Before starting the fast,
attune your body by eating only raw fruit for 1-2 days. A fast for 3 days will
give the body a basic cleansing. Consult your healing practitioner if you plan
to conduct a lengthy fast as problems can occur. Constipation, emotional
upsets, skin irritations and headaches are all signs of the cleansing process
at work. However, it is best to seek expert advice.
A 10-day fast will bring
relief from most complaints, but you can continue it for up to 3 weeks if
necessary. If you are taking homoeopathic drops it is usually advisable to
continue the treatment. But you can stop taking vitamins and start again after
the fast. Remember - always check with your healing practitioner. It is normal
to keep working during a fast, but be careful not to over-reach yourself. You
will need time for your assignments (see below), extra sleep and meditation.
Winter is a time when the body stores rather than cleanses. Springtime and late
summer are ideal for your annual body cleansing.
If you suffer from any
severe disease, you need to check with your health practitioner whether a fast
or diet would be beneficial for you. People with heart problems are
definitely advised not to go on a fast without professional
8.00 juice of a whole lemon in a glass of
boiled water, hot or cold.
10.00 Orange juice diluted in
12.00 Grapefruit juice with 1 tablespoon
of psyllium husks added.
14.00 Place 500g of green grapes (the
common variety and the cheapest obtainable) in a piece of muslin and squeeze
into a tumbler. Pour one third of the resultant juice into a glass of hot or
cold boiled water. Drink 3 cups.
16.00 Squeeze the juice from 5-6 tomatoes
into a tumbler of hot or cold boiled water.
18.00 Same as 8.00.
20.00 Same as 10.00.
Whenever you break your
fast, make a concoction from fresh vegetables such as a scrubbed carrot, a
potato, some celery, watercress, a tomato, an onion and any other vegetables
that you can find. Place them in I fitre of cold water, then boil down to
500ml. Strain the liquid off and drink very slowly with a piece of dry
All fruit juices and
vegetables have a cleansing effect due to their high content of minerals and
vitamins and the absence of starches and toxins. Read about the specific fruit
or vegetable in Part 11, Food as Medicine.
You can drink as much
cold boiled water as you require in between the above times and it is also
permissible to have a slippery elm malted drink once a day.
While on a juice diet or
a fast, relax and do a lot of deep breathing. Deep breathing helps not only to
oxygenate the blood, but also to relax the abdominal muscles. Abdominal
massages and foot reflex massages for the lungs and colon are also very
beneficial during fasting.
If you find your mouth
becomes murky and the tongue coated, take some raw lemon juice, place it in an
eggcup with approximately 2 teaspoons of warm water and immerse your tongue in
the solution for a few seconds. Then scrape the tongue with a spoon. Gargle
with the remainder of the solution and spit it out.
Do not chew gum: your
body will receive a signal to produce digestive enzymes and will become
confused when no food arrives.
it is also important to
sip fluids slowly rather than gulping them down. juices and broths should be
sipped only. Eat the fluids and drink the solids!
1. During the fast, take a long walk of
some 3 or 4km.
2. In the morning use a dry brush to
stimulate the skin and increase the circulation, always remembering to brush
towards the heart.
3. Take a lukewarm bath at night to
induce sound sleep.