“Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself” -Rumi
One of the greatest perpetuating myths is that we need to eat six small meals a day, every 2-3 hours to be healthy, maintain a functioning metabolism and heal. But you know what happens when you do that? Your body becomes overburdened with toxins. Considering that most of the food we eat is processed, packaged, genetically modified, and laced with pesticide exposure and artificial colors and flavors, the digestion process becomes an unpleasant chore that takes a complete toll on the body.
The result? Chronic disease, obesity, premature aging, and premature death.
Close your eyes and imagine your kitchen. Imagine that you cook breakfast and then leave. You come back to fix lunch and then leave. You come back again to make dinner and then leave. You do not wash a dish, clean up a crumb, wipe down the stove or the counter, take the garbage out or put anything away. Now, imagine you do this day after day, week after week, and year after year. What would your kitchen look like if you never cleaned it after cooking? It would be absolutely disgusting.
This is what happens to our bodies when we eat six small meals day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. Our cells, tissues, organs, and systems become overburdened from digesting the food we eat. The body has no time to eliminate the waste and toxins from breakfast before we are stuffing our mouths with lunch. It takes a significant amount of energy and resources for the body to digest, process, transport, store and eliminate waste from the food we eat. The more time the body spends on digestion, the less time is spent on removing toxins from our bodies and healing.
Now imagine that you clean your kitchen. You wash the dishes, load the dishwasher, take out the trash, clean the oven, counters and sweep and mop the floor. Your kitchen looks pristine. It looks good and you feel good.
Fasting is the equivalent of cleaning your kitchen. When you fast, the body begins to remove toxins from your system and repair the defective and diseased parts of cells. The time not spent on eating, the body can devote to healing. When we begin to fast, every part of our bodies begins to heal.
Intermittent fasting is one of the pillars of great health. Fasting is a way to honor and respect your body. Our bodies are so good to us, and it is easy to take for granted all the metabolic processes that are constantly occurring to keep us alive. When you fast, you are saying to your body, “Thank you for all you do, here’s a chance to heal, repair and renew”. When you fast, you heal. When is the last time you’ve cleaned your kitchen?
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