Well, I’m at it again! After a big move to Tucson, lots of life changes, stressful times, and too much eating, I decided to take some time just for me and do a long green juice fast. Little did I know that I would also include dry fasting this time, which I have never tried before.
I’ve known about it for a while now and even teach about it in my detox classes. I found the information in one of my favorite books: Quantum Eating by Tonya Zavasta. She has a chapter where she talks about the amazing healing benefits of a dry fast.
I began this fast 5 days ago and decided to do it for an unknown amount of days so that I could work with my inner guidance and not some protocol or outside source. I have been experiencing some hormone fluctuations lately (unexplained sadness, low energy, night sweats, face flushing and weight gain), so I decided a green juice fast would be the best way to bring myself back into balance quickly.
Well, I was right; it has worked! After my first day on greens only (no fruit, carrot, or beet juice) just celery, cucumber, turmeric root, ginger, parsley or kale or other dark leafy greens, I no longer feel any uncomfortable hormone imbalances and am experiencing increased energy and life force surging through me!
My mood is excellent, and I’ve dropped 11 pounds as of this morning (only 4 days in)! I think most of it was inflammation or just a holding on because of crazy hormones. My stomach is flat again and all puffiness is disappearing.
On day 3 I was internally guided to do a 24-hour dry fast. So on Valentine's Day, I went nowhere (other than a 90-minute Bikram yoga class) and just stayed inside and laid around watching movies and doing research on my computer.
It was a wonderful, peaceful day. I felt not even 1 trace of hunger and very little thirst. I could feel my tongue was still quite moist throughout the day, and I had no signs of dehydration. I was still urinating. I did what is called a hard dry fast (no washing hands, no brushing teeth, showering or any contact with water through the skin) as I was feeling that was my best choice. Easy!
What did I notice after 25 hours of dry fasting? Well, today is day 5 of my fast, and on hour 25 of my dry fast (last night at 10:30pm), I was in my kitchen making green juice in my Green Star and then proceeded to guzzle about 16 ounces as quickly as I could. It was so sweetly hydrating and delicious! I went straight to bed and woke up early with the sun.
I feel great! I got up this morning, made more green juice and headed out to a 90-minute Vinyasa Flow yoga class. It was hard, but I felt great and still do. I am feeling mentally on fire and motivated to write, get things done on my to do list, and will even paint my kitchen today (I wear a painting mask to avoid fumes). My creativity is going through the roof! Finally…I’ve been waiting for my inspiration to return for quite a while now.
I will continue on with the green juice fast until I am ready to stop. Could be 11 days or 30 days, and will do a dry fast once a week. I feel that dry fasting is a well kept secret in the USA but is now becoming exposed (the Russians have been doing it for years, and we just need to translate the information to English).
I also have been dry skin brushing daily to keep my pores open and my skin clean, taking fulvic minerals, and doing coffee enemas.
Do your research before embarking on a fast, but honestly it’s the fastest and easiest way to find bliss, serenity and physical health.
Here is what I have been consuming these past 5 days (except for the day of dry fasting where I consumed only air and sunlight):
This is what I did, but please follow your own guidance and find your own perfect program. If it helps to follow mine then you can adjust as you go! Here's to more bliss, serenity, and creativity!
~ Professional Chef, Instructor and Detox Counselor at PureJoyAcademy.com, Lifestyle Counselor, Co-owner of Pure Joy Academy and Owner/Director of PureJoyPlanet.com Elaina Love began teaching raw food courses in 1998. She is a pioneer of low-glycemic and gourmet raw foods. She has created some of the recipes and everyday products which are used by professional raw chefs around the planet. Elaina has authored 3 popular recipe books, and is known for her “recipes that work!” In 2010, after 12 years of teaching, Elaina co-founded Pure Joy Culinary Academy. Since the academy opened, she has thoughtfully certified hundreds of students around the world. Each of these proud graduates now knows exactly how to be a raw food chef, and can instruct others around then–with an emphasis on Holistic Nutrition! Elaina has created the online "Raw Chef Certification" available exclusively here at the BodyMind Institute. Visit Elaina Loves' Pure Joy Academy here >
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