for the Fast
would like your fast to be more effective it is important to prepare
by making some adjustments to your lifestyle and your diet before
you come. Keeping a daily diary of what you eat, what exercise and
meditation you do, can also be of great help in centering your mind
into your body consciousness.
to Eliminate Before Your Fast
recreational and pharmaceutical drugs, soft drinks, canned, bottled
and packaged juices, meat, and alcohol of all kinds. Also processed
and preserved foods in packages, jars, and frozen; all fried foods,
foods with sugar, salt, white flour, food coloring, preservatives,
artificial sweeteners, MSG, and other flavor enhancers.
from foods that are genetically modified, irradiated and sprayed
with glyphosate. Also cut back on coffee and black tea so before
you come to fast either you have completely stopped drinking it
or have cut back to no more than a small cup in the morning each
It is a
good idea to begin eating an organic whole foods diet, preferably
raw, if possible. This includes: fresh fruit and vegetable juices,
fresh fruit, vegetables in salads or lightly steamed, seed grains
like spelt, kamut, wild rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth;
fresh unsalted, raw seeds and nuts and different kinds of bean sprouts.
have hypoglycemia and Type II diabetes, Candida (yeast), hypothyroidism,
food allergies, chronic fatigue, arthritis, adrenal fatigue, high
blood pressure and are in cancer remission it is best to eat a diet
of mostly fresh green vegetables, carrots, and beet root; herbs
like basil, dill, gota kola, kale, spinach, parsley, dark colored
lettuce, oregano and other greens.
are an excellent food to add to your salads, steamed vegetables,
soups, potatoes and grain dishes. Raw tomatoes, garlic, turmeric
root, ginger and onion are good in small amounts mixed with in a
salad or vegetable smoothie. Oregano tea is excellent to drink as
it decreases blood pressure, overcomes addictions to sugar, lowers
sugar in the blood and is anti-inflammatory.
don’t have a problem with eating fruit then a couple of days or
even a week or so before you begin your fast try eating small meals
of just fruit—one fruit at a time; and drink fresh vegetable and/or
fruit juices in small amounts during the day.
health and others during the fasting course program Dharma Healing
is very against smoking. I do understand that some people are weaning
themselves off of cigarettes and may in a desperate moment smoke.
It is your fast. Although, it is good to know that smoking is counterproductive
during a fast, as the toxins are being metabolized and the nicotine,
cadmium and other chemicals in the cigarettes add to the toxic load
that your body is already trying to eliminate.
are on medication or hormones you need to check with your doctor
about going off the medicine during a fast. We are not medical doctors
and cannot be responsible for any medical complications that may
arise during the program.
how much you eat. Start by taking a little less to eat at
each meal—smaller servings. Help your digestion by finishing
your meal with that still slightly hungry feeling. This
way you will not be stretching your stomach (which shrinks
during your fast) and will prepare it to live for a while
eating animal proteins a few weeks before your fast. Cooked
flesh food is difficult for many people to digest. Your
body will cleanse more efficiently if you haven't been eating
animal protein before your fast. The exception would be
free range, organic eggs, healthy fermented raw cow’s or
goat’s milk products such as yogurt, raw unsalted fresh
cheeses, including Bree, feta, sheep’s cheese, quark, cottage
cheese; and raw butter in small amounts, are fine if they
agree with you.
all processed snack foods. Most all prepared and processed
snack foods are heavily salted and have loads of chemicals
that are very addictive. If it comes in a brightly colored
package and has a long list of ingredients then give it
a miss. Corn and potato chips, processed roasted nori, processed
nuts and seeds with salt, sugar and other flavorings, cookies—even
so-called healthy ones—and other snack foods can disrupt
your hormones causing endocrine problems and weight gain
from hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels).
adding salt and sugar to your food. This includes staying
away from artificial sweeteners (aspartame products) and
foods flavored with them; fish and oyster sauces popular
in Thai food, soy sauce and tamari.
all pastries, such as croissants, Italian and French bread,
bagels, pizzas, cakes, cookies, pies, chapattis, pita bread,
scones, crumpets, crackers and crisps. All made with flour
that one never knows how long ago it was picked as a whole
grain, milled and sitting on a shelf. Most pastries are
made with old processed wheat, yeast, salt, sugar, and other
ingredients that are high on the glycemic index and can
contribute to the above health conditions as well as tooth
read all labels. Try to learn more about the ingredients
in your food, especially the ones you don’t know.
eating all fried foods. The oils in fried foods that are
heated to very high temperatures have become rancid and
are hard on all of the digestive organs. Use only extra
virgin cold pressed and chemical free oils in moderation.
Always look at the expiration dates on the bottle before
you buy. Margarines and all spreads are also on the list
of foods to eliminate.
eating processed dairy products that are not cultured. Such
as milk and ice cream. Without the pro-biotic or enzymes
these foods are highly mucus forming and contribute to many
consumptive health problems in people of all ages.
stop drinking coffee, black tea, alcohol, soft drinks, including
soda water, and canned, bottled and packaged juices.
combining your food properly. Try to eat fruits alone, not
for dessert or with nuts, grains or yogurt. This is because
fruit digests very quickly and mixing it with anything else
will slow its digestion causing fermentation. Don't mix
complex carbohydrates and animal proteins together for the
same basic reason, they don't combine well together and
are likely to inhibit proper digestion.
away from airplane food. Most of it is heavily salted, made
with rancid oils, microwaved, possibly irradiated and preserved
with chemicals. Ordering a fruit plate or drinking only
water on all your flights will help you ease into and out
of the fast and forgo jet lag.
careful with restaurant food. Most restaurants also use
too much salt, sugar, refined oils and MSG. Eating in raw
foods restaurants still requires you to watch what you eat.
Many of the raw foods restaurants have become more cuisine
driven than nutrition driven—mixing too many ingredients
together can distort the nutritional chemistry of each of
the foods, causing indigestion. . . My advice: go for the
Basic Food Combining Very Easy
with meals—have your drinks 20 minutes before or 20 minutes after
Fresh fruit on its own. If possible try to
eat one piece of fruit at a time; or eat fruit together
that grow at the same time in the same location, either
as a fruit plate or in a smoothie.
Vegetable salads or steamed vegetables with animal protein,
such as eggs, cheese, chicken, lamb, shellfish, fish, or
meat—only one protein at a time. (Again, I
don’t recommend eating cooked animal protein before a fast,
although if you want it mix it in the proper way)
and dried fruit can be mixed with whole grains, nuts and
Vegetable salads or steamed vegetables with nuts, seeds,
grains and/or beans
not mix any animal proteins with beans, grains, nuts, seeds
not mix animal proteins together at the same meal.
not mix fresh fruit with oils, nuts, dried fruit, grains
am aware that over the last 15 years the fashionable mixing-practice
is to combine whatever one wants. Wonderful for those who
are looking for a beautiful creative cuisine and have perfect
digestion; but for many people who don’t, to optimize on
the nutrition of that beautiful meal, one would have to
utilize more energy to assimilate the contrived, possibly
compromised nutrition. To support the most efficient digestion,
especially when preparing for a fast, it is best to eat
small meals of one or a few foods that combine well together.
morning drink warm water plain or with lime or lemon squeezed into
it. Later drink either some herb tea, coconut water, fresh fruit or
vegetable juice. Drink throughout the morning, or as long as you
are ready eat your first meal of the day. Good breakfasts are simple—not
like a king. They include fresh fruit or fruit smoothie, your own
homemade porridge, or homemade muesli, homemade nut or seed milks,
salads, and fermented nuts or seed cheeses on sprouted bread; or
eggs with tomatoes, garlic and ginger.
are not like food with pulp and fiber that require digestion. On
an empty stomach they are readily assimilated from the stomach and
upper part of the small intestines. Thus juices can be made with
any combination of vegetables and apple, or fruit and or vegetables
have freshly squeezed vegetable/fruit juices of any combination:
carrot, cucumber, apple, celery, ginger, gota kola, kale, spinach,
parsley, pineapple and beet root.
have a fresh herb salad with lemon or lime juice and a little 100%
extra virgin cold pressed olive oil or sesame oil as a dressing;
or some lightly steamed vegetables. This is the time of day to have
a complex animal or vegetable protein such as fresh fish, chicken
or beans, as it gives your body time to digest before you retire
for the night.
As a snack
in the afternoon have a piece of fruit, or a carrot, cucumber or
piece of celery, or a tablespoon of fresh spirulina cheese, or a
tablespoon of raw tahini, almond or peanut butter, or a handful
of nuts or a half an avocado. . . On a ketogenic diet, I have a
tablespoon of cottage cheese with flaxseed oil or some kimchi water;
or some cashew yogurt with kimchi and flaxseed oil.
evening time have a small bowl of brown rice, or quinoa or millet
with or without lightly steamed or raw vegetables and seaweed; or
have a fresh vegetable or fruit salad; or a bowl of raw or cooked
veggie soup, such as steamed pumpkin and sweet potato with raw garlic,
ginger, chili and onion blended.
in the evening, and don’t eat late at night. Try to have your last
meal finished by 7 or 7:30pm.
the day replace coffee and black tea with herbal teas, fresh juices;
fresh coconut water, or nut and grain milks. If you are out of the
house then I suggest you carry a bottle of water and maybe a warm
or cool thermos with juice, herb tea or hot soup to sip on.
your motto to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.
grains eat more seed grains such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat,
wild rice and small grain organic brown rice (non-gluttonous grains),
daily milled and freshly baked whole grain breads with organic,
non-gmo wheat, spelt or other grains leavened with sour dough instead
of yeast, or baked sweet potatoes and Russet potatoes (once in a
that is: 1. grown locally, 2. that is in season, 3. that is tree/vine
want more information regarding raw food there are numerous websites
to study. For more information check www.rawfoods.com;
or email me with your questions.
method in which you prepare for your fast is very similar to the
eating method in which you break your fast. In fact, making the
appropriate preparation you will be quite impressed with how easy
and enjoyable it is to break your fast
a strong suggestion that fasters don't use anything on their skin
with chemicals. If possible it is a good idea to buy natural soap,
shampoo and conditioner, creams, tooth paste, and shaving cream
before you come. Although, many products are available here in Thailand,
you will have a better choice abroad. Deodorant isn't needed. If
you feel you must have it, you should purchase a natural sun screen
before you come.
Acid powder with mineral ascorbates or without is a good thing to
bring if you can find it. During the fast we provide small amounts
ascorbic acid powder but it isn't with mineral ascorbates. Another
type of Vitamin C which has become very popular is liposomal Vitamin
Good friendly bacteria is provided at the end of your fast. Bring
your own acidophilus, especially if you are planning to travel to
India, Nepal, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Viet Nam and China,
as it will protect your immune system during your travels by feeding
your microbiome with good friendly bacteria.
Beneficial homeopathic remedies to bring if you are planning to
continue your travels and during your fast are: Carbo vegetalis
- for gas; Nux Vomica - for nausea, headache and sleep; Arnica montana
- for surgery and accidents; Cina for worms and parasites; Coffea
cruda for insomnia, depression and overcoming coffee addiction;
Colocynthis for menstrual cramps; Magnesium Phosphate for headaches
and also muscle cramps; Nat Sulph and Nat Phos for nausea; Nat
Mur and Kali Mur for muscle cramps from excess acids coming out
into the muscles, and Bach's Rescue Remedy for everything . .
. Many of you may have
other remedies that you think would be good to have on hand, I suggest
you bring them.
mineral solutions to bring are Ionic Liquid Minerals, Colloidal
Liquid Minerals or Cell Food, as well as the powdered minerals Mezotrace.
the following Essential oils, such as Clove, Frankincense, and Oregano,
Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Sage, Eucalyptus and Tee Tree oils
are all good to have on hand.
the absolute best endeavors to pursue before you come to fast is
to begin a meditation practice. It can be as simple as lying flat
on your back in the Yoga position called Savasana—corpse pose for
15 minutes before you get up or before you go to sleep. Watch your
thoughts and your breath.
on a chair with feet on the ground or in cross-legged position,
or sitting on a cushion on the floor with proper ventilation or
outside in a natural environment, without any disturbances will
help you relax into a place of presence with all of nature. . .
It is easy to find ways to meditate. Have a look on youtube a video
that resonates with you.
is a remote part of your life, now is the time to get your body
going. There are so many types of movement to choose from, and any
type of movement that you like is going to help you. Start with
walking to work, in a park, on the beach; or walk in a pool or in
the sea. Try taking a Yoga or Pilates class, or Tai Qi. Dancing
is one of the most beneficial movements no matter how old you are.
Jogging, a bit vigorous for some people, can be taken up while starting
with short runs and short walks in a park or on the beach or on
a quiet road or path in the forest. Swimming, the most beneficial
exercise of all, is a wonderful exercise to incorporate regularly;
and bicycling for 15 or more minutes a day is also so good. Jumping
in the sea or on a rebounder (a little trampoline) is the very best
exercise for the lymph system as the jumping up and down motion
moves fluids from your feet up to your thoracic cavity and down
again while working with your breath. . . Any form of movement to
increase your circulation, stimulate your lymph system, energize
your qi, activate your metabolism and detoxify your blood is good
to implement before a fast.
isn’t always of interest to people who embark upon a fast. There
are actually not too many who want to take the time and focus to
change in advance of a fast. For the majority of people who I have
fasted over the last 22 years, little if any preparation is done.
of course fast without preparation, but as I said at the beginning
of this information your fast will go much more efficiently. That
means that your body will respond quite comfortably to living without
food; and you will cleanse more toxins out of your body with less
have personal questions regarding preparing for your fast, please
let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
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