Over centuries, mankind had to deal with a steadily changing food supply. Depending on seasonal fluctuations or greater natural disasters, either plenty or little food was available. As a consequence, people in different areas of the world developed sophisticated strategies, e.g., seasonal fasting, to handle and overcome these problems. Possibly, in these early days, people discovered also the healing power of fasting periods. Interestingly, in all religions worldwide we find instructions for and reports on fasting strategies in order to cure body and soul. In Europe, specifically the German physician Otto Buchinger was one of the first to observe and document systematically the effects of fasting on a variety of diseases and to develop a concept of therapeutic fasting. - Andreas Michalsen, MD, PhD, Centre for Natural Healing, Immanuel Hospital Berlin
Never confuse Therapeutic Fasting with Reduced Calorie Intake Diets! Therapeutic Fasting is researched and practised by thousands of clinics and Naturopaths worldwide. It has been quoted and research in multiple medicinal journals far and wide.
You're probably wondering why you don't really hear about Therapeutic Fasting in the main stream media in a positive way. It's simple really, they are scared of Fasting Therapies.
Because the doctors, governments and drug companies don't want YOU (the money maker) to know about healthy, simple effective treatments for degenerative diseases.
Now you're thinking, wait a minute, that sounds like a conspiracy theory! Ok, that could be it.
Or - it's the truth and we all have been lead to believe that poison and toxins heal (drugs, pharmaceuticals ) while natural healing therapies, like fasting, have stop working.
Corporations make billions of dollars every year by selling us (the people) pain medication, anti-depressants, chemotherapy, vaccines and OCD's (over the counter drugs) because they made us believe that our body can't do without, can't heal without and relies on the drugs.
"Disease" is a nasty word used by the medical community. We are made to believe that there are thousands of different diseases, but the truth of the matter is that our body is manifesting symptoms of toxicity, where acidosis and mucus create the biggest concern. It is foolish to treat toxicity with toxins in the form of medications. We are made to believe that there are thousands of different diseases, but the truth is that our body is manifesting symptoms of toxicity and the biggest concerns are acidosis and mucus. It is so naive to treat toxicity with toxins in the form of medications.
Just imagine for a second, you over salted the soup. I know you're a good cook - but let's just assume for a second, now to fix the soup, you add more SALT! Is this action going to FIX the saltiness of the soup or is it going to make it worse?
It's obviously going to make it way worse. You can't expect to add more toxins (drugs) into the sick and toxic body, and expect to correct or resolve the problems.
But I'm not toxic! Honey, we ALL are.
My stomach turns, my heart beats quicker and I get really, really fired up. You know that feeling?
Exactly, the feeling when somebody who believes they understand juicing because of the letters behind their name.
There should be a "Most Clueless about Juicing Award", if there were such an award, Lisa Mallonee would definitely be nominated for it!
The truth is, our bodies DO HAVE a built in detox system - it's called Fasting.
When you fall asleep, your body switches from an external fuel to internal fuel. Specifically, internal fuel is when your body is using carbohydrate reserves and fat depots for fuel. Your body does that automatically every night. During deep sleep, the body takes everything it needs from within and uses internal energy to cleanse and detoxify the system! Halitosis (bad breath) and a coated tongue in the morning are signs of detox. For that reason, a coated tongue is a sign that you are indeed a suitable candidate for a fast.
In fact, our body recuperates and cleanses during sleep. Fasting is nothing but an extension of this nightly process. Juice Fasting is a slower, gentler way of detox.
Our system gets continually congested by an excess of animal protein which leads to putrefaction and excess starchy carbohydrates which leads to fermentation. As soon as we stop eating, the burden of incoming waste is relieved so recovery and cleansing may begin - that's true detox!
Our toxicity comes from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the chemicals we use on our skin, household products we clean with, and building materials we use; but this list is almost never ending. Just think about the processed foods we buy these days: they are acidic, mucus forming, energy-robbing and protein-toxic products. Accumulation of these toxins will clog up your system with mucus and waste-matter. This toxicity and mucus are stored in all tissues of our body, but mostly in sinuses, lungs, liver, the skin, the kidneys and the thyroid. Have you ever thought about the
amount of mucus that comes out of your sinuses during a cold? Many diseases like colds and natural detoxification processes that manifest themselves in “diseases” are an effort of your body to purge the accumulated toxins and mucus from your clogged system. Just imagine all that mucus clogging up your bronchial tubes, lungs, stomach,
kidneys and bladder. Only because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not a fact. Accumulated mucus is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, parasites and viruses. Those nasty little critters live of our acidic andtoxic body. Our immune system seems to be on high alert in a state of acidosis and toxicity.
In truth, fasting is the most effective way for your body to regenerate the digestive system without harmful side effects to your metabolism. It’s also the only natural and healthy way to heal ulcers and hemorrhoids.
Let's start with the bad excuse for a cleanse. The infamous Liquid Diet. You might immediately think of SlimFast. Gosh I hate that crap!
It makes my job as a Nutrition Specialist and Fasting Coach so much harder. You should understand one thing... SlimFast was such an evil product. It's manufactured, it's low quality, loaded with animal protein, and unnatural vitamins and minerals your body can do without.
Not only was it a disgrace of a meal, it also had the word FAST in it. Why? why did they have to do that? So frustrating. Drinking animal slush that is laced with chemicals, artificial coloring, and artificial flavors, isn't meant to FAST with or even safe for consumption!
Fasting is a temporary abstinence from solid foods and also addictive substances like alcohol, coffee, and drugs. This is for therapeutic or even for religious purposes. Not only that, Fasting will support your body by resting the digestive system and relieving pressure on your circulation. As soon as you put solid food into your stomach, you will stop fasting and cleansing. Fasting doesn't work if you cheat by sneaking bites of food here and there.
When you fall asleep, your body switches from an EXTERNAL FUEL (eating) to INTERNAL FUEL (fasting). Specifically, internal fuel is when your body is using carbohydrate reserves and fat depots for fuel. I know it sounds crazy, but your body does that automatically every night. During deep sleep, the body takes everything it needs from within and uses internal energy to cleanse and detoxify the system! By the way, Halitosis (bad breath) and a coated tongue in the morning are signs of detox. For that reason, a coated tongue is a sign of toxicity and therefore a perfect candidate for a fast. Just saying.
To explain, the word "break-fast" comes from Old English and means - BREAKING THE FAST! You are literally breaking your nightly fast with the first bite of muffin or bagel (which seems to be the staple in western countries).
How often do you eat for comfort or overindulge?
When you feel sad? After you had an altercation with your spouse? You have to be particularly careful; this tends to lead to food addiction remarkably quickly. After eating, you will feel worse than before. Please don’t try to numb your feelings with food; it never works. Realizing you just ate a box of cookies will also lead to resentment and anger. Taking a walk to clear your mind or simply having an open discussion will make more sense and does not harm your body.
When you feel stressed out? The junk we eat when we feel stressed out does pack a punch! Some of the foods we choose are often sugar, fat, and flour. Something that will help with stress situations is to say: STOP! Breathe for a couple of minutes and take a break from life. I used to give myself a time out. Taking a couple of minutes to yourself and listening to relaxing music can make you feel better. My number one tip on dealing with stress is cleaning. Start cleaning your house! You see, frustration and stress just seem to melt away. A nice cup of hot herbal tea and exercise is truly a healthy solution to managing stress.
When you go out for dinner with friends? The best approach is to take your time. Don’t try to eat everybody under the table; it’s not a smart idea trying to keep up with your husband or other people, period. Take your time with eating, put the fork and knife down once in a while and chew thoroughly. You already know this fact I’m about to tell you, but I will say it anyway, (just try to stop me!) So here it goes, eat slower so you can eat less! In other words, your brain needs about 20 minutes to register fullness and satisfaction. It’s not your brains fault that you can empty a box of cookies in as little as 5 minutes. If fattening and toxic foods are your choice of “drug”, at least eat slowly to consume less of it. On bad days, I could inhale a family-size bag of chips without thinking about the consequences (and the consequences always come, don’t they?).
However, eating steamed or raw means eating fewer calories and more nutrients because raw food takes a whole lot of time to chew. I’m not kidding, have you tried to take a bite of an apple and swallow it without chewing? Impossible! Fresh produce contains colon-friendly fiber and waste-clearing water for a remarkably low calories count, which our system loves.
Hi, I'm Monika. I'm a Mother to two teenage boys. I'm married for 22 years. As a Nutrition Specialist, I have researched and practiced European Fasting Traditions for almost two decades, and this wisdom I'm thrilled to share with you.