As I reached the final day of fasting this past Sunday, I can reflect on the many things that I’ve learned.
- Getting closer to God. This is the main reason for fasting. It is always nice to get better acquainted with my Lord and Savior through His Word and through prayer.
- I don’t need caffeine. Sure, I like the taste and smell of a cup of coffee, but I didn’t have withdrawal symptoms from not having it for 21 days. That tells me that it’s not a necessity. Caffeine can affect you in negative ways, like rapid heartbeat or being jittery.
- I will cut back on steak and other meats. My husband and I ate steak almost every week before the fast. I’m not going to totally go vegan since God said that all food is good (I Timothy 4:3-4). However, I have felt amazing these past few weeks. I want to continue to feel energetic.
- Diet made more of a difference for my weight loss. I didn’t fast for the purpose of losing weight…it’s just a side effect.
- Trivial things don’t matter. My cell phone was lost, and I didn’t have one for 2 days. At the end of the day, it’s just a material possession.
- I need to cut back on social media. I use social media to promote my blog, but other than that, I’m not the type of person that lives on Facebook and always taking selfies. You ever notice that everywhere you go, whether it’s work or the doctor’s office, people rarely talk to each other anymore? They’re either texting or on social media. Some people text while they’re walking. Even driving, although you can get a ticket for that!
- I didn’t miss eating bread. When you’re a pre-diabetic, it is better to resist it.
- It felt good to teach someone a spiritual lesson. I’m always open to talking about spiritual matters with those that will listen. When I can write about it, it is even better.
- Your body needs a detox. Every now and again, your mind and body need a detox. See my post on Why Regular and Natural Detox is so Important For Your Body
- Television is used as a tool for mind control. We didn’t watch regular television during the fast, not even the local news. We watched documentaries and nature shows. It is a mindless distraction.
A couple of years ago, I started experimenting with juicing. I found an old juicer that my mother-in-law had laying around the house, and I decided to try it out. It still worked even though it was old. I tried a combination of watermelon and lime. It didn’t taste bad at all, but I made quite a mess. (No big deal if you clean all the time). It wasn’t until my husband and I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” that juicing became part of our lives. (If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it on Netflix). In this documentary, Joe Cross goes on a 60-day juice fast to lose weight. He also has an autoimmune disease that causes him to break out in a hive-like rash. He was successful in his weight loss; he was 90 lbs. lighter after 6 months and was able to better manage his disease. He was also able to help others do the same. They didn’t all fast for 60 days; it was either 10 days or 30 days.
Our cells need micronutrients, which are found in fruits and vegetables. Besides weight loss, juicing has many other benefits such as increased energy levels and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Basically, you will see a difference in your overall health across the board.
Now , you may be wondering if it’s better to eat those fruits and veggies instead of juicing them. Well, when you see the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that it takes to make one or two glasses of juice, you’ll understand. It would be better to drink all of that than to eat it. Don’t get me wrong, you should still eat fresh fruits and veggies. At the time that we saw this documentary, my husband was struggling with his health. The doctors had run all sorts of tests. Finally, a specialist told him that he just needed to lose weight. He decided to try a modified version of the 60-day juice fast. Even though I didn’t need to lose weight, I wanted to support my husband. I found some juice recipes online at http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com. We had juice in the mornings along with 2 liters of water. I would also have a bowl of oatmeal or Special K with fruit. We would take family walks since the weather was nice at that time. For lunch, we would have salad usually, to get our raw vegetable intake. We would have regular dinners, which consisted of eating fish three times per week. On the other days, we would have chicken or turkey. Very seldom did we eat beef or pork. Half of our plates would consist of veggies with one quarter meat and one quarter of a starch if at all. We ate healthy snacks, like nuts or granola. In 3 months, my husband had lost 30 pounds and had more energy. His blood profile numbers were excellent. His doctor was even able to take him off a few of his medications. I was proud of the way that he took charge of his health.
If you’d like to try juicing, it’s best to experiment with fruits and vegetables that you like. Apples, oranges, carrots, mangos, and pineapple add sweetness. Add ginger root for some flavor as well. For some green, add spinach or kale. Beets are good also with the beet leaves; the leaves actually are flavorful. Beet juice has also been shown to lower blood pressure (Graedon). As I previously mentioned, you may find additional juicing tips and recipes at http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com.
As far as purchasing a juicer, a Jack LaLanne is best since he was the one that started it all. If that’s not within your budget, there are many other juicers out there. Some people don’t necessarily want to invest their money into buying one, but this is for your health. Some have said that juicing is too messy and involves so much clean up; again, this is for better health. Folks are always talking about the new diets that they trying in hopes of losing weight. Those solutions are only temporary. Once you go back to your old habits, the weight will come back as well. You need to make permanent changes to keep those results that you want. I saw first hand the benefits of juicing. If it can help my husband, it can help you, too. There’s no harm in giving juicing a try.
Graedon, Joe and Terry. National Geographic. Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies. Washington: National Geographic Society, 2012. Print.