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Shrinking fibroids 5 day fast day 1

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I was supposed to start a 7 day fast 5 days ago. I completed day 1 just fine but just before bedtime on Day 2 I decided to put off the fast until I was really ready. I don’t know if I’m really ready but I’m going to try it again today, only I will be attempting a 5 day fast this time instead of 7. Depending on how I feel on day 5 I might consider adding an additional 2 days.

My fibroids have been out of control for a few weeks. The only time I’ve felt balanced in those few weeks was during the 36 or so hours that I avoided solid food between December 31 2012 and most of the day January 1 2013.

I’ll be honest with you, this whole cycle is frustrating; but I guess I need to accept it for what it is because it’s a problem I have for the rest of my life unless I get the hysterectomy. Living with fibroids is my reality and I need to face the fact that as long as I’m going to have slip ups in my daily fibroid management routines, then I will have setbacks.

I almost don’t want to admit it, but if I’m going to do this then I have to be completely honest not just about positive results but also about the setbacks. So here is what I believe is the primary cause of my most recent setback. I am not a drinker, which is to say, out of a 365 day year, I probably consume alcohol on 15 days tops. Now I know that not a drinker means you absolutely never consume alcohol so by comparison to people who absolutely never drink, my 15 days out of 365 are quite a lot of days.

Back in late October I decided I wanted to have some wine. I figured what the heck. So much had happened in my life up to that point and most of it unpleasant and I was still standing. I had even conquered a few things I didn’t think I would be able to conquer. I wanted to treat myself with a nice glass of wine; so I told my husband to buy a bottle from the supermarket. Yeah, we’re those people–the unsophisticated poor people who buy their wine from the supermarket for $5 bucks.

So my husband brought home the wine and I think I drank the whole bottle over a period of a few days. Several weeks later he came home with another bottle. This time a bottle of Baileys Irish cream. I hadn’t asked him for it and he usually does not bring any kind of liquor into the house that I did not specifically request. He’s not a drinker himself; but he seemed to think he was doing something good trying to provide a means for me to alleviate the extra stress I was under.

Knowing I had not so long ago consumed an entire bottle of wine, albeit over a period of several days,  and knowing it was not a good idea to follow that up with yet another bottle,  I tried not to drink any of the Irish cream; but I ended up having about 1/8th of a cup one day and it was downhill from there. I consumed the rest over the next several days.

That should have been it for my alcohol consumption for the year 2012; but then on the day before Thanksgiving my husband came home from work with a gift from his boss. It was a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey. You’d imagine whiskey should be easy enough to avoid drinking right? After all I’m not a gun-toting cowboy from the Wild West; but I managed to finish half the bottle spiking my smoothies on sporadic days.

So there you have it, my confession. Between the last week of October 2012 and the last week of December 2012 I consumed about 6 cups of liquor and that more than anything is what I believe has set me back with my fibroids. So here I am now about to start a 5 day fast in an attempt to reset my mind and body so that I can get back on track.

I’ll be doing a tea fast today and tomorrow; so basically I’ll be consuming only green tea during the day and chamomile tea in the evening. After that I’ll switch to juice for the next 3 days. And if after 5 days I feel like I can go another 2 then I’ll add two days; but I won’t go beyond that. Maybe I’ll attempt another 21 day juice fast in July. July will mark a year since my first 21 day juice fast attempt. I only made it to Day 14 with that one; but it did wonders and I am still enjoying the benefits. Even if my fibroids are at present bigger than in the first few months after the fast, except for when its that time of the month, they are still not as big as they were before the fast.

I am feeling good today. The sun is shining and I feel like I can accomplish any goal I set. I wish everyone a happy, successful 2013.

Image credit: Green Smoothies by Oksana Vitruk

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My name is Monica. I have fibroids. My fibroids are large enough that they have transformed my figure into something I am still trying to learn how to live with. In the meantime while I try to learn how to live with my fibroids I am also trying every possible method I can find to try to shrink them naturally because I am afraid of the idea of a hysterectomy. I lived with fibroids from 2007 - 2016. I started documenting my experiences on this blog in 2012. On March 7th 2016 I had a hysterectomy out of concern that I might have ovarian cancer. It did not turn out that I had ovarian cancer. The cancer scare forced the hysterectomy I was trying to avoid, and so, I became fibroid free as of March 7th 2016. I will try to keep this blog up and running in the hope that it will be of some use to others going through what I went through.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi,
    I’ve just stumbled on your blog when looking into fasting and fibroids.
    I’m currently on the 5:2 fast diet. It has had some good results regarding lowering IGF-I which is linked to fibroid growth. I’ve only been doing it for a couple of weeks. It’s very doable and you don’t necessarily lose weight if you eat well on non fast days. The fast days also only limit you to 25% of your daily allowance;so i save my fast day calories to a 500 calorie meal in the evening with family. Hope to see some results… Good luck with your fast.
    Carmel

  2. Thank you so much for blogging about your experience wigh trying to reduce fibroids naturally. And also for being so honest! I’ve been diagnosed with 8 fibroids two of which are 10 and 8 cm (I’m Australian – sorry I don’t know what the conversion measurement is from metric).
    I am waiting to see a geanocologist which takes months over here if you want to see a good one, but I am determined not to have a hysterectomy (even if it were free I think I would go into a depressive decline if I had to go down that path) and have been reading up on all sorts of natural therapies that profess to reduce fibroids.
    One thing I found really interesting was a book called ‘Healing Fibroids’ written by a geanocologist in the US. I recommend checking that out.
    Also I was looking into the impact on caffeine on fibroids and a study showed that caffeine in green tea was found to increase estrogen levels (therefore potentially feeding the fibroids). Caffeine in coffee however reduced estrogen levels in caucasian women and increased it in Asian women. I have tried to find the study again to see what the impact was on African American women but I can’t find it right now but will get back to you on that.
    Other things that seem to appear prolifically in natural remedies are cruciferous veggies incl broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts etc. Apparantly they contain indole 3 carbinole which helps the body metabolise estrogen. Other things I’ve read about are apple cider vinegar, walnuts (omega 3), ginger, garlic, black strap molasses, flaxseeds, deep sea fish, moringa, burdock tea, dandelion tea, caster oil packs. And the list goes on. You have mentioned some of those things already but just thought I’d blurt out the main ones in one list.
    So far I have increased my exercise routine, cut out most sugar, dairy and meat and feel a lot better generally but no idea if it’s reduced the fibroids. sometimes they look bigger but that’s bc there’s less fat to cover them! Only time will tell.
    Keep me posted on your progress and I’ll let you know how I go too. I’ll also pass on any info the geanocologist provides if I think it’s of any use. I get the impression that the Specialists in Australia are very against hysterectomies these days so fingers crossed there is a happy alternative.

    • coco, thank you so much for commenting and sharing your story, If you ever stop by here again, please update us on your progress. It would be so wonderful if there was a fix for this problem other than removing your uterus and we didn’t all have to go experimenting with alternatives; but I remain hopeful that something tried will prove successful.

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