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My Chewing Bliss Experience or How to Keep Warm in the Berkshires of Massachusetts

My Chewing Bliss Experience or How to Keep Warm in the Berkshires of Massachusetts

After reading the article by Tonya Zavasta (click on the pictures of Tonya on the right-hand side of the page to go to her website) in her May 2013 email newsletter entitled, “Practice This and Raw Success is Imminent,” I had to add my 2 cents or maybe 3 depending on how important you feel chewing your food/drink really is! Tonya mentioned a man named Lino Stanchich. It is amazing how those that love to do research (Tonya, for sure and I do the same) can find information that is very helpful to us in our journey in life – in whatever avenue you are studying.

I first began my journey to a healthy lifestyle in the Fall of 1990 by way of my friend, Eli Goldschmidt, who introduced me to macrobiotics by way of the book his aunt, Elaine Nussbaum wrote, called Recovery from Cancer. A few years later after graduating from college and already incorporating macrobiotics in my life (I have been vegan since 1991), I decided to get some formal education and studied at the Kushi Institute in Becket, MA.

I arrived in September 1993 and the weather was still very nice and balmy, but living in the Berkshires, it would eventually get very cold with snow that remains for months. One of my favorite teachers there was Lino Stanchich. This man has a “large” presence and the sweetest disposition. He is strong physically and speaks from his heart. He radiates a wonderful balance between the physical and spiritual. I liked him immediately and I developed a wonderful connection with him.

As Tonya indicated in the article, Lino’s father, Antonio, survived a Nazi concentration camp because he chewed his meager ration of food, as well as, his water. Lino told us that his father discovered that chewing his water not only quenched his thirst, it also gave him more energy. He shared it with other friends and most thought he was crazy and chose to “inhale” their food, but two people adhered to his instructions. When they were liberated, only Antonio and his two friends survived because of their practice of chewing.

There is actually more to the story, as told by Lino in one of our classes. Lino, himself, was in a labor camp later in years and always remembered how his father survived the concentration camp. Of course, he never practiced chewing his food before because he didn’t feel the necessity. Now, since his life was at stake, he knew that he had to follow his guiding light, his father, Antonio.

I remember Lino telling us that they could receive a small parcel and his mom sent him onions, salt and bread. Most times the packages were stolen, but who would want to take these things? As it so happens, Lino always received them. This was in addition to the rations that were provided. He chewed his food and water just as his father had done, 150 times or more per mouthful. In addition to that he closed his eyes while chewing and realized it strengthened him even more. From his experiences in the camp Lino became a tough man. When he came home his brother told him that if he would see him walking down a dark alley he would have given over his wallet without being asked. Lino had this “presence” that seemed fierce like a lion ready to attack.

In sharing this story, Lino wanted to impart on us the importance of chewing your food and drink (sounds like it would be hard to chew your liquid, but it is actually possible/doable and takes practice). To takes this message further, he decided to have a “Chewing Class.”

This is where the article continues from Tonya Zavasta’s site – if you read the first part of it there.

I remember that his class took place in the evening and the weather was already getting chilly outside (this point is key for what happens later). Lino had for each student a small tea cup filled with cooked brown rice. His instructions to us were to take the amount of rice equal to an inch long and put it in our mouth and chew it. He set a timer, I believe for 1 minute, and we were to count how many times we chewed that small morsel of rice before swallowing it.

It was hard at first to chew that tiny bit of rice many times without swallowing it right away. As I continued to do it, I found that I was able to keep chewing for much longer by keeping the rice closer to the front of my mouth. When you chew grains, such as rice for 100’s of times per bite and the ptyalin (definition: A form of amylase in the saliva of humans and some animals that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin) in your mouth gets mixed with it, the grain becomes sweet like sugar and it is almost too sweet and hard to swallow (I experienced that). Another important point is that when food is chewed into a liquid form in the mouth (which is truly where the digestion begins) it is already broken down and can be absorbed readily into the body.

After we completed eating our small teacup of rice and the class was over, I felt much different then I ever had before. I was not hungry, for one, but more importantly, I had an internal warmth inside of me that I never experienced before. I walked outside without a jacket/coat and did not feel cold for even a second. It was amazing! Not only that, but it so happened that, that night was a full lunar eclipse and I stayed up most of the night to see it (living up in the mountains in Western Massachusetts there is no light pollution and you can see every star, satellites, shooting stars, etc with such luminescence, definition and brilliance that it takes your breath away and it is truly a miracle of G-d) and went out continually without any need, other then the clothes I was wearing.

To take it one more step, I decided to continue the experiment and would eat all 3 meals a day in a quiet area and consciously chewed. I don’t remember how long I kept this up, but the results were visible. For one, I noticed that I filled up my plate with a lot of food and as the days went by, I would eat less and less, as I chewed more and more. The satiation point for our body is approximately 20 minutes and then the need to eat goes away. If you don’t chew the food well you will still feel hungry because you are not absorbing properly. By chewing so diligently, I was always full sooner and ate much less (most people tend to overeat anyway, so this is a great experiment to see for yourself how much food you really need).

Another result I noticed was that I was much more calm and serene since I took the time to eat with intention. It became a meditative experience. The final result was one that others told me because I could not “see” it for myself. I don’t remember how many days it was into my experiment (I would have to check the journal I kept, but I don’t know where it is, at the moment), but other students and people who would there started to notice a glow/aura around my body that radiated outward. I shared with them what I had been doing and it definitely made a difference to them so perhaps they would try it, as well.

Now you see the power of chewing, both from someone who had to do it out of sheer will to survive (Antonio and his son, Lino) and myself, who choose to do it and experienced such dramatic and profound results. I challenge you to try this for yourself, even for one meal. Put a timer on for 1 minute and put a small amount of food on your fork/spoon and see how many times you can chew it. Do this as many times until you feel full. I know it will be difficult at first, so persevere and know it will be beneficial to you in the end.

I hope the world is never going to be in a state where we will need to chew our food/water very well in order to survive, so don’t wait for that, do it because you’ll thrive! I want to thank G-d for bringing me this wonderful teacher and many others, as well. I will treasure the time I spent in Becket as it has given me the foundation for where I am today!

Update to my experience with chewing written on December 30, 2013:

I was looking through some of my notes from when I studies at the Kushi Institute in 1993 and found the Journal that I kept on a daily basis. On the daily dairy for 10/12/1993, I wrote about the experience with chewing, as follows: Class with Lino about chewing – even though was in it Level One (this is Level Two), it’s good, anyway, to do it again with a group. Afterwards went for a walk outside (at night). It felt cold at first. I found my gloves on the floor when I put my shoes on. I wasn’t cold at all! I even took my gloves off half-way through. Air nice and clean. Felt energized and wonderful. When I chewed the rice, did it 3 times for 1 minute each time, using only 1 inch of rice. Each time chewed progressively more: 210, 220 and 385 times. I was so warm and my hands were not cold at all! Couldn’t believe it was only 44 degrees Fahrenheit!

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My Experiences/Experiment Dry Fasting 4 and 3/4 Days: Not for the Faint at Heart

Dislaimer: The information you read below represents my views only. I am not suggesting that you try and do this on your own. It is merely intended to share with you my experiences. It is not intended as a diagnosis, cure or treatment for any disease or ailment. If you are interested in doing a program like this, please make sure you educate yourself adequately and seek advise from a qualified holistic or medical professional. Neither I, nor anyone (person, company, product) I mention in this post accept liability or responsibility for any loss, damage, or injury that may allegedly arise from any information or suggestions herein.

Saturday June 1, 2013 @ 8:45pm – Beginning of Fast

Tonight I decided to start my fast. Since the Sabbath starts on Friday night, I would only do it for 6 days in total. It is forbidden to fast on that day, because it is a day to be in joy and fasting is done mostly for suffering/mourning. Not to say that it is suggested that one fast all the time. In the Jewish tradition we have fasts a couple times a year that are required and other that are recommended. This type of fasting is DRY FASTING. This means that you neither eat nor drink for a full day.

I, myself have done dry fasting (aside from the religious ones and when I initially started at 12 years of age, it was more difficult, as I did not have the same food habits as I do now) for as long as 3 and 3/4 days prior to now. The first time I read about this was in a book by Tonya Zavasta, “Quantum Eating.” (Click on the picture of Tonya on the right-hand side of this page to go directly to her website). In the book, she mentions that the Russsians use this as a manner of treatment for many different ailments/diseases under medical supervision, of course. One doctors mentions that you can go as long as 14 days without consumption of water/food. After I read this part of the book, I decided to try this for myself for a day and felt wonderful (I have done various types of cleansing programs since 2004 and feel comfortable with trying out things like this on my own and know what to expect, but I don’t suggest this for anyone to do on their own).

After that, whenever I did a cleanse, I would first dry fast for as long as I could do so. I do not find it hard at all because my body has gotten used to it. Tonight I went to sleep and felt fine because I had a meal before going to sleep.

Sunday June 2, 2013 – First full day of Dry Fast

The first day I did have elimination twice and some urination, too. Of course, not as much as when I consume my normal fare. I felt fine today with no problems at all. I do not engage in any activities such as intensive exercise when I do any of my fasts/cleanses. I may still do some activity, but keep it at a minimum to conserve my energy. I went out in the afternoon for a short while to spend some time on nature. I did feel a bit more tired and went to sleep by 10pm.

Monday June 3, 2013 – Second day of Dry Fast

I eliminated once this morning and urinated, too. I still had some urination today, but much less then usual and was a deeper yellow color. I still do not feel the need to drink anything. The weather has also been cooler outside, so that probably helps, as well. I felt ok, for the most part and stayed home all day. I went to bed earlier then usual because I was tired – by approximately 10pm.

Tuesday June 4, 2013 – Third day of Dry Fast

Still had some elimination this morning. Feeling no need for water. I know that I will probably dry fast longer then previously, but I will pay attention to how I feel so I will know if I need to drink or not. So far, I do not feel dry in the mouth or dehydrated. Most people would not do this and again, I don’t recommend it at all! I also have been doing this in the city and not in the mountains with pristine air and no noise/light pollution. I am also not resting exactly the way it would be best for me to have the optimal results – meaning no phones, computers, reading, driving, etc.

For those who would want to do a fasting program the right way, it is best to go to a facility that is specifically designed for this, such as TrueNorth Health Center in California http://www.healthpromoting.com/ Also Dr. Doug Graham (raw vegan 80/10/10 program) has a supervised water fasting program in Costa Rica – check out his website for dates http://www.foodnsport.com

Tonight I went to sleep closer to 11pm, but did not sleep well. I woke up and stayed up for a while. I started to notice a build up of mucus near the tip of my eyes in the inside part close to the tear duct. It was more then I usually see when I wake up in the morning.

Wednesday June 4, 2013 – Fourth day of Dry Fast

I woke up and when I tried to open my eyes, they were “glued” shut from the mucus build up around my eyes. I had to clean it out with water by the sink. Throughout the day, I continued to have more mucus in my eyes. I tried to used my fingers to clean it out, but that wasn’t the optimal way. I irritated my eyes and they were getting red and dry. Instead I used water to flush them. For you to understand more in detail what was happening with my eyes: as I would blink my eyes, after a while I could see there was some cloudiness in them and then it moved down to my lower lids and the mucus would stay there until I removed it. I never had this happen when I have a done a fast/cleanse, in the past. I would usually have mucus leave my body through my nose or throat.

Today I only had urination minimally, but no elimination. I still did not feel thirsty or the need to drink any water. I decided to go out and do some shopping and errands. I was out for a couple of hours and got everything done. I did feel a bit worn out when I came home, so I rested for a while. I went to bed tonight about 11pm. I went to sleep, but woke up again in the middle of the night. My eyes were glued shut again and I had to wash them out. I stayed awake and worked on the computer until my eyes were shutting.

Thursday June 6, 2013 – Fifth day of Dry Fast/Cleanse

When I woke, my eyes were glued shut again from the mucus and were a bit red and irritated. All day I had to wash them out because the build up was constant. I did not have a bowel movement today. I was still urinating some. My tongue had a heavy white coating on it, as well. I felt ok, but decided anyway, that I would end my dry fast at 4 and 3/4 days. Since I’d begin eating some food tomorrow night, I wanted to get some fluids into my body before that time.

I had my first cup of water at 2:45pm and then some Harmless Harvest raw organic coconut water (I have a review of their company on my blog, for a cleanse that I did – search in the archives for it). My head was not used to the fluid and had to adjust to it. I actually felt more tired after drinking because now my body had to start working to digest it, whereas before it was in a different state of existence without having to do much “work.” Digestion is work and takes energy. I drank some more water and also finished the 16oz bottle of the coconut water by the end of the day.

I went to sleep by about 11pm and felt more weary and had less energy then when I consumed nothing at all. It is amazing how the body works and to see for myself how I would feel. Of course, I could probably do it longer, but I would have to take a break for the Sabbath and then start over again for another six days. I may try that at another point or else try to do this once a month to give my body a “true” rest so it can heal properly. The body does not heal when it is “busy” digesting, rather when you are sleeping it can renew and rejuvenate itself.

Friday June 7, 2013 – Sixth/last day of Cleanse

I woke up twice in the night. Once was to wash out my eyes because they were glued shut from the build up of mucus. I got up again at about 5:20am to wash out my eyes again from the build up and to urinate. I went back to sleep and awoke at 9am. I felt more sluggish then yesterday when I awoke (perhaps because I was not used to consuming anything, that even having the water and coconut water took more processing for my body and it had to adjust to it). My neck felt tight and my eyes were glued shut again and I had to wash them out. I did urinate and eliminate a small amount this morning. I noticed that my tongue still had a heavy white coating.

I decided to clean my bathroom thoroughly this morning and it took a toll on my energy, so I lay down on my bed for a while. I drank some coconut water and water at ~11am and then again at 2:30pm. I feel a bit more energetic. I had some slight mucus around my eye today, but nothing like I had yesterday, thank G-d!

I drank again some coconut water at ~ 4pm and then again at 5:20pm. I finished the 16oz bottle and that is all I had for today. I am still feeling a bit sluggish, but not as much as this morning. I did clean my room (dust and wash the floor) to get ready for the Sabbath, as I like it to be clean for this special and Holy Day!

Tonight I will eat for the Sabbath, but have a small amount of blended fruit and chew it well because my stomach has shrunk and I have to get used to food. I plan to take it slowly to equal the amount of days I have not eaten so my body can resume its regular food consumption. If I eat too much, too fast I tend to get a headache, bloating and gas and that is not an optimal way to come off of a fast/cleanse.

You can read about my other fasting/cleansing experiences on this blog. Look in the archives to read about my 42 day coconut water cleanse I started in December 2009.

Here is the link:

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/40-days-2-of-cleansing-and-beyond-a-journal-of-my-personal-daily-experiences/

I also have a post on my coconut water cleanse using a combination of two different coconut water – the first one, raw and organic (Harmless Harvest coconut water) and the second one, pasteurized (O.N.E. coconut water) There are some interesting results I had by using both of them.

Here is the link:

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/company-review-harmless-harvest-raw-never-heated-certified-organic-coconut-water/

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S.A.L.T. – Part II – Solutions About Life Force/Longevity Today – excerpt here

S.A.L.T. – Part II – Solutions About Life Force/Longevity Today

Here is the continuation to my previous article with the second title for the four letters S.A.L.T.

SOLUTIONS – We can find many solutions or no solutions to life’s challenges. We can live on the sidelines and do nothing at all and just let life unfold or else TAKE CHARGE! and make a “life” for ourselves. How do you go about doing this? Start listening to your “inner self.”

Here is a personal example for you to understand what I mean: when I was a child, my family and I attended synagogue and after the services they sometimes had a luncheon. At home, we did not have any soda to drink, but at the synagogue they did have and I decided to try some.

I did not take the dark cola, rather the Sprite, thinking it was better because it was a clear color. Of course, as the story unfolds, I was completely wrong! After I took a sip or two, I had to burp from the carbonation and I still remember to this day how it made me feel.

I had a burning sensation come out of my nostrils and felt a tightness in my chest. Then and there I decided on my own to NEVER drink it or any carbonated beverage again! Other people let themselves get accustomed to it and then it’ll go away. I refused to do that. I found the solution because I did not like how it made me feel physically.

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For Part I of this article: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=2756

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