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What is the difference between Fasting and Feasting?

We have written about the benefits of fasting and time-restricted eating.The immense benefits of fasting are incredible, and as Dr. Thomas Lodi, founder of An Oasis of Healing, states “fasting is the most universal, logical, and instinctive method of healing.”

However, it is amazing how distorted human societies have led us to unnatural eating patterns that foster “disease” instead of health. We are constantly bombarded with commercials promoting unhealthy foods. We are almost force-fed from birth until we no longer know how to distinguish hunger from appetite, or normal eating from cravings for the usual poisonous addictive foods.

How can we counteract this and reset our biological natural feeding clock? How can we restore health naturally?

One of the best ways to do it is through nutrition, or paradoxically, through the absence of it. Basically, you can restore your natural eating behavior through fasting or feasting. Not feasting on food, and especially not on cooked processed junk, since that has become our default pattern of “eating”, but by feasting on juice, the ultimate source of uncooked food, and plentiful nutrients.

But the confusion continues, even when trying to use fasting and feasting, because what we have realized is that a lot of people fail to differentiate and interchangeably use these concepts. To dispel the confusion and shed some light on the possible paths toward healthy eating and living, let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between fasting and feasting.

FASTING

What is it?

Fasting is to eat no food (yes, zero food) for a period of time, at least 24 hours.

What to consume?

Drink only water (if not a “water fast purist,” zero-calorie beverages that won’t break the metabolic fast, such as tea, can be also consumed). Electrolytes or good quality salt can be used to provide minerals.

Distinctive Features of a Fast

  • No burden of digestion.
  • Total cessation of nutrients.
  • Tends to produce more fat loss and overall weight loss.
  • Also considered a caloric restriction period.
  • Works well for many people but not for all.
  • Long fasts should be undertaken with professional supervision.

Benefits

  • Fasting is the most universal, logical, and instinctive healing method.
  • Removes the burden of digesting and assimilating food, allowing the body to focus on healing.
  • Contributes to reducing insulin resistance and chronic inflammation.
  • Induces the body into a protective and stress-resistant mode.
  • Triggers autophagy (the clean-up of old and damaged cells) and is one of the most efficient ways to prompt intra-cellular cleaning.
  • Activates and increases cell-based self-repair and cellular rejuvenation.
  • Improves brain function.
  • Promotes an increase in growth hormone secretion.
  • May delay aging and increase longevity.
  • Shows benefits in the treatment and prevention of cancer.

Who should not fast?

Fasting has enormous health benefits, however fasting, especially for longer periods, can be contra-indicated for certain individuals. We recommend that you always consult with your healthcare practitioner before engaging in a fast, and especially a prolonged fast.

Individuals who are usually not recommended to fast include:

  • Significantly underweight or cachectic.
  • Type I diabetes.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Under 18-year-old (medical advised).
  • Struggling to gain weight.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Certain medications.
  • Extreme athletes in season.

JUICE FEASTING

What is it?

A juice feast, also called a juice cleanse or juice detox, is the consumption of juice only for a determined period of time.

What to consume?

Juices are made mainly from vegetables and herbs, and a small amount of fruit. During a juice feast, you can also consume water, herbal teas, and sometimes clear broths.

Distinctive Features

  • Reduces digestive requirements.
  • Removes most of the burden of digesting and assimilating food because juices are very easy to digest.
  • Direct and bountiful nutrient delivery.
  • Still meets the goal of caloric restriction.
  • More moderate and manageable weight loss.
  • Provides plentiful live enzymes.
  • Helps those who are nutritionally deprived and those struggling to eat more nutrient-dense foods.
  • Works well and is safe for most people.

Benefits

  • Promotes cell detoxification.
  • Allows the repair of damaged cells.
  • Allows the body to get rid of abnormal changes in tissues.
  • Contributes to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Leads to the loss of excess weight and toxins stored in fat cells.
  • Increases energy and mental clarity.
  • Improves digestion and regulates bowel function.
  • Slows and reverses aging, by activating “youthing” genes.
  • Increases
  • Prevents damaging changes from occurring in vital organs.
  • Improves the efficiency of organ functioning.
  • Relieves
  • Teaches new eating habits.

Who should not juice feast?

When properly planned and executed, a juice feast is safe for most all individuals. However, always consult with your holistic practitioner or get expert advice before engaging in a prolonged juice feast.

An Oasis of Healing Green Juice

The simplest, most nutritious and safe way to reset your body is through fresh green juices! Made mainly with green vegetables, anti-inflammatory foods, and a small quantity of fruit for taste.

Fresh green juices provide:

  • Chlorophyll and magnesium, which alkalinize the body.
  • Chlorophyll improves oxygen transport in the body and helps to build red blood cells.
  • Green juices are a very rich source of a diversity of enzymes.
  • Easily assimilated, with abundant vitamins and minerals.
  • A great source of structured water – water that was part of the structure of the vegetables, bound with minerals, and easier to absorb and utilize.
  • Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, from all the vegetables used on the juice.