Our nutritional intake of some foods is somewhat similar to the harmony which exists in a functional family, wherein each member plays his or her part, at the right time for the right reason. Did you know that Pairing certain ingredients, allows the components of the nutrients of the foods you pair to join forces; which then give your body the benefits of fighting inflammation among other things? I have seen changes in my skin tone, texture, and appearance as well as noticeable differences in my weight over a six (6) month period of learning this and testing it myself.
The suggestions I am sharing here are not meant to be “hard and fast” rules, but something you may experiment with. I am aware that it is not a ‘one size fits all’, but I believe it is worth a try. I had several reasons to try different things because in the year of my 49th birthday I started noticing changes I felt uncomfortable with. I started having the bulges, which was surprising to me since I was practicing what I considered healthy eating for years. I did not drink sodas, artificial juices, nor did I consume a lot of processed foods and meats.
My research led me to Jordan Rubin, http://makersdiet.com/about.php. It was quite life-changing, so I bought two of his books. The first thing I learned was the need to have an internal body cleanse. He suggested a 10 day Daniel fast cleanse, because he believed it would help spiritually, emotionally and physically. He gave 12 physical benefits of fasting, all of which are very beneficial. However, I will only elaborate on four now, with the others to follow in subsequent writings.
Fasting Helps Break Addictions to Junk Food, Drinking and Smoking
I am not a smoker, and I occasionally a glass of red, white wine or Irish cream if I feel like it, which could not be construed as addicted to drinking. However, I developed a sweet tooth just about when all the changes began. So with the weight piling on fast, I took on the challenge of the fast. I must confess that I was not as strict as was required, due to the fact that I am on prescribed medications. However, with my adjusted version of the fast, the sweet tooth was definitely reduced. Even today, I still do not like having anything sweet. Some dark chocolate once in a while and a Jamaican coconut ‘drops’ here and there, but that’s about it.
Fasting Promotes Healthy Weight Loss
During and after the fast I was given specific food groups to consume and in specific proportions. I was directed to have my first meal later in the day, as opposed to having breakfast early; and have my last meal earlier in the evenings, as against having dinner later. According to Rubin, this allows the body more time to breakdown and absorb nutrients at a more efficient rate. The diet for the fast and the early days after, consisted of fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (organic preferable). The key to my success though was continuing most of the rules used throughout the period of change, (cleanse and fast).
I started consuming organic green tea, natural fruit, and vegetable juices (carrots, cucumbers, beets, apples, and ginger), in special combinations which I will write on in future pieces; and eat fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple and papaya at least five (5) days per week. This was done for breakfast and lunch between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. Firstly, I would have tea, then an hour later juice. Approximately two hours later I would eat the watermelon and honeydew (if it’s available), and another hour later, I have the cantaloupe and or pineapple. I realized I was on a positive path and I no longer had the bulging problem.
Fasting Promotes Healthy Energy Level
My desire to exercise returned and I added walking to my daily routine. I started walking three (3) to five (5) days per week, and loss even more weight, to the point where my husband started teasing me that I was disappearing. It felt really good that I had gotten results without spending a whole lot of money, and I was not on anyone’s time or program. Today, one year later, the challenge I have is a wardrobe malfunction, in that, it is costing me to replenish my ‘stock’. This does not bother me one bit, as I am feeling great about the new me.
Fasting Supports Cardiovascular Health
My research so far has provided no documented scientific evidence that fasting supports cardiovascular health, the regimen and the actions taken while fasting provide the body, and heart with a healthy boost. Gaining weight and developing diabetes, are risk factors for heart disease. Therefore, regular fasting may give your body time to metabolize the sugar and caloric intake, and allow the organs of the body, such as the heart, kidneys and liver time to break these down efficiently. One key component of fasting and heart health is water. Rubin in his Daniel fast plan recommended ‘the consumption of four 16 – ounce bottles of purified water before consuming the first meal of the day, at about 2 p.m. Then the rest of the day, he recommends another three to four additional bottles’.
I know this is a lot of water, especially for someone who does not normally drink that much; but the body requires flushing of the toxins that are expelled during the period of fasting. It is recommended that a glass of water be consumed, first thing in the morning, one or two before a meal, one sometime after a meal, and one before bed. Care should be taken to ensure that the water being consumed is not municipal tap water (chlorinated), but as much as is possible, purified water and where possible natural spring water. Spring water occurs when water flows to the surface of the earth from underground without man’s intervention.
I hope that this information on fasting and its benefits will assist you in some way, to manage your weight, take back your health and well-being and look and feel your best self. It may take some willpower and strength to train your taste buds, to naturally accept the taste of water, raw vegetable juice, and unsweetened teas.