Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Water fasting - Day 4,5, & 6

This post will be about days 4, 5, and 6. 

Day 4

Day 4 was very hard. Early in the day I began to feel very nauseous. Sipping on water with lemon helped. Along with the nausea I started experiencing lower back pain. I've never had back issues so I was a bit confused.  Last year after a fender bender I injured my coccyx so I figured that that was probably the cause of the lower back pain. While reading about other peoples experiences with fasting on cure zone I saw that someone had experienced lower back pain as well. The cure zone poster did a salt water flush and felt better after. In the past I tried a saltwater flush and was painfully unsuccessful so I immediately  decided against attempting a salt water flush again. Between the nausea and back pain I decided that it was time for the dreaded coffee enema. 

I was extremely nervous and a little grossed out by the concept but I figured it that I might as well give it a try. I purchased some organic coffee at my local health store and an enema kit from Walmart. I watched a few videos of  others performing their DIY enema's on YouTube and went to town. After one attempt I felt lighter (duh) and within an hour my lower back pain was all gone. Woo hoo.

According to the Gerson Institute  the purpose of coffee enema's, " not to clear out the intestines, but the...water in the enema stimulates peristalsis in the gut. A portion of the water also dilutes the bile and increases the bile flow, thereby flushing toxicbile (loaded with toxins by the glutathione S
-transferase enzyme system) out of the intestines. Doctors at the University of Minnesota showed that coffee administered rectally also stimulates an enzyme system in the liver called glutathione S-
transferase by 600%-700% above normal activity levels. This enzyme reacts with free radicals (which cause cell damage) in the bloodstream and makes them inert. These neutralized
substances become dissolved in the bile, are released through the bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, and are excreted through the intestinal tract."
Day 5

Had to go to NY to get some important and time sensitive business done. By day 5 I would still experience nausea but I still wasn't hungry. Don't get me wrong I wasn't hungry but I was tempted to eat. My new bestie became weakness. I couldn't run up or down the stairs at home or at work as I normally do. If I got up too quickly I'd feel very faint. I decided to take the train for my daily work commute and I also took the Amtrac to NY. There was no way I could drive  anywhere without putting myself and others at risk. Before leaving for work on day 5 I did another coffee enema.My tongue would still produce the ketosis induced white coating. As I stepped out of the train and to the streets of NY I was surrounded by the delightful sights and smells of food. Decided to do myself a favor and hit the sack early.  

Day 6  

The morning of day six was difficult. I was tired and weak. After taking care of some business I did a bit of retail therapy. While shopping a family member made the observation that they hadn't seen me eat since Ive been in town. Busted. After shopping it's customary that we get a bite to eat, sometimes a snack or a full meal and thus time was no exception. I contemplated telling them that I was on a fast but I was 100 % sure that they would all think that I was crazy. Instead I spinelessly ordered water with lemon and a fruit salad consisting of sliced pineapples, mango, grape, strawberries, and kiwi.

I admit, the first bite was sinfully delicious and full of guilt all at the same time. I couldn't finish my salad which was odd because normally I could down an entire medium pizza pie myself with no problem(shameful I know). I also realized that the taste of the fruits were overwhelmingly sweet.  Anyway, I broke my fast and felt guilty about it. Guilty because I felt like a shady teenager up to no good sneaking behind my parents backs but I also felt bad because I broke my intention to fast for atleast 7 days. Regardless of my shortened fast I'm happy with my results thus far. I feel lighter and have lost a total of 13 pounds. I'm sure that the pounds lost is a combination of water weight, waste, and body fat. I'm pretty sure that some of the pounds lost is body fat because I went into ketosis very quickly. During ketosis our bodies uses our fat and a bit of muscle to fuel our bodies. The process of ketosis is much more complicated but a simple Google search will provide a wealth of information.  

I would not recommend prolonged water fasting to most. Not only is water fasting difficult to complete but it can be very dangerous as well. Blood pressure and sugar levels drops drastically and for some this can be fatal. ALWAYS consult your physician before attempting fasting especially a prolonged fast. Instead I would recommend juice feasting. If your interested in a less drastic but quite powerful way to cleanse your body and improve your health I would recommend that you watch  a fascinating, entertaining, and informative documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.   

Overall Thoughts and Observations:

Water fasting was difficult not because I was hungry but because of the wicked mind games my head would play in an attempt to get me to eat. It was very odd to me that even after 6 days of not eating solid food that I wasn't hungry at all.  I've realized that most of the times that I eat it isn't out of hunger but because its become a mindless habit, a past time. Even more shocking is the amount of crap that's still stuck in our bodies even after days of not eating. Those two coffee enema's were gross but definitely provided great benefits. 

The weakness experienced from fasting after a few days is no joke. If youre ever going to do an extended fast I implore you to be careful while driving. If possible stay away from driving and vigorous activities all together.

I'll definitely be doing a 7 day fast annually. Perhaps even two but I'll definitely continue to enjoy lots of fresh green juices, tea's, water and my favorite coconut water.

Live long and prosper.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Water Fast - Day 2 & 3

Instead of doing a blog post each day I've decided to do them every two days.

Day 2   

I was surprised by just how much energy I had and even more surprised by the fact that I still wasn't hungry. Don't get me wrong I was very tempted by the sights and smells of food but I realized that regardless of the temptations I wasn't truly hungry. I drank about 3 liters of water but had to learn when to drink more and when to drink a bit less because the trips to the bathroom was putting a hamper on my day. it's annoying and not very productive to be running to the bathroom all day at work. I teach so it's a definite no no. I experienced no headaches or unpleasant feelings. Now this may be TMI but I'm willing to be very frank with you all and admit to the fact that I didn't have a bowel  movement. I was able to get about 6 hours of restful slumber. Below is a photo of my fasting time on day 2.

 Day 3

Day three was definitely different than day 1 and 2. While I continue to feel energized  and wasn't hungry I felt overwhelmed with nausea. I'm not talking about peek a boo nausea; no, this was consistent I'm not going anywhere type of nausea. To alleviate this issue I decided to infuse my water with a bit of fresh organic lemon juice. The addition of the lemon was my saving grace today. Whenever I felt the nausea coming on I would sip on the lemon water infusion and I immediately felt better. Also my mouth had a weird and somewhat unpleasant after taste today. To fix that problem I bought and used a tongue scrapper. Still no bowel movement on day three. I had so much energy that I decided to go to a Bikram yoga class. It was fun and intense. Since I sweated so much in my yoga class I'm sitting here typing this blog post and sipping on some water to replace all of the hydration lost. I'm hoping that day four brings me just as much energy and a bit closer to giving my body the ultimate detox. Oh and btw I'm planning to do a coffee enema tomorrow. Yikes. 


                                                                 Live long and prosper... 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Water Fast Day 1

Today was the first day of my water fasting journey. I'm intent on detoxing the crap outta my body. Pun intended. For the next few days I'll be consuming nothing but water. No tea's, juices, yummy treats; nothing but water. Each day I aim to drink about 3 liters of water. Here's a breakdown of my first day.

7 a.m. - Woke up at 7a.m. sharp. While getting ready I oil pulled with coconut oil for 20 minutes. It was weird not going to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee or tea and toast. Oddly enough I wasn't hungry. The habit of thinking of and eating food was there but no hunger.

12 p.m. - Still no hunger or hunger pains. I'm full of energy and clear headed. So far I've had about 4 glasses of water and a few trips to the bathroom.  So far so good.

3 p.m. - Ick, experiencing a gross after taste in my mouth. Definitely will be getting a tongue scrapper and extra toothbrush after work today. Still full of energy and no hunger pains.

11 p.m. - Still not hungry. I feel no hunger regardless of the fast that I'm bombarded with images and videos of food via the television and on social media. Still feel energized and no aches. I plan on drinking the remainder of my water and attempt to get at least 7 hours of sleep tonight.

I did no exercising today but I intend to do some light cardio tomorrow for about 45 mins. I've read that some people continue to workout during extended fasts while others where unable to because they were too weak. I'll be listening to my body while I fast. If after attempting to work out I feel too tired I'll stop and do some yoga or rest instead.

While doing research for fasting I came across a handy little article about the stages of fasting. According to the article the first two days of fasting is as follows for most people:

Stage 1 (Day1-2)

On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops below 70mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for a half day. The body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen s pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst.

Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.

Today has been considerably tolerable so I'm hoping that tomorrow will be the same. I've been using a pretty cool little app called Quitter from the App store that tracks my fasting period. The app is meant for smokers trying to quit but I added since my last calorie instead of cigarette and it totally works.

Live long and prosper...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Family Cancer Scare - Holistic Healing with Water Fasting & Coffee Enema's

It's 4:42am in Baltimore and sleep eludes me. My mind is racing with so many thoughts that it's almost impossible for me to seek solace in slumber. While speaking to my mom earlier today I found out that my grandmother has cancer. After losing a loved one a few weeks ago this news came as a shock to me. I'm surprised, worried, and saddened. Within the past five years I've lost two aunts on my fathers side to cancer and now my grandmother (fathers mother) has fallen victim. As a 30 year old woman I can't help but worry not only about my grandmothers health but about my health as well. I find comfort in the written word so for hours I've been reading up on holistic approaches to cancer and of course the Gerson Therapy popped up.

 "The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements."

As a Caribbean girl I'm well aware of the overall health benefits to be gained from using natural herbs and remedies. Growing up my grandmother (mothers mother) would make all sorts of concoctions to heal my ailments. Most of which worked when I took them. (Sometimes I would pretend to take them but spit them out because they tasted vile) Anyway, I've been giving great thought to actually trying a 10 day water fast starting this Sunday. I figure what better way to allow my body to heal itself. After my fast I plan to continue with juicing more and minimizing my intake of processed, unhealthy carbs. Here's my plan of action.

  • 10 day water fast
  • 3-4 coffee enema's total (The coffee enema's scares me a little, but I'm willing to try it.)
  • Oil pulling twice a day(I've been oil pulling for the past week for oral hygiene and so far it's been a miracle. I intend to continue oil pulling while fasting.)
  • Take multivitamins every other day( I use a multivitamin and Omega 369)
I've fasted in the past for religious reasons but the longest I've done is a 3 day fast. I'll be blogging about my 10 day fast and my experience with the coffee enemas. I'll be talking to my cousin who is a physician in order to be sure that my blood pressure and sugar levels etc are well monitored while attempting this fast. I'm still fully awake but it's almost 5am so I'm calling it a night. Time to shut my laptop off and attempt to get some rest. Hope all of you are doing well.

Live long and prosper.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Guilt Free Nutbutter Chocolate Cups

So you love Reese's pieces but feel a bit guilty after inhaling the entire bag of the yummy treats in one sitting. It's ok, you're not alone. Here's a quick and dirty recipe for a healthier but no less delicious peanut butter and chocolate treat. You're welcome. =)

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil (I used the Trader Joe's coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (Use your favorite type of nut butter. Almond butter is great)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Chocolate
Here's what you'll do:
  • Blend coconut oil, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a mixer until smooth. 
  • Melt you chocolate in a double boiler. DO NOT OVER-HEAT THEM. It makes them gritty and tough.
  •  Line your muffin tin.
  •  Pour a tablespoon of melted chocolate into the paper liner, and brush the chocolate up the sides, no need to be exact. The chocolate will harden almost instantly as you brush it up the sides. 

  • Fill with the nut butter filling then cover  with a bit of chocolate (just enough to cover the nutbutter)
  • Store in the refrigerator or in the freezer then enjoy.

Live long and prosper.