A reflection by Johanna Hellinger, plus her favourite green juice recipe
It all started with a conversation I had with a friend. He recommended a fasting plan he did for a week, it took 3 hard days for him and then he said that he was buzzing with energy. I have heard about this type of fasting before and considered it as a good idea to keep your body healthy and support spiritual practises by feeling lighter and less distracted. I never tried it before though, because i didn't want to feel lethargic or drained due to the lack of food.
Together with my husband I decided to go for it and try it for myself. We mentally prepared for a couple of days without any solid food and not a lot of action. We filled the fridge with veggies and fruit and so it went - 2 juices a day and some vegetable stock to get going.
From there we wanted to see, how long we can do it. Two days before we started fasting we only had light food like soups, vegetables and a bit of rice and felt pretty good about it.
It was quite hard to go without food though and I noticed how important a distraction was. I practised a lot of mediation and very gentle Yoga and slept a lot. I personally found it harder than my husband, who went on as normal and went surfing every day.
The juices we tried varied from quite good to yack!
I mean celery - yeah I get it… detox effect, but it seriously made us both feel sick on an empty stomach.
We ended up creating some delicious juice combinations that are not only healthy, but also tasted good.
We made it to day 4 and we were both very appreciative and grateful to have solid food again.
What I took away from it is that you really need to listen to your own body. Also - like with every diet - the mental preparation should not be taken too lightly.
We eat often without thinking. My husband thinks that this is all mental and overstated in effects and purpose. I think that if you eat healthy and not too much, fasting is not a vital thing to do in life. We both really enjoyed the juicing part and we kept on going with it every morning.
Here is my favourite green juice recipe:
For 2 people
1 hand full of spinach leaves
2 Celery sticks
Some fresh Ginger
A little tip:
To avoid the waste of juice pulp leftovers you can use them for delicious cakes, fritters, bliss balls or crackers.
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