by Sherrell Dorsey of OrganicBeautyVixen
There was a lot at stake. My friend and roommate had a jewelry licensing deal on the line. I was expecting some serious changes and financial rewards to take place. A fast wasn’t an option. It was a necessity for spiritual, physical and mental clarity.
Denying yourself dairy, meat, processed foods and any other guilty pleasures that didn’t grow naturally from the ground seems simple enough but as we say in church “first in the natural, then in the spirit”. In the natural we would deny our flesh pleasures that were harming us and focus on detoxing our minds, bodies and spirits. It also helped that my girl throws down in the kitchen and climbing this uphill battle would mean more than me eating bananas and salad for a week.
Here’s what I learned:
- Patience – While you’re on a fast there is no quick run to Wendy’s when you’re starving. You have to take the time to plan, prepare and enjoy your food. The first few days were a pain when my soul craved instant gratification but my spirit served me a slow dose of “wait for the miracle”. Though I complained through the process, once I got to the meal not only was it satisfying but tasted even better than I could have ever imagined. #lifelessons
- Be kind to your body, it will be kind to you – My morning runs usually begin with a gospel song playing on my iphone, my Run Keeper app tracking my distance and a smile in my heart for getting up early in the morning to beat the odds. By mile 1.25 I’m ready to give up and the Nicki Minaj song is no longer pumping me full of gusto. While on the fast I reached 2.65 nonstop and walked 2.5 miles back home with my friend. Clean body. Clean mind. I’ve never ran so far in my life!
- Anything worth having is worth fighting for - I could have sneaked a snickers. I could have dipped into those amazing smelling chicken wings on my date but instead ordered my salad and pretended like it was steak. I had to hold myself accountable. Not my friend. Not anyone else knowing what my journey was all about. I wanted it so I had to work for it.
How to make it through:
Don’t go into a fruit and veggie fast blindly. Have a plan and get creative with your meals. Also, pick out a few restaurants you can gladly pop in to when you’re friends want to go out and preview their menu so that you know what to order when you get there.
Here’s a look at some of the meals I ate.
Curried tofu and sauteed veggies at Veggie Heaven in Teaneck, NJ.
Morning fruit trifecta with strawberries, vanilla almond garnola, grapes, kiwi and greek honey.
Vegan black bean soup made with coconut culture yogurt, black beans and a whole lot of seasoning. Garnish this tasty soup with eggplant and chives.
Your’s truly went HAM on this kale. I sauteed onions, grape tomatoes, garlic and bell pepper with spices in a pan and then added in the kale with olive oil and a little bit of water. Let it steam. Season it like you would a pot of collard greens and enjoy.
Plantains, guacamole and mango salsa. Werk.
My sweet tooth was satisfied with a few slices of yummy and juicy cantaloupe.
The Whole Foods Olive bar was perfect for adding new tastes and textures to my phenomenal salads. I stood there and drooled. Wouldn’t you?
Desert was simple with sauteed apples in cinnamon, honey and almond milk baked into a few layers of oatmeal and brown sugar.
Have you ever felt compelled for clarity or direction in your life? What did you learn and how did it change your life?