So fast is done and yes, I follow my own guidance to know when to end. Let’s talk abt elimination first . Do you know how long is our colon? It’s around 5 feet long. Amazing what all comes out when you are fasting. All that stored gunk. After fast digestion is better, taste buds are sharp and so food taste so good. My stomach muscles feel little tighter.
Let’s talk abt salt. Do you know recommended salt amount? 1500 mg which is probably around 1 tsp. While fasting, I had sindhov salt at dinner time probably 1/4th tsp and I did fine . If you are working out , sweating then salt need will change. Sugar is another overdose we do everyday .
I follow my own wisdom again on what to break fast with. I was in need of iron and protein so made kidney beans with spinach thrown in. Little lemon to help digest beans and absorb iron. Ate less and still was satisfied and full. No obsession with food and no cravings .
Enjoy feast if you are fasting !
When it comes to fasting, Gandhi seems synonym to fast as most of us are aware how he used fast as a tool in his nonviolent movement to free India. Am not sure if I ever shared the pictures from my trip to “Dandi” , place where Gandhi walked and broke salt rule.
House where Gandhi was confined , some pictures from inside the house and dandi beach.
Being from Gujarat, I learned abt Gandhi as a kid and his life stories were part of school curriculum. I was very impressed with him even at that early age and had even tried to practice some of the things from his life. No stealing , speak truth always, Ramnam to be fearless, how he studied all religions , fasting …. etc.Not that I succeeded all the time.
My very 1st fast was at the age of 8 for 5 days and that became everyear for next 6- 7years. Then fasting almost became impossible until few years back when it all started again.When you get impressed with something , you have to try it yourself. Isn’t it?
Gandhi still inspires me and always like to share the things I learned from him.
Will end with his quote “There’s no prayer without fasting “.
Let’s not go into how I ended up having laddu while fasting but this Laddus ppl do eat during fast. And kids love them. It’s like Indian peanut butter. Easy to make and very tasty.
- Roast raw unshelled peanuts and de-skin as much as you can.
- Grind in coffee grinder so that some chunks are left in.
- Grind raw sugar(turbinado) in coffee grinder.
- Mix peanut powder with powdered sugar . Add ghee(clarified butter).
- It needs good amt of ghee else you won’t be able to make balls. Add little by little until you can make balls.
- Enjoy with a cup of milk on the side. Fasting turning into feast. 🙂
- Enjoy !
Navratri starts today – a festival of 9 nights. Fast , feast , sing , dance , worship goddess. Isn’t that amazing ? As season changes , fasting helps to detoxify system and get ready for next season. Also helps breaking patterns. If you can’t fast , then do something different like if you are used to of eating rice products everyday , then give up rice or if you are stuck with wheat then give up wheat or dairy.
For 9 nights, 9 forms of goddesses are worshipped . Each day is associated with a form of goddess . First 3 days are forms of goddess Durga who is force of destructing evil.Next 3 days are goddess Laxami who bestows wealth. Last 3 days are goddess Sarasvati who bestows knowledge .
How are you celebrating ? And how are you transforming yourself ?
Happy Navratri !
Navratri is here and some of us are fasting. This is just a reminder that Navratri is a good time to break old habits and do something different even if you are not fasting.
Picture is something i had drawn upside down from book “Drawing on the right side of the brain”. Amazing how our brains work and how we can use brain more effectively depending on what you are trying to do. I was surprised when drawing was done and i turned it up. If you want to learn drawing or improve it , then this book is good.
Happy Navratri Everyone !
Links to few previous posts.
Idea For Non-Fasters
Thoughts On Fast