People often ask me why I fast or cleanse and the answer is very simple: Because I want to.
However fasting and cleansing both have many benefits.
"Fasting is a period of restricted food intake, and cleansing is the removal of waste products from the body.... This combination of fasting and cleansing is a most effective healing method. It is essential for overcoming chronic diseases, and for rejuvenating an aging body. It is also excellent for ensuring continued health, and minimizes the risk of a disabling disease later in life." More
I enjoy the feeling, the heightening, my body getting a break from working to digest food and the mental clarity it provides. IDEALLY while fasting or cleansing you would eliminate ALL toxic things including: people, ideas, situations, environment, etc. However you work with what you have so try to at minimize those things and remember to drink plenty of water, remove the waste (GO TO THE BATHROOM, sweat, blow your nose...) and do meditations or some sort of focusing. The meditations are to mental with the mental cleanse/fast removing negative ideas, self concepts, intentions, memories and heal our minds while we heal our bodies.
On a sidenote when you do either your senses, emotions, and sensitivity will be VERY HEIGHTENED!!! So that can be both rewarding and challenging.
As with anything do your research if you plan to do either and set small goals but most importantly listen to your body.
I have outlined a few easy fasts and cleanses below:
Breakfast – Fresh fruit, smoothie, protein drink (eat between 6am-8am)
Snack – Light snack (fruit or veggie) Eat between 10-12pm
Lunch – Heaviest meal of the day (still free of fried, dairy, sugars, MSG, high fat, etc) – Eat between 12-2pm
Snack – Light snack (fruit or veggie) Eat between 2-4
Dinner – Light meal (vegetables largest portion of the meal) Eat between 4-6
NO meals after 7pm. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!!!!!
3- Day Detox
Drink 8 oz of protein drink, every 2 hrs for a total of 8 hrs (5 drinks) starting no later than 8:00am & ending by 4:00pm (i.e. 8, 10, 12, 2 and 4pm) or (7, 9, 11, 1, and 3pm)
8 oz. of water should follow EACH drink every 2 hrs for a total of 5 8oz glasses (minimum)
At 6pm eat a garden salad & add a protein (6oz of lean meat, or 2 tblsp of olive oil or 1/2 avocado)
2nd Day and 3rd Day
Every 2 hrs, eat fruit 2-3 oz of fruit
Strawberries, Watermelon, Bananas, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Melon, etc.
At 6pm make big garden salad add a protein (6oz of lean meat, or 2 tblsp of olive oil or 1/2 avocado)
4 days off (Be mindful of your intake during this time) you can repeat as many times as you would like
Mix 32 oz of water- preferably distilled (warm water if you’d like i.e. tea)
Lemon (2-2 ½ )
Cayenne Pepper (desired amount of heat)
Sweeten with pure maple syrup (Grade B or better is best) to taste
* can also add tsp or ½ tsp of apple cider vinegar for extra cleansing properties
Drink 32oz several times a day, every time you feel hungry
You can do 3, 7, up to 21 days (You should start small and build up if you are not used to fasting)
It will cleanse your entire system. Please note that you cannot return back to regular eating habits immediately following this cleanse. You need to come off properly to ensure that you do not experience serious stomach issues. In closing the cleanse, drink 100% orange juice for each meal (no other foods or drinks) (besides water) for at least 2 days (more if you feel the need to). You know your body so do what is best for you. (I sometimes do broths or raw soups and they work fine) Then transition to eating fresh fruits & add vegetables. Resume a better eating habits after 2-3 days of fruits & veggies.
Freshly juiced – Carrot juice or other fresh fruits for vegetables
Juice organic carrots (or other vegetables) through juicer (Champion juicer is a nice one)
Drink 8 oz every 1-2 hrs.
Can do for 1-2 weeks or longer if you’d like
Make sure to drink PLENTY of water. If you don't have a juicer you can purchase fresh pressed juices from several health food stores... even schnucks carries them (in produce area)
Raw Food Diet
Only consume fresh fruits and vegetables over a 2-4 week period. You can also eat/drink smoothies, raw nuts, pates, etc. Ensure that you consume plenty of water the entire time. Eat often (at least every 1 – 2 hrs). There are a wide variety of foods and recipes but you have to be willing to put in a little time.