I was on a Plant-Based Whole Foods diet for about a year. I had a few gluten relapses in there but for the most part was plant-based. I have to say that felt really good physically on this diet and prefer it. Then one day, suddenly, and out of the blue, my entire gastric system freaked out. I was in pain from my mid chest all the way to my pubic bone. I had reflux (always prided myself on the fact that it was the one thing I didn’t have!), stomach pain and burning, epigastric pain and burning, abdominal tenderness and pain. I tried to control this with changing some things in my diet, eliminating some nightshades, obvious stuff. Nope. Even my oncologist did some tests that returned negative. He urged me to see a specialist. It took me a couple months to admit defeat and I finally saw a specialist… it took another 3 months to get in for both a colonoscopy (kaleidoscope) and an endoscopy. Other than some inflammation all was good. What?!? I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010! He had all the studies from that time. He decided that diagnosis was mostly based on symptoms rather than actual findings. You don’t have pain and reflux for nothing! Gee. Can’t fight the findings, huh? They did give me Protonix and a diagnosis of GERD-Non Erosive and Microscopic Colitis, Non-Specific. Yes, I asked all the questions. In the end… fail.
Pain, gas, bloating, became worse by the day. I couldn’t sleep anymore, pain and gas (so sorry to say), slept on the couch almost nightly for part or the whole night. I was miserable. My lack of sleep caused my eye to twitch almost constantly. Enough is enough. I couldn’t take the VW Bug-sized air pocket in my gastric system anymore. Not some food, but all food freaked my system out now.
Okay, fine. Fuck that.
I made an attempt a year prior with a partial fast and bone broth. The broth was so horrible I couldn’t even choke it down! But I figured out the secret… This is the third time I made my bone broth and I was going to be successful! I let my doctor know, I talked to my pharmacist about one drug in particular. I kept taking vital meds and stopped taking important to me (arthritis), but meds that needed to be taken with food. I was determined to see this through and give it 3-4 days.
Big Bone Broth Tip # 1
The first time I made bone broth, a year ago, I followed the recipe on Dr. Axe’s website: https://draxe.com/recipe/beef-bone-broth/ It tasted horrible and though I got some of it down I just couldn’t do it. Blech! I shudder at the thought. You can cook bones for a couple of days but vegetables… no, na uh. Blech! I thought I would just do the bones and when ready to use I would just add organic chicken broth to it. That worked, but here’s what I found really worked for me.
I use my crock pot, throw the bones in, add filtered water, put it on low and leave it alone for a couple of days. I then use my ladle and jar it up, leave on the counter to cool down, cap it and refrigerate it, or freeze. It’s good when fasting to have about 12 oz 4-5 times a day. When starting the fast I take a jar, save the hard fat at the top (it can be used later for other things and is super nutritious), some always remains in the broth with the marrow, this fat is a good thing, and helps with lasting satiation, energy, and food for the brain.
So… about 12 oz of bone broth with marrow, another 4 oz of chicken broth (or beef or vegetable), a beef bullion cube, and the thing that really made it as good as possible… Miso- about a tablespoon, or to taste. <- I figured this out the first day, and I used Red Miso.
Have a Schedule
Make it, write it down if you need to. I used my phone calendar for this so I could get alerts to remind me to drink! You might find that a little silly but I suck at taking in fluids so need those reminders to help me. I followed the Dr. Axe suggested bone broth schedule: “If you’re wondering how much bone broth to drink, about 12 ounces is the proper serving. You should consume this 12-ounce serving about five times a day — 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., for example.” In between it’s a good idea to take in fermented fluids- Kombucha, Kefir, Miso-which I use in my broth. There are others but these will work for me.
A bone broth fast is a thoughtful couple of days preparation. Do your homework, make your schedule and you’ll have no problem. Decide how long you want it to be and make sure you think about how you’re going to reintroduce food. I’m doing a food elimination diet post fast since any food doesn’t seem to be my friend right now.
Next will be info from the actual fast!