I've had several queries from readers about how I'm doing with my long-term liquid fast, which I discussed in late February, and again in late March. Good news: as of last Friday, I'm down 40 pounds, with a lot more to go! I expect to keep this up for at least another year, and perhaps a little longer. I lost a lot of weight in the first month, and much less in the second: my doctor reckons that's because I lost the "easy weight" (liquid) first, and now I'm tackling the "hard weight" (fat, etc.). Makes sense, I guess.
Several people wanted to know what liquids could help assuage hunger pangs. Here's my recipe - and I'm here to tell you, it works well.
I start with a mug of bone broth. I've sampled several different brands, but I keep coming back to Bare Bones Bone Broth. It's by far the tastiest I've tried, and it's in powder form, so carrying a sachet or two around with me is no problem at all (something that's hard to do with a glass jar or squeeze bottle).
It's not cheap, but based on its flavor, protein richness, keto- and paleo-friendly nature, and low calorie count (50 calories per sachet), I'm willing to pay what it costs. (Regrettably, I haven't found it for sale anywhere but Amazon.). I daresay I go through 40-50 sachets per month, sometimes more. I buy the beef and chicken flavors, and mix one sachet with 10-12 ounces of boiling water in a large mug. (I plan to try some of their other flavors, too, for variety's sake.)
I sometimes drink the bone broth on its own, but often I add three things to enhance its flavor. First, I put in about 1/3 teaspoon Knorr Tomato Bouillon.
Next, I add about 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon beef or chicken concentrate. I find this more flavorful than bouillon cubes, and far less salty.
Finally, to chicken bone broth I add almost (not quite) a level teaspoon of a Costa Rican sauce, Lizano, which is similar to Worcestershire sauce but with a South American herbal overtone. To beef bone broth, I add a similar quantity of the same manufacturer's Chilero sauce, which is a hot sauce, again with a distinctive herbal overtone. I guess one could use any such sauce; I just happen to like these.
All these products are available at Amazon: however, bouillon prices there are higher than they need to be. You'll find all three varieties of bouillon available at supermarkets for much less.
I've just finished a big mug of chicken bone broth, made as above, as I write these words, and my hunger pangs have abated almost completely. From experience, I know they won't come back for an hour or two, sometimes longer than that. I daresay I'm going to continue to drink this concoction even after my long-term liquid fast is over, because it's really tasty and very enjoyable.
There you go. Try your own mixtures, and let us know what works for you in Comments. We can all learn from each other's recipes.