“I often observe in the fasting participants that by four days of fasting, concentration seems to improve, creative thinking expands, depression lifts, insomnia stops, anxieties fade, the mind becomes more tranquil and a natural joy begins to appear. It is my hypothesis that when the physical toxins are cleared from the brain cells, mind-brain function automatically and significantly improves and spiritual capacities expands”
Dr Gabriel Cousins, MD, psychiatrist, California
Time alters while fasting
One of the coolest things about fasting is the amount of extra time you get. It is wonderful. Time seems to slow so if you feel you never have enough time for anything, then you will find fasting completely alters this perception. You do not have to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks, so all that time (two to three hours each day) becomes available. You can read more, do things that have been put off for ages, visit people, and so on. If vegetable fasting then you just make your daily juice mix and off you go! Fasting is refreshing to mind, body and soul. During and after fasting, your personal experience of your body, your ‘spirituality’ and creativity, as it were, is vastly enhanced and elevated. This alone is worth the experience. You sleep less, you are more awake, and you are more alive. You are hungrier for life!
Do not fear hunger, nothing but good will come of it. The greatest musicians, artists and leaders always did their best work when they were ‘still hungry’. The best piece of advice actor Morgan Freeman ever gave to Samuel L. Jackson was to ‘stay hungry’. Limbic hunger refers to the limbic system of the brain, which is where your instinctive behaviors reside. Somatic hunger means ‘of the body’ or the sensation of ‘tummy rumbling’. When you fast for more than three days this alters, and you really start to see how little food you actually need. Don’t worry, your body’s hunger cycle ultimately adjusts. When you are fasting, ignore the hunger pangs and they will subside within 30–45 minutes as the body begins to break down some of its stored fats for energy.
Almost everyone can fast
As a general rule, the more toxic you are when you start a fast, the worse you may feel. If you have been overeating, living on junk foods, eating lots of constipating meats and dairy products, or using pharmaceutical drugs, you should go very slowly with fasting and, for your first time, attempt only one day. If you eat mostly healthy foods, fasting is surprisingly no big deal and can often be a pleasant experience.
Expect good moments and bad while fasting. I have watched people on their first fast glide through effortlessly, full of energy and vitality, feeling exhilarated and liberated. I have watched others lose body heat, get headaches, fatigue, nausea, excess mucous, symptoms of influenza or a cold, and experience perspiration, hunger pangs, bad breath, dark urine, skin eruptions, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, muscle pains, cramps, diarrhea, flatus, irregularities of the heart, increased body odour and a tongue that takes on a concentrated furriness, not to mention the extreme emotions!
In part 4, I talk about time, hunger and being appropriate when fasting.
Remember, if you are struggling with your health, I would love to work with you one-on-one, it would be a privilege to help you back to great health.
Personalised One-On-One Health Coaching with me
I have been teaching healthy longevity and fasting for over 30 years now. If you would like to work with me personally to get back to exceptional health, then you can either participate in my health education programme thelifeplan®, or in my in-depth, intimate and exclusive one-on-one health coaching for individuals, families or extended families.
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This is highly personalised, tailor-made and intimate health coaching in a way that it has not been done before – it is a very unique and special offering. It is not tied down into any particular modality, rather it is inspired by the longest lived centenarian cultures from all over the world. It is bringing my expertise, experience and wisdom to look deeply over your life – as it is – and working with you closely over time to get you to a level of exceptional health.
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With my 30 years of research, ‘healthy longevity’ study and parenting intuition, I look closely at your life – tackling and addressing all your needs and concerns around your health and wellbeing. I do this meaningfully, at your pace, in your style, and with your health goals top of mind.
IN YOUR SPACE, AT YOUR PACE
I come to you, at your place and help you transform your pantry, your fridge, your diet, your lifestyle – all inside your own environment. I will initially do a very in-depth interview with you and we will then work together through the most important changes to be made over time to all areas of your diet, lifestyle, environment and headspace.
LET’S COOK UP A STORM!
I will work through with you (and/or your family if appropriate) to get you all feeling inspired and alive again and to achieve every health goal you have. If cooking and food inspiration is needed, Tracey can join us for fun cooking workshops on main meals, desserts, salads, treats and kid’s meals – in your kitchen. For some people (particularly those who are visual) seeing something prepared and cooked is how it really sticks with you and gets you over that barrier and into the joy and ease of healthy longevity cooking.
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Because of the nature of how personal and in-depth this work is, naturally there is only room for me to work with a handful of individuals or families at any one time. I am currently working with one family and one individual and we are getting life-changing results.
FLEXIBILITY AROUND YOUR NEEDS
I can offer a once-off visit and consultation, or work with you very deeply over as many months as it takes to get you and your family back to exceptional health.
So if you are genuinely up for valuing serious and lasting change to your health in 2018 then let’s get on with it! Email me personally on firstname.lastname@example.org and I look forward to supporting you back to exceptional health!