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Green smoothie recipe to break a fast

After any fast of more than a day or so, it's important how you re-introduce food back into your diet. Oranges are a great way to break any fast, as the citrus content helps to provide a final element of detox as well as to prime the liver for its role in digestion. After this,… Continue reading Green smoothie recipe to break a fast

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Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 7

Mission accomplished! I know from previous retreats that on the last morning before actually breaking the fast, there's an atmosphere similar to feeding time at the zoo. The lions are hungry :-). I also know that after dawn yoga at 4.45am, there's no point trying to send everyone back to bed for a last couple… Continue reading Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 7

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Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 6

Dawn yoga and meditation felt so quiet today, after yesterday's mouna... We kept silence until morning sharing at 9.00 am. After more than a full day without anyone speaking, after more than a day without sitting in our usual group circle, I knew this was going to be a long session. It was. Several of… Continue reading Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 6

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Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 5

Increasingly, the fast is going deeper and deeper... After ketosis establishes itself over the first three days or so, the body often gives a "grace period" of a day or so before a deeper wave of detox sets in. For some people this manifests in physical symptoms, and it's no coincidence that over the last… Continue reading Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 5

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Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 4

Another beautiful day here in the forested hills above Hungary's Lake Balaton... We've been so lucky with the weather - yet again! Last year, it had been raining for weeks before the retreat and then, like magic, the day the retreat started a long sunny spell moved in. This year too, showers had been predicted… Continue reading Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 4

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Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 3

If yesterday's theme was shankhaprakshalana, then the highlight today was a sweat lodge. As much as these two activities are completely different from one another, one crucial element links them together: the way they both assist the heightened cleansing which takes place while water fasting. Now I'll be totally honest. I was slightly panicking at the… Continue reading Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 3

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Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 2

As always, the day began at 4.45am with dawn yoga and meditation. I know that may sound shockingly early :-), but given the way that sleep patterns change during a fast, it actually makes a lot of sense. So often, people have a lot of trouble sleeping while fasting. Getting up before dawn for an… Continue reading Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 2

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Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 1

Another beautiful day here in Hungary... I loaded the car and very slowly set off on the two-hour drive to the Balaton. (Very slowly because the car has a bit of an overheating problem at the moment. Never mind, the slower pace helped me get into a slower-paced fasting mindset!) As usual, the first thing… Continue reading Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 1