Patients always ask: should I fast? And what they are usually asking me is: should I water fast one day a week or occasionally? But that’s not the most important fast. The most important fast is fasting from a standard American diet and lifestyle. This is what we teach in the Seven Basic Steps to Total Health at total Health Institute, and have been teaching for the last 36 years. The most important fast is to fast from eating cooked, toxic, inflammatory foods. Just look to nature and you see the answer. The largest animals that walk the face of the earth eat living leaves and living grass. Even the carnivores eat it living. So this is the first and most important lesson in fasting. Eat as much living/raw plant food as you can, and never more than 20% of your diet should be cooked.