Needed to postpone a meeting with the friend:(, because Ekadashi is on Monday!
Fasting kills the disease, reduces the deficiency and nourishes the aspirant. Keeping a fast does not mean starving but it means a way to remain alert, trim and slim //…// It is a sure way of rest, repair and getting rid of accumulated wastes //…// A lot of energy is spent in the digestion of food //…// Observing a fast can do wonders, as it will help one remain physically, mentally and spiritually alert and beautiful. A weekly fast is sure to refresh, strengthen and improve the health and metabolism (1).
Nowadays, fasting start to be integrated into cure of diabetes 2 type (2, 3).
How does it work?
The origin of most disease is within the digestive tract. By cleaning a body, especially bowel system, and detoxifying ourselves, we actually could contribute to the wellness of our own bodies without specific or expensive costs.
From the 5th till 11th days of the Moon phase (after the Full or New Moon), the digestive process is slower than usual. In order to avoid chronic health complications, it is imperative to clear up the digestive tract of previous residues every 11th day of the Moon cycle.
Tidal waves are consequence of changes of air pressure in atmosphere. High tides are obvious because of strong gravitational force, but from the next day after Full or New Moon, the pressure recedes. Hence, on the 11th day from New Moon or Full Moon days, the pressure is almost nil. That is why fasting on an Ekadashi day is much easier – because the atmospheric pressure will not put a strain on a body.
On the next day of Ekadashi (12th day from Full Moon or New Moon), it is suggested to have food early in the morning to avoid any pressure on a body (4, 5).
My prep-for-fast (a day before Ekadashi), that is today, on May 31st, 2020, Sunday:
|4-7 am||water and sparkling water|
|7-9 am||celery juice|
|9-10 am||berries and fruits (except citrus fruits)|
|10-11 am||tea and healthy snacks|
|Midday||green leafy salad (with kale)|
|1-3 pm||tea and snacks or water|
|4-5 pm||green leafy salad (with Napa cabbage)|
|6 pm||mint tea or other tea for relax (no caffeine)|
|6-10 pm||no food, no drinks|
|10 pm||time to sleep and relax|
Sorry, guys, today I woke up at 4 am:) Just woke up, fresh and restarted. It was already sunny and the birds were singing their morning songs.
This diagram is designed by myself today at 4-7 am for my own prep-for-fast day. Prep-for-fast day menu may vary from person to person. But some general notes could be made, of course. Food preferences on the prep-for-fast day (what I l’earned for myself days and years before today):
|Food should be lighter than on regular menu||For meat/fish eater – go for grains|
For lacto/ovo vegetarian – go for lacto/vegetarian
For junk vegan – go for a day of fresh salad
|Avoid flavor and taste enhancers||This includes salt, sugar, E-numbers, garlic, mustard, vinegar, dressings (because they usually contain sugar, vinegar, etc)|
Food enhancers would enhance abnormal suck for overeating
|Why sparkling water?||Carbonated (or sparkling) water usually is mineral-rich water that includes magnesium. In higher amounts it helps to soften the stool and therefore beneficial before fasting day|
|Why to avoid tons of fruits?||For meat/fish eaters going directly on plenty of fruits most likely would cause indigestion, flatulence, heartburn, etc., because meat + fruit = rot in stomach|
meat + fruit = rot in stomach
One could say: “Im going not to eat meat this day”, but the answer is “For meat food to decompose properly in stomach it takes 2-3 days, and after all, what about circulation of meat by-products in blood? It take even more time”
Yep, going on vegetable-day would be a right decision, vegetables benefit for cleaning a bowl and are less aggressive in detoxifying process
|No junk mixtures of fruits||Different specific ferments are involved in digestion. Because of that – citrus fruits do not match with sweet fruits. For example, orange does not match with banana. Some fruits are neutral (apple) and match both with citrus or with sweet fruits|
|Overdrinking water||No need to put a gallons of water in a poor stomach. Better to drink it wisely, glass by glass in the first part of the day – till 2-3 pm|
Drink water between any meals, even if you think to eat fruits
Excess of water in the late afternoon and evening leads to hard working kidneys – that is what would be wise to avoid too
Generally, rice is not consumed on Ekadashi. According to a mythological story, sweat fell down from Lord Brahma’s head and took shape of a demon. When the demon asked the lord to give a place to reside, Brahma asked him to dwell in rice eaten by men on Ekadashi and get converted into worms in their stomachScientific Explanation: Why you shouldn’t have rice on Ekadashi, 31st October 2017 by Shalu Singh (5)
No panic. Nobody is going to rob your food or terminate your food supply forever. You are free and relax, just take it easy if thinking about fasting or prep-for-fast day for the first time. Today it could just start and finish with thinking only. One could try just prep-for-fast day and repeat it on Ekadashi day too, why not? Moon is going rounds and rounds, so, there are infinite amount of time in the future to try again and againJ . In my case, fasting this Monday, on June 1st would be a day of fruits and water – I can do just as much as I can do and that’s it.
– May be we should stop?
– We don’t quit, we don’t quit, again! again!The epic dialog from the movie The Pink Panther – ” I Would like to buy a Hamburger” (6)
Ekadashi is already made a step into my life, on May 17-18 in 2020, and now the next one will be on June 1-2 as according to a Moon calendar for Ekadashi watch. You may find the dates of Ekadashi for your geographical location on internet, it is adjusted according to the Moon position (7).
- in US (Chicago), next Ekadashi will start on Jun 01, 4:27 am, and will finish on Jun 02, 1:34 am;
- in Australia (Melbourne), next Ekadashi will start on Jun 01, 7:27 pm, and will finish on Jun 02, 4:34 pm;
- in Germany (Berlin), next Ekadashi will start on Jun 01, 11:27 am, and will finish on Jun 02, 8:34 am;
- in Japan (Tokyo), next Ekadashi will start on Jun 01, 6:27 pm, and will finish on Jun 02, 3:34 pm.
1. Verma M. Fasts and festivals of India. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd.; 2013.
2. Kalra S, Bajaj S, Gupta Y, Agarwal P, Singh SK, Julka S, et al. Fasts, feasts and festivals in diabetes-1: Glycemic management during Hindu fasts. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Mar-Apr;19(2):198-203.
3. Saboo B, Joshi S, Shah SN, Tiwaskar M, Vishwanathan V, Bhandari S, et al. Management of Diabetes during Fasting and Feasting in India. J Assoc Physicians India. 2019;67:70.
4. Ekadasi and the science of fasting during specific moon phase by The Yoga School, available online: https://www.theyogaschool.in/component/easyblog/ekadasi-and-the-science-of-fasting-during-specific-moon-phase?Itemid=101
5. Scientific Explanation: Why you shouldn’t have rice on Ekadashi, 31st October 2017 by Shalu Singh, available online: https://www.indiatvnews.com/lifestyle/books-culture-scientific-explanation-why-you-shouldn-t-have-rice-on-ekadashi-31st-october-2017-409380
6. ” I Would like to buy a Hamburger”, episode from the movie Pink Panther, – available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz0IT4Uk2xQ
(7) 2020 Ekadashi Fasting days https://www.drikpanchang.com/vrats/ekadashidates.html?geoname-id=2950159
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