All posts tagged: detox

Summer retreat 2019: Denmark

10-day retreat centred around a 7-day water fast: DATE: 2 – 11 August (Friday afternoon – Sunday afternoon). LOCATION: Stege, Denmark (400 metres from the beach, 1.5 hrs. from Copenhagen) PRICE: 750 EUR / 5500 DKK / 640 GBP (see below for details) Enquiries and registration: see application form below Du finder information på dansk ved at trykke her — If you are unable to attend but would like to organise your own fasting retreat for me to lead (in either Europe or the USA), please contact me using the application form below. About this retreat: Situated just 400 metres from the Baltic Sea, our retreat centre offers a beautiful and peaceful setting: a converted farm completely surrounded by gently rolling countryside. A quiet, sandy beach awaits at literally the end of the nearest field. During the fast we shall be drinking high-quality Grander® filtered water.   Day 1 (Friday), pre-fast: After arriving (5-6pm), participants will share a “last supper” before the water fast itself begins. This will be an opportunity to bid a conscious farewell to food for …

Living on water: the complete 3-day fasting program

Now available! Do you feel the need to cleanse, to try out water fasting but don’t know how to get started? Are you a little anxious about the whole thing? Living on water is a PDF / video bundle / online support forum which provides you with all you need to know in order to safely, successfully and smoothly carry out your first 3-day water fast. If you already have a little experience, there are plenty of additional tips to help you go deeper into water fasting. What you get: 100 page ebook (pdf): How to plan, prepare and practise a 3-day water fast 7 support videos (2+ hours viewing time): covering each day of the fast (3 videos) preparing you in the week before the fast begins (2 videos) helping you break the fast and return to eating (2 videos) 30-page pdf: Dealing with detox symptoms while fasting Bonus printouts including checklists, recipes and fasting journal Access to a password-protected online support forum. This is the place to ask questions or discuss problems with others …

Spring retreat 2019: 7-day water fast

10 day – 9 night retreat centred around a 7-day water fast: DATE: 26 April – 5 May 2019 (Friday afternoon – Sunday afternoon). LOCATION: Vászoly, close to Lake Balaton (Hungary), less than 2 hours from Budapest. (Transportation can be arranged from Budapest, see below) PRICE: 650 USD / 500GBP (see below for details) Maximum number of participants: 12. Enquiries and registration: see application form below — If you are unable to attend but would like to organise your own fasting retreat for me to lead (in either Europe or the USA), please contact me using the application form below. About this retreat: Situated on the edge of a forest in the hills above Hungary’s Lake Balaton (pictured above), our accommodation offers the perfect setting for an extended water fast: a converted mill house on the edge of a forest, with a large garden, several acres of surrounding fields and a stream running through the property. There are also several natural springs in the vicinity, from which shall drink throughout the duration of the fast. Day 1 …

Summer smoothie to break a fast

A week ago I used this smoothie to break my 5 day dry fast with 2 day water fast introduction. Normally I prefer to break my fasts with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, but unfortunately orange season has long since past by this point in late summer. With a little inspiration, though, I improvised this recipe instead, based on the following ingredients: Ingredients: 1 summer apple (tart) 1 lemon 1 slice of watermelon 1 slice of fresh ginger 1 sprig of peppermint Apples are a good choice at the end of any fast given how easy they are to digest. They also contain high quantities of malic acid, which both detoxifies the liver as well as softens and dissolves gallstones. While on one of my daily walks, I found an apple tree growing wild in a field, and picked the juiciest looking fruit I could find! I also knew I wanted to involve citrus in the smoothie because the acids help to detox and reawaken the liver after the fast. This time, instead …

Go-to green smoothie 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, though, perhaps the best thing you can do for your body is to drink green smoothies. This is exactly what we did at the end of our recent 7-day water fasting retreat. Green smoothies are easy on the digestion while providing valuable vitamins and minerals. For those with particularly sensitive digestion or people finishing longer fasts (especially 21+ days), green smoothies are sometimes the only food which the body readily accepts. This should also tell us something about how important leafy greens are in our everyday diet as well! The recipe which follows is only a suggestion, and is what we used after the retreat (based on what I was able to find at the local shops). The main thing …

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 for every day, but so far it’s been wonderfully warm and sunny: perfect to enjoy the fresh air outside and even some gentle sunbathing in the garden. Today the plan is to take full advantage of the weather and head out on a major expedition: a 9 kilometre / 6 mile hike across the fields and through the forest. I scouted out the route on a run yesterday, and it really is perfect for a slow walk while water fasting, with good paths and nothing too steep. After an abbreviated morning sharing just to check that everyone was still alive and well :-), we left without further ado. Knowing that it’s natural for most people to walk comfortably at a …

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 thought of leading a sweat lodge as part of a fasting retreat. I knew I wanted to do it, because of the hugely beneficial physiological effects, but I was all too aware of a famous case ten years ago in which three people died in a sweat lodge after – you guessed it – three days of fasting. The surrounding context was completely different, but nevertheless a sweat lodge is a sweat lodge. It’s inherently dangerous, not to mention the fact that, by the end of three days of fasting, many people’s state of consciousness has already diverged significantly away from what they experience in everyday life. Can I trust the participants to know their own limits? To a degree, …

Pills, powders and potions: the reality of taking supplements while fasting

One question which persistently recurs on waterfasting.org is whether or not you should take supplements while water fasting. The majority of people want to know about vitamin supplements and, occasionally, even protein supplements. In this article I’ll deal with both, as well as other kinds of pills, powders and potions… There are some people who take a hardline approach to water fasting – in other words water, water, only water. Personally, I do drink only water when I’m fasting, but I believe that everyone needs to find their own solutions, depending on the reasons that they’re fasting. This may include drinking herbal or green teas, or perhaps adding a slice of lemon to their water. Taking supplements, though, is another step removed from the simple purity of drinking only water. Vitamin supplements Many people believe that they need to take vitamin supplements in order to live a healthy life. When it comes to fasting, this belief often takes on an added urgency. The logic – at least on the surface level – is sound, and …