Saturday, August 15, 2015

Easier than I thought

Just Water!

I am on day five of my very first water fast. That's right just water. It was easier than I thought it would be, which surprised me really.  I researched it completely before I started and felt that I could do at least one day.  Water fasting is becoming more popular with alternative health practitioners as a way to rejuvenate and heal your body.

Did you know water fasting has been going on for many centuries. If you're interested, check out this YouTube video by Tyler Tolman and Eat, Fast & Live Longer, Which Tyler mentions in his video, they both explains the process really well.

 
After the first day, I decided to continue. My second day was difficult I had headaches and lower back pain. The key, I felt, was to continue to ensure that I drank enough water to keep hydrated and I went to bed early.  On my third day, I still experienced some headache but not as bad as the previous day, but I had no pain in my lower back. Most of all I really was not hungry at all. 

I found it interesting that I still had energy and was able to go about my day as though I was having three meals a day. I was also even able to continue working out.

Well, on my forth day, I did something I’ve never done before. I had a colonic!  Whew, it was scary at first but mostly in my head because it is something of a mystery, you know no one talks about for some reason.  A big part of it was the fear of the unknown and not to mention the yucky factor.  Therefore, I enlisted hubby to go with me. Needless to say, he was a reluctant participant, but he went. Like my niece said to me, 'some couples go for couple's massage, but her aunt goes for a couple's colonic'. 

Down the hallway to...
I went to Body Cleansing Systems, which is part of a Chiropractic clinic in Ottawa. The entire process was really professional from booking the initial appointment, with quick email responses and a reminder of the up coming appointment.
 
The technician, Veronica, a nurse, was able to explained the process and put me at ease immediately. Once I mentioned I was on a water fast she checked my sugar to make sure that there was no issue. It was good so we proceeded. 

She escorted me to a little room, soft lights and music, similar to a massage room. She gave me a pair of disposable shorts with a cut out on the bum. Not too sexy. lol She instructed me to turn on my side and she put into my butt the attachment. It didn’t hurt, but it was a bit uncomfortable though. And then the 40-minute irrigation began. Other than some minor cramps at the end it was really not bad at all.

Interestingly, is it was all very clinical and so hygienic. Veronica checked my sugar after and everything was still good! It is difficult to explain how I felt afterward, the best I can say is it was like how I feel after a massage, calm and lighter but not lightheaded.  Will I do it again, yes, I think, I would.


Today, on day five, I am breaking my water fast and will start with just having a small amount of watermelon. The watermelon tasted so fresh and sweet. I took my time savouring each bite. That is an important point, introduce food slowly after fasting of any type. 

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