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The Best Methods for Cleaning Produce

Learn the best methods for cleaning produce in this informational blog post. This is important, because while most of us know organic is best, many of us can’t afford the higher prices. In addition, many grocery stores only offer a few varieties of organic fruits and vegetables, leaving us with no choice but to buy non organic produce. No matter how hard you try to buy and consume 100% organic, it’s almost impossible to be perfect in this area. But you can clean non organic produce with proper washing methods, so don’t give up!

Appropriately washing non organic produce is especially important if you’re going on a juice fast. These methods of cleaning your non organic fruits and vegetables remove most of the harmful agricultural chemicals and bacteria. Below are four of the best methods to properly wash your fruits and vegetables.

4 Best Methods for Washing Fruits and Vegetables

1. Lemon Bath

What you need: 4 tablespoons of sea salt, juice of one lemon, water

Procedure: Fill sink or bowl with cold water, add salt and lemon juice*. Soak fruits and vegetables for at least 10 minutes. Once you are done soaking, rinse produce under cold running water.

*If you don’t have lemon, substitute ¼ cup of white vinegar

2. HCL Bath

What you need: 1 ounce of hydrochloric acid (HCL)*, 3 quarts of water

*HCL is available at most hardware stores

Procedure: Add HCL to water in bowl or sink. Mix to create a 1% HCL solution. Soak produce in solution for at least ten minutes. Rinse produce thoroughly with cold running water.

3. Boiling Path

What you need: Boiling water, Heat-Safe Bowl, Tongs*

* This method should not be used on fragile vegetables or fruit!

Procedure: Add boiling water to bowl. Be careful not to overfill. Using the tongs, dip vegetables into boiling water for 5-10 seconds. After dipping, rinse under cold running water. This method helps removes germs and wax from fruits and vegetables.

4. Baking Soda Bath

What you Need: 1 teaspoon of baking soda, two cups of water, bowl

Procedure: If you need more than two cups of water to cover produce, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every two cups of water. Mix baking soda with water in large bowl. Soak fruits and vegetables for 10-15 minutes, then rinse produce under cold running water.

Step 4. Baking Soda Bath

Sea Salt vs Table Salt

Use Sea Salt, not table salt for these produce washing methods! Sea salt is a natural disinfectant. Unlike table salt, sea salt does not contain unnatural additives and sea salt is not processed to eliminate essential minerals.

Timing and Scrubbing

Soak all fruits and vegetables for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re not pressed for time, remember 15 minutes is optimal for the removal of toxic chemicals and bacteria from your produce.

In addition, purchasing a scrubber will help you remove built-up waxes and harmful pesticides from non organic fruits and vegetables. Scrubbers are not expensive, so don’t hesitate to add this handy tool to your list!

Bye Bye, Poisons/Hello, Love

In conclusion, there is always a plan B! When you can’t find or afford organic fruits and vegetables, just wash them properly.

Washing non organic fruits and vegetables is simple, cheap, and practical.

Taking the time to rid your fruits and vegetables of most of the toxic chemicals and bacteria is extremely important for your overall health.

Take time to give your body love, it goes a long way!

For in depth information on fasting, click here.

For information on water fasting, click here.

For information on how to correctly break a fast, click here.

For information on Intermittent Fasting, click here.

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For information on proper food combining, click here.

The Best Food Combinations for Optimal Health

In this informational blog post, you will learn how to create the best food combinations for optimal health. Since I support fasting for ultimate health and wellness, I believe careful food combining is essential to conserve healing energy for your body and your mind.

SAD – The Standard American Diet

We all know the drill.

You eat until you’re “full”, maybe even a little too much. Then you sit down on the sofa to watch your favorite show and enjoy a relaxing food coma. Everything feels “just right”.

For about thirty minutes, you feel satiated, full, and happy.

Then, “it” happens. You feel your stomach churn and now you are gassing uncontrollably. As your pain and discomfort worsen, you regret eating “too much”.

Of course, consuming too much food too fast results in a bloated, sick feeling. But more often, the culprit is our tendency to combine food incorrectly, not eating too much!

I know proper food combining is overwhelming at first, but you only need to remember three simple rules. Before you read on, I want to encourage you, as I always do, to love yourself. If you suffer from an eating disorder, for example, you might become obsessed and perfectionistic. While I don’t encourage moderation in most things, (I am an “all-in” kind of guy), I trust you to follow your heart and listen to your body.

Three Rules For Healthy Food Combining

Rule One: Never Mix Proteins with Carbohydrates

Proteins are broken down with acid digestive enzymes and carbohydrates are broken down with alkaline digestive enzymes. Consuming proteins and carbohydrates at the same time stops proper digestion. Your body produces acidic enzymes to break down proteins and alkaline enzymes to break down carbohydrates. Since these enzymes are neutralized by each other, the digestive process grinds to a halt. As your digestion slows down, putrefaction and fermentation begin. (yes those words are as bad as they sound)

These unhealthy digestive lapses cause bloating, gas and the “stuffed” feeling in your belly.

Rule Two: Never Mix Fruits With Other Foods

Fruits digest very quickly. For this reason, proponents of proper food combinations recommend eating fruit at least twenty minutes before a meal or a few hours after.

When you consume fruits with slower digesting foods like proteins or complex carbohydrates, your body fails to digest the fruit properly. The sugars in fruit ferment in your gut, raising blood alcohol levels and causing digestive distress.

To avoid this potentially harmful situation, consider an all-fruit meal. For an even easier digestive process, make a whole meal of just one kind of fruit. Eat three apples for breakfast, a half melon for lunch or a whole pineapple for a delicious dinner.

Nothing is simpler to digest than a mono-fruit meal (eating one fruit at a time). After a simple delicious meal of all fruit, you’ll feel energized and light instead of sluggish and heavy.

Rule Three: Never Combine Melons With Any Other Food.

High water content, soft texture and other factors make melons one of the easiest and quickest foods to digest. All varieties of melons contain many nutrients critical for better health; You can enhance the nutritional value of this super fruit by never combining melons with other types of fruits or slower digesting foods.

Following is a guideline to clarify the importance of careful food combining.

Five Tips For A Healthier, Happier Life

  1. Keep your diet simple to keep life simple and happy
  2. Being happy when you eat makes the digestive process easier. (Being upset elevates stomach acids, which can neutralize digestive efforts and create unhealthy acidosis.)
  3. Relax while you’re eating and enjoy your food. Your body will thank you for extra energy for digestion.
  4. Chew foods slowly and well. Remember, the first stage of digestion takes place in your mouth
  5. Don’t drink with meals. Drinking with meals neutralizes essential enzymes, interfering with healthy digestive functions.

“Do your best to calm down before you eat. If you are upset, don’t eat!” – Kevin Kaczmarski

Friends, your body craves simplicity. The less food you combine at one time while eating, the better is it for your digestive process.

Your Body Craves Simplicity

  • When digestion is easier, energy is conserved for healing and movement.
  • When energy is conserved for energy and movement, you feel lighter.
  • When you feel lighter, you feel happier.
  • When you feel happier, the people around you feel happier.
  • Happy people are motivated to practice self-care and compassion.
  • As you heal, the world heals.

As you heal, the world heals. – Kevin Kaczmarski

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi

In conclusion, proper food combining not only eliminates bloating and gas, but it is the first step to elite health and total wellness. When we combine the right foods, we set our body in motion for free and easy digestion.

Remember, less is more. Keep it simple and take it easy.

Enjoy a simple healthy meal and start your healing journey today!

For in depth information on fasting, click here.

For information on water fasting, click here.

For information on juice fasting, click here.

For information on how to correctly break a fast, click here.

For information on Intermittent Fasting, click here.

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For information on methods to washing produce, click here.

Fulfill Health Benefits In The Power of Juices

In this informational blog post, you will learn the benefits of different types of fruit and vegetable juices.

To start, juicing is an enlightening experience, which allows your body a chance to heal from harmful impurities and toxins. With juice fasting, the GI tract and digestive system get a much needed rest, stimulating cleansing and lymphatic movement while keeping the kidneys flushed.

Fruit Juices Vs Vegetable Juices

Juices supply glucose and fructose to cells for energy. Fruit juices offer the most powerful way to detoxify your body and your mind. Light and astringent, fruit juices pull on intestinal walls and help rid the body of toxins. Vegetable juices are harder for the body to digest so they are not as detoxifying or astringent.

On the other hand, vegetable juices supply the body with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These nutrients are essential for replenishing energy and refreshing you when your body is feeling depleted from an extended fast.

With regards to vegetable juices, let’s take a look at the mecca of green plants, chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the chemical formed by the chloroplast cells of green plants. All animal life, including human life, depends on chlorophyll; Without it, we could not exist. The benefits of chlorophyll are practically endless.

Benefits of Chlorophyll

  • Heals infected and ulcerated wounds
  • Helps regrow tissue cell activity
  • Acts as effective medicine for bleeding gums, canker sores, and trench mouth
  • Helps aid pyorrhea, gingivitis, and sore throat
  • Makes a great mouthwash
  • Kills odor producing bacteria
  • Fights bad breath
  • Acts as general antiseptic

Since chlorophyll is essential to life on this planet, we want to find the richest sources possible. Wheatgrass and barley are two superfoods, and two of the richest sources of chlorophyll. A one-ounce dose provides abundant amounts of chlorophyll in most cases. Wheatgrass and barley also contain great amounts of dismutase, a powerful antioxidant and anti-aging enzyme. Proven to eliminate inflammation in people with arthritis, the benefits of wheatgrass and barley are continued below:

The Power of Two Superfoods, Wheatgrass and Barley

  • Purifies and rebuilds blood
  • Increases hemoglobin production
  • Alkalinizes blood
  • Cleanses colon
  • Purges the liver
  • Neutralizes toxins
  • Oxygenates cells
  • Heals intestinal walls

Moreover, consuming your juices according to color is a great way to make sure you are getting all the nutritional benefits possible. Every color in each juice represents a different form of healing for your body. Below is a list of the colors of different juices along with their specific healing properties.

Color of Juices and Healing Properties

  • Red Foods (Tomatoes, cherries, red cabbage, cranberry, watermelon)
    • Speeds up Circulation
    • Heats your body
  • Orange Foods (Oranges, carrots, pumpkins, and apricots)
    • Anti-spasmodic
    • Great for pain
    • Great for cramps
    • Strengthens Lungs
    • Opens up feelings of joy
    • Promotes vitality and mental clarity
  • Yellow Foods (Lemon, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Apple, Banana, Mango)
    • Strengthens Nerves
    • Aids in Digestion and Constipation
  • Green Foods (Leafy Greens, Sprouts, Wheatgrass, Avocado)
    • Cleans Blood
    • Kills Bacteria
    • Acts as a Natural Tranquilizer
  • Blue Foods (Blueberry, Plum, Grape, Asparagus, Nuts)
    • Cures Headaches
    • Enhances Spiritual Enlightenment
    • Improves Mental Clarity

To conclude, the power of fruit and vegetables juices contain endless benefits. Someone going on a juice fast pumps countless vitamins and minerals into their body while they are drinking juice. Much of this information was taken from the book Juice Fasting & Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz. This book is a great source for anyone looking for ultimate health and vitality.  

Drink your juice and have some fun!

For more in depth information on fasting, click here.

For more information on water fasting, click here.

For more information on how to break a fast correctly, click here.

For more information on intermittent fasting, click here.

For more information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For more information on proper food combining, click here.

For more information on proper methods for washing produce, click here.

How To Prepare For Fasting In 5 Easy Steps

Read this blog post to learn how to prepare for fasting in 5 easy steps.

Prepping for a prolonged fast is about more than a shopping list for the right ingredients and equipment.  With proper pre-fast preparation, the benefits of fasting go far beyond temporary weight loss.

Here are five steps to prepare your body, mind and soul so you can experience fasting for ultimate health and wellness. Let’s begin!

Step One: Diet Prep

Ease into your fast with a pre-fasting diet. If you are eating the typical SAD (Standard American Diet), go slowly. If you are vegan, you can consider starting out with the raw vegan diet.

To put it briefly, the Raw Vegan diet eliminates grains, dairy, fish, meat and all animal products (including eggs and butter!) . For great vegan recipes, click here.

Prior to your fast, eat a raw vegan diet for at least five days.

Raw Vegan Food List

  • Leafy greens (Kale, spinach, arugula, etc.)
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pineapple)
  • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
  • Berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
  • Apples, grapes, bananas
  • Dates & Figs
  • Raw Nuts (almonds, walnuts cashews, brazil nuts, pecans, pine nuts)
  • Raw Seeds (Sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, hemp seeds)
Raw Vegan Diet: Consuming plenty of raw fruits
and vegetables is key for proper fasting prep

For someone who is looking for guidance on transitioning to a raw vegan diet, I highly recommend reading The 30-day Transformation Living Food Program by Dan McDonald aka “The Life Regenerator.”

The next tier after a raw vegan diet for putting your body in the best shape for a prolonged juice/water fast is to go on a Fruit Fast.

Only Fruit For At Least Two Days:

-Melons give you the most bang for your buck, but can be very aggressive as they are composed with the highest water content. Mono-fruit fasts consist of eating only one type of fruit for long periods of time. A mono-fruit fast is a great way to work up to a water fast or a juice fast, but don’t hesitate to eat more than one kind of fruit. Just be careful with your fruit combinations as combining improper fruits leads to fermentation resulting in bloating and gas ultimately leading to acidosis. For more information on food combining click here.

A diet consisting of raw foods and plenty of fruits will help clean the bowels, flush the liver and kidneys, and set your body in proper motion for a truly beneficial fast.

Step Two: Gather A Strong Support System

Seek the guidance of an experienced faster (someone who has proper knowledge and wisdom on fasting and detoxification). For complete trust and guidance on fasting I recommend reading the book Juice Fasting and Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz.

Trust me. You’ll need friends when fasting! While fasting is beneficial and simple, it is not easy. A strong support system is necessary for Emotional Detoxification: As your body rids itself of toxins, you might experience intense emotions from past traumas. I call this an “emotional detox”.

Let a close friend know in advance you might be calling them at absurd times to talk.  Seek reassurance and encouragement in advance. This is a great habit for any project in life. Shore up support prior to beginning any life change.

 “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”- Abraham Lincoln.

During detox, we often uproot past emotions that have been embedded inside of us for years; Enlist the help of someone you can trust to help you get through these tough times. This person should be someone who will openly listen to your emotions in a non-judgmental manner.

Granted that you enter an emotional detox, have a pen and a paper ready to write down what you are feeling as this will also help you through your emotional release.

Step Three: Shopping List

Stock up on the right ingredients for your fast.

For A Water Fast, You Will Need

  • Distilled Water and/or Reverse Osmosis Water
  • A glass cup
  • Herbs (optional)

For A Juice Fast, You Will Need

  • A proper juicer (masticating juicer recommended)
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Distilled and/or reverse osmosis water
  • Herbs (optional)

It is important to consume organic fruits and distilled water as these are your purest sources of water and juice for your fast. Remember, fasting is designed to eliminate toxins and heal. Filling your system with fruits and water containing impurities can only slow down the detoxification process.

Fruits That Are Okay To Consume Non-Organic

  • Most fruits where you don’t eat the skin
    • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
    • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, lemons, limes)
    • Kiwi
    • Papaya

Fruits That Are Very Important To Consume Organic

  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • All berries

For more information on organic produce and the most important produce to buy organic click here.

Step Four: Prep The Most Stress-Free Schedule You Can

Furthermore, when planning a time for your fast, you want to plan a time free of stress. This can be hard in today’s society as we all have demands whether its family, work, or relationships. Sometimes it is best to take some vacation time and rid your schedule of any events you had planned for your body deserves rest and a fast.

Above all, don’t start a fast when your physical, emotional, or mental demands are too high. Every stressful day of your fast can extend the time required to detoxify by one half day. This means that fasting for 15 days under a stressful environment would achieve the same amount of detoxification as a peaceful 10 day fast.

Even though time is important, fasting is also a matter of energy. You might be saving energy by not digesting food, but you are spending energy through mental or emotional stress. The goal is to conserve as much energy as you can for your body to use on healing and detoxification.

Moreover, make sure in advance you will be able to give yourself enough time to refrain from activity and you will be able to get plenty of bed rest. Remember, conserving the most energy is key.

If you are going on a juice fast, bed rest will not be as necessary as you are still giving the body energy. Depending on your level of toxicity, you should be fine carrying on normal daily activities on a juice fast.

Step Five: Adjusting To Climate

As for weather, it is best to wait until summer or go to a place that is warm. When you fast, you will likely feel cold. When you consume food, combustion takes place as your body digests the food. Combustion creates heat keeping you warm. The same goes with exercise and activity. Since you are trying to conserve energy for healing, these activities will be put on halt meaning it will be tougher for your body to stay warm.

Warm weather keeps you warm naturally and does not require your body to create energy in order for you to stay warm. If you are going to be carrying out your fast in the winter or in a cold environment, you must have the proper clothing.

Clothing To Stay Warm – Fasting In Cold Weather

  • Sweatshirt
  • Sweatpants
  • Leggings
  • Long socks
  • Undershirt (under amour)
  • Layers for going outside
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Cayenne Pepper for socks

Putting cayenne pepper in socks can help keep your feet warm. When our feet are warm, our body feels warm.

As has been noted, correct fasting preparation is key to carrying your fast out smoothly and properly. Improperly carrying out these five steps can make a prolonged fast much more difficult.

Don’t cheat yourself of healing! Prepare, prepare, prepare!  

Note: Build Up To More Rigorous Fasts

The fasting journey is nothing short of amazing. With that being said, make sure to continually educate yourself on fasting. People who do not have the healthiest body should start off slow with an intermittent fast, a one-day fast or a three-day fast. Work to build up to longer fasts. Be cautious when fasting for the first time!

Always Listen To Your Body

Lastly, during your fast, remind yourself to listen to your body. Your body will tell you how long to carry your fast, when to dig deeper, or when to stop the fast. Some people can go for a day, other people can go for months, your body will let you know.

When your body is telling you it is time to eat solid foods again, it is vital to break your fast the correct way. Breaking your fast improperly, especially a long one, can be detrimental to your health and very rarely can result in death. The Most Loving Way To Break A Fast For Your Body will show you the correct way to break a fast leading you to ultimate health and vitality.

As always, listen to your body, follow your heart, and enjoy the healing process!

For more in depth information on fasting, click here.

For more information on water fasting, click here.

For more information on the health benefits of juices, click here.

For more information on proper techniques for washing produce, click here.

Intermittent Fasting, Never Missing A Day Of Love

As many of you know, I am a passionate advocate of fasting. I believe fasting is a powerful way to love yourself and heal your body. That’s why I chose the title, “Intermittent fasting, never missing a day of love.” – Kevin Kaczmarski

Yosemite National Park at Sunset on a Fast

Intermittent fasting is a popular health and fitness trend. Even though most people begin intermittent fasting for weight loss, the health benefits actually go much deeper.

Intermittent fasting is defined as an eating pattern which cycles between timed periods of fasting and eating, better described as a lifestyle choice than a diet.

I am passionate about fasting for many reasons, including the natural energy conservation that happens when we fast. Normally, your body uses a great deal energy for digestion and physical activity. In a fasting state, your body doesn’t need to use this energy for digestion. In addition, resting while you fast will allow your to conserve energy normally used for physical activity. This saved energy is then used to heal your body. The longer you fast, the more your body heals. 

To understand why I am so enthused about fasting, please read my informational post about the benefits of fasting, water fasting, juice fasting.

Let’s check out some of the most popular intermittent fasting methods.

Popular Intermittent Fasts

1. The 16/8 Method

  • Most common intermittent fasting technique
  • Fasting Cycle: 16-hour fasting, 8 hour eating.
  • Typical Timing: No food from 8 pm until 12 noon the following day.
  • Common Eating Pattern:  1st meal at noon, 2nd meal near 4pm,  last meal near 6 pm, must be complete by 8pm.

2. The Warrior Diet

  • Be like a warrior, who only ate one meal a day
  • Fasting Cycle: Fast during the day, Eat one evening meal
  • Typical Timing: Fast until 5pm
  • Common Eating Pattern: No food until dinner, then large meal for dinner

3. The 5:2 Diet

  • Follows a weekly pattern, easy for typical work schedules
  • Fasting Cycle: Eat normally for 5 days. The other two days restrict eating, fast for long periods.

4. 24 Hour fast

  • Complete a 24 hour fast once or twice a week. Consume a normal diet on the other days.

5. Alternate-day fasting: Fast every other day

  • Consume a normal diet one day, fast the next day.

6. Instinctive meal skipping

  • Skip meals on days your body tells you to. Days when you feel like you don’t need to eat or days it feels convenient not to.

As I always say, listen to your body. Discover the best fasting style for you. Over time, you can work up to longer fasts, but go slowly. There’s no hurry. Each time you give your body a healing break, you’ll get stronger and healthier.

Although some of these fasts may seem unorthodox or dangerous, fasting is actually more natural than eating 3-4 meals a day.  If one wants to see more healing benefits and achieve a healthier lifestyle, they should incorporate the 80-10-10- diet.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  • Allows your body to take a rest from digestion and focus energy on removing toxins to speed up the healing process.
  • During fasting, cells can more easily initiate important repair processes.
  • Most people start intermittent fasting with the intentions to lose weight, but soon realize the far deeper benefits of fasting as well. During intermittent fasting, weight loss is simple to understand; When you eat less frequently, you consume less calories and lose weight.
  • Reduces harmful inflammation and the symptoms of inflammation.
  • Improves mental clarity as you develop body and mind awareness. The new awareness helps transform an addiction to unhealthy food into a heart-centered desire for healthy food.

Convenient Lifestyle

  • Don’t need to plan or clean up as many meals
  • People can organize their day around the window they chose for eating instead of constantly eating and preparing meals sporadically throughout the day
  • Fits into peoples on-the-go lifestyle better

Intermittent Fasting Safety

Fasting is for everyone, but it is important to recognize where you are at in your life in terms of stress, emotional health, and schedule or workload. Educate yourself on fasting before going on an extended fast.

Start slow

Start off by eliminating a meal a day for a few weeks. Once you feel comfortable with doing this, start eliminating two meals a day or periodically removing different meals on separate days. Once your body is acclimated to intermittent fasting, then you can look to carry out more vigorous fasts. To prepare for a fast, you can read this post.

Have Fun and Be Love

Intermittent fasting might seem hard at first, but once you are comfortable with it and start reaping the benefits, you won’t want to stop. Although weight loss is the primary reason most people want to incorporate intermittent fasting into their lifestyle, they’ll soon enjoy far more benefits than weight loss.

Have fun and be love, you and your body deserve it!

For more information on fasting click here.

For more information on the correct way to break a fast, click here.

For more information on the health benefits of juices, click here.

For more information on food combining, click here.

For more information on properly washing produce, click here.

The Most Loving Way To Break A Fast For Your Body

In this informational blog post, you will learn the most loving way to break a fast for your body. To ensure success, you must follow the proper steps to come off a fast for ultimate health and vitality.

Fasting is like most achievements in your life, challenging in the beginning, easy as habits develop in the middle and most challenging after you’ve succeeded. This is why mental and physical preparation is so important for any lasting success.

Even with surgery, maintaining weight loss is not easy according to this article by Marschall S. Runge. 70% of people who win the lottery are broke within 3-5 years.

Accountability by texting or sharing with a friend helps greatly with discipline when you are ready to end your fast. Environment always trumps will power.

When you need will power the most, you have the least amount. Most of us can’t do this alone. After all, desire for food is the strongest desire we have. Yes, food is even more tempting than sex, money, or drugs for most of us! 

“The desrire for food is the strongest urge we have, and is even greater than the sexual drive,” – Steve Meyerowtiz.

Since breaking the fast properly is critical for success, carefully read this blog post all the way through. Together, we can prepare for a joyful end to your fast!

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Know When To Stop Your Fast

Choosing the incorrect time to break your fast can be a deal breaker. When you stretch your fast too long, many problems occur. Your body does not follow a calendar, so stretching a fast too long can result in problems when your fast ends. Stretching the body beyond its needs can cause a rebound effect during the re-feeding period.

You’ll be tempted to eat far too much too fast if you extend the length of your water fast, juice fast, or dry fast. Therefore, you must always listen to your body. Your body will tell you when it is time to break a fast.

Listen To The Body

  • Recognize your interest in food when it occurs
  • Stop the fast when the desire for food returns
  • Your body will guide you in specific ways
    • Desires to chew food
    • Constant curiosity about the food on your friends’ plate
    • Wondering what’s on the menu (scrolling through food websites, seeing what’s in the fridge, etc.)
  • If these signals continue to persist for the whole day, your body is telling you it’s time to break the fast

Listening to your body allows you to complete your fast in a disciplined healthy way.

Real Hunger vs Temptation

For the simple reason that our minds will tell us we’re hungry because we want to mindlessly eat, it is important to know the difference between real hunger and the hunger made up in our minds also known as temptation.

Real hunger is hard to ignore and once we ignore it, we are no longer fasting but starving. Starving occurs when the body truly needs food and cannot get it. When the body is starving, it wants to build its energy back up again, and seeks amino acids to do so.

When the body is fasting, it is cleansing and eliminating harmful agents. A fasting diary can be used to track food cravings and impulses. You can use a simple journal or a notebook for your fasting diary. Some helpful ideas to include are listed below. Remember to write an affirmation or thought to hold onto each day.

For example, “I am love”, “I am loved.” ” This moment is the best moment ever.” “Love Is Now.”

Fasting Diary Can Be Used To:

  • Track food impulses
  • Record cravings for solid food
  • Record time of the day cravings occur
  • See trends in craving
  • Distinguish between temptation and real hunger
  • Observe hunger trends
  • Guide you to the right time to break the fast

The Three Phases To Introducing Solid Foods

Phase 1

First stage of introducing solid foods back into your diet:

The first foods you should consume when breaking a fast should be soft, high water content fruits. Heavier fruits such as bananas are heavy and starchy with a low water content and should not be the first foods to break your fast.

Same goes with dried fruits as these do not have a high enough water content. These foods should be consumed in phase 2. Eating fruits with a higher water content will help stimulate your appetite and prepare the system for heavier solid foods.

The best foods to break a fast with are listed below. My favorite is pineapple, melons or grapes. Always choose organic when you can.

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase One

  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mango
  • Other Melons

Amount Of Food And Eating Approach

A fasting stomach is a sleeping stomach, glands that produce digestive juices are relaxed and are not in a place of production. Your stomach has not only been sleeping, it has shrunk. The amount of food we throw back into our sleeping stomach and our approach in doing so should be monitored closely while we break our fast.

How To Awaken Your Body Safely After A Fast

  • Make sure you sit while eating for better and easier digestion
  • Do everything slowly, sip your soup and chew pulpy juice
  • Never rush the refeeding process
  • Don’t push the body to return quickly to full capacity, let your body follow a natural schedule. Listen to your body!
  • Ease your body back into physical activity very slowly
  • As taste sensations return, monitor your portions carefully
    • Don’t let your anxiety to eat overcome you
    • Don’t let prior eating arrangements (going out to dinner with friends, etc.) wreck your progress. Order water or fruit if you can.
    • Listen to your stomach, gurgling sounds or feel bloated feelings are indicators to slow down or eat less

Methods For Phase 1

  • Nibble
  • Feed self like a baby
  • Eat small amounts every hour or two
  • Follow an eating schedule
  • Create a menu for the first day or two
  • Eat the simplest foods
  • Avoid food combining

Furthermore, the duration of the dry, water, intermittent or juice fast determines how long it takes for the digestive system to be turned back on in the post fast phase. Building the digestive system can take from one day to one week depending on the length of the fast.

For someone who has gone on a 10 day fast, the first 5 days after the fast should be foods from phase 1. The next 5 days should be phase 2 foods. Then after 10 days of phase 1 and 2, they can start introducing foods back in from their original diet.

For breaking a three day fast, I recommend phase one on day one, phast two on day two and phase three on day three. Keep it simple!

Phase 2

The digestive system has turned back on and you are able to begin consuming heavier foods. This is the transition phase from phase one light high-water-content foods to foods from your normal diet. These foods are listed below.

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Two

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Avocados
  • Sprouts
  • Kelp
  • Olive Oil
  • Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Tofu
  • Vegetable Soups

Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Three

When you feel your digestive system is working properly and your body is adequately energized, you’re ready to reintroduce grains, starch vegetables, and cooked foods. Dairy and animal products can be reintroduced as well, but remember, these foods are clogging to the digestive system and cause high levels of acidosis.

CAUTION: Be careful with deep fried foods such as French fries or dairy such as high fat cheese. Foods with processed sugars should be consumed very minimally or not at all. The benefits of your fast can be reversed if you go back to eating a diet high in mucus forming foods! (Meat, Dairy, processed foods).

Breaking a fast correctly is critical; the time after your complete your fast is absolutely the most dangerous part of the fast.

Possible hazards of Breaking A Fast Incorrectly

  • High levels of stress on heart, liver, lungs, and other vital organs
  • Reversal of fasting benefits
  • Shock to your system, resulting in potentially serious health conditions

Three days fasts are a good idea, since you do not have to be as cautious about breaking the fast as people who have fasted for 30 days or more.

Even though you may feel like you’re on cloud 9 nine when your body breaks a fast with cooked foods, this satisfaction will be short lived. Once the digestion process begins, you’ll feel energy being used for digestion instead of healing. Our taste buds are always ready for food, but our digestive system is not.

Safety Precautions

The healing power of fasting is second to none, but experts recommend a slow build up to longer fasts. Start with a one-day juice fast, then work up to a three-day fast, then a seven-day fast. This will prep you for a longer term fast correctly without putting yourself in danger by carrying out incorrect fasting methods.

Success Is Determined By How You Break Your Fast

In the end, your success is determined by how well you break your fast. Don’t let three days of healing on a fast go down the drain by breaking your fast incorrectly.

Breaking your fast correctly takes dedication and willpower, but when done correctly, you’ll enjoy all the incredible benefits of your fast. Practice with a one day fast soon and best of luck on your fasting journey!

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

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Juice Fasting, The Best Way To Fulfill Your Love

In this informational blog post, you’ll learn basic steps to follow for successful juice fasting, the best way to fulfill your love.

To begin, juice fasting is a fun, fast way to restore your health. Juice fasting is easier than water fasting or dry fasting. Beginners can benefit from a juice fast while experienced fasters can use this process to “dig deeper.”

Unlike dry fasting and water fasting, juice fasting provides the body with enough energy for everyday routines. Juices nourish you and provide stamina without drastically altering your lifestyle. Some of the numerous benefits of juice fasting include:

Health Benefits Of Juicing

  • Extreme mental clarity
  • Increased energy
  • Clearer, softer skin
  • Thicker, healthier hair
  • Healing past injuries
  • Deeper sense of happiness
  • And much more

To resume, not many things offer as much nutrition as juice. Juicing allows us to take pounds of fruits and vegetables and condense them into a single glass of juice.

When it comes to raw vegetables, our digestive systems have a tough time breaking them down. We would be lucky to digest 70% of a raw living vegetable as their dense fibers take energy to digest.

With juicing though, we are able to digest and absorb 99% of the vegetable’s enzymes, water soluble vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Not only do we assimilate more nutrients when we juice our vegetables, but we also use hardly any energy for digestion.

Because of this natural energy conservation, your body has more energy for critical healing processes. Juice fasting can be an important component of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Fruit Juices

It is great to start your day with fruit juices. Fruits are the most cleansing foods on our planet. Fruit juices have a high water content, which flushes the digestive tract and kidneys while also purifying the blood.

Types Of Healing Fruit Juices (Fruits With High Juice Yield)

  • Citrus Fruits – Strong solvents, purging effect on liver and gallbladder
  • Grapes – Very powerful cleanser
  • Apples – Intestinal brooms, contain malic acid and galacturonic acid aiding in the removal of impurities, contain pectin preventing the putrefaction of protein
  • Cranberries – Excellent diuretic – healing to kidneys
  • Watermelon – Excellent diuretic – healing to kidneys

The pulp in some fruits is not easily separated from the water in the fruit. This means these fruits have low juice yields. You will not get the desired amount of juice for the price you’re paying.

Fruits With Low Juice Yield

  • Papaya
  • Coconut
  • Banana
  • Berries
  • Avocado
  • Peaches
  • Plums and prunes
  • Apricots

Green Juices

Green juices are harder for the body to digest than fruit juices. They are great for slowing the detoxification process and giving you a feeling of heaviness similar to the sensation from a solid food diet. Although green juices are not as detoxifying as fruit juices, they are healing, stabilizing, and calming.

Green juices give you long- term energy, a perfect remedy for exhaustion. If you are craving strength, drink a green juice drink. Greens can prolong your juice fast, supplying you with strength and energy to keep going. Recommended ingredients for green juices include:

Best Ingredients For Green Juices

  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Barley Grass
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Wheatgrass

Altogether, each fruit and vegetable offer unique benefits to your body. For a closer look at the benefits of each fruit and vegetable, take a look at Fulfill Health Benefits In The Power Of Juices.

How Much Juice And How Often?

  • Drink juice until stomach is content
  • Think of juice as meals – Drink until full, don’t overdrink
  • 8-16 ounces is usually sufficient
  • More than 20 ounces can make you feel “too full”
  • Drink throughout the day and listen to your body. Your body knows best.

Pasteurized Juices-NO!

Next, juices that aren’t freshly squeezed do not offer the same benefits and should not be consumed on a juice fast. Pasteurized juices are the juices we see on a shelf at the store. Pasteurization is a process of heating a liquid to a certain point to sanitize the liquid from bacteria and disease organisms.

During the pasteurization process, enzymes and vitamins are destroyed. The process kills the juice which allows the juice to have a shelf life. Although these pasteurized juices taste good, they are dead, offering little to no nutritional benefits. Recently stores have started offering cold-pressed unpasteurized juices.

Extending The Life Of Fresh Juice

In order to gain the most benefits from juicing, you should drink your juices right away since freshly squeezed juices are highly perishable. When fresh juices come in contact with light, heat, and air, the oxidation process begins. During the oxidation process, the cells in fruits and vegetables are separated, causing the loss of nutritional enzymes.

As the juice continues to undergo oxidation, more and more nutrition is lost. Drinking juice before this happens is key.

Below are ways to slow down the oxidation process:

Ways To Slow Down Oxidation

  • Store juices in a cool dry place
  • Fill juice container to the brim
  • Add Lemon Juice
  • Keep juice jars tightly sealed
  • Use dark sterile pre-chilled glass bottles
  • Use a high quality thermos for juice on the go

Cleaning Fruits And Vegetables

Organic fruits and vegetables can be washed with water before juicing. On the other hand, non-organic fruits and vegetables must be washed properly to remove pesticides, parasites, and bacteria. Read this post for more information on proper washing techniques

What To Watch Out For On A Juice Fast

Lastly, there are a few things to look out for carrying out a juice fast.

In the end, juice fasting is an enlightening art form everyone should practice and work to incorporate in their lifestyle.

The benefits of a juice fast are not only endless, but they are natural. Since juice fasting is the fastest way to restore health and vitality, start today!

Always be love, you deserve it!

Recipe for a flavorful cleansing citrus juice

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Water Fasting, The Missing Piece To Your Spirit

Read this blog post to learn the basics of water fasting for ultimate health and optimal wellness.

Water fasting is a demanding task, one requiring strict limitations and discipline. A water fast seems simple, but you need to prepare your body and your mind before you begin the healing process of fasting.

7 Basic Requirements For Fasting Success

  • A stress free schedule
  • A schedule where you can attain plenty of bed rest
  • A sanitary environment to rest in such as a clean bedroom or a clean living room
  • Silence – I recommend meditation practice. Wherever You Go, There You Are By Jon Kabat-Zinn, is a great book if you’d like to learn more about meditation.
  • Abstinence from electronics – Remember, you are uprooting past emotions, and overuse of electronics will suppress this life-changing healing process
  • Plenty of sun; If you live in a cold climate, open your blinds and get as much natural light as possible. Visit to learn about the benefits of happy lights, which can be a helpful ally in your fasting journey.
  • Prepare to drink one glass of water every hour. This quantity is recommended by some experts; However, your body knows best, so listen to your body and drink the amount of water appropriate for you.

Although you can drink any type of water on a water fast, we recommend drinking distilled water or reverse osmosis water for the best results. Remember, the goal of water fasting is to purge your body of toxins so drinking clean water is most beneficial to your bodies.

For more in-depth details on how to prepare for a water fast, click here.

What Happens In Your Body When You Engage In A Water Fast?

  • Catabolism is your body’s process of breaking down and cleaning up. Fasting enhances this process; normally your body experiences higher levels of catabolism while you are sleeping.
  • Catabolism usually slows down in the daytime as you use energy for digestion and recovery from exercise.
  • When you rest and fast, you put a halt to these stressors, allowing your body to undergo catabolism during daytime.
  • Feeding your body only water allows your body to concentrate energy on healing.
  • Energy normally used for digestion available for use in your immune, lymphatic and glandular systems, creating high levels of body cleaning and purging.
  • Ultimately, we are able to remove high levels of stored toxins, mucus, and inflammation.

The benefits are endless when our bodies are in a fasting state and they can be seen here.

Who Should Vs Who Shouldn’t Take On A Water Fast

Like I mentioned earlier, water fasting is a strenuous task requiring high levels of discipline and dedication. Even though everyone can benefit from water fasting, it is not meant for every stage of life.

For an average individual, water fasting can give energy, but it is not recommended for highly depleted individuals following an unhealthy lifestyle. You must build up your health before beginning a water fast.

Unlike juice fasting, we are depleting our bodies energy source so our body must work with the energy it already has. Individuals who improve their health with a diet of raw fruits and vegetables are most ready to gravitate towards a water fast.

You Should Participate In A Water Fast If You’re:

  • Cleaned of impurities
  • Built up on raw foods (fresh fruit and vegetables)
  • Seeking higher forms of consciousness
  • Gravitating towards spirituality

You Should Not Participate In A Water Fast If You’re:

  • Highly dependent on cooked foods
  • Going through a rough patch in life
  • Not emotionally stable
  • Addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc.

Listen To Your Body

Even though this should and shouldn’t list is a rough estimate of people who are ready vs people who aren’t ready to take on a water fast, it is important to listen to your body at all times; Your body will NOT steer you wrong.

Your body will tell you if you are ready to take on a water fast. Listen. Yoga and meditation can help you listen to your body. The skill of body awareness is critical for fasting success.

When coming off a prolonged fast, it is extremely important to come off the right way. Read this post and learn how to break a fast the right way.

Be Love

As a final point, always be love. Water fasting is an extremely uplifting process leading you to higher forms of enlightenment. Being love, being aware you are nothing but love will make your fasting journey easier.

Everything you thought you were was actually love manifested in you as something else. Allow love to carry you and let healing begin.

I hope your fasting journey is filled with love!

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Fasting, The Missing Love To Complete You

In this educational blog post about fasting for ultimate health and wellness, you’ll learn about dry fasting, water fasting, and juice fasting. Many people appreciate the weight loss experienced when fasting, but fasting offers far deeper benefits which last long after the extra weight is gone.

When we fast, we don’t just lose weight; We heal our body, mind, and spirit with fasting, the missing love to complete you.

We Heal Our Body

 3 Way In Which We Heal Our Body

  • Reverse the process of aging
  • Eliminate symptoms of disease
  • Heal past traumas and injuries

We Heal Our Mind

3 Ways In Which We Heal Our Mind

  • Total clarity allowing for rational thinking
  • Shed emotional burdens
  • Clear obstructions and emotional constructs

We Heal Our Soul

3 Ways In Which We Heal Our Soul

  • Align ourselves with nature
  • Strip ourselves of attachments
  • Move through love and forgiveness

While the physical benefits of fasting (weight loss, weight maintenance, toxin removal) are well-known, the reason I want you to fast is simple; Fasting removes mental, physical and spiritual barriers, allowing you to align yourself with your true purpose. We slowly strip away layers of unhealthy attachments and identities, getting closer and closer to a view of ourselves as genuine beings who deserve nothing but the highest forms of love.

According to many experts and scientific research, fasting improves physical, mental, and spiritual health.

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Benefits Of Dry Fasting, Water Fasting, And Juice Fasting Include…

  • Increased Energy
  • Sharpened sense of taste, hear, and smell
  • Soft, clear skin
  • Clarity in thinking
  • Anti-aging and increased vitality
  • Disappear gray hairs
  • Heal past injuries or body traumas
  • Alleviate symptoms of disease
  • Normalize blood sugars
  • Thickened hair
  • Deeper relationship with god and nature
  • Expanded happiness and vibrancy
  • Weight Loss
  • Many, many more

What Is Fasting?

Fasting is an ancient practice, with records dating all the way back to the 5th century. Hippocrates prescribed abstinence from food or drink to alleviate illness symptoms in his patients. We can find many examples of spiritual fasting in ancient religious teachings.

  • During Ramadan, Muslim people abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown.  Muslims believe fasting brings their body and soul closer to God.
  • Spiritual yoga teachers believe in purifying the body through mindful eating, dietary restrictions, yoga exercises, and fasting.
  • Faithful Christians practice fasting to bring them closer to Jesus and His teachings. According to the Bible, Jesus fasted 40 days while Satan tried tempting Him to no avail.
  • Animals naturally fast when they are sick or injured, depriving themselves of food and water to maximize the healing process.
  • People in all walks of life fast for many reasons, including clarity of purpose, renewed vigor, and peace of mind. 

Why You Should Fast

Let’s take a closer look as to what happens to the body when we fast.

Fasting Benefits The Body

When it comes to healing, nothing is quite better at it than the body. Yes, our bodies can heal anything. In order for the body to go through with this miraculous feat, we must get out of our body’s way.

We must remove all obstacles so the body can naturally eliminate built-up toxins. These harmful chemicals have been floating around since the Oscar Mayer hot dog you ate when you were in third grade and the milkshake you scarfed down when you were finished with soccer practice.

Not only must we remove all obstacles, but we must pump the brakes on everyday stressors.

Take a break from the gym. Put down the dumbbell and give the bicep a break, give your body a rest. Physical activity taxes our body in times of healing. Refrain from anything causing mental or emotional stress.

Nonetheless, our bodies are incredible machines in nature, but they aren’t unbreakable machines. Like most things, our bodies have limits. As we ingest artificial colors, preservatives, pesticides and other toxins, we grow ill. Fasting eliminates this toxic build up from our body.

Toxins Eliminated By Fasting
  • Artificial Flavors
  • Artificial Colors
  • Preservatives
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Rancid oils
  • Other indigestible chemicals

The health benefits of fasting restore optimal function to your gastro-intestinal tract, skin, lungs, liver, and other vital organs.

Symptoms Of Healing During A Fast

Detox symptoms surprise many people when they fast. While you might think of the common cold as a nuisance, during a fast a cold is an indicator of your body’s efforts to  discharge toxins and restore optimal health. Other symptoms such as minor aches and pains and reduced energy may also be detox symptoms. For more information on this, check out the book Juice Fasting and Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz.

Different Types Of Fasting For Ultimate Health And Wellness

There are many different types of fasting. People have done rice fasts, grain fasts, and intermittent fasts. For optimal healing though, we will stick with dry fasts, water fasts, and juice fasts.

Note: Water fasting and dry fasting require mind/body preparation. If you’re not properly educated, don’t jump into a dry, water, or juice fast. If you’ve suffered from an eating disorder, be cautious. Talk with a trusted professional and do some research before jumping in. For more detailed information on the right way to prep for a fast click here.

  1. Dry Fasting (The Ultimate Healer) – Refraining from all food and water, you must make sure you have proper knowledge before tackling this ultimate form of healing, Many people believe one day of dry fasting has the healing power of a three-day water fast.
  2. Water Fasting – Consuming only water for an extended period of time. 
  3. Juice Fasting – Consuming fresh squeezed or pressed fruit juices and water, no solid foods
Green Drink: 4 Organic Gala Apples, 2 Lemons, 1 Bushel Organic Kale, and 1 Organic Cucumber

Beauty of Fasting

Fasting is simple. Fasting for ultimate health and wellness requires no fancy remedies or trips to exclusive stores. Best of all, fasting is free. Simply put, you’re basically practicing abstinence to the core. Most of us have been taught to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks in between.

When I played baseball for the New York Mets, I ate more than 4000 calories a day. Believe me, I know fasting can seem wacko at first.  It’s actually hard for me to describe the benefits of fasting; for me, the word miraculous comes close.

“Words can’t describe the benefits of fasting, ‘miraculous’ comes close,” – Kevin Kaczmarski

Don’t trust me, trust the process, trust your body, trust yourself. Good luck with your fasting journey!

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