Today is day 3 of our autumnal detox. I'm not feeling as energetic as I did yesterday. Be forewarned ya'll, today's blog post will feature more tools for helping you through detox crisis!...It's cool and necessary since this fasting journey is a daily experience. What I'm experience is a part of the detox process, but, it can sometimes be avoided (if armed with the proper tools beforehand or maybe not) My head and physical body feel heavy and my energy level is on medium. My mind and spirit feel pretty normal. I do trust that you're in the heights; or maybe by today you too are experiencing one or two detox crisis symptoms. In spite of the way I feel physically, I'm truly inspired to get up, get moving and continue writing; sharing some of the daily goodies~ from the first day of my fast, till this morning. I encourage you to stay strong, stay In- Courage and continue moving forward on our autumnal detox. I'll share some really interesting tidbits in this blog post day. Please feel free to share some of your detoxing experiences here as well...Goddess Blessings!
“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own
blessings.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
During your autumnal fast, you may notice that you've become sensitive to different energies. You will need to protect and fortify your own energies. Being in unhealthy situations, people and places may leave you vulnerable. Negative psychic energy that is seeking to penetrate your outer body membrane can absorbed into a consciously induced roaming vortex using visualization and meditation. The vibrational content may be dissolved within the vortex, and then directed back outwards to the ethers as positive energy. This vortex should be created/visualized through daily.
As much as I love and advocate for cleansing, fasting and detoxing by all the terms... I won't sugar-coat the truth via my own experiences. There are some down sides to a fast that you need to know before you decide to do it or just to help you complete one.
A fast may be very disruptive to your social life. So plan accordingly. It is a short period and the last thing you need is any kind of peer pressure from family, friends or colleagues so just abstain from social events or be forthcoming about your fast so you do not get tempted to eat or drink.
SOCIALIZING WHILE FASTING = ENERGETIC DRAIN...!!!
Last night, hubby and I attended our friend's DJing gig at a local neighborhood spot here in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. It was a tribute to the famed Paradise Garage. I was feeling pretty good when we left home. I honestly felt that with all of my personal rituals and nourishment during the day, I'd be fortified in most social atmospheres. I didn't think at all about 'energies/spirits' I would be associating with and amongst in a bar/lounge. Our friend spun some tunes from 'back in the good ole days,' folks were relaxing, chatting, cracking jokes, drinking and enjoying the night. I wasn't having that euphoric experience of the folks were dancing, woohooing and reminiscing about. I did feel happy to be there, I was honestly feeling a bit disconnected. But, not like I'd rather be home or anything like that...When asked if I wanted anything, I called for water~ pretty safe, I thought...I danced a little bit to about two songs with the Mr., then sat down mostly doing the social media scroll (yup...guilty! LOL) Basically, it is not a good idea to go out on the social scene during the fast because it can be draining to some, depending on how sensitive you are and how deeply you're detoxing at that time!!!
The Top Downsides of Detoxing
A fast is not easy.You need to be mentally and psychologically prepared for abstaining from food. I repeat, this is not easy and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. The first 24 hours are the absolute hardest. Then your body enters a state where it moves beyond hunger and you start to feel more relaxed, and the latter stages of a fast are actually, ironically, easier but still not easy. You can absolutely do it if you set your mind to it but it is good to know and be prepared for the truth.
A fast can make you emotional and sensitive.The emotions rising to the surface are a part of the healing process but the fast can still make you moody, cranky, and unhappy and maybe even slightly depressed if you do not take good care of yourself. You can counteract this by meditating – I use these guided meditation tracks that I adore – as well as by thinking positive thoughts, reading inspirational material, keeping stress and work to a minimum, and letting your loved ones know so that they can be extra supportive during this period.
If You Are Doing A JUICE FAST ONLY
...is not forgiving of any cheating. Juice Fasting is non-forgiving, so that means if you slip and eat even one bite during the fast, your fast is over and you need to start over because that one bite starts your digestive process, which is supposed to be at rest during the fast. Remind yourself daily that you are fasting because you may naturally forget it and end up putting something in your mouth by accident! Especially be careful not to snack on the raw vegetables and fruits as you are preparing your juices because you will be tempted.
Rosemary Protective oil
Some cultures even use it in magical workings to attract love, luck, protection, and healing. Wiccan groups will often use rosemary in the making of poppets to promote healing. Some will carry the herb in a pouch or wear the oil in order to attract the affections of another.
In ancient times, people would wear a crown of the herb on their head, wash their scalp with the oil, or sleep with it under their pillow in order to increase their memory. Some cultures use this herb to ward off evil by tying bundles of the herb and hanging them in the doorway or windows of their home. It is also believed that when grown near the garden gate it will protect the garden and all those who partake of the gardens abundance.
Rest When Your Body Needs To Rest...
A fast/detox is a great time to rest, reflect, go inward and enjoy the internal healing process in solitude.All challenges in life come with upsides and downsides! Fasting is a big commitment, but you are also a responsible and smart adult. You know about life commitments. You know about how rewarding and sweet it can be to reach your mark and celebrate the outcome. But it’s a commitment nonetheless, so forward ever, backwards never!!
Wheatgrass??? And should I add it to my smoothies? For better health...!!!
Answers from Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family. It's sold as a dietary supplement in tablet, capsule and liquid forms. Wheatgrass is often used for juicing, or added to smoothies or tea. Proponents say that wheatgrass has numerous health benefits, but there are no significant research studies to support these claims.
Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E. Wheatgrass fans say that its rich nutrient content boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste. Some proponents tout wheatgrass as a treatment for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, among other health concerns. However, there are few research studies about wheatgrass, so it's difficult to assess such health claims.
Wheatgrass is generally considered safe. It may cause nausea, headaches, hives or swelling of your throat. Wheatgrass is usually grown in soil or water and consumed raw, which means it could be contaminated with bacteria or mold. If you're pregnant or breast-feeding, don't use wheatgrass. If you have a wheat or grass allergy, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, check with your doctor before using wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass isn't a miracle cure and shouldn't replace regular medical care or a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. But used sensibly and in moderation, wheatgrass may add interest to your diet.