Peeling the skin of the onion, to get at your core self.
|November 10, 2011||Posted by Michael Hardy under Figs and Gold|
After my usual 2 slices of pizza and 3 espresso’s on Sunday afternoon I decided enough is enough. Time to take back my health in a Big way. So what did I do.. I fasted, Monday – a juice fast.
According to Wikipedia:“Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substance.”
I decided to do a juice fast which meant that I could only drink whole foods that were juiced. I juiced two different juices in my (which is a fantastic juicer). One pitcher of fruit juice and one vegetable juice- and it was enough for the whole day and some. Here is what I made:
(1) Kale, Cucumber, Carrot, Beet, Celery Juice
(2) Apple, Pear, Carrot Juice
Now there are several reasons why people do fasts and here are a couple of big ones:
(1) Religious/Spiritual purpose
(2) Cleansing or Detoxing the body
(3) As a form of protest
(4) As a way to lose weight
For me personally I would fall into category 1,2 and 3. Fasting is a way for me to find my way back into my body and self. It helps me detach from the worldly part of my being and what it wants and desires. It reminds me of how valuable our food is in our life and how we take it for granted. It convinces me every time that I eat much more food than I need to. So it was about time I did something about it!
Sometimes it takes something extreme in our life to wake up to the truth, and change. Fasting is something extreme and if you haven’t done it- I encourage you to give it a try. I can assure you that Monday was not an average day for me. In fact it was filled with an aching body, tremendous head and neckache, zero motivation, questioning, hot and cold sweats, confusion and dizziness. Yes, that’s right it was miserable. But I did it. And when I woke up on Tuesday I felt like I was reborn. I had more energy than a rabbit and felt cleaner and lighter than a cloud. You would think that I would have wanted to pig out the next day but truth is I was hardly hungry. I ate about a quarter of what I usually eat and didn’t have the same cravings for the usual crap. If you are interested in getting inspired to give juice fasting a try, check out the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”. It’s sure to get you thinking.