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A Sip of Goodness To Sustain your Fast

Don’t give up on your fast.  Try this simple elixir instead.



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5 min

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About this Recipe

If you find yourself on the verge of quitting your prolonged fast by wholeheartedly considering what it will feel like to dive into a bag of chips and eat your feelings. Don’t. Instead, take a beat, a few big breaths, and sit down to sip on a refreshing and satisfying elixir determined to shift your mood from bad to good.

When you make choices that support your body, like hydration and self-care, you unleash a cascade of physical responses that ultimately can help you feel calmer, more empowered, and energized. Together these types of mood busters activate a robust chain of effects in your physiology like enhanced digestion, lower stress, and improved sleep—all of which in turn provide more motivation for the fasting challenge at hand.

It’s no surprise that everyone loves elixirs. They are quick and easy to make, don’t require any fancy juicers or equipment, and are full of health-supporting, vital nutrients and tailored for individual health needs. Just take a look at your local juice bar, and you will see a complete listing of fun drinks full of herbs, botanicals, adaptogens, all crafted with stage-changing wellness in mind.  And here is our favorite plant-based elixir—inspired by our last Prolon 5 day fast and our favorite Hibiscus tea with a kick of lemon–that you can make for yourself! 

Combine it with a breathing pattern and empower yourself with an emergency trigger plan when you feel like giving up on your goals. Of course, it is essential to listen carefully to your body; if you feel unwell, end the fast, but if you are simply bored or feel emotionally compelled to eat. Stop, grab a refreshment and let that goodness carry you through.

Lemon Fresh Hibiscus Tea



  • 2 cups hibiscus brewed tea
  • 2 tablespoons lemon balm
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Easy to make and incredibly delicious, this ice-cold refresher is the perfect way to float through a difficult moment in your fast. You’ll want to come back to this recipe over and over again. Hibiscus is a flower easily transformed into a tangy herbal tea and has a boast of health benefits of hibiscus tea. You can make hibiscus tea using premade tea bags or get adventurous and try a recipe with dried hibiscus flowers like the one in this easy recipe. 

What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)
Hibiscus tea with lemon over ice

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Brew the hibiscus tea and let it steep.

Step 4

Combine 1-2 teaspoon of lemon blend and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice for each cup of boiled water and let steep for 5 more minutes

Step 2

Next, create a lemon blend for your tea by mixing lemon balm, lemon zest, and thyme in a small bowl.

Step 5

Pour 3 teaspoons of hibiscus tea into each cup and stir

Step 3

Boil 4 more cups of water or more if you want extra for later.

Step 6

If you want a stronger kick of lemon or hibiscus, add more of each juice accordingly. Serve hot, or chill and pour over ice.