Well it's been over a week since I finished the fast. It's definitely helped me make some life changes. I eat tons of vegetables now, and have second thoughts about eating crap. I went through ALOT of pain to get this far with the fast and I want to carry it further by living healthier. I've also been spending more time doing physical activity after work - riding the bike, taking the dog for a walk etc. so on... I'll probably sign up for a martial arts class in the new year.
I haven't checked my BP recently but I fully intend to. I imagine the more I keep living like this the more it'll go down. My sister asked me if I gained any spiritual insight during the fast.
Just this; to fast for any greater length than 3 days, you're going to probably suffer some. Especially if you've abused your body in the past. Time moves slower as you fast as well, so at times it can seem to be absolute torture. You have alot of time to think and meditate and consider things while you fast. Which, incidentally is probably why it's recommended for mentally ill patients. Some have made full recoveries due to a fast.
At any rate, when I was going through the worst of my my detox, where my head was literally exploding inside, the pain was almost unbearable. But the more I surrendered to God, and let go of it and relaxed and let it happen, the less pain I felt. Perhaps that's the most important thing in a fast... surrendering your body and letting go of all the worries and stresses.
It's a healing process, body and soul.