Fasting and Cleansing
The New Year is here and is full of new beginnings! All over the Internet and Facebook are the words Fasting and Cleansing. What is Fasting? What is Cleansing? Are they the same or different? Let’s tackle these questions.
Fasting is often thought of as a Religious Tradition and as a way to prepare ourselves for God. Fasting is usually the avoidance of food, but can also be giving up something like television, social media or activities that may be getting in our way of spending time with God.
Fasting in the past was typically eating no food and only having water or maybe juice. However, some people today will do what they call a Daniel Fast, which is giving up sweets, meat and processed foods. People tend to fast 1-40 days.
Breakfast is actually “breaking a fast”, which means from your last meal until breakfast you have been fasting. Many doctors today are recommending increasing your fasting time to 12-18 hours to allow your body to do what it needs to do on a daily basis. Example eat dinner at 6 pm and not eat again until 6 am to 12 pm the next day. In America we tend to overeat and eat often, this does not always give our bodies the opportunity to eliminate toxins and minimize the work our digestive system needs to do so that our bodies can repair itself.
Fasting has been called “nature’s single-greatest healing therapy.”
Isn’t cleansing the same as fasting? It can be if you are fasting food. However, a cleanse does not have to be a fast. A cleansing program for you could be increasing your water intake to flush out toxins, which may not include decreasing your food intake. Some cleansing programs focus on certain areas like the colon, liver, blood, or heavy metals.
The 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse by Young Living Essential Oils is a great first cleanse. Often we hear about 10, 21 or 30 day cleanses and that often turns people off. A cleanse is a commitment and takes time and effort, but for most people 5 days is very doable.
5 Day Nutritive Cleanse
If you order the 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse it comes with a brochure that guides you through the cleanse. If snacks are necessary, they list a few options but the cleanse is most effective when you do not add the snacks. The options are fruits like apples, oranges, blueberries, and grapes. And other options are raw almonds or non starchy vegetables. However, only 1 serving size per snack is recommended. If you begin to feel “off” nausea, headaches, etc. then your body may be “detoxing” and you need to slow your cleanse down. This is when eating the snacks will help.
Why do the Nutritive Cleanse?
The cleanse is not necessarily for weight loss, but you may lose a few pounds. The purpose of a cleanse is to do just that- cleanse your body of toxins and to reset your body while cleaning out the digestive system so that it can work properly.
I have personally done the 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse 3 times. I will be honest the first time was HARD. The first 2 days went fairly well and then Day 3- BAM! My head felt like it would explode. I tend to detox through my head and I was that day. When you are cleansing the last thing you want to do is add more toxins to your body, so I spent time relaxing, praying, and using essential oils. That day I seriously thought why would anyone do this to themself. How can this be a good thing? But, I pushed through and on Day 5 I felt SO GOOD! I was at church and I felt like a backpack had been lifted off my shoulders (where I tend to hold stress). I was already planning when I would do another 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse.
What I learned from that first Cleanse
#1- I can go 5 days without a full meal.
#2- I really like the Balance Complete in Smoothies.
#3- I had a lot of toxins.
Since that first cleanse several years ago I have done the 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse 2 more times. I have to say the 2nd time was easier and the 3rd time, well it didn’t even phase me- no detox symptoms whatsoever. I think I’m ready to do a little more deep down cleaning.
If you don’t know where to start this may be a good cleanse for you too.