Over the last few days, I have gotten compliments from friends who haven’t seen me in at least a week. Some of the comments from people include:
“Heidi, you look beautiful today.”
“Did you do something different with your makeup?”
“Your skin looks so clear!”
“Did you get some sun?”
“Wow you look great!”
At first I thought this was flattery from my kind friends. Then I met a gentleman this weekend who after shaking my hand told me that I am radiant. I thanked him, and continued to ask him about his work as an imagination troubadour.
He briefly ignored my question and persisted to know what was my magic secret.
I told him the magic was water.
5 days of water to be exact.
It all started last Monday. It was a regular day of eating mostly raw food. We have been high raw this summer, but we haven’t been 100% raw all the time. We have allowed ourselves some non-raw items now and then, including our favorite vegan pizza from Pizza Luce in Minneapolis. They make a great “rinotta” using pine nuts… it is very close to being “raw cheeze”, and it is delicious!
After eating our usual vegan BBQ pizza, we drove home pleasantly full.
And then, something happened inside of me. A monster started grumbling in my stomach. I felt nauseous. I felt a strange feeling inside of me that changes have been made inside my body, but my body failed to let me know about these changes. I felt like I didn’t get the memo. I felt like I should have been informed: I’m the head CEO of Heidi Body Corp. My body had formed a coup.
I entered into a revolution of detox.
Monday night I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t read. I could not surf the internet. I just laid there. Waiting. I fell asleep at dawn, exhausted.
The next 24 hours included some of the hardest moments I have had being a raw foodist. The worst was my battle with false hunger pains. For those who don’t know, most of us feel false hunger pains and think it is hunger. When you wait long enough, the hunger goes away. It feels uncomfortable. It can feel painful. It can feel like a hallucination. You feel desperate to eat something, anything! Sometimes you might feel a headache in addition to hunger pains.
Real hunger continues while you wait. Real hunger does not feel like desperation. Real hunger feels comfortable, almost pleasant. Real hunger does not feel painful.
You see, my body chose Monday to be the start of 5 days of detoxification. It seemed like hell at the beginning, but at the end, I felt more alive than ever.
Monday I had fever and chills. I had a headache that was almost a migraine. I couldn’t eat anything because of nausea, but I felt desperately hungry. I could barely drink water. I felt tired and weak. I wanted this to end. This lasted for over 12 hours, from 11 am to midnight.
I spent the day reserving my energy, sipping water, and many trips to the bathroom. By midnight I was ready to lie in bed and make this all go away. I slept lightly.
Tuesday morning, I woke up and I felt that the worst was behind me. The headache was gone, the false hunger was gone. Still, I knew I could not eat because I still felt nauseous. Thus, I felt my intuition tell me that I would be water fasting for the next few days.
Water fasting can be easy. You drink water when you are thirsty. You rest. You relax. You do nothing. You let your body heal yourself.
Sometimes I felt huge bursts of energy. Sometimes I felt pulsations of inspiration. Sometimes I felt as if I did not have energy to grab my water glass. Moment to moment, I was acutely aware of my life.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were relatively the same. Lay in bed, feel my body heal. Wait for future instructions from my body. Many trips to the bathroom. Get more water. Repeat.
Friday night I finally felt I was ready for food. I felt ready for fruit. I had a ripe mango. It was magically delicious…Take that Lucky Charms!
Slowly over these past few days I have felt my body guide me away from some of my previous transition foods. I have now reached a new level of rawness, as my body will not accept certain transition foods anymore. This past weekend I have been eating mostly fruit. Yesterday, I craved a salad. I am more raw than ever.
My appetite is slowly returning. My energy and vitality is slowly growing.
I feel like I have walked through another door in the journey of raw food.
Until this moment, I was wary of water fasting. Prior to this I had never water fasted for more than 12 hours. Now I realize I felt so great after this experience, I have chosen to fast on water for 24 hours once a week for awhile. I will post about my future fasting when there is anything cool to report.
I raise my water glass, and am thankful for my experience.