Fasting vs. Cleansing

There are many wonderful attributes to fasting and cleansing and they are slightly different from one another… I'd love to share some of my own personal experiences with both!

I did my first juice cleanse at 22 years old. It was 2 weeks of just juice and Epsom salts. It was also during a time in my life where I had nothing to do but make it to my waitressing job on time and be completely self absorbed! Yoga, steaming, meditating... now these are totally awesome things to do and i recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to take care of themselves in this manner to GO FOR IT!! However, for me, nowadays life is much more demanding being a single working mother of two I, unfortunately, do not have the availability to always support myself in these ways, they are more of a luxury for me now. In the “olden days” as my children love to call it, juice fasting came easier to me because I had the space and time to really do it right. One of the hardest lessons for me to learn as I grow older has been to accept that things change and that I am constantly changing. Although I am graciously aware of how much I have grown and evolved as a person in this last decade of being a mother I still struggle to find the grace in letting go of certain ego filled prides like being able to do a 10 day master cleanse with my eyes closed! Because of this mentality it took me a long time to realize that cleansing can be just as efficient and in certain ways a healthier option than fasting. Now allow me to get into some of the differences.

What is fasting exactly? According to Wikipedia, “Fasting is a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink or both, for a period of time.” When we stop eating solid foods we give our digestive system a, typically, well needed break. It takes between 2-4 hours to digest most meals. The sloppier the combination of foods the harder it is to process and longer it takes to break down. The simple truth is that by the time we are finally finished digesting the last thing we put in our mouths most of us are eating again! Truth be told most of us are at it again well BEFORE we have finished digesting allowing a breeding field for purification, fermentation, gas, bloating and toxic poison to circulate through our systems. When we give our digestive systems a break from spending all this energy all day long just on trying to keep up with what we are feeding ourselves we end up with a surplus of energy! Its like a savings account of energy that can then be spent elsewhere like healing our systems, enzymes can break down the calcification deposits in the joints that cause arthritis instead of breaking down food. We can sleep better and repair ourselves quite efficiently. However most of us hold about 2-3 days worth of reserves so that we don’t go into starvation mode the second we stop eating so if you are only fasting for 2 to 3 days you may be eating again before really reaping the benefits of a true fast.

While fasting has many wonderful benefits there are downsides as well. Many of the juice cleanses today have a LOT of sugar which can trigger hypo-glycemic attacks and are not a friend to a gut dealing with Candida over growth. They can feel depriving and isolating as it can be quite challenging to continue socializing in a regular way with others when you can’t partake in meals as so much of our interaction centers around food. I’m not suggesting this is a reason not to challenge yourself but I’ve seen so many people, myself included, set themselves up for failure only to deal with feelings of self hatred and a general beat down after… and none of us deserve that. Finally fasting can slow the metabolism obviously and since there’s little substance most people don’t have energy to work out which also slows the metabolism making breaking the fast that much more imperative to do correctly. Some people may gain weight back quickly and can end up feeling bloated and gassy again not to mention discouraged that after working so hard they don’t feel great again. These are some reasons why a general cleanse instead of a fast could be a better option… I’ll talk more about this tomorrow!

with love!

Arul Goldman, CHT, HHP

SanaVita… the Primal Cleanse. it’s time to get primal. Contact us to get started!

Our 14 Day Primal Cleanse

The 14 Day Primal Cleanse is a complete kit that supplies you with two individually packaged shakes per day of nutritionally dense pea protein, individually wrapped detox supplements, a shaker cup, and meal guide book. Just substitute two meals per day with the shakes & supplements, and modify your third meal to eliminate the usual bad suspects, replacing them with healthy meal choices. With over 30 grams of protein and one regular meal, this program keeps your metabolism up, allowing you to continue your regular workouts and still socialize with your friends over dinner.

Join Arul, and take advantage of our special offer:
27% off SanaVita Cleanse

For the month of June, we are helping you jump start your summer body! If you purchase the 14 Day Primal Cleanse now at 27% off, you can also enjoy 17% off  of our cleansing services, along with a free MCT Primal Fat Burning Oil. Those who purchase this cleanse can work with our staff to receive tips and motivation to help push through their cleanse!

Setting the Stage

June… a perfect time to cleanse! The need to hibernate and stay warm under oodles of blankets is over. We are opening windows, taking off sweaters and needing less to keep us going as we naturally begin to feed off the energy of the sun. So it’s the perfect time to cleanse and we may even feel inspired to do so…. But how do we get started? Well in my experience the best way to start any new project is to set the stage… you want to buy a new dress you start saving up money, you’re going on a holiday vacation you dig out your suitcase, sunscreen and travel guide book. Same concept here… you want to cleanse your body, mind and spirit… you need to start with your immediate environment. Here are some things I ALWAYS like to do when starting any kind of cleansing ritual

1. SET YOUR INTENTION

Committing to a cleanse is challenging enough as it tends to bring up a lot of fears for us… letting go of our comforting habitual ways, starting something new, CHANGE. It’s incredibly helpful to be clear on WHY we have chosen to cleanse. Do we want to drop a few pounds, clear up a skin irritation, heal our gut or just clear our minds from a chronic brain fog that seems to always be following us around? Get specific! The first step to manifesting what we want in our lives is to think about it. I recommend writing down what you want to achieve by clearing out the garbage and making space for something new and beautiful… what do you want to fill your space with?

2. CLEAN YOUR PHYSICAL SPACE

How can we except to clean up our insides if the space surrounding us is a cluttered mess? Our external environment is often a direct reflection of what’s happening inside of us… and vice versa! I know for me, ever since being a young girl, if my room was a mess my grades were poor, my mood was down and my outlook was hopeless. As soon as I cleaned up my room I was happier, studying came easier and my life was manageable again. Take a few days to clean up and clear out the space around you. Throw out the things that no longer serve you or bring you joy. LET GO of the garbage that weighs you down! It’s liberating… I just did this a few days ago. I threw out a box of stockings that I’ve been carrying around with me since HIGHSCHOOL!!! I’m 46 now… that box has been in every apartment, cross country 4 x’s… I honestly don’t know what magic I thought was hidden in that plastic box of stockings… but I DO know that I found a profound magic in finally letting it go.

3. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

Listen, we all have triggers. Why keep loaded weapons around your home? Get rid of the triggers. If you have a ½ full bottle of booze lying around in plain site give it away or put it out of eyesight. Clear your cupboards of packaged foods that tempt you. Clear your fridge of things that you won’t be eating while on The Cleanse. If you live with others, like i live with 2 kids, and you can’t get rid of everything then do your best to eliminate from eyesight the things that you won’t be having but your really attached to. It’s a great time to encourage your loved ones to reach for healthier options as well. I know for us, my kids love feeling empowered to support me while I’m trying to make changes that will bring us as a family more joy and well being.

4. GRATITUDE

Start getting in touch with your gratitude even before you start The Cleanse. The more we are in our gratitude the less deprived we feel. The more we remember all the things to be grateful for the less pissed off we get at the little inconveniences in life, and the less we get triggered back into old patterns and habits. Stay in the gratitude. Remember to be thankful for every once of help, kindness, words of encouragement, doors being held open, customer service that comes your way. This is your natural birth right, to be helped, honored and respected, but remember… it doesn’t have to be this way. The more you acknowledge these beautiful gems of love in your life the more they will occur. Start making a gratitude list every day. Write them down in the beginning so you can go back and see how you’ve grown! Try coming up with 5 things a day you are grateful for. In the beginning believe it or not it may feel like a struggle to come up with 5 things, depending on the day of course. Even if its being grateful for clean sheets and your favorite TV show, write it down. As you become more comfortable living in your gratitude finding things to be grateful for will come easily to you. My kids and I speak our gratitude lists out loud to each other every night before bed. It’s the last thing we do before we drift off into lala land. Grounding ourselves into our gratitude before saying good night has become a beautiful ritual in our lives.

5. SLEEP

Enlist yourself in the sleeping army. Think of it as boot camp for healthy sleep patterns. Obviously, the more we are able to really rest peacefully, the more we can heal, recover and rejuvenate. We need REAL rest to feel good. We need to feel good to make good choices on a continuous basis. Try, as much as possible, waking with the sun and sleeping with the sun. Let yourself wind down and settle down when the sun goes down. The more you do that the more easily you will be able to wake up with the sunrise! It’s an AMAZING feeling to greet the new day… wake to the natural light of day slowly creeping up on you. Try sleeping with the shades open, and the windows too if it’s not too noisy. Hear the birds singing their good morning cheer song JUST for you each day. To help you get to sleep try some melatonin instead of those heavy pharmaceuticals, trust me, eventually your body will adjust. Listen to some meditations after doing your gratitude list. There’s an app called “Calm” that has some wonderful sleeping meditations and the phone will shut off automatically when their finished so you can just drift off. I’ve never heard the end of any of them… so that should tell you something!

Cleansing is a gift! It is a wonderful opportunity for change and growth. Once you clear your external and internal space you will have an open playing playing field… fill it with everything your true self desires.

With love,

Arul Hope Goldman

SanaVita… the Primal Cleanse. it’s time to get primal. Contact us to get started!

Our 14 Day Primal Cleanse

The 14 Day Primal Cleanse is a complete kit that supplies you with two individually packaged shakes per day of nutritionally dense pea protein, individually wrapped detox supplements, a shaker cup, and meal guide book. Just substitute two meals per day with the shakes & supplements, and modify your third meal to eliminate the usual bad suspects, replacing them with healthy meal choices. With over 30 grams of protein and one regular meal, this program keeps your metabolism up, allowing you to continue your regular workouts and still socialize with your friends over dinner.

Join Arul, and take advantage of our special offer:
27% off SanaVita Cleanse

For the month of June, we are helping you jump start your summer body! If you purchase the 14 Day Primal Cleanse now at 27% off, you can also enjoy 17% off  of our cleansing services, along with a free MCT Primal Fat Burning Oil. Those who purchase this cleanse can work with our staff to receive tips and motivation to help push through their cleanse!

It’s suddenly June!

It’s suddenly June! It feels like just a few weeks ago it was 20 degrees out and New Yorkers were trudging along in the cold… wind to our backs AND to our faces! No sun to be had, no relief in sight. But suddenly it’s here… the month that kicks off summer. Before we know it we are gong to be HOT! Like New York City hot… sidewalks steaming, humidity so thick you can see the air, welcoming any excuse to get wet and cool down!

There are no more bulky sweaters and long down sleeping bags we wear as coats to hide behind anymore, people! It’s time to shed our skin… soon! In 3 weeks we will be greeting the longest day of the year and officially be inside of the summer solstice. I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s hard to break our patterns no? We became complacent AND comfy on our couches, eating take out and watching Netflix. But that’s the beautiful thing about living in a city like New York… we have the amazing gift of the seasons and we get to experience them all FULLY.

So get ready to live THIS summer as fully as you lived the winter. For every article of extra clothing or extra pounds you may have put on… take them ALL OFF AND MORE! THIS very summer has the potential to be one of the best summer’s ever! The first step is to feel GOOD. And the best way to make that happen is to start taking really, really good care of ourselves.

Its a great time to cleanse. Clear out all the extra baggage and heaviness thats been accumulating. Get re-centered and refocused. Get ACTIVE, not because you have to but because you have the ENERGY to! I love this time of year when the sun starts pouring in through my window around 5:15 in the morning and egging me to get up and start the new day! And everyday that i wake up feeling healthier … i wake up feeling happier. That’s it… i’ve just committed while writing this to practice what i preach! Join me… to feeling lighter, brighter and cleaner.

SanaVita… the Primal Cleanse. it’s time to get primal. Contact us to get started!

Our 14 Day Primal Cleanse

The 14 Day Primal Cleanse is a complete kit that supplies you with two individually packaged shakes per day of nutritionally dense pea protein, individually wrapped detox supplements, a shaker cup, and meal guide book. Just substitute two meals per day with the shakes & supplements, and modify your third meal to eliminate the usual bad suspects, replacing them with healthy meal choices. With over 30 grams of protein and one regular meal, this program keeps your metabolism up, allowing you to continue your regular workouts and still socialize with your friends over dinner.

Join Arul, and take advantage of our special offer:
27% off SanaVita Cleanse

For the month of June, we are helping you jump start your summer body! If you purchase the 14 Day Primal Cleanse now at 27% off, you can also enjoy 17% off  of our cleansing services, along with a free MCT Primal Fat Burning Oil. Those who purchase this cleanse can work with our staff to receive tips and motivation to help push through their cleanse!