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
- 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.
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.
culture yogurt, black beans and a whole lot of seasoning. Garnish this
tasty soup with eggplant and chives.
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
adding new tastes and textures to my phenomenal salads. I stood there
and drooled. Wouldn’t you?