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Fasting as a Spiritual Journey

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Fasting as a Spiritual Journey

I have been fasting now for almost 2 years and learning a lot along the way.

For many of us fasting is done to loose weight, detox your body and/or to decrease inflammation. For me it is done to slow my role and give me and my body a break.

I first began fasting for 12 hours a day happening mainly overnight meaning if my last meal is at 7pm I don't eat again until at least 7am or later. This grew to include two days weekly increasing times to 16 hours and my body showed remarkable changes for me personally.

When I started fasting I could barely drive longer than 30 miles in a day and today I can drive 400+ miles in a day. This is the only major eating related change I have made so I believe this to be the reason for the healing.

Next up I grew to do 1 day juice fast and found this to be an outcome of mental work than hunger. I was not hungry at all, but was concerned with not having food for 24 hours and what that would be like. So I took a meditative approach to fasting and maintain it to this day.

When I fast I see it as an opportunity to increase the self love and to honor myself in a fashion that is very spiritual.

Recently I completed my first ever 72 hour bone broth fast. This included huge doses of water and bone broth with ghee throughout the day. I find this to be one of the most spiritual journeys I have had in a long time. 

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Fasting a spiritual journey?

For me I never do anything without much thought and preparation. My MS body hates change and rapid change at that. The slower I move the better it responds. My fasting life represents this path as I have been working on this as a healthcare tool going on year 2 and continue. Each step along the way including huge doses of spiritual focus rather than food focus. Fasting to me is simply not focused on food. Rather it is an opportunity to up my spiritual game.

  • When I fast I hibernate.
  • When I fast I create a scared space.
  • When I fast I meditate at least 4 hours a day.
  • When I fast I do not watch TV or read.
  • When I fast I have focused loving kindness moments of body awareness.
  • When I fast I affirm with my body my desire for healing and supporting my body the best I can.
  • When I fast I get tons of sleep and afternoon naps.
  • When I fast essential oils play a key role.

I believe that fasting is a time to slow my role and allow my body a chance to not have to work. It is most importantly time for me to slow it all down and stop doing and thinking. I find fasting to be a spiritual journey 100% and focus on creating the space to just be.

Slowing down my body works best in harmony with slowing down my mind. 

I see so many people fasting and going to the gym, work and maintaining normal day to day activities. I prescribe to a different mantra and believe that fasting is a spiritual journey allowing us to create the space to simply be. To me this is where the true healing comes in.

For many of us this journey can happen just as easily with a 12 hour fast as in a 72 hour fast. I live a spiritual life and know that when my mind is at rest my body heals best. Without the two miracles do not happen.

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I highly recommend thinking of fasting as a spiritual journey and less a no food journey. Fasting is a time to stop the body and mind from working so damn hard.

My healthcare goal for 2018 is to progress to water fasting for 72 hours. However before this I will do at least 2 more bone broth fasts. Slow and steady has always won the race for me resulting in my miracle status. I believe my body heals quicker with slow progression than trying to be an over night sensation and going from eating to fasting with water for 72 hours. However we each have our own journey and I am sharing mine.

I did not become a walking miracle overnight. I took slow, steady, sustainable steps to be the inspiration behind the award winning brand PaleoBOSS Lady. I would personally recommend if you are considering fasting you have an honest conversation with yourself so that you don't see it as not having food for x number of hours and rather it be a spiritual journey that is creating the space for miracles to happen.

Nothing would be more disappointing than to have a fast be a mental game of hardship not having food. The best way I have learned to avoid this outcome is to work up to a full fast with a progression like I shared and to see this as a spiritual journey and not a journey without food.

I recommend you consider adding fasting to your "Bag of Tricks" and let me know how it goes. I believe in you.

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Before You Fast: Top 7 Tips

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Before You Fast: Top 7 Tips

I have never been one who likes to set myself up for failure. I also am very strong willed yet I find it necessary to always plan to take steps that ensure my success no matter what I am trying to accomplish.

The difference between success & failure lies in the pregame work.

Fasting can be one of the most powerful tools we have to help jump start wellness. As I shared in my last post the benefits of fasting are huge & a new tool in my "Bag of Tricks." However going from eating to fasting without prep is not recommended especially for those who currently are not particularly conscious about the foods they eat.

Top 7 Tips:

  1. Get Conscious. I would recommend for the best results to allow at least 21 days of clean eating before you start fasting. Cut out all dairy, sugar, gluten & grains while opting for organic, grass-fed & wild caught when possible. This will help the body prepare & be somewhat 'detoxed' before the fast offering a great starting point & transition into fasting. For at least 5 days prior too the fast begin your day with warm lemon water. The word on the street is this helps set the digestive tone & aids your body. Check out my blog on the power of lemons here.
  2. Meditate. Meditate. Meditate daily starting 1 week before your fast. This can be the most powerful tool you have in your "Bag of Tricks" during life & especially during a fast. Truth be told I get hunger pains at least a few times during a fast. Nothing horrific, but not pleasant setting the stage for a hiccup in my fast. The 1st thing I do is mentally run to my "Bag of Tricks" and always meditation coupled with breath work are the 1st things I grab. For more on meditation check out one of my most read blogs here.
  3. Clean out that Shit. I literally hide shit from myself. I have almost zero will power at times with it almost always related to food. I have been an emotional eater my whole life who has struggled with weight having a love affair with sweetness. This still holds true in certain circumstances which means it cannot be in the house if I cannot eat that shit. If it is in the house than it is fair game. No where in the house is honey, maple syrup, date paste, sweet potato chips or delicious Chia pudding. I would not want to lack self control in a moment of hunger which treats like this can easily do.
  4. Know your Why! Everyone has their reason for fasting. Know it committing to honor it. I find myself many times coming back to my why during a fast. Reminding myself why I decided to do this. Here is where I find keeping a journal very helpful. This offers a simple reminder of your why & narrative that fueled your path.
  5. Believe in yourself! Fake it till you make it if that is what it takes. Go into your "Bag of Tricks" grabbing all of your "pump you up tools" to start pumping! Truly take steps toward believing without a doubt you are capable, worthy & proud to be you able to give yourself this wonderful gift fueled with self love.
  6. Plan. Visually think about your fast from start to finish. A mental walk through always a recommended good look. Picture life during the fast regardless of length. If you are going to start with overnight fasting really think about optimal times. For me stopping to eat at 6:30pm and resuming at 6:30am worked best in the winter where summer offered different times. Really think about this taking your best guess knowing that it may need adjustments which are okay.
  7. Community. Find, build & nurture community. Bloggers, friends, family whatever it is tap those resources to aid you along the way. We get by with a little help from our friends.

No matter what figure out what works & do that. Each of us get to decide.

Figuring out your journey in fasting should have you doing research to understand how best to support your bodies wellness path. From overnight fasting to extended duration there are recipes to support effective fasting for each of us.

My journey is still very young in fasting all motivated by the outcomes I see before me across many levels. I am optimistic & excited to see how my body reacts & what gifts from this amazing life await on this leg of my self love journey.

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Fasting: A Super Power BAM

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Fasting: A Super Power BAM

Is fasting the new black or just one of the hot new biohacking tools? Neither!

Fasting has been a long tradition in many cultures & nothing new really.  In fact my uncle carried the tradition of fasting for 30 days yearly over from our motherland, Italy. The tradition of fasting has long been rooted in my Italian culture as in many others. In today's global society that lives by the pleasure principle fasting appears to have been only instigated by religious customs.

Today in the conscious living world fasting is the new drug of choice.

Studies show that fasting has the power to turn on all kind of cell making goodness.  The theory so good that fasting can often trigger rejuvenating outcomes at the stem cell level. During fasting the body shuts down the longer you fast. Fasts that last 5+ days often act as a conduit where old cells die off and new cells become rejuvenated creating an almost new you.

Eating plans that offer 5 days of conscious eating with 2 days weekly of fasting have been shown to have great impact on those suffering from autoimmune issues.  Studies with mice have confirmed that not only did fasting kill off the bad cells in mice it also created the space for new myelin-generating cells to form.

The above results prompted a limited study using both a Mediterranean diet & 5:2 or intermittent fasting with individuals suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. The initial results showed promise offering better symptom management with improved mental, physical ability offering a better quality of life.

In 2016 I began to biohack my way into fasting on average nightly for 10 hours.

Continued healing coupled with my upcoming trip made me want to biohack fasting into my life hoping to offer my body every possibility to decrease inflammation while assisting the healing process. The results to date have prompted & driven the upcoming "Taking it to the Streets" Tour.

My body is responding with further repair of function since fasting began.

My time using self care to perform the smallest acts continues to lessen with every month that passes. In the past for me to have use of my hands required more time with self care than ability to use meaning 2 hours of self care could produce 30 minutes of hand usage. As my diet and lifestyle choices grew to become conscious this outcome changed greatly with the amount of self care needed decreasing, but still out of balance requiring more time for self care than actual usage granted.

About 3 months ago my hands started working without hours of self care to jump start them.

For the first time in decades I can wake up and begin using my body/hands 'normally' without hours of self care to perform a simple function like brushing my teeth or washing myself in the shower. Fasting is the only major change to my life that could be connected to this outcome.

This result has prompted me to add fasting into my weekly routine by having one fast day a week. Not going to lie I was skeptical as to whether I could fast & somewhat fearful.  I decided my 1st full fast day would be using organic fresh pressed juice from Suja Juice.  Suja offers all type of suitable options for many levels of fasting from 1 to 5 day options.  In addition you can choose the assortment that will best support your journey.  In an effort to keep my mitochondria happy I chose the Core Fresh Start which limits sugar & is for the green juice lover in all of us.

The Suja Core Fresh Start uses 6 organic, fresh pressed juices for the fast that will be consumed in the day with large quantities of water.

 

Each juice was delicious and filling during my fast. I did experience hunger pains twice lasting for about 10 minutes. The 1st one hit around 'lunch' time and the 2nd around 'dinner.' I was able to increase my water intake while meditating through the pains turning this into a hiccup and nothing more. The fast itself was quite easy & actually the last juice I struggled to drink feeling quite full.

I would be lying to say this one day fast offered huge outcomes supporting my biohacking life, but it did trigger the desire for me to dive in further. With a 1-day fast not really challenging me mentally & physically beyond my ability to succeed I have decided to do a 21 day 5:2 fasting schedule starting August 1st this time using bone broth for the fast.

My objective is to do a 21 day fast prior to starting the "Taking it to the Streets" Tour hoping to give my body the extra love it might need to have a successful journey around the USA.  I am doing a bone broth fast married to my Wahls Warrior style of eating which includes between 6-9 cups of fruits & veggies a day. The basic fast will be a biohacked version of the Bone Broth Diet by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci. The biohacker in me will be making changes to support my desired outcome during these 21 days such as allowing for morning bulletproof coffee and adding ghee to my bone broth.

Over the years I have learned my body loves fat & more fat. Rather than break something that is working I am going to hack my bone broth fast to reflect my own needs in hope of producing the best outcome.

Once the 21 day fast if over I plan to do a Suja Core Fresh once a week to continue the optimal healing platform I have created for my body. Stay tuned via social media and my blog to follow this journey of fasting in 2016.

Who knows maybe someday I will cure myself of MS! For now living almost 100% symptom free is enough, but this BOSS will never stop trying to figure out how to one day say BYE BYE MS YOU DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE!

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References:

http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/fasting-cycle-could-reduce-multiple-sclerosis-symptoms/P-2

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/09/health/fasting-live-longer-feat/

http://www.sciencealert.com/early-evidence-suggests-that-fasting-like-diets-could-fight-autoimmune-conditions

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