Is fasting really that hard?

WHY WOULD YOU FAST + IS IT REALLY THAT HARD?

The simple answer is a reset/reboot/detox/cleanse.

BUT, the more exciting & juicy answer is a letting go of the old to upgrade your current state of health. For a positive experience fasting should be done in a supportive & rich environment so that you fully understand what is important while fasting, so that there is joy & so that you have knowledge & support on hand if you are faced with a challenge or question why you are doing it. After a few fasts, some people may choose to fast alone at home, however some simply thrive in a group environment & simply find it a lot more fun!

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What are the benefits of fasting? There is bottomless pit of benefits to fasting! Really. It’s just sometimes a challenge to actually begin the fast! I personally believe fasting with others is so much easier AND a lot more fun. This allows for success! Once you take food out & you begin drinking juice your body receives a much needed break, because your body is not having to spend energy on digesting foods. With this time, your body can go about repairing old injuries, congested or overwhelmed organs, cleansing, repairing, healing. It is the fastest way to heal because your body is being given an environment where it can actually do it’s job of staying on top of it’s tasks! However, it often has backlog to deal with first because we are generally in the habit of eating too much food, eating when we aren’t hungry or eating foods that are not healing to our system.


What are the challenges of fasting? Depending on what our lifestyle has been like leading up to our first or next fast, will often determine our experience. We can however support our bodies by reducing certain foods & drink in the lead up to a fast to gently ease our way into it. Cutting wheat, dairy, meat, sugar, alcohol & caffeine begins a gentle detox in itself. I created a video here last year about the prep phase. Then once we step into a committed juice fast our body can really get to work! As I said depending on how our lifestyle has been & also how our body’s detox pathways are working will depend on what we experience during a fast. BUT the environment in which we fast is a huge factor as well! On my fasting retreat I prioritise the best possible environment & schedule so that there is connection with uplifting people, engagement of your mind during learning sessions & engagement of your senses with time in the sun & nature. It’s not just about eliminating food - it is so much more! I also ensure that where possible participants are encouraged to do enemas to really support their detox & cleanse. This reduces any detox symptoms & allows the body to release at a deeper level.


Should I do it with support? I recommend that if you don’t do a group fast you should definitely tee up an accountability buddy or friend so that you have someone to check in with along the journey. I also offer support for one on one clients via Zoom/Skype or in person if we are in the same town. It really does need to be tailored to the individual, which is why I feel it is so important to work with a practitioner who has a lot of experience with fasting & assessing individual needs. I have been fasting since 2009 (10 years) and am fortunate to have worked alongside Tyler Tolman at his 7 & 30 day fasts in Bali. This gave me a lot of insight & knowledge to be able to support individuals with their specific needs. It really is so much more about how to create the right environment & support than it is about what we are taking away (food). If done correctly fasting can actually be a joyful experience. I have had some of my clearest insights & most pure connections while fasting. You can read more about my fasting journey here.

Me in NSW at the end of my 19 day fast (3 days juice, 16 days water).

Me in NSW at the end of my 19 day fast (3 days juice, 16 days water).


If you are wanting to experience the purity of your being, shedding the old & making way for rebuilding the new don’t forget in 3 weeks I have an opportunity for you to fast in tropical Far North Queensland. My next 5 day Transformational Juice Fast has 2 beds left for couples, besties or a nourishing solo king suite. Reach out via phone or email if this feels like the right opportunity for you to upgrade your health & add years to your life!


Janelle x

Juice fast in Bali!

Hello healthy readers!

Well it’s been 2 weeks since I returned home from assisting to run the inspiring and fabulous juice fast in Bali, with the amazing Don and Tyler Tolman.

I feel motivated, clean and more than happy knowing that I have added to my fasting experiences and topped up my knowledge, expanded my consciousness, as well as making some beautiful connections with mostly Aussies that I will continue to cherish.

There were 28 ‘fasters’ in Bali that successfully completed a 7 day juice fast.  Well done to them!  It was amazing to see them ride the highs and lows of cleansing their temple.   Each day we were all involved in morning rituals that allowed us to begin the day in the best way possible.

 

Our morning rituals consisted of waking between 5am and 6am (on alternate days) joining together at the main room to do a coconut oil pull (to assist in drawing toxins out), hydrate with 1L of water and then make our way to the beach which was about a 10 minute walk where we would ideally be greeted by a perfect sunrise.  In the pavilion by the beach we would either do a yoga session with a visiting teacher or the 5 Tibetan Rites followed by various resistance exercises with Tyler.  On non-yoga days we would follow our exercises with a walk/run on the sand and a swim in the ocean.  I had such a thrill one morning body surfing some waves all the way in to shore.  It’s been too long!

Following our morning beach session participants were given around 1 hour to do an enema if they wished, gwasha their bodies (a fabulous mixture to cleanse the body and prepare it to absorb the suns rays) and get in to the sun before our morning knowledge sessions focusing on one of the 7 principles of health.

We would start our morning knowledge sessions with an uplifting 5 minute dance session which would wake everyone up and inspire them to switch their brains on & get ready to learn!  This was definitely one of my favourite parts of the day!

If we were lucky enough we would get a ‘question and answer’ session with both Don and Tyler where we were allowed to leave any questions we liked in the question box & they would spend 15minutes answering as many as they could.  This really allowed the topics to expand!

In the afternoon we would head off on adventures ranging from white water rafting and massages in Ubud to whole food workshops with Chef Cynthia Louise!  This allowed us to observe ourselves putting the mornings session in to practice, in the real world.

loved hearing both Tyler and Don share their passion, giving us all a greater understanding about ancient practices and what choices we can make to better our health in this life time.

I am so excited to be able to hopefully run some of my own juice fasts in Cairns in 2014.  It would be so wonderful to bring a community together to fast and learn in order to raise our consciousness and better our health so each and every day can be better and better!

Finally, fasting gives our body a chance to cleanse and recharge while re-programming things at a cellular level.  I often visualise these little guys (our cells) hard at work.  It’s simply amazing what they can achieve and how this positively impacts our mind!

Please leave a comment below or contact me via my email (janellecarolyn@gmail.com), my Facebook page (Seeds Of Health) or phone (0438 733 103) to let me know if you are one of those KEEN juice fasters for 2014?!  If you have a group that would like to fast together, outside of Cairns, I would be happy to travel.

Signing off with a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and an excited feeling inside of what possibilities lay ahead for 2014!  

Janelle