Live Fast, Day One

Live Fast, Day One.   Regardless of fasting, I always start the day with lime and coconut water.

Lime (akin to Lemon) gentle awakens the digestive system from its overnight sleep-fast; making it gentle on the body .. the best way to break-fast.

Lime stimulates the liver in the production of bile, which activates the digestive system; very important for the absorption of nutrients.  Many think that the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food they eat are automatically absorbed by the body.  This is not always the case.  A healthy digestive system coupled with a healthy lower intestine – the ‘heart’ of nutrient absorption – is a must.

Coconut water’s benefits are many; first, it is rich in lauric acid, which is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, then, it is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man.

The creative genius of Coconut Water is wondrous to ponder, for it is remarkably close to blood plasma (plasma being 55% of human blood); enough that in an emergency it can be used in blood transfusions.  Therefore, Coconut Water is a universal donor.

Coconut Water will lower blood pressure, boost energy levels, purify the blood, lower cholesterol, fortify the immune system, increase metabolism .. which promotes healthy thyroid function, improves diabetes and chronic fatigue, reduces heart disease, rejuvenates skin to prevent wrinkles, and helps one maintain a healthy weight.  Coconut Water can be drank daily, and are best in their young form.

Finally, Coconuts are prehistoric plants that can survive many months floating at sea.  They are a seed upon the primordial waters of life!

This morning I weighed 129lbs.  I said a mantra to Shivaraj, and placed a crystal Mala about my neck.  Every day is a blessed day, and a day that begins with fasting, is worth many blessings.

Shanti and Metta!

PS: This blog entry will be updated throughout the day with every juice I drink on this, the beginning, of a Five Day Live Vegan Fast.

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Took a sauna-type bath.   I did this by putting a space heater in the bathroom, then taking a very hot bath.   I exfoliated with Coconut Oil and volcanic sand, and then used a neti pot.   Heat coupled with exfoliation, and nasal cleansing are great ways to assist the body during a fast.   All the while, I listened to Shakti Mantras – songs to enliven female healing/empowerment energy.

The exfoliation and oils counter act rigidity in the muscles, soft tissue and joints, reaching deep to nourish the whole being.   Coconut and Sesame oils aid our deep breathing – pranayama – practice by creating a supply body and nervous system.   Both increase the flow of prana through the nadis (the bodies energy channels), and so increases ojas (vigor).

The neti cleanse alleviates allergies, sinus headaches, dizziness, and brain fatigue.

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Green Juice.   One bunch Organic Spinach, one White Winter Beet, a thumb sized piece of ginger, and an Organic Apple.    I drink all juices through a straw, then ‘chew’ them.   The latter means to swish the juice around in the mouth for about 30 seconds.   Digestion begins in the mouth, so by chewing our juice, we not only aid the digestive process but we help assure the body receives the most nutrients.   For me, the process of chewing the juice takes about 45 minutes .. so it is a mindful process, allowing us to stay focused on the sacred process of healing.

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Earthy Orange Juice.   Just made a lovely earthy orange colored juice made from Organic Savoy Cabbage, Organic Carrots, and Turmeric.

“Cabbage, garlic and onion”, my grandmother always said, “are god’s medicine on earth.”   And its true!   All three are incredible healthy, often cited as ‘poor man’s penicillin’, and have well established healing properties – either singly or together.

Turmeric has been used in India for over 2,500 years.   Its active ingredient – curcumin – has been shown to prevent and/or cure cancer in laboratory tests.   But then, its medicinal use has a long history in Ayurveda, where it is used to cleanse the liver, as an anti-inflammatory, to bolster the skin, heart and lungs, to purify the body and mind, and in the treatment of tumors.

Modern applications include use as an antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic (for open wounds and staph infections), for cardiovascular ailments, as a stimulant, a diuretic, in the treatment of food poisoning, ease gallstones and indigestion.

Turmeric helps regulate the female reproductive system, and purifies the uterus and breast milk (or lactation problems).   In men, it purifies and builds semen.  It is useful in reducing fever, easing diarrhea, and treating urinary disorders.   It is useful in reducing excess phlegm in the throat, and can be used to wash out the eyes and ears.   It helps balance cholesterol levels, boosts the immunity system, and modern research has found it beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.   For centuries, woman have used it as a beauty aid .. to clarify their skin.

Its a wonderful addition in the kitchen, with many applications.   For example, add it to cauliflower to prevent prostate cancer, and sprinkle on any food to boost the metabolism and so help with weight management.

In fact, there are so many benefits that I can’t list them all!   Simply search “turmeric health benefits” for additional information and ways you an add it to your diet today!

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After the 5pm Yoga class, I juiced 1/2 a Sweet Potato, and an Apple.   Then, after the 7pm class I juiced an  Apple, Orange and Delicata.   The Sweet Potato makes a ‘heavy’ juice, so was very filling.   The Delicata – like all squash and winter pumpkins – are perfect juice ingredients during the cold months because they are seasonal.

I taught three Yoga classes today, and did Headstands in two of them.   The day has been a huge success!

Shanti and Metta!

Yogini Valarie Devi

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pam
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 00:13:13

    How do you get Coconut water?

    Reply

    • Raw Yogini
      Dec 30, 2010 @ 12:52:59

      Thank you for visiting my blog Pam!

      I get coconut water from young coconuts (the ones with the outer white shell at the grocer). They are inexpensive at Indian grocers (.80c – $1), higher priced at health food stores ($2-$3).

      Another way is to buy it in boxes. I prefer Vitacoco:
      http://vitacoco.com/

      Shanti and Metta!
      Yogini Valarie

      Reply

  2. Laura Plumb
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 16:58:27

    Hi,

    Love these suggestions. Thank you!

    Reply

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