The last day..
My precious friend left early this morning, so I have the rest of this time alone or at least until I depart at 11am to meditate on what I have learned and enjoy the last few moments before my day is full of airplane rides and airports. I will be arriving home late tonight. I have never longed for home this intensely in all my memory except for when I was a young child. So total days on water only 14 with 7 days re-feeding. The crazy thing is, I felt better physically on water only. The tissue issue activity didn't start acting up until I started eating high antioxidant foods. It's a good thing, I know... we call it a healing crisis. Truly a lil overboard on the "Crisis" it feels like a bunch of bees stinging you plus a toothache in your armpit. Went on for a few days, I called out to Jesus one night and it just stopped and never returned to that severity again. I embrace healing, but He knows what I can handle... He is so kind. So a little recap on what has transpired in my body....
First couple of days your body has no glucose coming in to break down so it begins a process called gluconeogenesis. Your liver converts non-carbohydrate material like lactate, amino acids and fats into glucose. Your body goes into battery safe mode and your basal metabolic rate becomes more efficient and uses less energy. You may feel drained of energy, but I found this to change around day 3-4. From Day 2-7 - ketosis has begun, the body starts to burn stored fat as its primary power source. Day 8 to 15 the body enters a healing mode. This healing process begins as your digestive system takes a rest from the common stressors and toxins it endures on a daily basis. As a result your body has fewer free radicals entering the mix and oxidative stress decreases. Fasting also causes a stress that provides an added benefit. Its a mild stress comparable with the stress caused by exercise, which ultimately makes you stronger and your immune system more resilient. I would feel this at night, my body was on a treadmill and I found it very hard to sleep. But no matter how many interrupted hours I would always awake refreshed as if I slept all night. I got most of that information from GLOBALHEALING.COM Re-feeding is an art, it is in stages. You must prepare and do it correctly or you may find yourself miserable with a bloated belly that will not go away. I have heard stories and went with the instructed re-feed schedule. The experience here at TRUE NORTH was pretty basic - but I did meet lots of amazing people, took some beautiful walks and the Santa Rosa Memorial Cemetery was truly the best exercise along with its simple tranquility. Having a friend with me proved a necessity. If she wouldn't, I would have burrowed in my room to read & study. She kept me engaged and in the sunshine, I needed that.
So many are here for so many reasons, weight loss is a big one but most are linked to heart disease and diabetes. Many are here for covid residual relief, some cancer, but all are seeking a reset. A clean sweep if they can tame the emotional comfort food seeking beast. I see the demons waiting in the wings, depression, guilt, fear, gluttony, loneliness, despair, anxiousness... all tied to a common emotional attachment. A temporary fix to a long standing problem. Could be generational or newly established. We must always be aware that we are not at war against flesh and blood but against the principalities of darkness. Eph 6:12 Anything he can use to keep us down and under his control, he will do. A bowl of ice-cream will work for some, to keep us in our guilt and self loathing cycles, some it takes pornography, others even worse... but he knows and he will continue to bombard you with the next thing until you rip him out of your life - talons and all. Uproot his strong holds, dissect them, get them under a microscope, find out their origin, the more we know about his strong and weak holds on us, the more wise we become to his familiar tactics. I will say, I would be surprised if any of these attempted "stronghold studies" are not linked to some form of un-forgiveness.
In Luke 10:19 He has given you authority-power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing by any means shall hurt you. Stand in your authority in Christ Jesus! DISSECT THE devil.... put him under the microscope -
Only God can show you, Only Jesus can help you, stay in Him and there is no room for anyone else - stay close to Him and He will straighten your path, follow His most holy discernment and He will lead you into all things.
One huge take away - I know I will not starve to death if there is no food to eat. Jesus showed Himself faithful to be all I need. He is my bread of life, He is the well that never runs dry. He is all I need.
10/27/2022 06:57:13 pm
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Living in Arkansas since marrying my husband in 1991, we've raised two amazing sons and now have a beautiful daughter in love. We have one cats and one sweet yorkie pup. We are a Jesus loving family, tried and true - oh and we love the RAZORBACKS! PIG-SUIE!!!!