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Today is day 13 of my zero sugar green juice fast. I have days of feeling super great and energized and loving everything about my progress to having days where I want to lay on the couch and do nothing. It just depends on how deep in ketosis I am. Ketosis is when the body switches from burning glucose to burning fat.
This is a good thing because the fat is where the toxins hang out, and it is also a direct competition between the good cells and the bad bacteria, parasites or fungus, and if you keep at it, the good cells will win! Not to mention the side benefit of getting rid of excess fat and cellulite.
Two out of these 13 days have been a Dry Fast. What is a dry fast? This is the absolute, hands down, quickest way to enter ketosis and gobble up the bad guys. I included some information from a Russian expert below. Dry fasting has been practiced for a long time in Russia with excellent results but is not well known in the US or other parts of the world yet.
Why am I doing this? Because I started to experience some mild depression and weight gain due to hormonal changes, and I have had a life-long love affair with sweet foods because of my history with Candida, mold and fungus. I was also feeling a bit of a slave to food, so it was time to level the playing field.
How did I know it was time? Really for me, when I don’t know what to do…I fast. It seems to work for so many religious and spiritual practices because of the effectiveness and quickening to get to a state of peace. Every time I checked in about what I should personally do, I got an instant response from my guidance to “Fast!”
I didn’t really start to look into the dry fasting until the green juice fast was well under way, but I feel those 2 days I’ve done so far have furthered me much farther along than the juice could have. I plan to do another 24-hour dry fast this week and eventually would like to do 36-40 hours. I’m taking it slow (for one the first times in my life!) so that I can ease in and enjoy the entire process without shocking myself too much.
Plus, I have work to do and places to go, and I don’t want to stop my daily exercise routine of Hot Yoga, Hiking, or Bike riding.
More info on Dry fasting:
Quote by Dr. Filonov:
“Dehydration causes competition between healthy cells and pathological organisms for water. It is a real survival-of-the-fittest scenario. Inflammation cannot survive without water. A wet environment is ideal for the proliferation of pathological bacteria, viruses and worms – water shortage is as devastating as fire for them. All dead or dying tissues will be expelled from the body. A water fast does the same thing but takes much longer to accomplish the goal."
What is inflammation? Tissues are swollen with water. Quote by Dr. Filonov (paraphrased):
“Dehydrated cells act as furnaces burning the toxic matter. [These are the weaker cells, diseased or otherwise that are losing in the competition for the limited water.]
“Dry fasting slows the rhythm of cell division, allowing the body to use more energy for repair and healing. The Chernobyl victims’ improved condition led researchers to believe that even heritable mutations can be reversed, with the restoration of the nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, taking place. Even damaged cells begin to divide normally.
"Regular fasting also helps restore the protective functions of cells and organs against radiation damage. This is particularly important for those who live or work in settings where one is regularly subjected to radiation. The process of fasting improves the mechanisms for expelling toxic substances that interfere with the body’s proper functioning—radio-nuclides, nitrates, pesticides, heavy metals and other poisons.
”Only strong, viable cells survive a dry fast. So, as this experiment demonstrates, even short-term dry fasts serve as a powerful prophylactic against malignant tumors.”
Source: Raw Food Blog (Blog Archive) -- Radiation: What Can You Do?
Here is what I have been consuming for the last 14 days:
Juicer used: Green Star
Store juices in 32 oz mason jars and fill all the way to the top and refrigerate. The juice will stay fresh for 48 hours.
Days 4 and 9: 24-hour dry fast. Began at 9:30 pm and ended at 9:30 pm the next day with 16 oz. of green juice then off to bed for more dry fasting during the night. I noticed that each time on these dry fasts I went into deep ketosis (160) and began menstruating within 20 hours (even though it was not near my cycle). The menstruation stopped about 12 hours after drinking green juice again.
Day 10: in the evening 1 hot soup: frozen, organic peas blended with hot water, himalayan salt and onion powder
Day 11: in the evening 1 hot soup with frozen organic peas blended with hot water, himalayan salt, onion powder and 10 sun dried olives mixed in whole after blending.
Day 12: in the evening 1 1/2 avocados mashed with salt and onion powder mixed with freeze dried peasand sun dried olives.
If you choose to endevor into a fast of any kind, please be sure to consult your physician first. They will probably tell you not to do it! But I have to say this for legal reasons. 🙂
Enjoy the journey! And, as my good friend Dorothy Bauer says: “Enjoy not enjoying it!”
~ 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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