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The Apple Fast can be used either before the start of a psoriasis recovery protocol involving the implementation of the no-nightshade diet (and in fact should be done, if possible, before starting the rest of the Anti-Psoriasis Diet), or it may be used on an as-needed basis to quell psoriasis outbreaks. This is a kind of fasting diet that takes place over 3-5 days. Plan to do this fast over the weekend or during a time when you won’t be taxed too much physically or mentally. This way, you can allow yourself to rest, cleanse, and recover.
How to Do the Apple Fast
You will follow the Apple Fast for 3 days. Plan to buy about 30 apples to prepare for the fast (you may eat fewer than these, but make sure that you have plenty in advance). Follow the instructions below to complete this fast:
- In the morning, drink a glass of warm water mixed with the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon. Do this immediately after waking up.
- One hour afterwards, you may start drinking water and you may eat an apple. During this fast, you can eat as many Red Delicious or Golden Delicious apples as you’d like. Most patients find that they eat 6-8 apples per day while on the fast, but you may eat more or less depending on your needs.
- Late in the afternoon, schedule a colonic OR complete a thorough home enema.
- In the evening, just before bedtime, drink 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. You can take the oil by itself, or you may mix it with warm water or apple juice.
- In the morning upon waking, drink a glass of warm water and lemon juice.
- One hour afterwards, start drinking water and eating apples.
- Late in the afternoon, complete a regular home enema.
- In the evening, just before bedtime, drink 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil either by itself or with warm water or apple juice. If this amount upset your stomach the night before, reduce the amount of olive oil down to only 1 teaspoon for tonight and tomorrow.
- Drink a glass of warm water and lemon juice in the morning.
- Start drinking water and eating apples an hour later.
- In the late afternoon, schedule another colonic OR plan to do a thorough home enema.
- Drink 1 tablespoon (or 1 teaspoon if this is what’s best for you) of olive oil at night just before going to bed.
- To break the fast, eat 1 pint of plain yogurt (the yogurt may be either dairy yogurt or vegan yogurt in this case). This will help replenish your intestinal flora and will also be a gentle way to start eating again normally.
- At the end of your fast, begin (or continue) following the guidelines for the Anti-Psoriasis Diet, including the no nightshade protocol.
Important Considerations Before Starting
Below are some things to keep in mind before you undertake the Apple Fast or any of its variations:
- Some people experience dizziness during the fast. This is usually a sign of low blood sugar, and can be remedied by eating a tablespoon of pure, raw honey, a pint of plain yogurt, or by drinking a glass of orange juice. After restoring blood sugar and getting rid of the dizziness, you can continue onward with the fast.
- If you feel extremely hungry, you may have a salad consisting of primarily (ideally only) lettuce or other leafy greens, topped with a dressing consisting of lemon juice, salt, and pepper (do not use olive oil on salads right now).
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water minimum per day throughout the entire fast. Drinking enough water is essential for this fast to be successful (it will also ease any potential detoxification symptoms you may experience, and will ensure that you have proper bowel movements). Seawater is acceptable and encouraged during the fast.
- The colonics and enemas are not optional. They are a vital part of this fast.
Modifications to the Apple Fast
Some people may not be able to do the Apple Fast using apples, whether it be due to an allergy or sensitivity or even just a strong dislike for apples. In this case, there are other options that work just as well!
The Grape Fast
The Grape Fast is exactly the same as the Apple Fast. The only difference is that instead of apples, you will eat grapes for the 3-day duration of the fast. Try to find a kind of grape that contains seeds, if possible, since the seeds offer additional nutritional value, but if you’re unable to find grapes with seeds, then the Black Concord grape variety comes highly recommended. However, you’re allowed to eat all kinds of grapes during the fast if you’d prefer some variety. You may eat as many grapes as you’d like during the fast with no restrictions, the same as with the Apple Fast.
The Citrus Fast
Keep in mind that some psoriasis patients have a particular sensitivity to citrus fruits, so if this describes you, or if at any point you have a flare-up in symptoms during the Citrus Fast, break the fast and try a different variation the next time.
During the Citrus Fast, you’re allowed to eat any and all citrus fruits and their juices, including oranges, grapefruit, pomelo, kumquat, mandarins, lemons, and limes. This fast should last 5 days instead of the 3 days prescribed by the Grape Fast and the Apple Fast. A colonic or thorough home enema should be administered on the first and fifth days of the Citrus Fast, with normal home enemas done on the other days in between. Otherwise, the rules of this fast are the same as those of the Apple Fast (just add an extra two days).
The Fresh Fruit Fast
The Fresh Fruit Fast offers more variation and is a potentially more filling option for this fast. If you have no choice but to be on-the-go during this fast (whether in mind or body), the Fresh Fruit Fast may be a better option because you’ll have more options during the day to sustain yourself fully. On this version of the fast, you may eat any raw or cooked fruit, and you will perform the fast over the course of 3-5 days (your choice in terms of the length of the fast).
During the Fresh Fruit Fast, keep in mind that:
- You may not eat ANY strawberries (strawberries are off limits)
- Don’t eat melons, raw apples, or bananas in combination with any other fruit. You can eat these fruits, but they should only be eaten by themselves and never in combination with other fruits.
Contraindications to the Apple Fast
Although in most cases the Apple Fast (or one of its variants) will be suitable and helpful to individuals with psoriasis, there are some situations where it may not be the best option. Specifically, diabetics or people with hypoglycemia, diverticulitis, or a Candida albicans infection may not want to do the Apple Fast. In this case, start on the healthy eating protocols for psoriasis patients outlined in this book without doing the Apple Fast. However, you may still do the colonics and/or enemas described in the fast since these can be extremely important for clearing out toxins, which can speed up healing even without a fast.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also use caution when doing the Apple Fast (pregnant women in particular should not do this fast often, if at all, since it could potentially deprive both the woman and the fetus of vital nutrients needed for fetal growth and development). Children, particularly older children, may be able to do this fast safely, however it should not be used in all cases and should not be done regularly. Use your best judgement to decide if this fast will be okay for your child or not.