I feel it would be an injustice to the reader to talk about improving your health and better understanding personal nutrition without mentioning the fast.
When one has acne, especially after the adolescent years, it is an indication that the body is under some type of stress, mental and/or physical. The quickest, most natural and cheapest way to give your body a break from this stress it to fast.
Plus, if one has acne pumps covering the entire face, it is increasingly difficult to pin point what is the underlying cause and message behind the acne.
Thus, a fast gives all of your internal organs a break, so that a good deal of the excess waste in the body will no longer get directed to the face. In short, fasting gives you a head start in decoding the messages behind your acne pimples.
Before you start
Please note that fasting is not for everyone. It’s advisable to talk with health care practitioner if you have doubts or concerns about your ability to fast. Again, it’s your body and you ultimately decide what to do with it. There are numerous benefits that come from fasting and I invite you to enjoy them all.
Reordering our views
If the idea of fasting scares you and appears to be an undertaking reserved exclusively for the religiously devout, you are mistaken.
We Westerners live in a world of excess, where more is better. This ideology has led the United States to become home of a population that is 64% overweight or obese, according to statistics from the US Department of Health and Human Services. That’s an insanely large amount.
How did this happen? First of all, we do not get enough insoluble fiber- a substance that not only promotes a feeling of satiety but also helps cleanse the colon.
Also, we eat huge amounts of sugar. The average American eats over 100 pounds of sugar a year, whereas our ancestors of just a century ago rarely consumed over one pound of sugar annually.
This sugar does several things to the body. It intoxicates the blood, creates excess energy that gets stored as fat, and produces a craving for more sugar. So, what’s the result of increased sugar consumption- an overweight populous. However, if we do not critically and constructively examine our daily lives, we are only setting ourselves up for destruction.
- Why do I eat certain foods such as BLTs, chips, salads, etc?
- Is it because I am hungry, bored, or programmed to eat these foods?
- Do I try new foods or only stick to what I know?
- Conformity is the beginning of death. When you refuse to try new things or allow yourself to experience new tastes you age yourself. Imagine a child; he or she will try anything. Yes a child needs guidance regarding what is safe to eat and what is not.
All the same, a child is willing to investigate new things. They live for exploring. We age ourselves prematurely by shutting off this child- like curiosity.
So the next time someone suggests fresh broccoli instead of fries, why not try it out? You just might like it. Experiment, bring new foods into you fridge that you have not tired before. Use the nutrition list provided in the Foods that help the kidneys, liver and colon sections if you don’t know where to start.
Just the experience of introducing new, healthy foods into your body will positively affect you.
If you pay attention to yourself, you will even notice which foods give you sustained energy and which foods have a debilitating effect, that is instead of making you feel full, they force you to eat more while draining your energy.
It is all too easy to walk through life asleep. We have to be conscience of what we do, at all times. Otherwise we are denying ourselves the birthright of fulfilling our purposes here and enjoying ourselves.
The fasting prep
Your fast can be whatever you want it to be. It can be a day of sheer pleasure where you focus on how wonderful life is and how much you enjoy your family and friends.
Or, you can reflect on how much you’d like to eat a steak, hamburger, sundae, cookie, or whatever food pops into your mind. You can imagine that you are torturing yourself. The mind is a powerful thing.
Your mind will dictate how you endure the fast, not your stomach. Recall the words of Emil Coue; your imagination will always outperform your will. People drive themselves crazy and scare themselves by allowing repetitious and negative thought- forms to enter their mind.
Ponder this: How many times did you say to yourself: “I’m dying for a slice of pizza,” or “I’m dying for a cup of coffee.” You’re dying all right, because what you eat either nourishes you or poisons you. You decide. So, when you go on a fast, you have to prep your mind as well as your body.
To prepare your mind you have to decide why you are going to fast. Looking at the benefits of fasting is an inspiring starting point:
Fasting encourages removal of the following toxins:
- Toxic waste matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream
- Toxins in the spleen, liver, and kidneys
- Mucus from the lungs and sinuses
- Imbedded toxins in the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues
- Deposits in the microscopic tubes responsible for nourishing brain cells
- Excess cholesterol
- Dead, dying or diseased cells
- Unwanted fatty tissue
- Trans-fatty acids
- Hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall
After fasting you may experience these benefits:
- The nervous system is balanced and calmed
- Energy level soars
- Organs are rejuvenated
- Mental clarity is enhanced
- Quick, safe weight loss is achieved without flabbiness
- The skin becomes silky, soft, and more responsive to touch
- Body feels more agile
- Breathing becomes deeper and easier
- The digestive system receives a well-deserved rest
Now, ask yourself, “Do I have enough mind control to fast?” “Do I want to receive the benefits of fasting?” OK, so you’re first fast may be difficult and you end up eating something.
You may even eat more than you would on a normal day because of the deprivation effect of fasting (i.e. eating more because your mind tells you that you have been deprived and you are on the verge of starving). This is not a reason to feel hopeless and give up. It is simply an opportunity to try again.
Give yourself some credit for making an effort and trying something new. After that, get back on that fasting track and try again. Remember the proverb for change: if anything is worth doing once, it is worth repeating. So keep trying to fast and eventually you will be able to fast for longer periods of time.
An easy way to get your body primed for fasting is to begin with a juice fast. This is where you simply juice fresh fruits and vegetables and drink them throughout the day.
This does not mean that you buy bottled or canned juices to drink. Squeezed juice has much more nutrients than bottled juices that probably contain added sugar and preservations –the very toxins that you are trying to get out of the body.
Also, fresh squeezed juices contain parts of the natural fiber that you need to help cleanse your colon along with enzymes to help eliminate free radials that cause ill health and premature aging.
Fasting with water is generally only recommended after you have performed a few juices fasts. This is because only drinking water, as you would on water fast, causes a tremendous amount of wastes to be released by the body- resulting in a healing crisis.
Since this healing crisis can be overwhelming for most people just beginning to fast, it is wise to
prepare your body for a water fast by performing a juice fast first. You can maintain a water fast for
1-2 days and extend this period a bit longer if you know that it will be safe for you and your body.