Friday, July 4, 2014
Friday's Freedom Fast!
4 Years ago I embarked on a spiritual journey that has forever changed my life.
My husband was debating over some career choices. He was struggling with what he should or shouldn't do. I had at the same time just finished a book on the deep spiritual connection a person can experience through a fast. but what I learned through this book was more than that.
I learned about the different types, levels, lengths, etc...of a spiritual fast. I read about fasting in a way I had never heard of. It changed my heart and mind forever about what fasting really was. Thus, I decided this was what I wanted to do for my husband. I wanted to do a fast and novena as a sacrifice for him to feel a spiritual guidance from God through the decisions he was trying to make.
As I had read in one of the books, I made a contract with God. I stated what I was going to abstain/fast from and for what length of time.
Little did I know that this was going to not only be for him but it would forever shift my life...
...my WHOLE life: MIND BODY AND SOUL!
Spiritually: It taught me to truly and fully lean on God through anything and everything. When I am in a fast I must remember there will be temptations, so the question is what is more important to me, the fleshly desire for that one item, or is my desire for Christ going to be greater?
Mind: I feel an amazing clarity in my mind when I fast. No matter the type or duration. Even though I have found for me a fast that is at least 9 days long are where I experience the greatest clarity. But my one day absolutes can also be profound!
Body: I had no idea that 4 years ago this simple decision would began my journey of truly embracing a whole foods living approach. A journey of giving up all food that truly do not nourish my body properly.
I had no idea that the foods I was fasting from had a name: PALEO!
I find it fitting and beautiful that 4th of July is on a Friday this year because 4 years ago it was after a 4th of July celebration weekend with friends that I started the spiritual fast for my husband.
What did I fast from and how long, that forever changed my life?
I knew I wanted the fast to be at least 21 days. But started it with a novena for my husband with a friend, which is 9 days long.
It was simple: I would fast/abstain from all foods I really loved and desired....and I wanted to keep it simple!
I gave up:
snacking in between meals
My days were written out like this:
Breakfast: protein shake
Lunch: soup (no meat) with nuts
Dinner: big salad or grilled veggies with a good portion of meat.
It was that simple. AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE!
At 21 days I noticed a shift in my body. And for the first time in my life I didn't have excruciating pain when my period came. I had suffered with PCOS for 20 years. It was entering into the fall season, thus seasonal allergies....yet I wasn't watery eyed, sneezy, and miserable. I realized there was something to this spiritual journey; it was changing my spirit, my soul, but it was also changing my mind, my mental health, and my body, my physical health!
I started to read and research about dairy, grains, sugars, and so much more. How all these have effects on our body. I started to feel even more alive. And I am a pretty energetic happy person to begin with!
SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT!
I have experienced so much in my last 4 years: good, bad, sorrowful, challenging, etc. Yet, through it all I have felt so alive, so amazing. I know with my entire being it is because of this spiritual journey God took me on 4 years ago. It has deepen my faith, deepen my life, and opened up a doorway for my mind, body, and soul for and to HIM!
That can be described in only one way: TRUE FREEDOM!
***Quick note: That fast was exactly that a fast. It had a beginning and an end. But it did lead me to how I eat today. Which is whole real food. No grains, no legumes, minimal grass fed dairy from time to time, NO SUGAR.....
But lots and lots of:
GRASS FED BEEF
AND SOOOOOOOO MUCH MORE....
I eat and try more types of veggies than I ever did before. I try even the main stays in ways I never would have fathomed! I enjoy some fruits, mostly berries, but because they truly are just too sweet for me any more!
Thus on this glorious 4th of July....I celebrate not only our country's INDEPENDENCE.....but my INDEPENDENCE as well!
INDEPENDENCE from the bondage of bad food choices!
INDEPENDENCE to eat amazing full flavored REAL food!
INDEPENDENCE to live a full life: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!
Happy Independence day to you all!
My love and prayers always,
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