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You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

Maybe or maybe not, but the S.O.S. I am referring to is an adaptation of your vegan food plan that eliminates Salt, Oil and Sugar. I say this because I am a whole food vegan and in the S.A.D {Standard American Diet} world, I don’t believe they could care less about this, sad to say. It is used by True North Health Center in California and others.

I, myself, have done various cleanses and fasts that documented on my blog (including coconut water cleanses, water fasts and dry fasting) and now I am trying something different. I got an email last month from Frederic Patenaude and subscribe to his posts, as he always has interesting information to share, as well as the knowledge he has culled from many years in the natural foods world. I don’t necessarily need to go on a “diet” to lose weight and detest that word anyway, because connotes going on and off something and I ascribe to be on a program that is constant, consistent and for the long term, where get results and don’t yo-yo back and forth, as it’s harmful to the health.

Here is a link to Frederic’s article: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=4848

So what I decided to do and coined a new term, is The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™
What is that? Similar to the S.O.S. program, but I added no overt fats to it. Dr. Doug Graham recommends, to eat minimal added fats, but I’m not saying this is good for everyone, although when you read the link to the article above there is a comment on the bottom about someone who has been eating very low fat for a long time and has had good results.

Frederic mentioned that the body needs 90 days to adapt, so I decides to try this for the next 3 months, but do it 1 day at a time and then progress from there. I do eat whole food plant based, but I have done more snacking (but everything is food based) in the last number of years and have gotten lax with not consuming oils when buy products, although do not use it for my own food preparation. Also, used packaged products with cane sugar, maple syrup, salt and would like to eliminate them from my food plan and get back to eating foods in their natural wholesome state and not buy packaged products or minimize them at best. There is 1 item that has a minimal amount of salt that will be consuming because I do eat Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Tortillas for The Sabbath and Holydays, as it is the best out there because is flourless and without added oil. Other then that will be keeping to this 100%, G-d willing. This means will have to add more volume of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans to make up for the things will not be consuming.

Here’s a list of what will not be eliminating:
1- Oils – since do not cook with it, means products that use it as an ingredient
2- Nut butters
3- Nuts and Seeds
4- Avocados
5- Vegan Yogurt – as all are made with nuts and usually added salt, as well
6- Salt
7- Sugar (except for stevia which is not a sugar and make also look to get yacon syrup or if can find yacon powder, as is not a sugar, but from a Peruvian root that happens to be sweet and is also a prebiotic)
8- Coconuts

I am not saying it is going to be easy, as my body has to “detox” off of those items and I may feel a lack of satisfaction in my daily consumption and also there is the mental, emotional and psychological brain chemical reactions to consider, as well. As I said above, will simply be adding more volume of the other foods and actually, when you look at the cost of buying organic produce it seems expensive, but really it is not, it’s what you buy that is packaged, canned, boxed, etc that costs more because the price gets “bumped up” or inflated from the time the company makes it till it comes to the store, as everyone wants a “piece of the action” to make a profit. I am also used to grabbing a quick nutrient dense snack at work of a whole food bar and all of them have something that will be eliminating, so will have to have other snacks instead.

What I plan to do is document my experiences during this time on my blog. I am not sure will have time to do it daily, but will do my best to share with you what happene on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and psychological.

Look forward to sharing with you, as I embark on this new adventure.
I also want to say, that I do not plan to eliminate overt fats completely for more then 90 days and may even return to some after 30 days, depending on how I am feeling. My goal is to try to stay free of all salt, sugar and oils for the long term.

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Check out my latest video review for Solely – Fruit Jerky

I plan to write in the coming months on this blog, starting end of April, G-d willing, as I am going to try a new “food program” experiment for a few months to see what results I get and of course, it will still be 100 percent vegan. I have previously embarked on coconut water cleanses, water fasts and dry fasting and shared my insights and experiences from doing them on this blog and you can find some of those here:

42 day coconut water cleanse I started in December 2009 – this is how I started my blog:

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

Other cleansing/fasting experiences:

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/company-review-harmless-harvest-raw-never-heated-certified-organic-coconut-water/#8230

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/my-experiencesexperiment-dry-fasting-4-and-34-days-not-for-the-faint-at-heart-2/

Here is the latest video reveiw and 4 other recent ones for you to check out.

Solely – Fruit Jerky

Others you may like to watch

Date Lady – Part 2: Chocolate Spread

Crispy Green: Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks

Foods Alive – Raw Food Superfood Part 13: Recipe with Seeds – Let’s Get “Cheesy”

Foods Alive – Raw Food Superfood Part 12: Seeds – Introduction & Recipe Ideas

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Exclusive Interview with Tonya Zavasta

My Comments: I have been a fan, follower and friend of Tonya Zavasta, for more then 10 years, and remember reading on her site, when she was still doing lectures and was looking for volunteers to arrange events for her. I scheduled Tonya at a number of locations in Southern California and they were well received and successful.

I have read most of Tonya’s books and have used quite a few of her products over the years. She is always innovating and on the cutting edge with what is best and does not compromise when it comes to the best ingredients and that they are completely natural, with no chemicals, fillers or additives.

Tonya Zavasta, is The Real Deal! She has worked very hard on overcoming her own personal/physical challenges (which you can read about in her books) and that was a “springboard” to her discovery of the power of raw food for exceptional health, as well as other things like hot yoga, dry fasting, caloric restriction, etc.

Tonya has researched extensively in the fields of raw food, beauty and anti-aging to discover what works best for optimal health. There are no gimmicks, pills, powders, potions or magic bullet that will do the trick! It takes dedication, devotion, persistence, perseverance and consistency. Tonya, exemplifies this in every way possible and when you view the picture of her at 57 in the banner ad in the upper right hand side, you will see the proof for yourself (this is a real photo and not photo shop and she does not use any unnatural procedures like plastic surgery to achieve her results).

I admit, that I am not in any way, at the level she is, but I do my best and she is a great role model for all those who think that youthfulness is not possible when you are nearing 60 years of age. Tonya has proved everyone wrong!

Please make sure to read this to the end, as there is a special discount offered when you purchase any of Tonya’s products and is available for a limited time only!

For the twenty-eighth interview, an exclusive, I have the immense pleasure of introducing you to Tonya Zavasta: Raw Food & Natural Beauty Advocate and Anti-Aging Expert, in business since 2002-2003.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I don’t think I ever made a decision, as such. Early on, it was simply about resolving my own issues. I was then facing some pretty heavy-duty surgery to fix congenital hip problems. I stumbled upon the raw foods message through the Paul Bragg’s book, Miracle of Fasting. And I knew this was the way for me—no looking back. The results astounded me. My health issues went away. My looks improved dramatically. I just couldn’t keep my discoveries for myself. I had to share my “secrets” of health and beauty with the world. That’s how I came to write my first book, Your Right to be Beautiful: The Miracle of Raw Foods.. I started a raw foods group in Memphis which I was leading for three years. Invitations to speak began coming in. Before I knew it, I was traveling with lectures and spreading the raw food message.

Question #2: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Big question! Surely you’ll let me have two answers, won’t you?

First…It simply doesn’t work to cajole, beg, nag, or manipulate others to eat better and exercise. The best thing you can do for others—take care of your own health and happiness.

Be an example, an inspiration. Reflect others’ own goodness back to them. Show them, in yourself, what they can achieve with what they already have.

Second, quantum physics implies we create our own reality via our own thoughts, expectations, and beliefs. So it’s important to spread the message of longevity, youthfulness, and superb health. You can’t singlehandedly win the day—you need others to believe with you.

Another starling implication of quantum mechanics is that separability (between things, people…) is an illusion. So… we’re all connected. And what happens to each of us affects the rest of us. We rise and fall, fail and succeed, together. So you cannot be prosperous without wishing prosperity for others, you cannot be healthy without sharing the secrets of well-being with others, and you cannot get love without giving love to others.

Questions #3: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

When I embarked on my 100% raw journey, I had high expectations. I daresay my health expectations were fulfilled in even greater degree than I expected. But beauty-wise, perhaps only 80%.

Eating predominantly (or exclusively) raw foods is very beneficial for your looks. But it’s not enough. That is the reason for my beauty products.

We need to take care of our skin externally. A daily beauty routine will make a big difference in how youthful your skin will look. My brush is probably the most important product you’d need. Why? Because exfoliation is a vital key to beautiful skin.

If I have a “beauty secret,” this is probably it…While most beauty mavens talk endlessly about being super gentle with your skin, my approach is dimetrically different. You need to train your skin to endure, to withstand aging. More in my ebook: Guide to an Ageless Face

Question #4: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

If you trace my company’s growth, you’ll see each product was initially developed because I, personally had a need for it. I offer for sale only what I use personally. Whomever you buy from, wouldn’t you want them to hold the same value?

When I couldn’t find a brush of just the right firmness to use on myself, I designed one. When you change your diet, your hair starts to change, too. You begin to shed more hair than usual. This is exactly what happened to me. Looking how to combat this issue, I developed a Scalp Tonic to improve hair growth, using the best known herbs for scalp stimulation.

When after age 50 I realized I needed to add a night cream to my beauty routine, I developed one from 100% natural oils, but with a creamy consistency. My newest product: RejuvaPad, for use under the eyes will be available in the end of April. Why did I develop it? Beause I’m 58 and I need to use it every day before going to bed.

When we’re happy with the results we’re getting, it’s only natural we want to share.

Question #5: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

The physical world we live in is polarized. There can never be a plus without a minus. Never an up without down, an inhale without an exhale. Nor can there be health without sickness.

We can’t so much as appreciate health without knowing sickness. How many of us got up today and said thanks, that for example, our appendix didn’t hurt?

Health and sickness will always be intertwined. We need them both for our souls’ experience. My best lessons have come from pain.

I can’t really feel, in a sense, for the whole planet. But I do care greatly for people who have come to my website and are ready to tackle some serious anti-aging practices. It’s they who are my highest priority.

Question #6: Who is your greatest hero and why?

I guess I’m expected to answer something like All my life, my hero has been…But I really don’t have any heroes, in that sense. Truth is, you can learn from every person’s life.

I like people who inspire me. For example, I once read that a person was dancing at age 84. I got inspired. I wanted to do something like that, too. It’s invaluable to have such people around you or to read about them. They expand for you the perceived limits of what’s possible. That’s important because you can’t set out to accomplish anything you don’t believe is possible. Once you believe something is possible, then there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

Question #7: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Quantum mechanics is changing our views of reality…and our views on how we can control what happens in our own lives.

Tribulations and challenges conspire against us. Most of us run. But if instead we embrace those challenges, learn from them…we’ll arrive at something better, vastly, unbelievably better.
Read my new book: The Quantum Key: Transcending Life’s Trials.

Question #8: I know that there are variables as to how much food/calories each person consumes when eating raw vegan food (based on many lifestyle factors, etc), but is there a basic guideline you would recommend for everyone?

It’s not possible to have one plan for all. There are infinitely many variables! Every person is unique. So, no, there is no one, sure-fire recommendation. Your own body is your best guide.

Very important: read, read and read about how other people achived what you want. But always remember: Health is highly individual. Learn to experiment on your own body. Listen to its feedback and make changes accordingly. Keep what works. Change what doesn’t.

Don’t mimic anyone else. Get your own experience. Only personal experience will get you to a succesful raw food lifestyle. Somebody else’s experience won’t ever have this power. If you experiment intelligently, and you believe strongly that your chosen diet will assures you health and long life, it will.
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Now you have the opportunity to learn from Tonya, the tools, tips and secrets to achieve the results you would like for your own optimal health and wellness, through her books and products she sells on her website, along with many free articles and recipes, as well.

Tonya has generously offered to my readers, a 10% discount on an order of any value, when you purchase her products. You can get this offer by clicking on the banner in the upper right hand side, that says, “Tonya at 57” and will be valid till the 31st of March at midnight Pacific time. The discount code is: BEAUTY10%OFF

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Have you checked out my YouTube Channel?

Check out the latest videos on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Sugar isn’t a Food Group!

Have you read any good books lately?

Books I mentioned in this video:

FREDERIC PATENAUDE – “the Raw Secrets”and other titles/products available with special offers listed below

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If you prefer to call and place you order (you can peruse the website to read all about the products first), you can do so 1-866-STAY-RAW and please mention you were referred by Mindy Goldis

Products from Tonya Zavasta I recommend are:
1- Skin Rejuvenator (the rolling bed of pins that you use on your scalp and skin to increase circulation)
2- Siberian Pin Chewing Gum to clean teeth after eating and improve the health of your gums
3- Facial Exercises E-book which is a program I have used to improve the tone of my facial muscles and you can read the journal I wrote of my 3 week experience doing the program on the website (you will need to search around for the area where the program is discussed)
4- Facial Cream and Facial Mask – and also purchase the facial brushes. There is one to use after the mask and another that is used for exfoliation of the facial skin.
5- Tonya’s Books – they are all great and if you are ready to get into the more advanced program, then Quantum Eating book is great, and the other 3 books are also wonderful.
6- Other E-books written on dental health and 100 Days to 100 Percent Raw
7- Other beauty products: shampoo, conditioner, scalp tonic, bentonite oral balm
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Most of these are probably available online at http://www.amazon.com
Recovery from Cancer by Elaine Nussbaum
Power Eating Program by Lino Stanchich
Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko – also at http://www.rawfamily.com
Miracle of Fasting by Paul C. And Patricia Bragg – also at http://www.bragg.com
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
My Beautiful Life by Mina Dobic
Don’t Drink Your Milk by Frank A. Oski, MD
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, MD
Forks Over Knives – Documentary film
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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.

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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My chewing bliss experiences:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/my-chewing-bliss-or-how-to-keep-warm-in-the-berkshires-of-massachusetts/
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Dry fasting experiment/experiences:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/my-experiencesexperiment-dry-fasting-4-and-34-days-not-for-the-faint-at-heart-2/
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Water fasting experiment/experiences:

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/my-cleansing-repertoire-using-volcanic-mineral-refresher-water-reactions-and-results/

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/my-cleansing-repertoire-using-mineral-rich-carlsbad-water-reactions-and-results/
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My review of Swayze Foster’s book:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/book-review-the-science-of-eating-raw-by-swayze-foster/
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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 https://www.facebook.com/harmlessharvest 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 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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I am back after a long time away! Here are my plans.

Hi to all my readers and followers

I know I have not posted anything since April 2010, as I have been busy with other things in my life. I will do my best to try and post at least once a week and let you know some new and interesting tidbits on health and wellness. If you have any “burning” questions you’d like answered, I would love to hear from you and I will do my best to answer them. I am working on some projects where I hope to have some products available for sale, one being an e-book/recipes, as I have been asked on many occasions to write one. My recipes are pure and clean and I think that may be the title for the book, “Pure and Clean Recipes: The Best Tasting Food using the Healthiest Ingredients.” Stay tuned for more information on that and when it becomes available, you’ll be the first to know. I also plan to write another e-book with the working title,” Tips, Tools and Tricks of the Trade: How to Live Healthier and Longer.”

It has almost been a year since I have embarked on my 42 day coconut water cleanse and it is hard to believe. It was a fantastic experience for me, but I will not be doing it again. I am still doing a cleanse every quarter for at least 2 weeks or more, depending on my time availability. I have recently started a 14 day cleanse and from day 1, I decided to try and do a true DRY FAST, with no food or water (I do not recommend or endorse for you to do this on your own) for as long as my body (more so the mind really controls what you think and then the action you do) could handle it. I ended up going for 89 hours with nothing. Of course, it would have been in my best interest to do so when I could rest in bed with no stimulation of any kind (including computer, phone, music, noise, etc), but I did it at home and not at a retreat or fasting center. I did not do any heavy exercise, except for walking. I actually felt fine for the most part and probably could have gone longer. I still urinated and eliminated (but less each day) while I was dry fasting.

I look forward to sharing with you more insights in the next blog post.
Stay tuned!

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