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Coming off the Fast – Do it Right or Don't Fast

Finish Right - Smoothie

Now that you’ve finished your fast, what do you do? What “not to do” is to return to business as usual. You’ve just honored your body and done some deep healing. Don’t blow the benefits with a thoughtless food binge.

Properly coming off the fast/feast is more important than doing the fast/feast itself. Great care must be taken not to undo all the benefits of the fast. Take an amount of days equal to the length of the fast/feast to reintroduce solid foods into your diet. A 1 day fast requires 1 day of reintroduction. Your stomach will have shrunk during the fast so start with small portions and listen to your body. A fast is meant to reset your body to its optimal functioning. If you force yourself to eat the way you ate prior to the fast you might as well not fast at all. Simple foods in small portions is your key to success whether coming off a fast or just living life. If you can apply this rule to your life you will experience health and longevity.

Heathy and I went 4 days and broke the fast on day 5 with citrus. We’ve continued having juice each day while eating fruit and doing green smoothies. The smoothie above was made with Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, apple, lecithin and a superfood blend of maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon and bee pollen. It was really creamy and smooth.

My Typical break-fast meals for 7 day fast – no fats until day 5:

  • Start each morning with hot water and lemon or  water and apple cider vinegar

Day 1 – water, tea and green juice through out day

Salud!
  • morning: 1/2 of a ripe papaya
  • mid-day: 1/2 of a ripe papaya or melon
  • evening: green juice or miso soup

Day 2 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • mid-day: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 3 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: melon
  • mid-day: green smoothie- apple, berries, spinach, maca, lucuma
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 4 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: miso soup and sea veggie salad with kimchi

Day 5 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with avocado and a light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: blended soup, gazpacho,with avocado

After day 5 you may slowly introduce oils into soups, sauces and dressings. It’s best to slowly reintroduce dehydrated foods, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Any heavy desserts like pies, chocolates and ice creams should be introduced after day 7. If you can’t hold out that long be sure the portion you eat is 1/3 of a serving and listen to how your body responds. Be conscious while eating and establish new health supporting eating habits.

Check out my next post when I share with you the details of our Liver/Gallbladder Flush… never a dull moment in Canada!

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Happy 101 Blog Award

Raw Goddess Heathy bestowed the Happy 101 Blog Award upon me. Thank you Heathy! So with this fine award I’m now obligated to fulfill the rules listed below. The “10 things that make me happy” is the easy part, but 10 bloggers part is tough since I only read a few blogs and Heathy named most of them. If you ask someone working in television what their favorite TV show is they’ll probably tell you they don’t watch TV. Well, I guess that kinda applies to me as well… I don’t read many blogs. So part 2 of the rules (name your top 10 favorite blogs) is next to impossible but I’ll do what I can.

Here are The Rules:

“List 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day. For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you must link back to my blog!”

10 things that make me happy:
  1. East Coast sunrises.
  2. The love I get from family and friends.
  3. Sharing the blessings of the live food lifestyle.
  4. Spending time with Heathy in Canada, Florida or where ever.
  5. Sunset surf sessions on the Pacific.
  6. A solid ground swell with light off shore winds.
  7. Fresh durian with vanilla and nutmeg.
  8. The smell of kale chips in the dehydrator.
  9. Ever expanding global consciousness.
  10. Living in the Barbie Beach House.

Top Ten Favorite Blogs and youtube channels… I’ll just list the ones I’ve been to in the past 3 months

  1. Raw Goddess Heathy
  2. A Drop of Joy – Joshua Pfeil
  3. The 95th The Iron Men of Metz
  4. Yoga Soul Coach – Anna Dajero
  5. GoRawMe – Jensey

Keep it Live!

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Day 2 – Canada Juice Fast

Jar O' Juice

As day 1 came to a close Heathy and I had each consumed a large green juice and a large glass of the celery, apple, ginger and cranberry blend. Spaced out between those 2 juices I had 4 large mugs of warm/hot tea and a glass of water. So the green juice fast is shaping up to be a hot tea fast. I guess I should share with you the tea blend of choice on the fast. At the moment we’re making a lose tea mixture of reishi mushroom, pau d’arco, cat’s claw, oat straw and chaga. Last night we added some astragalus root to the blend and were both in agreement that it was a bit overpowering.

Juice me!

The tea blend is chocked full of immune boosting, anti-viral, fungal, bacterial and health enhancing herbs. I was happy to read about the yeast eliminating properties of pau d’arco. I’ve been sweetening my teas with maple syrup or raw honey. Both of which are local.

The sleep schedule has had us getting to bed later than usual. Last night being New Year’s Eve, we had an excuse to stay up a bit late drinking tea. Late to bed equals late to rise. In the snowy Canadian landscape I’m cool with slipping into hibernation mode. We weren’t out of bed until 11am this morning. I made juice while sipping hot water with lemon. Both Heathy and I noticed how sore our lower backs were. We had done yoga the day before but we think the soreness had to do with multiple factors, one of them being the fast. A little yoga loosened things up.

By 4pm we were out the door and visiting Heathy’s parents house. While there we had a real treat: hot miso soup with garlic. We blended it smooth in the vita-mix. It truly hit the spot. This was followed through out the evening with mugs of hot tea and honey. We ended up staying late and missing our evening juice. We both felt ok with this though and retired for bed by 11pm.

My energy level has been pretty consistent. I am experiencing occasional hot flashes accompanied by shaky fatigue. I just go with it and eventually it passes.

Fasting in subzero temperatures is a new experience for me so I’m not going to push things. At the moment the outside air temp is -24C which is -15F. Fasting is a real heat sucker so if I feel things getting a little to intense I’m not going to hesitate in backing off. Day 3 should be very telling.

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Santa's Rawfood Workshop

Seasons Greetings from The Live Food Experience,

I’m working in the kitchen this weekend making holiday goodies. The holidays are full of not so healthy temptations. Be sure to have plenty of healthy sweet and savory alternatives on hand. And they make perfect stocking stuffers. If you see something you like call or email me and I’ll set you up. I head out of town for the holiday on Sunday the 20th so contact me before then.

Lots of Zesty Goji Granola

Zesty Goji Granola – $1.50 per oz.

Pecans, walnuts, sprouted buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, gojis, mesquite, lucuma, palm sugar, agave, cinnamon, vanilla, oranges, orange zest, Himalayan salt

Candied Pecans – $2 per oz.

Local pecans, mesquite, lucuma, cinnamon, cardamom, agave, palm sugar, orange zest, orange juice, Himalayan salt

G’dunions (Savory Breaded Onions) – $1.50 per oz.

G'dunion - good eat'n

Sweet onions, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, mesquite, chia, spirulina, Himalayan salt, cayenne

Kale Chips – $2.00 per oz – price change due to expensive kale… sorry

Kale, cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, chia, Himalayan salt

Fak’n Bac’n Strips (Savory Eggplant) – $1.50 per oz.

Eggplant, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, tamari, lemon juice, palm sugar, olive oil, curry spice, Himalayan salt

Kimchi – $5 for a 6 oz jar or $9 for 12 oz jar – .50 off with jar exchange

Cabbage, carrots, garlic, onion, hot peppers, ginger, Himalayan salt, probiotic

Kimchi does the body good!

Most of the goodies listed on the website are available as well. Get’m while you can.

Seasons Blissings,

Adam