Plan your fast
Give coffee before you fast and give it up slowly
- The key thing is that I would have started slowly and given up coffee over time – I would have left my “key” cup of coffee i.e., in my case, my morning cup of coffee alone and I would slowly have cut back on my other cups during the day – switching to tea, then herbal tea, then water.
- Two tips here – I thought I was drinking good herbal tea that I bought from the local deli until I actually tasted herbal tea homegrown by a herbalist. She gave me her chamomile tea and it might as well have been a completely different thing to the shop bought herbal tea. There was just no comparison, her tea was full of flavours whereas what I had on my desk was just completely bland and flavourless. If you are struggling with herbal teas, particularly if you are trying to switch over from strong coffees and teas, it might be worth going to a specialist tea shop, tell them what you like and get them to give you a proper blended tea. It made a massive difference to me and a good herbal tea is literally like herbal medicine. Also when you drink a lot of strong tea and coffee, your taste buds can become a bit dulled as regards subtle herbal tea flavourings so i would just say the tea shop owner – they tend to be very happy to help – that you need a strong tasting tea and even say to them that you are looking for a substitute for a strong tea or coffee.
- The second tip is if you are partial to a cup of strong “builders” tea and not in a space yet where herbal tea is to your taste try Rooibos. When I was transitioning over to herbal tea I found Rooibos great because a good one is the closest I have come to a black tea flavour.
- I am personally in two minds about decaffeinated coffee – I am not entirely convinced that it is a brilliant substitute for coffee. However in my very early days of trying to give up coffee, in particular when I was trying to crack the morning coffee addiction I certainly relied heavily on decaff options when I just needed a coffee. You can then in time try to substitute your decaff for a Rooibos, another herbal tea etc.
Drink lots of water
Length of Fast
I would never normally undertake a fast for 40 days and I do not think there is any particular necessity for anyone to do so. I am doing this fast as part of Kundalini teacher training. In normal circumstances I would perhaps do a couple of days at most, just enough to leave me feeling renewed and re-energised.