18.8.2015 | 13:27
Slow to Fast
I’ve been doing my herbal protocol to heal my gut for a couple of weeks now. It hasn’t been too hard — the most difficult part is remembering when to make another elixir.
But my sister, Debra, whipped up a nifty little chart so I can keep track of which herbs to use on which days, how much vitamin C to take, etc.
The first week I decided to take things nice and slow, bond with my new cat, and catch up on my nutritional endocrinology studies.
I decided it was time to dive deep into the nine-part Blood Sugar module.
It included a suggestion for something I’d been resisting for a long, long time.
I’ve always been one of those people who starts getting light-headed and headachey when I miss a meal. Sometimes I would feel that tell-tale drop in blood sugar mid-afternoon. I hadn’t experienced those symptoms in a long while, but they were still fresh enough in my memory to cause me to shy away from fasting.
Fasting has a long history in both health and spiritual traditions, and has been recommended by all sorts of experts.
I’d read a lot about the purported benefits over the years, but I was still hesitant.
But now I was doing a gut health protocol which required me to drink multiple elixirs throughout the day….
So, inspired by my new-found knowledge about fasting and blood sugar balancing, I asked the “Gut Whisperer” her opinion — might this be beneficial or detrimental in this instance?
Steph’s reply was emphatic: Fasting was very beneficial for bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (or SIBO). The benefits occurred much more quickly in situations of fasting. The only reason she didn’t suggest it is because most people dealing with SIBO tend to be underweight.
Not an issue in my case! After my early summer “sugar binge,” I needed to lose a good ten pounds — at least!
So, last Thursday I spent the day drinking elixirs and herbal teas. I wasn’t hungry and I didn’t get light-headed.
As a matter of fact, I felt pretty darned good!
I still haven’t lost any of that excess weight, but I have more energy and feel better in general.
And a bonus side effect is that a skin tag I’ve had for years has started to shrivel up. It’s going to fall off any day now, I think.
So now I’m all set to incorporate fasting one day a week into my routine. I know it won’t be a problem while I’m doing the herbal protocol, because I’ve got my elixirs.
After that, I’ll still have herbal tea. And we have an excellent juicer, so I can consider a juice fast as well.
In any event, I’m pretty psyched about the whole business. Go figure.
I’m really glad I finally decided to take this step. Having the elixirs made it easier. But now that I’ve done it once and the results were so positive — and not even remotely uncomfortable — I’m over the hurdle. That mental block has now been cleared.
I may have been “slow” to “fast” (pun intended), but everything happens in its own time.
My time to fast is now.