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Cleansing/Fasting I mentioned in this video:

You can read about my fasting/cleansing experiences on my blog. Here is the link with a day-to-day journal about my 42 day coconut water cleanse I started in December 2009.

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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.

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Harmless Harvest – 100% Raw Coconut Water and 100% Raw Tea

Check out all these great photos of Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water and 100% Raw Tea, Tee/Tea shirts and Tote Bags. Awesome products that I love to use and promote. Had a chance to try the 100% Raw Tea at Expo West in Anaheim in March 2013 and it is due to launch in the summer. It is an amazing product and look forward to it when it comes out. Also, was gifted with the tote bags and tee/tea shirts, so I wanted to make sure to take photos for others to see. If you have not tried the coconut water yet, you MUST! It is the best available and all Whole Foods seem to carry it. I checked out their Facebook page and it said that they have it available in a dispenser in Danbury YEY! No more plastic bottles there and hope that spreads to all cities that carry Harmless Harvest Coconut Water.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a free sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

Tee-Shirt and Tote Bag

Tee-Shirt and Tote Bag

Tee shirt, tote bag and empty bottle ;-)

Tee shirt, tote bag and empty bottle 😉

100% Raw Tea bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Tea bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Tea Shirt and Bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Tea Shirt and Bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Coconut Water, Tee-shirt and Tote Bag

100% Raw Coconut Water, Tee-shirt and Tote Bag

Printed info on back of bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

Printed info on back of bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

More info printed on bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

More info printed on bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

You can read more about this company by scrolling down on the right side of this page under the column titled Blogroll and click on the link for their website.

Check out my YouTube video on these products – scroll down below the photos. My apologies for some of the sideways view of the video, as I did not notice it till after it was posted to YouTube and could not edit it. It is more FUN for you, right! 😉

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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 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

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:

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.

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Company Review: Harmless Harvest – Raw, Never Heated, Certified Organic Coconut Water

Harmless Harvest – certified organic, raw, never heated coconut water
in business since 2011

I have been drinking coconut water for at least 5 years, but could never find the pristine, raw and organic product on the market. I refused to buy the coconuts in the stores that are wrapped in plastic. Why, you ask? In case you didn’t already know, they are not pure in the state that they are in. A young coconut grows on a tree and the shell is a green color and has a smooth surface. The ones you see in all stores are stripped of the hard shell and are a rough white surface. In nature, coconuts are the purest water of all (besides water you can get directly from a spring), as no one has done anything to it. Once you strip the hard protective green shell it becomes prime fodder for bacteria, mold, etc. to get into the water.

Since I would not buy the plastic-wrapped coconuts, I looked for a packaged products. When I was at Expo West a few years ago, I discovered a company (the first one to come out on the market) that was packaging the pure young coconut water in aseptic containers. I was so thrilled that I could finally drink coconut water! I did’t have to worry about bacteria, or mold in the water. I met the owners and found out more about how they got started on their journey with the company and the product. I am happy to have found them and then started using the coconut water for my cleanses. I even did a 42 day cleanse with coconut water beginning in December 2009 and started my blog because of it (you can check out in the archives of this blog for a day-to-day account of my experiences). Most people have never embarked on a 42 day cleanse, but I wanted to, to prove that it can be done.

Disclaimer: I don’t recommend you try this lenghty cleanse unless you are a long time cleanser and know what you are doing, as well as consult with a health practitioner and do it under supervision – I have been fasting/cleansing since 2004. I advise you to educate yourselves adequately and seek advise from a qualified health professional/specialist before embarking on any program like this, especially if you have any current conditions and have never fasted/cleansed before. I recommend trying it for one day a week if you are starting out. If you are looking to do a long term cleanse/fast please do so at a cleansing center that can support and monitor you so that you don’t put your self/health in jeopardy. The information contained here, is not intended as a diagnosis, cure or treatment for any disease or ailment. Neither I, nor Harmless Harvest, their employees and associates accept liability or responsibility for any adverse consequences you might encounter in using this product or if you decide to do a cleanse on your own.

What most of the companies are doing (yes, there are now numerous companies bottling/packaging coconut water from locations in Brazil, Thailand, Phillipines, etc) is pasteurizing their product because of the chances of bacteria getting into the coconut water. What this does is destroy the enzymes, but not the minerals (as minerals need very high heat for long periods of time to be destroyed and the method used is very quick, less then a second). As a result, I always looked for other companies that had coconut water, most were heated and not organic. I did discover one company producing organic coconut water in a can, but was pasteurized. Then I found another one that was raw and organic and was brought in frozen to the stores. It was more expensive, but I wanted to try it anyway. I found that the shelf life was very short and it went sour on me in only a few days.

Back to the drawing board, so to speak. I continued on my quest/search for the best and purest coconut water on the market (that is next to getting one off the tree, cracking it open and drinking it with a glass straw). Whenever I would go to any of the stores that carry a myriad of coconut water brands, I would look for a company that is doing it “right.”. Finally, I was in a Whole Foods Market and decided to go down the aisle where they had water and coconut water for sale. EUREKA! I finally found it! There was a bottle from a company called Harmless Harvest. I read the label on the bottle and knew this was the “real deal.” I didn’t buy it because I wanted to do my research first on the website to make sure. I was very impressed with what I read and the details about how the coconuts are taken down from a tree and transported by boats, etc. A high pressure process is used, so the water is never heated. OK, now I was completely sold. The only thing that bothered me was the use of plastic bottles. I decided to call the company and had a long discussion with one of the employees. I understand that they could not use glass with high pressure, because it would shatter. I also liked the fact that the owners didn’t just settle for the first source they found for coconut water. The fact that they had high standards, like I do, made sense.

I decided to email them my information about who I am and what I do because I wanted to be able to use their product for my coconut cleanse, so I can evaluate the difference between their product and others I have consumed. I called again and found out they would be at Expo West 2012. I would get a chance to talk to them personally and mention what I’d like to do. Well, it came to fruition. I talked to Justin, one of the founders/owners and he was on board to provide me with coconut water for my next cleanse. I finally tried the Harmless Harvest coconut water and I was HOOKED!

I received my coconut water for the cleanse I did this June from Megan-thanks! I had enough for a few days of my cleanse (so you know, I drank 6 bottles a day/48 ounces). I had already done a week on alkaline water (check back to my testimonial on Carlsbad Alkaline Water that I blogged about the end of February 2012) and now in my second week was adding the coconut water. The coconut water was fantastic. The taste was smooth, sweet and satisfying. I had a abundance of energy and didn’t have the need to drink as much water. This water, isn’t heated compared to most of the others, and is filled with enzymes, as well as, minerals (even when pasteurized, the minerals are kept intact because you need very high heat for a long time to destroy them, but not the enzymes). This is what, I feel made the difference for me. It is also one of the only ones that is certified organic.

Now, since I didn’t have enough coconut water from Harmless Harvest for the 7 days, I had to resort to using another brand for the other 4 days. Actually, this was a blessing in disguise! How so? Now I would be able to really compare the two brands to see the difference. The most noticeable difference, was in the taste. It was not sweet and had an after taste and made me burp. Besides that, I noticed that it would make my throat dry and would not go away, ever. I also noticed that I didn’t not have the same energy level and had to drink more water. I felt that the lack of enzymes had a large part in how I was feeling and wasn’t organic. I also don’t know how it is sourced or the method they use to get the coconuts from the trees. All this makes a difference as to how the coconut water will taste (and it matters to me tremendously!) and affect how you feel.

Once you taste the best, purest, sustainably-harvested and truly ecological product, such as what Harmless Harvest has done, it is hard to choose any other product. Forget about the cost, that is not the issue. You get what you pay for! Coconut water is great fuel for you body – “Nature’s Gatorade.”. It is full of electrolytes that are important for the body and can be consumed before, during and after exercise. It has many other benefits to the body and I highly recommend you read more about it in this book, “Coconut Water-for health and healing,” by Dr. Bruce Fife (I have it!).

Now you know that if you search for the best, you can eventually find it! It takes time and research. Just like the owners of this company searched long and hard to find something they believed in that was pure and true to their beliefs. They have nothing to hide and neither do I! Don’t compromise when it comes to your health and wellness.

To read more about Harmless Harvest, check out the link on the right-side of this post under the column titled Blogroll

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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