Breaking the fast...

Good afternoon from Bali...

Some of you may have been following the journey so far on Instagram or Facebook through my Seeds Of Health page or the Tyler Tolman page.  There have been many special moments thus far.

 

7 days ago, I started this post & here is what I had written.

...I have just ridden through the streets of Sanur, on the back of a scooter, in the sunshine after the rain cleared this morning.  Raw cake in hand, post Bali Buda visit, & I'm heading home for a massage.  Yes, it is Saturday afternoon & my afternoon off.  I will need to pop back to check on some clients later, about 6:30pm, but am soaking up the chilled arvo in the meantime.  Some blogging to do, some being at home to enjoy.

 

We are just over half way through, the month long course that I am apart of in Bali - 30 day Heal Thy Self, with Tyler Tolman.  The clients have been apart of a 'juice fast, water fast, education, enemas, digging deep, healing' environment.  Everything is provided for them to enable complete healing without the stress of organizing.  I am proud to be apart of the team who are facilitating such a program.  Being hosted in Bali we have also been able to incorporate some Balinese traditions into the program like a traditional Balinese welcome ceremony, visiting a water temple to cleanse, visiting a Balinese priestess to assist working through what is arising on the fast, as well as simply enjoying the near by island of Nusa Lembongan for some snokelling, sun and salt air.

Water temple

Water temple

Today was the beginning of releasing for clients.  You can read more about the process and the facilitators here…(http://thepowerofreleasing.com/about-releasing/).  Releasing gives clients a chance to emotionally release past hurts or 'things' from parents, friends, moments, past lives, etc that they have been holding on to (both consciously or unconsciously) & therefore contributing to their dis-ease and flow in life.  

 

I love that this program is so powerful in its combination of modalities, healers, timing and thought processing.  Some of the modalities used are: massage, network chiropractic (which is totally different to chiropractic work - a lot more gentle bringing you back in to your body), reflexology, sauna, lucia light, releasing, DeMartini Method, craniosacral therapy and more.

 

Today...I come back to what I had begun 7 days ago & feel excited at the new chapter that these 15 courageous participants are now in to.  It has been an exciting day for them!  They have transitioned from water, on to juice.  Some of them, with their individual situations began to water fast on day 2 (day one we gathered together to meet and greet and enjoy a salad).  Others chose to participate in a 5 day juice fast before moving on to water.  We are on Day 21 of the program, which means that some of them have been water fasting for 20 days and others 15.  Where ever they are at we have encouraged them to listen to their body with the assistance of both Tyler and myself to assess their symptoms and maximize their opportunity to fast for as long as possible in such a supportive environment where they are nourished by others supportive and positive energy, the sun, guasha, education, filtered water, relaxation, enemas or colonics where needed, healing and again I repeat, support.  I know personally it can get quite tough to enjoy only water after so long.  It is therefore really important that we bless the water saying thank you, I am grateful, etc before drinking as our body is made up of a large percentage of water which impacts positively on our healing.  

"Messages to water" cover on all our filtered water containers

"Messages to water" cover on all our filtered water containers

This is a huge deal, and a massive achievement!  No one is taking this lightly.  The participants have all done such an amazing job so far.  The biggest bonus is that they have had the support of others (both participants and crew) around them to succeed. 

Sunrise at the beach in Sanur.  10 min walk from where the guests are staying.

Sunrise at the beach in Sanur.  10 min walk from where the guests are staying.

Each day we have been starting with either a 5:30am gathering in the main room to make our way down to the beach for our morning activation (if the weather has allowed) or yoga at 6:30am in the yoga pavilion, after tongue scrapping, oil pulling and hydration.   Following each morning clients have gone back to their rooms to do an enema, listen to their huge collection of resources on their ipods, shower, guasha, lay in the sun, etc, depending on what is in store for the day.  Some days we have healing sessions where they move from one healer to another, other days is learning with different teachers in the main room (teaching the principles of health, trusting your intuition, future of business, human evolution, memory, DeMartini Method, etc) and then a mediation or singing session at night, unless there is an amazing doco to be shared - which happened a lot during the first 2 weeks.  

One of the morning activation sessions held inside due to rain.  Tyler is playing the carillon bowl - which vibrates through your entire body.  It's beautiful after a meditation at the end.

One of the morning activation sessions held inside due to rain.  Tyler is playing the carillon bowl - which vibrates through your entire body.  It's beautiful after a meditation at the end.

Each client has had their own journey and processing to go through.  Highs and lows have been on different days (generally things will show up in reverse order working back one day for each year), some have had deep healings and many tears, others have felt sick and nauseous for days, others simply weak and tired, or ‘fine’.  No comparisons are made, simply the sharing of a unique journey in a collective space with full support.  We have tried to create a space where each can share how they feel each morning - the parasite stories are always interesting! :)  There have been a lot released!

 

I have really enjoyed being apart of everyone’s journey and supporting each person as much as possible through their own individual journey and letting them sit with things when they come up, not judging them or labeling them and allowing them to work through it and heal. 

Juice!...after water is AMAZING!  I remember from my fasts plus the clients have been telling me all day :) (smoothie in the background which is for the crew)

Juice!...after water is AMAZING!  I remember from my fasts plus the clients have been telling me all day :) (smoothie in the background which is for the crew)

Along with juice today, each client has also begun a 4 day colon cleanse with bentonite clay, psyllium husk and honey along with a specific 4 day routine that the ancient Egyptians used to cleanse the colon of heavy metals and all manner of other things.  Eucalyptus oil, peppermint castile soap, 10 lemons and acidophilus are all apart of the process - a different ingredient each day.  This will really pull whatever else may be in the body before slowly entering back on to fresh fruit, smoothies and raw vegan food next week with the amazing Chef Cynthia Louise!  The last part of this program around food is a very important one.  Slowly entering back on to food is so essential so the body doesn’t go in to shock due to the wrong foods or over eating.  It is important to go slow, smell the juice, taste small portions, chew properly, salivate, take it slow.  There is no rush.  Let the body enjoy the food through all of its senses (in particular sight, smell and taste).  Chef Cynthia has this covered and the clients are in good hands.  We are fortunate to be holding these education sessions around food in her gorgeous new kitchen which she is about to start filming in.  Most of you know I am a big fan of her and that I stock her cookbooks in my clinic.  She has some other fabulous e-books online (http://chefcynthialouise.com/shop/ebook).  Let’s support her and her message as she is pure in what she teaches around the topic of whole foods, no wastage, look after the planet, care for each other and share. 

Fruit platter on the first day - with a no wastage using leaves as the underlay.  Fruit will be provided when the guests break their fast in 5 days time from juice to food.  But smaller portions to take it slow.

Fruit platter on the first day - with a no wastage using leaves as the underlay.  Fruit will be provided when the guests break their fast in 5 days time from juice to food.  But smaller portions to take it slow.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the journey so far.  I do hope to write again towards the end of this amazing 30 day program to inform you how things are wrapping up.  Please ask any questions or leave any comments below.  I would love to assist you with any queries you have regarding this amazing journey that I have been apart of.  The team has been fantastic!   And the participants…so inspirational!  This is not a small achievement.  Well done guys!

P.S. One of the participants Cazzie, has been writing an online journal each day of her fasting experience.  Check it out here

 

Love Janelle xx

Fasting

Fasting can either mean a water or juice fast.  A rest from digesting, which allows our body to put energy into healing and repairing.

This is my 5th fast.  In the past I have done a two 3 day juice fasts, a 30 day adventure (starting with a 4 day colon cleanse, a salt flush and then 26 days on Pulse – ask if you would like to know more), along with a 9 day fast (4 days of juice fasting followed by 5 days of water) and I am now at the tail end of a 4 and a half day juice fast where I intend to enjoy green smoothies and fresh fruit for another day and a half, making 6 days altogether of juices, smoothies, fruit and water.  My digestive system is loving the rest and I am feeling more agile and have a much clearer mind.

I have learnt a lot on this particular fast & have really enjoyed playing with new juicing recipes.  It has been interesting doing it with another and making juice for both of us as I have had to plan ahead to make 5.5-6L of juice per day.  The support has been great, knowing that someone else is going through the same experience as you, no matter how different it is.  Also, sharing a dinner or juice together and not being tempted by the smells coming out of the kitchen.  I highly recommend having a buddy!

It is my first fast after learning so much about fasting from Tyler Tolman in Bali last September.  My first 3 day fasts were done a while ago and I wasn’t aware of the importance of oil pulling, enemas, breathing, sunshine, Gwasha, exercise, etc while fasting.  I also didn’t have as much knowledge as I do now about breaking a fast.  During this fast I have felt more at ease and confident with how to approach a juice fast while fitting it in around a normal working week.  If you are just starting out with fasting, be willing to explore it and play with recipes and be kind to yourself if things don’t go to plan.  There’s always another opportunity.  Each fast is a chance to learn something new and remember for the following fast.  We should all be doing at least one fast a year or if you choose to one a month to give the body a greater chance to heal and repair.  Some people fast one day a week on just juices or smoothies, which is excellent, however I would still recommend a longer fast each year.

Here’s a glimpse into one of my days of fasting…Day 5.  I started my day with some coconut oil pulling, 1 litre of water (this should happen every morning whether you’re on a juice fast or not), some yoga and then an enema.   I have been feeling amazing on juice and the enema just topped it off!  This morning, being Saturday, was a perfect time to do an enema as I didn’t have to rush off anywhere.  After my enema I had a shower & used a cleansing ritual called Gwasha.  Gwasha is a specific mix of pure alcohol and aluminium free bi carb soda.  I learnt about this through Tyler Tolman and know that it cleanses the skin beautifully and should be followed by applying coconut oil all over the body and getting into the sun for a little while, to soak up some vitamin D.  So that is exactly what I did… while sipping on coconuts!

I would  liked to have been doing enemas every day on this fast but it didn’t happen due to a very busy week.  Enemas are essential if you are needing a good cleanse and trying to rid something acute or chronic within the body.  

The things I have learnt this week are:

  • I realised how beneficial it was to have a variety of high water content vegetables so that your juice goes further when making such a large quantities.  For example, watermelon, pineapple, coconut water, cucumbers, celery, etc.
  • I have tended in the past to make my juice as needed (except for the 9 day fast with Tyler Tolman, as the juices were made for us).  However, I actually think making a larger quantity of a morning for breakfast and lunch, for 2 people, actually motivated me more and saved time with prep and cleaning up.  I just had to be organised.
  • Coconut oil pulling is such a fantastic technique to draw toxins out of the body.  This is done daily & can be continued when your fast is finished.  It is also known to whiten teeth.  You simply place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth upon waking and swish it around for 5-20mins.  It is important to adopt this as part of a fast to allow the toxins to exit your system that bit faster.  There is a wealth of information here http://www.oilpulling.com or a great book available called Oil Pulling Therapy by Bruce Fife.
  • It has been excellent setting an intention each morning at the start of my yoga practice or during my breathing exercises while walking or sitting.  I would like to continue this.
  • It is really important to listen to your body on the fast and rest when your body asks for it.  Even if it is just a 10min rest.  I found myself doing this when I got home from work some afternoons and feeling recharged from it.
  • If you do feel like you just can’t continue on juice because you are too hungry the first thing you should do is drink 1 litre of water and wait 20mins, the other option is to have an apple as apples assist in cleaning the colon.
  • My body temperature dropped while fasting so it is important to plan fasting around the seasons or just remember a cardigan/jacket if working in air-conditioning.  Lucky I live in Cairns!
  • I have been able to develop a better relationship with food.  During periods of stress I tend to overeat, no matter how healthy the food is.  This fast has given me the ability to slow down and enjoy the smells and each ingredient and each mouthful of flavour (I tried to remember to do this with my juices).  My body performs a lot better on less.
  • Breaking a fast can often be tricky.  It is important to transition to smoothies and then to fruits and vegetables that have a high water content like watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, pineapple, etc.  Raw salads with lemon juice and sea salt for flavouring, as well as home made vegetable soups.


I leave you with a gorgeous picture of the view from my back steps.

Please post a comment on the blog or Facebook if you have any questions/comments.

Happy juicing!
Janelle