A week ago this evening, I ate raw greens for dinner, fresh out of my garden. Basil, wild grape leaves, mustard greens, mint, lemon balm, and hyssop, which I ate with raw apple cider vinegar. It was a bit like chewing a lot of gum, if gum were also a bit stringy. But this was the first necessary step to coming back to normal eating.
Breakfast and lunch were the same on Saturday, and then dinner was fresh fruit: grapes and watermelon. Sunday breakfast and lunch were more watermelon, apple and grapes, but to be honest, the grapes were terribly sweet.
AND THEN, SUNDAY EVENING there was salmon, steamed mixed vegetables, rice pasta in cheese sauce, and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was marvellous, even tho I only ate half of it. I should have poured half a glass of wine, a whole glass was too much. The leftovers made a wonderful lunch on Monday. My belly was in perfect shape and I had zero issues eating normally.
The fast was a good experience, over all. From it, I learned I need just one serving of alcohol per day, and that I can handle being hungry but not famished. The lingering cough disappeared, but tinnitus came back full bore. I do not know if my body worked on removing the bones puts in my neck, but I hope so.
I hope to get or build a shoulder stand, so that I can do inversions and increase blood flow to my head and ears. I hope that will address the tinnitus. There has to be some way to heal the inner ear.
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.
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!
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.
Playing with my niece’s toys, one of which has a series of brightly colored gears with knobs on top. Each gear spins opposite the ones on either side of it, and turning any of them turned them all. I spun them with glee, listening to the plastic rattle. My niece was not very impressed.
I use the modern adaptation of chakras in meditation. THe chakras are located the same places within the body, but the symbols are simpler and their colors are from the light spectrum. The chakras are supposed to spin. There was a “right way” for them to spin but I couldn’t remember which way was correct.
My next meditation, unbidden, my chakras each spun opposite the ones on either side. Red, yellow, blue and white spun one way, and orange, green and purple spun the other. I still don’t remember which way they spun, but their interconnected movement delighted me. Seeing them named like this, I realize they’re roughly split into primary and secondary colors.
Chakras are imaginary – formed of imaginarium? ether? pretendia? or perhaps they exist as energy, part of the nervous system. The latter is what I’ve been taught and what I usually believe. So far, the system has been helpful for focusing on health and healing, dividing functions and assigning them to one of the chakra. I like the system but have no scientific proof they exist.
This gives me the freedom to change the system if I need. The chakras have helped people all over Earth and does not prejudice a practitioner against deities or ethnicity. Yet I am sure if I explained to a traditional practitioner, they would insist I was incorrect.
People war over these kinds of ideas. Imaginary concepts, used personally by individuals, standardized and defended by religions. It might be the way that works for you, but with just a little incendiary speech from leaders, people who imagine things differently will murder you over the difference.
I personally enjoy the varieties of beliefs and imagination. Please carry on and allow me to do the same.