Unfortunately I never fasted to completion as my tongue was still incredibly coated and my skin problems never went away, but I can continue some other time.
I don't want to take away from your incredible accomplishment, but you might want to consider:
There are a number of things that can be done to help the detoxing of the body.
Multiple shorter fast to start with, rather than the one long fast.
Doing other body cleanses prior to the water fast (Liver, Gall Bladder, etc.)
You know, jump starting the detox process.
Dr. Levy (lypo-spheric Vit. "C") says that to detox to fast is to retox".
Your body can only get rid of the toxins as fast as the elimination channels can eliminate. The rest returns to body tissue, and organs.
As far as breaking the fast that long, I think that you should do a week on liquids before you eat solids. The orange would be easier on your system as a juice.
Just suggestions. Congratulations on your fast.
Chrisb1, you are entitled to your opinion, and it is welcome.
I gave my opinion, and said that it was suggestions. These suggestions were based on logic, personal experiences, and from what I have gathered from the experts over the years.
"I have to disagree with your following statements...........
"Multiple shorter fasts to start with, rather than the one long fast."
Then you provide a link to back up this assertion. The problem is you have misconstrued what the link was talking about in terms of the length of the fast. I think if you read this first part over again, you will see that the people who liked the short fast was because they thought the long fast was detrimental to the individual.A long controversy has raged between the advocates of the short fast and the advocates of the fast to completion. The advocates of the short fast depict what they believe to be harm resulting from the long fast. While it is true that the short fast is more popular with most patients, I have yet to see these fancied damages result from a long fast.
Then you had a problem with my other suggestion:
""Your body can only get rid of the toxins as fast as the elimination channels can eliminate. The rest returns to body tissue, and organs."
http://tinyurl.com/57zhoh Slide the slider to 3:00 minutes unless you want to hear it all.
"Doing other body cleanses prior to the water fast (Liver, Gall Bladder, etc.)"
This is not a statement that the experienced and knowledgeable fasters would agree with here, including me.
I happen to be an experienced, and knowledgable faster, but aside from that Logic was the reason for that statement. if the Liver, Gall Bladder are plugged with stones, they need to be cleaned out so that the toxins can get out. Not only that, but by doing so the fast can be done much easier. Actually this would apply to the lymph system as well if it were stagnant for some reason. You must have visions of the water fast being like hooking up the garden hose to your mouth, and the water flushes everything except your organs out of the body.
The fast will do wonders, but it needs all the help it can get. An Analogy might be making apple sauce in the blender. If you put the whole apple in at once you will likely not get the job done, so you cut the apple up into pieces that the blender can handle comfortably.
There is a reason that the original poster didn't achieve the goals of clearing the muck off his tongue, and eliminating his skin condition in 46 days of fasting.
To end this reply, I will tell you that it matters not to me whether you, or the original poster agrees with anything I write, or tries any of the suggestions. I can assure you my heart was in the right place when I did make those suggestions, and that's what counts.
"forcing the issue by applying a cleanse could be ignoring other more important issues."
"Differing opinions is one thing, but when the differing opinions seem to be bad advice and I think that should the person follow that advice it would be bad for them, then a response is required above just pressing 'disagree'."
1.) I wasn't suggesting doing a cleanse during the fast, but prior to starting the fast.
2.) I didn't post my reply to you, or Chrisb1, and what I write doesn't have to pass muster from either of you.
3.) Like I said to Chrisb1, it doesn't matter to me if you agree or not. They were suggestions, and I feel confident that the original poster has the intelligence to determine if the suggestions make any sense, without your help.
4. Thanks for your opinion, and if pressing "disagree blows your hair back, go for it.
"High water content raw fruit is perfect for breaking just about any fast. juicing is optional but not necessary."
"The care that must be exercised in breaking a fast is in proportion to the length of the fast and to the general condition of the fasting individual. The approved plan is to break the fast on liquid food, using for this purpose fruit juice, or tomato juice, or watermelon juice, or vegetable broths. Fruit juice--usually orange juice--is used most often.
Orange juice, grapefruit juice, or fresh tomato juice are excellent with which to break a fast. Watermelon juice or the juice of the fresh pineapple or of fresh grapes may also be used. A half a glass may be given at the start. After an hour, another half glass may be given. Juice may be given every hour the first day. The second day a whole glass of juice every two hours may be employed. On the third and fourth days give the whole orange or grapefruit and on the fifth day other foods may be added. Large meals should not be attempted in less than a week. These instructions are for the long fast. A short fast requires less care in breaking and is usually followed for several days by an eliminating diet."