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Fast track to beauty?  Fasting.

I used to think fasting meant I had to seclude myself into a spa or getaway and fanatically remove myself from 'real life' until it was over. As a former Yoga instructor, I'd hear of other teachers and students whose willpower was simply amazing. They'd easily be able to head into a week-long fast and exclaim the virtues and victorious sensations they'd feel.

Last year I interviewed wonderful Ryan www.HumbleBeeHealth.com whose Master Cleanse is renowned for its rejuvenating and healing promises. He's not only terrific he's so helpful and kind and knows his stuff! I recommend Ryan and his site if you think you'd like to learn more about fasting, especially the Master Cleanse.

This time I'm eesy-weensy fasting.  Not fasting for 10 days as suggested; that would feel like a triathlon to me! I'm fasting for 24 hours. That seems do-able. After all, a cup of coffee is my first nectar of each day. I'm renewed with my latte each morning. What's a coffee girl to do? A gladd of spring water first thing tomorrow.  

I'm not sure I can do it but I'm going to give it my best. Being understanding to myself is the first rule. Being patient the second. No pressure to perform.

I used to be able to fast for 24 hours often and it seemed like I just felt better. So tonight's dinner is my last food.  I'll not eat until tomorrow night @ the same time, 8 pm or maybe I’ll even sleep it off 'till Tuesday morning if I can. Warm lemon water will start my day tomorrow. Herbal tea in the afternoon if I need something more. I'll take it easier tomorrow, take deep breaths, relax, and meditate in between working. I'll proceed with calm and reassess my life during breaks. What'll I think of? My thoughts over these difficult times.  My blessings. My dreams. My hunger pangs. My appreciation for all that I have. My friends and family and loved ones.

So what does fasting have to do with beauty?

Outer beauty is fun and fabulous, but I hold a deep personal conviction that inner beauty and elegant grace are the traits I am attracted to and reflect real beauty. Traits like inner health, wellness, and a solemn calm offer something a surgeon just can't infuse into a woman's face. To me it shows when a woman is a person of peace, a person of grace, one who knows her own beauty and spiritual worth. It far surpasses all the nips and tucks of a surgeon. It's a quiet self-confidence that needs no shouting, needs no proving to others, but exudes through the very pores of her face. It's happiness with an added elegance, not flashy, not chatty, not smackin' of Valley talk, but confident vocals and the kindest of eyes. I notice it in fewer women these days. I guess I long for it to be a part of my own self. I think I’ve burned the candle too long and need a rest and a return to a better me. And just ‘cause I like it does not mean it’s for others. I just like me more when I move through my life with that certain-ness. I am more in touch with myself - my intuition and my own heart and mind.

Fasting will cleanse and flush my body of internal toxins and give my digestive system a nice rest. It'll calm my nerves and create a sense of strength and stamina within me. It'll foster an appreciation for whatever food I have that follows my fast. Fasting is mentioned in the Bible almost 100 times and it represents self respect and reverence for a Higher power.  

If I falter, I'll just restart and do it the next day.  

Breaking a fast carefully and correctly is important. Fruit juice is ok. Lite salad or vegetables are ok also. Little bit at a time. Think water based foods and think lite.

If you every attempt your own fast, be sure and check with your doctor first. Don't flirt with any medical conditions that are best discussed first with your physician.

I plan to be thinking of all the women at Fab40n also. We women have so many things we can do for one another and web portals like Fab40 are helping us connect and learn and share. And those are all actions that are also quite healing and invigorating and fun.

And isn't Life better when it's fun?

Patty Kovacs
www.wsRadio.com/HealthandBeautyRevolution



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 15, 2009
    • I am Catholic and we are used to fasting during Lent.  I did not realize how much I rely on food or just eating for eating.  Nowadays, the big fast day is Ash Wed and Good Friday when we eat one full meal, 2 half meals. Fridays during lent limits to fish and no meat.  Even as easy, I still slip.  Fasting is great for our mind, body and spirit.  Thank you for your offering of prayers to us.  Let us know how it goes and I will be eating for you. estatic



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      Linni wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • wow! what a great attitude on this! i need to do this for myslef, and its something i want to do! so its cool to see you post this because i was just thinking about this over the weekend!

      thank you! let us know how it goes! YOU CAN DO IT!



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      Kmarie wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • I am also Catholic and very use to the idea of fasting as a way to cleanse not only the body but the mind too. The last three or four years for good Ash Wednesday  Ihave taken my fast one step further by drinking the two day fast by Arden Garden. The composition is jucies and you consume it with water. You drink one jug per day with a lot of water. I actually find it hard to drink all of it. It is a great mental, physcial experience. This year the morning before I begin, I am drinking sea salt 2 tbsp in 32 oz of water first,then starting my fast to cleanse my body even more.



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      Trudy S wrote Feb 18, 2009
    • I am a firm believer in cleansing....not necessarily in fasting.  When you fast, you may lost water weight (which comes back) but you ALSO lose your lean muscle mass - DEADLY for ladies our age and at great risk of osteoporosis.

      I have tried the Master Cleanse...several times in fact...over my lifetime.  Everything I lost I gained back, and then some.  The one good think it did for me was prepare me to do an elimination diet to figure out my food allergies.  I did the M.Cleanse for a week and then started adding back in foods (least likely to cause allergic reactions to the most likely) and quickly found out that both gluten and lactose cause problems for me.

      However, now I use nutritional cleansing DAILY and have not only dropped weight but my skin and hair have improved and I am told I look 10 years younger!  I’ve also been told that my skin and eyes glow like a 20 year olds!  Nice for 44.

      If you want LONG term beauty enhancement...don’t fast.  Cleanse.

      If you want more information you can send me a private message.  I know monnalissa is also a big fan of cleansing so you could also message her.  We use different systems but get the same kind of results...nutritionally complete for long term health.



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      Lois Stern & Patty Kovacs wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • I am so appreciative of the comments posted. Women sharing their common sense on the trials of fasting. Biblical testimonials of fasting are a grand resource to inspire me and I am equally in awe of how women today can and will support and lift one another on a cleansing mission such as fasting. Perhaps we women know well the sacred process of purging the body’s cells of toxins so that renewing nutrients can enter and Life can continue with fresh newness and quality. Excess and stress made me function in a less than powerful way. By power, I mean integral power. The magnificent Feminine within seems to have risen within me by the discipline of fasting. Here’s to greater stamina and quiet stillness. Patty



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      Lois Stern & Patty Kovacs wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • Thank you China Doll. I commented below. I’m back to eating and am readying for another fast. Awesomely positive and longer fast.



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      Lois Stern & Patty Kovacs wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • linni - thank you. on my knees in gratitude for life itself, even w/ all its pain.



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      Lois Stern & Patty Kovacs wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • kmarie, thank you for your comment. fasting is a wonderful way to hear God. something happens when i can’t divert my attention onto food but must listen more keenly to the Voice within.



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      Lois Stern & Patty Kovacs wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • trudy - great idea. maybe fasting is too much for some. thank you for your suggestions. patty



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • Ah, may I suggest Ash Wednesday.. the upcoming one, in a few days... I will try to join you if my Rx allow.  Love.



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