Howdy lovelies! Monday (3/26/12) morning, many of us in the Holistic Health, Fitness & Life Support Group will begin a process that could very well change our lives forever. We have decided that we are committed to feeling better and are taking the actions to make that happen.
This two-week juice fast is going to catapult you and your entire life into another level! I’ve been fasting for the past 12 years (on and off of course), and have experienced the amazing benefits of cleansing the body and allowing it to rest and heal from the over-eating and the toxins that we consume daily. I vaguely remember the first time I attempted a fast, but I remember that it wasn’t that easy to stay committed to what I was initially so excited about! There are a few keys that I’d like to share that I’ve learned about fasting.
- Information is a game changer
- You have to be committed to your fasting purpose
- Will Power only goes so far
Information Is A Game Changer
In 2000, my friend Dedrick told me about a book called “Heal Thyself” by Queen Afua. At that time in my life, I had been searching for inner peace, happiness and a greater connection with God. Health wasn’t on my mind. My longing was to be close to God, so close that my fears would fade and my purpose would be revealed to me, leading me to inner peace and happiness. And as fate would have it, I met Dedrick who introduced me to a book that would change my life forever. Queen Afua introduced me to HOLISTIC HEALTH. In that book, she spoke about healing your ENTIRE life through your diet. She taught me that what you eat, affects not just your body, but also affects what and how you think, your emotional state, as well as your spiritual clarity.
I learned then, that in order to elevate myself to greater spiritual understanding, inner peace and happiness, then I needed to clean house, my house…this body that houses my vital organs, this body that allows me to be on this earth in physical form to carry out some sort of divine purpose. Holistic health means that everything is interdependent within us; mind, body, spirit, emotions. Everything, affects everything else. We see this in the human body, we see this in our families, in our communities and in our society at large; everything affects everything else. Nothing is independent. Everything is connected, even if and when we don’t see the connections.
I am the type that will try what I believe in. Everything that I have studied that resonates within me as beneficial and good, I will try it to find out for myself. And so I followed her instructions regarding detoxing, juicing, fasting, cleansing my colon, and all that fun stuff and experienced the results that she said I would; I began to elevate spiritually! I started reading more books on holistic health, Transcendental Meditation and Ancient Egyptian Ideology. I also instantly became a vegetarian (although I began as a vegan, just couldn’t keep that up for long) once I learned about how meat takes so long to digest that it begins rotting inside of your body, polluting your organs and such. Also, learning how steroids and other chemicals that are pumped into the animals remain in the meat that we consume and is linked to cancer and other ailments. You cannot pollute the body and not be polluting every aspect of your life too. The way you feel physically has a great deal to do with how you feel emotionally, how sharp and agile your mind is, and how clear your spiritual channels are for receiving divine guidance and experiencing inner peace. Without this information, I would have not had the inspiration to change how I ate, which in turn changed my life. So we must bathe ourselves in this information constantly, here and there is not enough if we really want to make lasting changes in our lives. Do the research and empower yourself with the information you need to succeed in this!
You Have to Be Committed to Your Fasting Purpose
When you decide to do any kind of fast, you have to have a clear vision of why you are doing it. If you don’t have a reason strong enough, when it starts getting tough, you won’t be able to keep your commitment to yourself.
So the first thing you should do before you begin any fast is to WRITE DOWN why you are doing it. Yes, you MUST write it down. When you transfer your goals from your mind on to paper, you transfer them from the mental realm to the physical realm. That is a powerful gesture and an imperative step in the manifestation process of any goal. Writing it down puts you one step closer to making your dreams or goals a reality and the more detailed you are, the better you will be able to achieve your goals. It’s also a good idea to get a juice feast journal and document daily what you are experiencing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. You are going to have emotional and other types of releases and breakthroughs during the juice feast.
Will Power Only Goes So Far
Sometimes, you can have all the will in the world, but if you don’t invite God, your higher self, in to be a part of what you’re doing, it still won’t be enough. Your higher self is the God in you. And when you acknowledge that and welcome its influence in your life, you open up a whole new world for yourself, a world of infinite, endless power; a world where the ‘miraculous’ happens.
Now The Juicing Part
There are several juice recipes out there that you can follow for specific results, or you can create your own concoction. When I first started juicing, I just went to the store, bought a bunch of fruits and veggies and started experimenting with different recipes. If you want more structure, allow Dan to help you out!
For Monday, I bottled up 6 bottles of a variety of ingredients. I made each drink different. The total ingredients are kale, celery, spinach, cilantro, carrots, apples, oranges, cucumber, beets, lemons and pears. The base for each drink is what Dan calls the hydration recipe consisting of cucumber, celery, spinach, kale, cilantro and lemon. I add a fruit or two to each drink to sweeten it up but those veggies are in each drink. Check out Dan (video below) explain and then subscribe to his youtube video for more recipes!
For the bottles, I went to Target looking for mason jars to no avail. I ended up buying a 6 pack of lipton tea in glass bottles, on sale for about $5. I just poured the tea down the drain and the bottles are perfect!
When I get up, I will drink 20 ounces of spring water (bottled at the source!!!). I am getting my water bottled up at a natural spring every two weeks for a really great price through the guy Shawn Stevenson gets his water from. Its important that throughout the day you drink your water in addition to the juice. Think of it like this, each juice bottle is your meal and the water is your in-between-meals snack! If you do this, you should not be hungry. You may want to eat food, just for the taste, but you should not be hungry. If you start to feel hungry, you’ve waited too long too drink your meal or you aren’t drinking enough water.
Then about an hour or so later, I will have my first bottle of juice. Over the next few hours, I will drink another 20 ounces of water and have my second bottle of juice anywhere from 2 to 3 hours after my first bottle. Then for the next 2 to 3 hours, I’ll drink my 20 ounces of water. Alternate like that all day and you shouldn’t feel hungry. You will get enough nutrients from your juice to keep you energized throughout the day so you are NOT MISSING ANYTHING!!!
***Key Things to Remember***
1. Make sure you make all of your juice for the entire day, before you get your day going, so that you are prepared.
2. This is an all-natural fruit and veggie juice feast! No store bought juice, not even Naked. Shawn pointed out that those juices will not be alive and so you won’t get much benefit.
3. Juice your own ORGANIC fruits and veggies and store in glass jars or bottles with air tight lids for up to 24 hours only.
4. Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer is a great place to start for a juicer. You can find them at Target, Wal-Mart, or you can order online, http://www.powerjuicer.com/power-juicer-shop.php
5. For protein, add a teaspoon of either spirulina, blue green algae, chlorella or vitamineral green powder to your juice (go to Shawn’s store for more details at http://www.theshawnstevensonmodel.com/store/) or you can get them at golden grocer, see link under ‘resources.’
6. If for any reason you break down and bring more than juice to your daily juice feast (food), don’t beat yourself up! Just get right back on track as soon as you can, preferably the same day. Don’t feel like your entire day is ruined if you eat something. You can get back on track the same day.
Cheers to our health! Call (if you have the #) or e-mail me if you need me!! email@example.com
NOW MEET DAN!! I LOVE HIM!!!!
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