YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN IN A GRADUATED FAST following a 7-7-7-7 plan, increasing your dependence on God by limiting something new each week.

Week 1: No Sweets as listed in the community fast; this is a first step. If you follow the entire 7777 plan, you may also want to fast caffeine the entire time, or at least in the last two weeks, as it can inhibit the body’s ability to get rid of toxins in your system, and can cause negative physical effects when you are on a fast. You may want to start reducing caffeine intake the week prior to the fast, to help reduce headaches, etc. when the rest of the fast begins. You should also eliminate refined “whites” – white flour, white sugar, white rice, processed or refined foods.

Week 2: No Sweets – No Meats. In addition to the above, also stop eating meat this week. Focus on foods that are as close to a natural state as possible.

Week 3: No Sweets – No Meats – No Leeks. This is a “Daniel Fast” (Dan 1:8-17; 10:2-3) focusing on mainly fruits, vegetables, and broth, and possibly some whole grains, like brown rice and quinoa. Think of “Leeks” as flavoring (sauces, dairy, rich foods, salt, spices). Try to follow basically a boring, vegan diet. You don’t want to crave food, you want to crave God! Invest your life in God, and eat simply to sustain your life and health.

Before choosing to fast at the Week 3 or 4 level, consider health factors. If you are pregnant, nursing, diabetic, or have other health issues, this level may not be for you. Speak with your doctor first, and make sure you are getting adequate nutrients to sustain your body in a healthy way. Likewise, if you have a very active job or must be very physically active, make sure to eat enough to sustain what is required of your body. Limit your eating, but do not risk your health. Smoking can be very dangerous during the level 4 fast as well.

Week 4: No Sweets – No Meats – No Leeks – No Eats. This week is just liquids: vegetable broth, whole fruit juices, water. No milk (of any kind), coffee, tea, cola, etc. Avoid chewing anything (like gum) as this can start your digestive process and make the fast much harder for you and lead to gastrointestinal issues.

In addition to spiritual benefits, there is strong medically valid evidence that a raw juice fast can help people quit smoking, lose weight, reverse Type-2 Diabetes, and heal a myriad of other ailments, when using raw foods and following a guided plan to balance the body’s nutrients, remove toxicity, and reset the body’s internal balance. However, this has to be something you REALLY WANT to do, and requires an advanced level of preparation, discipline, and personal environmental changes for it to be successful. You can find more information online by doing a  search on your particular area of interest.