Resetting My DNA, and More!
Here is the what:
I have been thinking for a couple of months about water fasting: Intermittent, short-term, and long term. I’ve done enough research to know that water fasting is safe and yields many benefits for people who are healthy, like myself. I decided that I wanted to do a 72-hour water fast this week starting Tuesday night and ending Saturday morning (so it would actually be a little longer than 72 hours). My husband was a bit concerned, mostly about possible sleep-time hallucinations I would endure while detoxing from the wine that I drink every evening after dinner, but he agreed that he could handle whatever transpires.
I began to have my own reservations about the full 72-hour fast. Aside from the alcohol detox issues, one concern is that, even though I eat a 90% whole-food, plant-based diet, I haven’t been exercising lately, and I wonder if that will make the process more difficult. The other issue, more of an economic one, is that my husband and I bought a lot of fruits and vegetables, and I don’t want them to go to waste. It’s money down the drain, and also irresponsible; better to plan a couple of weeks in advance and shop accordingly.
So I decided to shorten the fast and make it a trial run for a full 72-hour fast in the near future. Interestingly, although I didn’t consciously plan it, my lunch and dinner yesterday were both lighter than normal; it’s like my mind was preparing me. I started the fasting clock at midnight last night, Tuesday, and will break the fast on Thursday at 3:00pm. This will add up to 39 hours, roughly half of my initial goal, and I feel confident that I will still reap benefits.
Now for the why:
Health practitioners on the cutting edge of human nutrition almost all agree that fasting is highly beneficial. It’s a reset for the entire body, efficiently ridding the systems of toxins while allowing cellular regeneration.
Also, there’s the discipline aspect. Delaying gratification (I love cooking, and even more, I love eating food!) is a form of self-restraint that brings its own benefits, not the least being self-confidence.
Plus, I have experienced fasting before. This is a cool story.
I was living in Santa Monica with my then-boyfriend (now husband). We had already cut out most dairy and all red meat from our diet. We were exercising regularly, jogging 5–7 days each week, rain or shine. One day, I woke up and I felt no hunger. My partner was a bit shocked, as was I, and we attributed my condition to the hearty meal we enjoyed the night before. But at each successive meal-time, I just did not want to eat. All I wanted was to drink water, so that’s what I did.
Days went on. In addition to jogging, I walked to and from work five or six days a week, approximately a mile and a half each way. My partner and friends were increasingly concerned about my physical — and mental — health, but I assured them that I had never felt better in my life. I moved like a bullet through my days, sleeping just a few hours each night. The fast lasted for just over nearly three weeks. One morning, I woke up craving a fruit smoothie. It was the most delicious food I had ever tasted.
But first and foremost, this is a spiritual practice for me.
I have been studying information in the spiritual-scientific community for the last year or so, learning about the massive transformation occurring in humans, all life on Earth, and the Earth herself. There are many places on the internet where you can read about this awakening and ascension process; starting here might be a good way to ease in to understanding (find the document titled “What Is Happening To My Friend”.) I plan to write other articles about this topic, but, for now, I will just say that water fasting is going to help reset my DNA in preparation for even more profound changes in my mind-body-spirit complex. I feel very excited about this process, and I plan to update you, my readers, on my water fasting and other experiences! Stay tuned!
As of now, I have been fasting for 13 hours, and I do not feel hungry!