Képek a tavaszi elvonulásról

A háromnapos vízböjthöz Vászolyra (Balaton felvidéken) vonultunk el, ahol számos természetes forrás van.

A böjt első napja: elmentünk a Sz. Jakab forráshoz. Miért? Víz…

Kis pihenés után tovább a felső mezőre:

A böjt második napján megint egy 5km.-es sétát tettünk meg, ezuttal a Balatont is láttuk:

A Balaton felvidék legöregebb fát is meglátogattuk:

Egy kis vadászat is belefért 🙂 – de csak vizért:

Így befejeztük a böjtet – a frissen csavart narancslénél nincs semmi finomabb!:

Ezután kiköltöztünk a kertbe és folytattuk a lakomát!:

A máj méregtelenítése

Ezen a héten a máj és ennek a méregtelenítése volt fokuszban az órákon.  A jóga gyakorlatokon kívűl a következő 3 napos kúrát ajánlottam.  Pihenteti a májat, és a végén kiüríti a májból az epeköveket, hogy utána simábban folyon az epe.

apples arranged1. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away…”  Három napig csak almákat eszünk (korlátlan mennyiségben), csak vizet és 100% almalét iszunk.  Az alma sav pihenteti a májat – ennél nincs jobb!  Ha lehet bio térmékeket szerezni, ez lenne a legjobb :-).

2. A harmadik napnak a végén kb. 2 óra a lefekvés elött egy nagy pohár (legalább 3dl.) szilvalét iszunk, hogy szép lassan induljon be az emésztési rendszer.  Én ehelyett újra áztatott aszalt szilvát szoktam használni turmixolt vizzel együtt.  A legtöbb interneten található változat szilva helyett keserűsót javasol.  EZ VESZÉLYES!  A keserűsó vegyszer, amely erős begörcsölést okozhat!  (Ha tudod, hogy lassú az emésztési rendszered, lehet fűszeres hashajtó bevenni ezenkívűl.)

3. Pont lefekvés elött jön a buli… Egy varázsitalt iszunk…  Abból áll, hogy fele-fele arányban turmixolt citromlét és oliva olajt iszunk.  Citromlé helyett jó a grapefruitlé is.  Mind a két esetben jobb ha frissen csavart.  Tapasztalattal lehet játszani a mennyiséggel, de első alkalomra legyen kb. 120-120ml – ennél nem kevesebb!  Ne kostolgasd hanem “down in one” (le egyben)!  Egyébként csak hányás lesz belőle…  Utána feküdj le jobb oldalra és húzd föl a térdeid mellkasod felé, hogy enyhe nyomást gyakoroljon a májra.  Küzdés lesz a hányingerrel, de el fog múlni egy órán belül – a small price to pay for a happy liver!

4. A negyedik napnak a kezdetén remélhetőleg úgy felkelsz, hogy erős inger miatt a WC-re mész.  Ha nem sikerül, akkor a nap első ivásáként több szilvalét kell inni! Elöbb-utobb lesz nagy élmény a WC-én – látványos módon!!!  Az epekövek zöldek lesznek, kb. zöld borsó méretűek, de sok eltérés lehet.

Sok sikert, és ha bármilyen kérdésed van, akkor kommentálni lehet ezen az oldalon a “hozzáfűzése” gombbal.

5 napos vízböjt: 6. nap

Sikerült!

thumbs-upIt worked!  I’m talking less about finishing the five-day fast itself (this isn’t such a big challenge for me any more), than about my experiment with no transition back to normal eating afterwards.  I ate lots last night, not only the mung beans and rice, but also about 100 grams of nuts too, as well as a huge salad :-).  Digestion is already working fine.  The first food I had was at lunchtime: just a couple decilitres of carrot juice and a couple of teaspoons of tahini and hempseed butter.  I hoped this would send a physical message to my digestive system to prepare for a proper meal in the evening.  After that I ate nothing until dinner.  Along with trying to consciously tell my digestive system to wake up through yesterday afternoon, it seems to have worked.

I don’t recommend this to anyone without a lot of fasting experience and self-knowledge of their body.  Otherwise, it’s always best to start eating again with little portions of easily digestible food, like fruit or cooked vegetables.  And before taking in any solid food at all, it’s usually best to start with drinking fruit juices – perhaps for a whole day before starting on solids again.

The only thing which isn’t back to normal (besides my weight!) is my appetite.  I expect it to take a few days at least to regain the two kilos I lost.  In the meantime I plan to get it back on track by reinforcing my normal biorhythm, eating at the usual times, regardless of how hungry I am.  This way I’ll return to full strength in the fastest possible time.  Again, I’d normally recommend against this, since it’s easier on the digestive system to let the appetite return by itself.  But I want to get out there again, barefoot running :-).

I plan on another five-day fast in about 6 months.  I used to do 10 day fasts once per year, but they were too intrusive into family life, as well as taking too much time out of my love for running.  For me, 2 × 5 works just as well as 1 × 10, and it’s much easier to fit into everyday life!

5 napos vízböjt: 5. nap

Let’s talk about food!

feastThe transition out of a fast is at least as important as the transition into a fast.  Once your stomach and digestive system have been asleep for a few days, you can’t just immediately pack it full with a deluxe pizza – no matter how attractive the thought of a good meal!  I made the mistake of doing exactly this after my first 7-day water fast.  I suffered with that pizza in my stomach for the next two or three days…

You need time to wake your digestive system up again, otherwise you’ll just overload it.  This means being careful in both what you eat and how much you eat.  The best thing is to follow your appetite.  It could easily take a week for things to return to normal.

So what’s my plan for transitioning back at the end of this fast, this evening?  I’m going to try no transition at all.  Sounds stupid, I know, but if my system can switch off so easily (as it’s done the last couple of fasts), I’m hoping that it will have learned how to switch back on equally fast.  I enjoy experimenting with my body – it’s the best way to learn!  The fact is that if your eating a vegan diet, there’s no real need for much of a transition into a fast.  Without meat and dairy clogging up your system, it’s just a question of grains and especially gluten products like wheat to think about.  If you’re vegan and not too sensitive to gluten, then you can start a fast any time you want.  On top of that, today is my 40th day of water fasting, if you add up the individual 5, 7 and 10 day fasts that I’ve done.  I think the body reaches a point where it knows what to do, and maybe the magical number of 40 days is what you need.

I feel good this morning.  A little weak in the legs, it’s true, but energy levels are good, and I was simply able to walk off the dull feeling in my kidneys this morning.  The more intense detox period yesterday lasted through until about midnight.  I was freezing through most of the evening!  After that it calmed down, and everything has gone smoothly since then.

So I soaked the mung beans overnight, and they’re pre-boiling now for a couple of hours.  My recipe is at the end of this post.

In the meantime, I’m going to be sending subconscious messages to myself through the day: that it’s time for the digestive system to wake up soon.  When everyone else is having lunch, I may also have a taste of carrot juice and literally just a nut or two.  Again,  another reminder to the stomach without significantly affecting the biology of the fast.

It’s strange that during this fast I’ve been craving protein and salts.  During most fasts I’ve craved sugars: instant energy to compensate for a lack of energy.  But this time I can’t complain about that, even if physically I’m not as strong as usual.  No: this time I think a deeper craving is going on.  Maybe my usual diet is too low in protein.  After the fast, I’m also thinking about lowering carb content and raising fats, so that the process of ketosis (direct burning of fat) initiated over the last few days can continue in combination with the usual glycogen-based (carbs and sugars) metabolism.  This should help during longer runs, because the most efficient use of energy during aerobic endurance activities actually occurs though ketosis.

I’ll post tomorrow on whether the no-transition exit of the fast succeeded or back-fired!  In the meantime, here’s my own recipe for curried mung beans and rice (serves 5-6 people):

Mung beans and rice:

mung beans and rice500g mung beans
500g basmati rice
@400ml tomato passata
2-3 dl. soya or oat milk
3 onions
3-4cloves of garlic
curry powder
garam masala
2 teaspoons coriander paste (if available)
cinnamon
coconut oil
toasted sesame oil

Soak the mung beans overnight, replacing the water as often as possible.

Fry the onions and garlic, and add the curry powder towards the end to prevent burning.  I use mostly Korma mild curry powder and add about 4-5 heaping tablespoons, but you can play with the quantity and type of curry powder.  Today I also added some Tikka, which is a little spicier.  Add a heaping tablespoon of garam masala as well as some salt, and fry for another couple of minutes.  When the flavours have cooked through into the onions, add the passata and soya/oat milk into the frying pan  Alternatively, tinned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes also work.  Continue to heat for another few minutes.

In the meantime, place the mung beans in a large pot and cover with about 3 litres water.  Add the mixture from the frying pan and bring to the boil, scooping off any foam which forms.  Boil for at least an hour and a half.  (At the end of this, you can use a blender to soften the mixture into a more soup-like texture if you want.  I usually blend just a little, leaving the original texture of about most of the beans.)

At this point, you can leave the pot for the rest of the day, until dinner time, when you’ll add the rice and finish the dish.  The main thing is that, once you’re about 10-15 minutes before you want to serve, you should add the rice to the boiling pot.  Add a few tablespoons of cinnamon and coconut oil, a dash of toasted sesame seed oil, and the coriander paste.  Now you just need to pay attention to the consistency of the fluid.  The rice should absorb most of the water, leaving a wonderful mushy mixture.  If there’s too much water, you’ll have to pour some off (which is a shame).  If there’s too little water (which is the better option), you’ll need to add water little by little until the rice softens and you have the right consistency.  Basically this final part of the cooking is like when you make risotto, adding water to the rice as it boils.

If you’re not vegan, you can also add yogurt, as in the picture above.

Enjoy!

5 napos vízböjt: 4. nap

This is the last full day of my fast, since the fifth full day actually ends tomorrow at dinner time.  I find myself looking forward to cooking dinner tomorrow and getting back to normal again.  It’s like the opposite of what happened before the fast, in saying goodbye to food before the actual fast.  Now it’s a funny combination of the clarity of consciousness while on a fast, and yet with the frequent pull away from being here and now by thinking about the menu…

2.00pm:

The day started a little slower than yesterday.  In the end, I think yesterday’s activity did tire me out a little.  But I can’t complain.  In earlier fasts, I always paid the price for too much exertion: tiredness through the whole next day, probably with muscle aches too.  Last night, I did have trouble controlling my body temperature, and felt cold – something which I’ve often experienced in the past during fasts.  I also woke up with low blood pressure and a feeling of weakness in the legs.  My kidneys were aching a little, as well as my spine for the first time during this fast. (In earlier fasts this has always been a typical feature of detoxing.)  So I did some yoga warm-ups for the back and spine, put on a winter coat and then took the dog out for a half-hour walk.  Someone in the park commented that they’d never seen me dressed up so warmly!  Very true 🙂

Movement definitely helps to move the toxins out, so I had a bath afterwards too.  Since then I’ve been feeling fine.  I wonder about why I felt so slow after waking up this morning…  Ketosis definitely affects energy levels differently from when you burn sugars and carbs (glycogen).  Running on ketosis, your metabolism reacts more slowly to your energy needs.  On previous fasts it would take literally an hour to an hour and a half to reach normal ‘speed’ and feel a normal energy level in the morning.  Similarly, at the end of the day I’d need a long time to fall asleep at night, because it took longer to reduce the ketosis-powered energy.  I definitely feel that, with each fast, my body gets more efficient at using ketosis – and this is one reason why the transition into burning fat at the beginning of this fast has gone so smoothly.  So maybe it isn’t ketosis per se which is slower in reacting to the body’s needs, but rather the body’s inefficient metabolism.  We simply don’t use ketosis in modern everyday life, so we need to learn to adapt.  And of course this takes time.  In other words, it doesn’t matter how many ketones are flowing through your blood if your cells don’t know how to metabolise them efficiently.

8.00pm:

glass of waterI’ve gone into some deeper detox and cleansing this afternoon and evening.  I’ve been wearing a sweatshirt and been wrapped up in a blanket for a lot of the time, because I just can’t stay warm.  I feel weaker than usual, my kidneys have been present there in the background, and my tongue is really detoxing a lot at the moment, with this crazy frothing stuff.  I’ve needed to drink a full 3 litres so far today, and will probably end up closer to 4 before going to bed.  I’m just glad I don’t feel generally lousy, as would have happened in the past.  Basically, I feel good, just cold and weak.

In any water fast you get periods of really active detox like this.  It’s something to expect.  There’s no way to know when they’ll occur.  They just appear – and then, a few hours or half a day later, things calm down again for a while before the next more active period kicks in.  Body knows best.  Maybe today, since I was resting for most of the time, it meant that more energy could be focussed on detox rather than on physical energy – which is happened yesterday, when I was running all around the place.

I’m just finishing the fourth day as I write this.  By bedtime I’ll already be into the fifth and last day.