2 and a half weeks ago today I ended a 5 1/2 day water fast.
When I had set the date I was not returning to the UK the day after, events changed though and that's what happened.
I experience the deepest, toughest detox of my life during these days.
It was brutal.
So what was the point?
Well I was chasing the spiritual experience along with healing the body of a few minor symptoms still lingering from post menopause. Very slight, but I want and will have them all gone.
I was taken aback at the detox, did not expect it at all, the last fast I did was 10 days, 5 water, 5 juice and I felt brilliant, a few tired days, but this was completely different.
Then I had to fly back to the UK and go to my friends wedding on the saturday, so it was not exactly the best run out. If I had been staying in Malta I would have carried on with the fast until the body had cleared, but due to flying and wedding this was not possible.
I weaned myself back with some fruit and a few veggies. Then I had some dellcious salmon with ginger and chillis when I stayed at my daughters 2 days later, it was the first thing I really enjoyed.
Weird because again with previous fasts I have loved eating again, but not this time.
I decided to keep wheat and refined sugars out my diet as I feel my gut needs to heal. This has helped my bloating and discomfort 100%, what a difference.
But going to a Scottish wedding, what to drink?
Nothing nicer than a few glasses of bubbles and wine, but that is the worst thing, along with beer, that you can drink.
So I decided on whisky. With water.
It was a magical day and I stuck to a few drams but I cannot say I really enjoyed it.
Clearly leaving alcohol out is the best way for healing, but it is dreich here in Scotland at this time of year, and I have found myself looking at my daughters glass of wine.
I know its just a habit, so I am refusing, still enjoying the effects of the fast and not wanting to slip back into old habits.
But I also know that its party season and there will be loads of "occasions" coming up, this will be the test, but when you have gone through a fast like that you really dont want to give up the benefits.
My love for coffee has gone. No young person likes coffee initially, we teach ourselves to like it. So I have lost the love, but I am drinking it again, and it tastes not that great, but I am still doing it. Then eventually I will like it again, because of all the associations.
Mental eh? Just like wine and beer, an acquired taste that you can teach the body to like and need.
Still not sure about whisky though!
Lets look at what my symptoms are, even although they are hardly noticeable now, I know I am still at maybe 90% full power.
My back is miles better, but I can get an odd twinge depending on what I am doing, that has to completely go. Same with my shoulder, I can do yoga no bother now (I could not for over a year) but on certain movements there is still an indication of something. Bloating a sign of high inflammation, it has gone, let's see if I have anything off the list over the festive what happens.
Itchy ears and throat and funnily enough tops of my shoulders!? Thats all but gone, slight evidence the odd day, but all but gone. I also get a contraction in my chest, that still comes an odd time, but much better now, used to wake me up every night. Energy levels were ok, but again maybe 80-90% of what I know I can be, and will be.
The dark and wet in Scotland along with being inside so much and the damp, my body does not enjoy that much, but I am miles better than I was last year, so all good.
I am loving being back on the Vibrogym, makes me feel amazing, and I will get into the amazing far infra red sauna this week too.
So the healing journey continues, boy how I look forward to Summer in Malta :)