t worry about it, it will all correct itself.
Most of the time i had lots of energy, I didn’t need to rest and carried on with normal life.
I always felt full. Grapes are very satisfying. The only time i felt hunger was 8-9 pm for half an hour, because i stopped eating 5 pm every night, but it was mild and went away quickly.
First 20 days were ok, but second half i had many cravings, mostly salt, which indicates i have adrenals issues. Well, when you are half way through, you think you might as well stick with it, its only 3 more weeks. I rather endure some cravings for a bit, then fibro till the rest of my life.
Detox symptoms and healing crisis:
None of my detox symptoms were hectic, it was all mild to moderate and manageable.
I have fibromyalgia, my pain mostly located on right side of my body. The moment i started on grape fast i had nagging pain in my right arm from elbow to tip of my fingers. It went away after 5 days, sauna helped a lot with it. When i went to sauna 1st time on grape fast, i had light sweating throughout my body, but very profuse sweating on my right arm where pain sat. That arm sweat a lot through few sauna sessions until pain went away. The pain haven’t been back so far, and before detox i lived with it constantly for the last year.
I have huge sleeping issue with fibro, so it was aggravated during grape fast, and on some days i felt foggy and unfocused due to lack of sleep. Day 10 to 17 i took some herbal teas at night to support sleep, but filtration reduced, so i stopped teas and switched to sleeping tinctures. I even began to doubt if the sleep going to correct itself this time. My friend told me many of people don’t sleep well on grape fast, so i stuck with it. The next night i ended my fast i slept like a baby. So i am hoping for the best on this subject. 😊
3. Kidneys and liver tenderness:
I had kidneys and liver sore on some days and it freaked me out. I had doubts if i am doing things right. I made sure to take my tinctures and it went away. I even made herbal tea couple of times to sort it out.
Low grade fever sometimes when i slept, for first 10 days
Urine odor most of the time
Migraines, moderate to severe, only on 2 days
Candida, moderate, for 1 week
Grumpiness on some days
Couple of times sluggish stool
On couple of nights throbbing bowels pain on the same spot for 30 min, when i went on juices and was expelling mucoid plaque
Random childhood memories of ordinary moments come in unexpectedly and drift away, like seeing fragments of a movie
Craving salt a lot towards the end
What else i did during grape fast to facilitate the process:
Dry sauna 2-3 times a week for 20-30 min.
Yoga 2-3 times a week, beginner to intermediate classes, mostly yengar and hatha.
Dry brushing of whole body before sauna, to activate lymph
I meditated while seating in sauna, mostly quietly observing my body on the inside, see it being healed and expressing silent gratitude for my healing. Power of visualization and imagining i have already received perfect health.
Taking tinctures, herbal capsules and few times teas.
Supplements i took:
I buy locally produced herbal teas, capsules and tinctures. I try whatever i could find. I did my first month (May this year) on fruit and raw veg, without herbs, but after started using them i felt so much better drastically, so please don’t underestimate power of herbs. The stuff i bought probably not produced in your country, but see the names and get similar where you are. To get correct herbs and herbal tinctures, I carefully studied chapter on Herbs from Dr Morse Detox book, and also ingredients in his tinctures that he sells. I took these 2-3 times a day at the second half of detox. First half i made some teas.
38 hour dry fast at the end (No food no water):
First 26 hours of dry fasting were surprisingly easy. I was supposed to be resting, but was busy all day. 26-32 hours i had to lie down as my kidneys were quite sore (probably because i was supposed to be resting!) 32 to 38 hours were not easy. I just felt quite ill, couldn’t sleep, had mild fever and thought about food a lot. Thinking back, i was probably not ready for such long dry fast, but pushed it through out of stubbornness. I broke fast with water with lemon juice and honey, which made me nauseous. An hour later i drank apple juice made of 6 apples, which made me feel amazing (should have started with that maybe). And hour later i ate 3 pears. Then more fruit, and some veggies at end of the day. I also ate some nuts at end of the day, which was huge mistake, it gave me some bowel pains later, so don’t repeat my mistake. Not on a day of coming out of fast like that, cheez where were my brains.
I hope this helps some of you guys.
I probably made few mistakes along the way, but will do it better next time. When grapes are actually in season, hahaha! Have i transgressed during the 40 days? Well, have i licked a spoon few times when cooking for my family, but i refuse to count it as transgression!
P.S. Results of the grape fast. No pain so far and sleeping better. Feeling better, lighter and happier. Skin cleared, hair look healthier. Reached ideal weight that i used to be between age 20-32. I am 40 now. I am on healing journey since February this year and fully raw since May. Since that time the changes were phenomenal already, mood swings gone, depression gone, hot flushes and migraines gone (I am in full menopause since 39), severe pigmentation on my tummy from pregnancy days are gone, piles are gone, eye sight improved, i am full of energy, need only 5 hours of sleep, lost nearly 20 kg. That was all before this grape fast, Feb to July.
What do I do from now?
I will return to raw vegan diet to balance myself, which will be 70% fruit, and the rest raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, herbs. After couple of months, will go 100 fruit for a month to have another round of detox happening, to expel more toxins. In February will do another grape fast and next year in winter oranges fast, because they are in season in winter. Couldn't do them this year, I felt I was not ready for oranges, they are super powerful in pulling out toxins. I think I could be 60% there with my complete rejuvenation. It's a process that may take up to 2 years, especially in people with chronic conditions.
Thank you for reading and I hope some it is of use to some of you.