97202, thanks for the tip, I'm hoping I will learn to love vegetables with this fast if I can go to completion, which is one of the many reasons I'm fasting, I don't like any vegetables and I want to get to a place where I'm eating healthy, not junky. Its good to know that the lungs clear up with time, and I would think that it would be faster healing while fasting.
About acupuncture and weight gain, I had it when I was a teenager for migraine headaches and I didn't gain any weight from the acupuncture, but I wasn't smoking at the time. I know that when a person quits smoking they gain loads of weight because food takes the place of cigarettes. Your friend with the carrots sticks made a healthy choice, but I don't think thats the norm. Hope this help answer your question about weight gain and acupuncture.
Thanks for the good wishes and the support 97202. Its my first day on the fast and I'm getting really hungry, breakfast and lunch have passed and still I'm fasting, I am determined.