If so, then you may want to consider doing a short or long fast on juices. Summer is the perfect time for fasting since it is hot and usually our appetites are not quite so strong. A bonus to fasting during the summer (or anytime) is that it reduces all inflammation in the body. So if you feel puffy, itchy, cranky, have eczema or any other skin condition or any ailment for that matter, fasting will clean out your body so you can feel fresh and new again!
I was introduced to fasting in 1997 when I did my first cleanse and wow, what a wonderful experience! Once I got past the initial discomfort of the hunger on day 1 and 2, I found myself loving the feeling that fasting gave me. It gave me such a sense of freedom! I couldn’t believe how much food had kept me from really experiencing my connection to the divine, my own internal intuition and inner voice and from feeling what it really feels like to soar! While fasting, I got to experience more of all of those things. Since then I have fasted on a regular basis for the last 15 years! I usually fast on green juices (about 4 quarts/litres a day) The juices consists of celery, cucumber, kale and lemon. I have fasted for a ranges of 18 hours to 11 days to 84 days and everything in between. You cannot get it wrong. Even if you just fast through breakfast and lunch, you have fasted. You will find that the more you fast the more benefits you gain such as peace of mind, mental clarity, positive body image, spiritual connection, confidence, intuition, surges of pure joy and healing of illness. The best thing you can do when you are feeling low or are ill is to stop eating. Fasting is the best and quickest way to heal your body! Stop putting in things for it to digest so it can work on internal cleaning!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. You can have all the juice you want, there is not limit to how much you can drink. Most people can’t do more than one and a half gallons (or 6 litres) but if you feel you need more than that, go for it!
2. Make your juice all at one time. When you are feeling your best (for most that is early morning) make the whole amount for the day in order to avoid being without juice when you really need it.
3. When you refrain from food, answers seem to come quicker and feel more true. Use this time to journal and get clear on your life purpose or other questions you have.
4. Plan the end of your fast. When you finish your fast and have your first meal, you may feel like you just want to keep eating. Be sure to be smart about it by creating a meal plan before you end.
Here is what it could look like:
Day 1 after the fast:
Breakfast: blended spinach and raspberry smoothie (divide it into 4 servings and drink one serving every hour).
Lunch: Blended Green Soup (avocado, cilantro, apple, lemon and spice-no salt yet) again, divide that up into 4 servings.
Dinner: light green salad with a yummy nut free dressing (try my red bell pepper dressing in my Liver Flush E-book). Avoid nuts and animal products and processed foods for at least 3 days after your fast.
After that choose wisely. Schedule your next fast so you can look forward to another amazing experience of freedom and joy!
Have fun and remember each experience is what you make it!
Go Go! Green Juice
2 bunches of organic celery
3 large organic cucumbers
1 bunch of cilantro or 7 leaves of kale
juice of 1 or 2 lemons
optional for a sweeter juice: 1 beet and/or 2 green apples (green apples are lower glycemic)
Quick and Easy method:
Chop all the veggies into 1 inch chunks and put in a large mixing bowl.
Fill your blender to the top with the veggies and add about 1 cup of filtered water
Place the lid on and put the plunger in the top (if you have a Vitamix)
Blend until the mixture is well blended but do not overblend! Just enough time to get the mixture blended.
Strain through the Amazing Nut Milk Bag into a large pitcher.
Once you have made all the juice pour it into glass Ball jars (I use quart sized jars).
Store in the fridge for up to 36 hours (the sooner you drink it the more vital it is).
I use the Green Star Juicer because I know it creates the most vital and nutrient rich juice I can get. It takes a little more time than the blender so I don’t always use it, but I do believe it is the best method for home juicing. If you are not ready to purchase this juicer just yet, then use the Nut Milk Bag for now until you save up for a juicer (put the money you would have spent on food in a juicer funds jar).
Frozen Low Glycemic Purple Pleaser
Yield: 4 servings
3 cups frozen blueberries
2 cups almond or macadamia milk
stevia to taste
Creamy Cucumber Cooler
1/2 cup of fresh dill or basil (stems removed)
1 Avocado (reserve 2 TBS of small cubes for topping)
1 Cucumber, peeled and chopped (reserve ¼ cup of small cubes for topping)
3 TBS lemon juice
1 clove garlic
salt to taste (about 1 tsp.)
1 tsp. spice: onion powder, garlic powder, coriander, celery seeds or fennel seeds
Blend with ½ cup water until smooth. Top with a concasse of peeled, cubed cucumbers and avocados and a sprig of mint.
1 Pineapple, peeled and chopped or 1 bag of frozen pineapple
1 Cucumber (peeled)
1 handful spearmint leaves (stems removed)
2 TBS. lemon juice
1 cup ice if desired
stevia to taste
1 TBS irish moss paste (optional)
Blend with enough water to make it thick and smooth (about ½ cup)
Garnish with a kiwi
Cooling Sweet Pepper Soup
1 small carrot
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Garlic clove
3 Tbs. lemon juice
black or cayenne pepper to taste (Curry powder is nice too)
Salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp.)
1. Chop the veggies and blend with ½ cup water until smooth (add more as needed).
2. Garnish with fresh Herbs (Cilantro/Parsley/Tarragon/Chives, whatever’s fresh) and your favorite diced veggies and avocado.