Cleanse Fast 2019, days 7 & 8

Wednesday went well. I felt good all day and took several walks.

Started the day with the salt water flush, which worked much better than the herbal tea alone had done. I only had kosher salt, not the recommended sea salt, so I used slightly less than the normal 2 tsp per quart.

Elimination was over within 3 hours. There was not much to eliminate, but my tongue still has the yeast coating. So I am not cleaned out yet.

I admit I am impatient to get this over with; I do not enjoy fasting. Even tho this lemonade makes it possible to get thru the process without going hungry, I miss food SO MUCH.

Another thing that has helped me get thru is honey drinks. Evenings are the most discouraging time, when I am already tired and am used to looking forward to dinner. So, I have taken a heaping tablespoon of honey and dissolved it in warm water to drink. At this point, I am tired of the taste of citrus.

But I am also buoyed by the fact that I am more than halfway thru the process. I hoped to end early but that does not look likely, now. This evening begins the 8th day. I will take my herbal “Smooth Move” tea tonight and make my lemonade for tomorrow. In the morning, I will drink another salt water flush.

Next week will be full of wonderful flavors, incredible things like wine, cheese, green salads, nuts, noodles, vegetables, eggs, fruit. I will savor them like the gods’ own ambrosia. Those days will be here soon.

2019 Cleanse Fast, Days 5 & 6

Two miserable nights in a row, with restless and cramped legs, bad attitude and uncomfortable eliminations convinced me to stop drinking alcohol on the fast. Yes, the book strictly forbids alcohol on the fast, but I figured one drink per day would not be a problem. I am very well hydrated, how could it hurt?

Yesterday (day 6) I drank no alcohol, and last night I slept well and deeply. No problems sleeping or going back to sleep after going to the toilet. Lesson learned!

So far this fast, I have taken the herbal laxative tea rather than doing the salt water flush. It works, but not as well, and I also had some belly cramps using it.

So, this morning I took the salt water flush instead. One quart of filtered water with two teaspoons of kosher salt dissolved in. I took off a pinch or two of the salt, since it was kosher and not sea salt. It took three tries to drink all of it. Then I did my normal morning chores in the garden and feeding the cat, letting the dog out. I was comfortable the entire time.

Elimination began about half an hour later and there was no pain. I am still passing waste, but not a lot.

Today is Wednesday, tonight will wrap up my seventh day of the fast. I am really glad I persevered; these past three days have been rough. Very discouraging. I kept telling myself that this week would go by, and that I have a lot of good things riding on completing this fast.

A symptom of being completely clean is when the yellow yeast on your tongue clears up. That has not happened yet this time, and I only remembered it yesterday when brushing my teeth. I hope to get that signal before Saturday!

Master Cleanser Fast June 2019, days 2 & 3

Finished up the gallbladder and liver flush yesterday, very good results! Got rid of a lot of stones, medium-sized ones, and chaff. That should mean that remaining stones have been loosened up and should come out more easily in the near future. Not that I look forward to the process, but I hope to do it again at least once this year. I need it to lower my bad cholesterol.
One issue I had the last several times I tried to fast was the first days, when my digestive tract still had food in process. Somehow that makes fasting harder; hunger was more persistent even with the lemonade and I just felt VERY fatigued. The gallbladder flush took care of that and actually ruined my appetite for nearly a whole day. Also, I started the laxative herb tea early, which helped make the gallbladder flush work better. The fast also let liver bile build up, which helps force out more gallstones. I thought these processes would work well together, and now I know these process really are complementary.
I nearly quit the fast yesterday (Saturday) evening. I nearly wanted to quit again, this evening! It is hard to stay on course when the day has gotten long. I stopped thinking about the length of the fast, which should be 10 days, and focused on getting thru that moment, that hour.
The healing I need specifically is a list: Tinnitus, the cough that remains from having had the flu two years in a row, bone spurs, and I hope it will heal the knot in my left calf. I suspect that there will be other things I am not even aware of, that will get better. As I write this at the end of my third day, the tinnitus is already feeling quieter and less varied.
I have deviated from the pure fast this time by drinking alcohol and some juices. I make certain to drink water before or at the same sitting as the alcohol, and have mixed juice in with water or alcohol. Also, I have added kombucha and raw apple cider vinegar, to combat the sugar. Sugar feeds yeast (candida albicans) and sends it into overgrowth; kombucha and RACV directly compete with and kill yeast. So far this has worked well, but I may cut out alcohol at some point.
I feel really good, possibly thanks to the gallbladder flush. I have enough energy to go for walks, laugh, get excited, unlike recent attempts to fast. Sleep is better too, and should continue to improve as the fast continues. The gallbladder flush disturbed my sleep the last two nights, but not more than it is usually disturbed. I feel rested and energetic, if grumpy about not getting to eat tasty things. There will be good, tasty food again soon.
I started fasting Thursday afternoon, the 20th. That makes Sunday the 30th my 10th day. Guh, that sounds like forever, and then there is two days to work my way back to real food. Well, I should be super ready to celebrate the 4th!

Litha 2019

Litha 23 June 2019 UUFM
Litha, an Anglo-Saxon word for the month of June. It was also used by JRR Tolkien and thereby gained favor in the Wiccan community. Pagans adopted the term for the Summer Solstice holiday.
At this Solstice, the Earth’s axis tilts the north pole as close as it will come to the Sun’s position. This creates the longest day of the year, and the shortest night for people in the northern half of our world. This is the beginning of Summer.
Astronomical observatories around the world, including Old Stone Fort Archeological Park in Manchester, TN and the world famous Stonehenge in southern England, observe this event. The Sun rises at the farthest point north on the horizon. The following day, it begins to rise further south on the horizon each day. Poetically, returning to its “home” in the Southern quadrant of “fire”.
Astrologically, this holiday begins the sign of Cancer, the crab, the lobster, the pinching hard-shelled, sweet-inside creatures. I used M&M’s to demonstrate cancerian energies in an Astrology class I taught.
The Astrological cycle is the solar, agricultural calendar. It is about 5,000 years old, developed by Babylonians. Babylonians, you see, did not have a Walgreens from which to buy your annual wall calendar. Farming communities needed a device, a mnemonic, to keep people attuned to the intense work of farming. Farming is not a natural way; agriculture coerces the world into giving you what you need, often with excess. Humans grew up as hunter-gatherers, getting what they need from the natural world. Agriculture is artificial, so you need devices like calendars and holidays to keep people engaged.
Cancer is the sign of mothering: nurture, protect, care and feeding. This is the time of year to nurture growing crops. Tend to them, water them, fuss over them as the heat grow intense.
This is the best time of year to harvest and dry medicinal herbs. The leaves are full grown and still contain theri effective compounds and essential oils. Those get used up dealing with heat, and also with developing seeds. Cut, bundle and hang them to dry out of direct sun and rain. Usually they are dry enough to store after 3 days.
Water your animals, too. They also need care in summer’s heat. In fact, this is a good time of year to nurture your own self. Relax, enjoy nature in its fullest growth. Rest, take vacation (perhaps to the beach!) Watch butterflies, lightning bugs, dragonflies and birds.
If you cannot stand hot weather, try eating spicy food every day. It can help you build your heat tolerance. Thai, Indian, Mexican cuisines are meant to help people deal with hot weather.
To best grasp the essence of this holiday, I want you to imagine sunlight sparkling on water. *~*~*~*
Wiccans know that at this holiday, the Oak King is defeated by the Holly King, in their eternal struggle for dominance. Oak rules as daylight grows, and sees to the budding of springtime. Holly, who rules when daylight wanes, will lose again at Yule, the Winter Solstice.
This is the time of year to honor your wells, your water source. Humans are fascinated by sparkling things – glitter, jewelry, suncatchers – because in the wild we have a real need to find and recognize water sources.
This is a time of year to honor the fae, your land spirits. They are heady with joy at this height of wilderness growth.
This is the time of year to honor the Sun, by whatever name you call it. Lugh, Apollo, Ukko, Ra, Nyame, Surya, Amaterasu, Enulanuhi, Xi He, just a few names. Also keep in mind that most pantheons have more than one deity associated with the Sun: the orb itself, its controller, its admirer, its primary magician or astronomer, its positions thru out the day.
How does one honor a well, a water source? Traditionally with flowers, branches that demonstrate growth, ribbons or rags (perhaps washing rags?), pins and jewelry. Create a water source for wildlife, if you can: a birdbath, rain garden, or small pond.
I wonder, tho, if the jewelry was a gift begging the well to produce during drought. Wells are treasure troves for archaeologists, and I think the archeologists are correct in this case, when they surmise an act to be religious.
How does one honor the fae? First, show respect. They are ancient and have long memories. If you wish to visit them, visit during the “between” times of day: dawn, sunset, midnight. Take good care of your gardens, trees, and property; the best care you can give. The fae know if you are doing your best. Do not cause unnecessary harm to insects or small animals. Plant things that attract those bees, butterflies and birds I suggested you watch, earlier. Bless your own land with offerings of cream, honey, shiny or bright-colored beads or candies. I am told they love jelly beans.
How does one honor the Sun? Watch the sunrise, use suncatchers, dance in spirals, spin, set out pinwheels, dress in yellow and orange. At Yule, we keep watch during the long night to see the Sun rise again. At Litha, spend the day outside if we can, and watch the sun set as well. Eat round, yellow cookies like vanilla cremes or lemon cookies, drink herb tea, set out a bowl of water to reflect the sunlight.
How do Americans celebrate? Did you know that Americans celebrate this holiday? We are a Cancerian nation, our national birthdate is the 4th of July. Our culture values motherhood, protectiveness, home life. We like to celebrate this time of year with cookouts, reunions, music, bright colored clothes, fireworks, swimming.
Other cultures celebrate, too. Many build bonfires, but to me it seems that nearly every festival involves a bonfire. One tradition is for young people to jump over the fire to capture the prosperity of this time of year. (Mostly, only the young people will do this.) Catholics honor St John the Baptist – again, water and light.
Litha is a time of prosperity and abundance. I recommend you bundle up your good things, and enjoy them.

Fasting: Day 1

It has been at least a decade since I fasted more than one day. I have not decided how l long I will do, this time, but I am already thru the first 24 hours, now.

I had a glass of wine and some kombucha Thursday night, and a herb tea. The tea is laxative, because without food to push out waste, it does not leave your system. The tea killed my appetite, which was kind of nice.

Got thru the day with about 500 calories worth of maple lemonade, a big cup of black tea and a lot of water. Took a couple of short walks, felt ok except quite hungry several times.

My bad cholesterol has gotten high in the last 4 to 5 years – my husband loves to cook with butter and we eat eggs and cheese every day. So I am in the midst of the liver and gallbladder flush, too. It has done me a lot of good in the past, adduced my mother’s bad cholesterol, considerably.

But it is not pleasant…requires drinking Epsom salts for one thing. HORRIBLE. This will all be over in a day, and I will feel much better.