“I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency” Plato
How to fast isn’t nearly as important as why we should fast. Fasting is simple, don’t eat and restrict yourself to a water or juice diet. Why we should fast is a question that can be simplified into 3 reasons: Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health. I was introduced to fasting when I read The Miracle of Fasting by Doctor Paul Bragg. Since then, I have performed a handful of fasts that lasted a day or two. Yesterday, I decided to start my first 7 day juice fast to cleanse my body, gain clarity and drop some weight. Any Spiritual benefits are welcomed; but not expected (it’s only a week).
Why fasting works:
The first thing a sick or injured animal does in the wild is fast. They fast because of the enormous amount of Vital Energy that is required to convert food into energy and body tissue . When we stop eating, the Vital Energy that normally converts food, redirects itself and begins to heal the body by naturally flushing out intoxicants. Hence, you starve a cold, so your body can use all of its Vital Energy flush out the sickness.
“The power to cleanse, purify, and renovate is within your body… When you go on a complete distilled water-fast, the ‘Vital Energy’ in your body that would ordinarily be used to masticate, digest, assimilate, and eliminate food is used to purify your body. That is what fasting is… deep internal cleansing – a physiological rest to build ‘Vital Power’…
…Fasting puts the body in a condition where all the Vital Force of the body is used to flush out the causes of body miseries. Fasting helps the body help itself.” Paul C. Bragg, N.D., Ph.D. The Miracle of Fasting
Day 1 – Sunday, February 27, 2011
Weight: 206 pounds
My first order of business was calling for a delivery. Yep, I ordered pizza and pigged out. Probably not what a physician would recommend, but who asked – it’s my fast – and I need my pizza fix for the mere consideration of starving myself for 168 hours. Pizza = delicious. Now I’m ready. The fasting begins around 4 pm, and I spend the night watching Hollywood stars and dreaming of Oscar.
“When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.” Saint Jerome (347-420)
Day 2 – Monday, February 28, 2011
I typically skip breakfast, so my morning was smooth. I drank at least 2 litters of water and hit the gym for a workout. Around suppertime – everything changed, my grumbling stomach began its hungry cry.. I kept drinking water and OJ as a substitute that didn’t fool my belly. The bachelor on the tube adds to the hunger… More water – more OJ and Still Hunger remains…. Yep, the realization it’s a long haul to Sunday cements in my mind….The test of will and character begins….
“Seest thou what fasting does: it heals illnesses, drives out demons, removes wicked thoughts, makes the heart pure. If someone has even been seized by an impure spirit, let her or him know that this kind, according to the word of the Lord, ‘goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.’” (Matthew 17:21)
Day 3 Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I feel tired and sore this morning, my body aches from yesterdays workout. It tells me that weight-training and fasting aren’t a match made it heaven. I don’t feel hunger pains, just emptiness and lethargy. The morning is off to a very slow start… I feel weak, but not tired. Around 10pm a head ache starts to set in… I thinks it’s going to be an early night………… Yep… A quick hot tube – then bed….But before that….
I would like to thank one of my readers for encouraging me and sharing some great tea recipes…
Thanks Ajnira (@Ajnira)
“Hi, I applaud your efforts and love that you are sharing it with your list. I am a spiritual healer and nutritionist. I use herbal teas to assist with detoxification during a juice fast. Take a look, ” Ajnira
Ajnira’s Herbal Tea Recipes:
1. Sage Tea
For drinking the herb must be boiled exactly 3 minutes to remove the essential oils and release the vital enzymes that benefit the health of all the glands, bone marrow and spinal disks which will be absorbed by the body.
Place 1-2 tsp of sage in 2 c. Of boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes, then let cool. Add 1 tsp each, St.John’s Wort, peppermint and Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis). Let everything steep an additional 10 min.
2.) Cranesbill Tea (Herb Robert)
Steep a pinch of leaves of her Robert (Geranium robrtianum, aso know as red cranesbill) in ½ c. Hot water for 10 min. Slowly sip ½ c. Of cold tea each day. If you notice any side effects, consult your ND.
Day 4 Wednesday, 2011 (7 Day Fast)
I felt much better this morning, most of the muscle soreness is gone. I hit the gym again and weighted in at 201, a 5 pound loss. The day was easy – until 4pm – then the hunger ache took over. Thinking about food – is tormenting – I would love to eat something… Anything… Writing is making it worse. keep strong… I remember reading or hearing that the first 3 days are the hardest; hope so.
“Fasting is the single greatest natural healing therapy. It is nature’s ancient, universal ‘remedy’ for many problems. Juice fasting is commonly used (rather than water, alone) as a mild and effective cleansing plan; this is suggested by myself and other doctors and authors, and by many of the European fasting clinics. Fresh juices are easily assimilated and require minimum digestion, while they supply many nutrients and stimulate our body to clear its wastes. Juice fasting is also safer than water fasting, because it supports the body nutritionally while cleansing, and probably even produces a better detoxification and quicker recovery.” — Elson Haas, M.D. Staying Healthy With Nutrition
Over the next week, I will update this post with my progress and insights into this age-old practice. Stay tuned for more…