i choose the username "philos" because it is the latin root word for "family" and "friendship". since i have discovered this forum, i feel very much at home here. everyone seems to be interested in the same things as me.
when i started with the raw food diet in 2002 in never expected it to lead me to spirituality and the idea of breatharianism. i just wanted to get healthier.
in the last 10 years i experimented with various diets mostly different raw foods programs like the instincto diet, the vonderplanitz' primal diet, david wolfe's high fat superfood diet, dr. youngs ph-miracle diet, etc. etc.
since 2006 i have been quite consistently on the 80/10/10 fruit based diet approach. this diet basically consists of raw fruits & vegetables with minimal amounts of fats like avocados, nuts & oils.
the 811 program is quite awesome and has served me extremely well. it allows you to eat as many tasty fruits and vegetables as you want while still detoxing the body to a significant degree and having enough energy to exercise. i think it's the perfect program for letting go of the addiction to cooked food, because for a couple of years you can basically get used to idea of not eating cooked food and still feel perfectly satiated and maintain a high degree of well-being.
when i look back on the first half of my raw foods journey i can only wonder how i survived it... it was a very chaotic and emotional time and somewhat traumatic in many regards. in hindsight i compare it to a heroin addict trying desperately to get clean.
it was a time of dramatic weight-loss, constantly feeling so very cold and hungry, social unease, detoxification symptoms, low energy, depression, regularly binging on dried fruit and cooked food, going back and forth between raw & cooked, etc. etc. i will spare you the details... it wasn't very pretty. it's all a blur now, but i still shudder when i look back.
the second half of my raw food journey when the 811 book came out was very much more stable and enjoyable. the cooked food was mostly out of the equation by now and when i slipped up i steamed some broccoli, cauliflower, peas or potatoes. the detox wasn't noticable at all and my weight was good due to more calories and strength exercise. social occasion weren't traumatic anymore.
i was doing some water fasts in that time mostly 1-3 day fasts, a few 7 day fasts and couple of 14 day fasts. the longest fast was 38 days in 2009. i also did at least two dozen juice and mono-fruit fasts mostly oranges or orange juice from anywere from a couple of days to a few weeks.
a couple of years ago i started doing regular enemas and must have done many hundreds of them at this point. after i read books on yoga i started doing salt water flushes occasionally ("shanka prakshalana"). after i met genesis sunfire, i committed to doing salt water flushes regularly and must have done several hundreds of them till now.
almost all the fasts, flushes and juice periods did seem to benefit me in some way or another. when i do them my body feels so light, clean, energetic, happy, focused, calm and a feeling of love for everything comes forward.
the 38-day fast in 2009 was too long. i should have ended it after 3 weeks. my feeling was to end it at this mark, but i continued. it took several months to recover from it fully. i had some other failed fasts where i broke them with cooked foods and they left me with a horrible feeling and i learned to never ever break a fast incorrectly. it's very damaging to the body. there is a saying that every fool can fast, but only a wise man can break the fast correctly. so true!
my feeling and experience is that fasting of any significant length shouldn't even be done when a person is not on a stable raw foods program that works for them. after a fast of any significant length like 14 days the body is so very sensitive and cleansed, so the cooked food seems to be much more harmful and can literally destroy digestion and leave one feeling rotten for weeks.
on a fast the digestive juices are all very much reduced, so breaking the fast should be done very carefully with foods that do not require digestion like juicy fruit. i found oranges and peeled apples to be the best.
well, i could go on and on, but i basically decided to transition to a lighter diet because the time seems right.
i always very much loved reading other peoples diaries of fasts etc., so i thought why not make a diary myself?
feel free to post comments directly in this diary thread.
thank you very much and i hope to talk to you soon!
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