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Fasting practices to reconnect with the sacred, regain a sense of your life’s purpose, and heal physically and emotionally

• Details what to expect during your fast physically, emotionally, and spiritually

• Provides step-by-step guidelines on preparing for the fast, how long you should fast, what you can and can’t do during the fast, and how to end your fast

• Explains how fasting can help or heal many chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, psoriasis, and insomnia

For millennia humans have fasted for spiritual, emotional, and physical reasons--as a way to heal their bodies, reconnect to the sacred, regain a sense of life’s purpose, and allow their souls to detoxify. We are evolutionarily designed to fast, and the body knows how to do it very well. Fasting allows the body and all its systems to rest, purify, and heal. During a fast, the body enters the same cleansing and healing cycle it normally enters during sleep. As a fast progresses, the body consumes everything that is not essential to bodily functioning--including bacteria, viruses, fibroid tumors, waste products in the blood, buildup around the joints, and stored fat--and the mind and heart release their toxic buildup as well. As Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals, in order to be truly transformed, you must first empty yourself.

Offering step-by-step guidelines to fully prepare yourself for a deep fast, Buhner explores what to expect during and after spiritual, emotional, and physical fasting and detoxification. He details the necessary dietary and mental preparations leading up to your fast, what you can and can’t do during a fast, and how to end your fast. He also explains how to plan the length of your fast and how to choose between a water fast, a juice fast, or a mono-diet fast. Revealing how fasting can help or heal many chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes, childhood seizures, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, psoriasis, insomnia, and fibromyalgia, Buhner shows fasting as a way to truly inhabit the body, to experience its sacredness, and to activate its deep capabilities for self-healing.

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HEALTH / WELLNESS

For millennia humans have fasted for spiritual, emotional, and physical reasons--as a way to heal their bodies, reconnect to the sacred, regain a sense of life’s purpose, and allow their souls to detoxify. We are evolutionarily designed to fast, and the body knows how to do it very well. Fasting allows the body and all its systems to rest, purify, and heal. During a fast, the body enters the same cleansing and healing cycle it normally enters during sleep. As a fast progresses, the body consumes everything that is not essential to bodily functioning--including bacteria, viruses, fibroid tumors, waste products in the blood, buildup around the joints, and stored fat--and the mind and heart release their toxic buildup as well. As Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals, in order to be truly transformed, you must first empty yourself.

Offering step-by-step guidelines to fully prepare yourself for a deep fast, Buhner explores what to expect during and after spiritual, emotional, and physical fasting and detoxification. He details the necessary dietary and mental preparations leading up to your fast, what you can and can’t do during a fast, and how to end your fast. He also explains how to plan the length of your fast and how to choose between a water fast, a juice fast, or a mono-diet fast. Revealing how fasting can help or heal many chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes, childhood seizures, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, psoriasis, insomnia, and fibromyalgia, Buhner shows fasting as a way to truly inhabit the body, to experience its sacredness, and to activate its deep capabilities for self-healing.

STEPHEN HARROD BUHNER lectures throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, and the intelligence of nature. His other books include Ensouling Language, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

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Stephen Harrod Buhner lectures throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, and the intelligence of nature. His other books include Ensouling Language, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

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Chapter 5
Preparing for the Fast, Fasting, Breaking the Fast


Fasting is more than anything an engagement with personal mortality and the rebirth that follows such an engagement. When we decide to fast we decide to examine our own relationship with survival, and this means directly encountering death. These are heady topics, and one reason that fasting should be undertaken with consciousness and deep thought. In any engagement with our own death we have the opportunity to deeply examine our lives, to explore what we have done and not done, and to decide what we wish to do in the future. We have the opportunity to revise or alter the path we have taken, to make new choices, to begin anew.

DETERMINE IF YOU ARE READY FOR A FAST

Initially, the most important thing to consider is why you want to fast. You should fast because you want to, not because a voice in your head is telling you that you will be better for it, more whole, cleaner, purer, or more spiritual. Fasting should be done because some deep part of your self lets you know that it is something you need to do to be who you are, who you want to be. The decision to fast often begins in a deep, unconscious part of the soul. Eventually, if we are smart, we begin to listen, to think, and to begin to prepare ourselves for a journey. Like all journeys, fasting takes preparation--preparation of the soul, the emotions, the body. The more conscious you are about what you are doing, the better prepared you will be and the more you will get from it.

CHOOSE YOUR FAST

When you decide you are ready to fast, think about what kind of fast you want to do. Know also that the older you are, the more intense a fast can be, especially if you have been living a toxic lifestyle for a very long time. If you have never fasted before or if it has been a very long time since you have fasted, you should consider a juice fast. While a juice fast will, like a water fast, bring many benefits and will evoke many deep emotional, spiritual, and physical insights, it is much easier. A juice fast is the best way to first experience fasting. If you have fasted before or if you are working with an experienced fasting coach or health practitioner, then perhaps you will want to do a deep water fast. A water fast will be much more demanding; the degree of emotional, physical, and spiritual intensity is much higher. The benefits are correspondingly greater, but only if you are ready for it and are not forcing yourself into it too quickly. While a water fast is exceptionally safe, if you engage in a water fast before you are ready to do so, you risk doing yourself spiritual, emotional, and physical violence. Neither fast is better or worse than the other, they just do different things. Each type of fast will make different demands on you; both are of great benefit.

DECIDE HOW LONG YOU ARE GOING TO FAST

It is crucial to decide for how long you are going to fast before you begin. The part of you that wants to eat will feel more taken care of if it knows just how long you will be fasting. It is important as well that you keep your word to yourself and only fast just this long. If you are new to fasting, start with a short fast and let yourself get used to the process. Use the following guidelines to help you determine the length of time you should fast.

Fasting Time Guidelines
Water Fasting


Regular Diet
2 weeks (minimum) low-fat cleansing diet
3 days fresh juices and herbal teas only
4-10 days water only
1-3 days fresh fruit juices; miso soup; mild, heavily steamed vegetables
4-14 days low-fat cleansing diet
Regular diet

The length of time spent on each of these sections depends on a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual condition and needs.

Juice Fasting

Regular Diet
2 weeks (minimum) low-fat cleansing diet
4-30 days fresh juices and herbal teas only
1 day miso soup and mild, heavily steamed vegetables
4-14 days low-fat cleansing diet
Regular diet

The length of time spent on each of these sections depends on a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual condition and needs.

SET YOUR PHYSICAL GOALS FOR THE FAST
Consider these questions before you set your physical goals.

1. Do you believe your body can be healthy?
2. Do you believe your body has an innate wisdom that can guide it where it needs to go?
3. Do you have any beliefs about your body that may stand in the way of it becoming healthy?
4. Are there any illnesses that have been troubling you that you would like to see resolved?
5. Do you think it is possible to be healthy long into old age?
6. Can you conceive of your body as sacred?

Think deeply about any truths that underlie these questions. Once you have thought deeply about these questions, then, and only then, decide what your physical goals are for your fast. These goals are more supportive if they are of the order of things like: I want my body to feel healthier than before the fast. I want to love my body more. I want to be healed in this area of my body.

Most of us are trained out of perceiving our bodies as holy, trained instead to see our bodies in distorted and misguided ways, even to believe they have our worst interests at heart. When you begin the difficult task of ceasing hostilities with your body, you directly confront the most basic beliefs you have been given about your physical self. It is one of the most loving and most powerful acts of courage and faith that you can do.

A genuine fast cleanses body, mind, and soul.
--Gandhi

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Ms. Val
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Excellent Holistic Approach to Fasting
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2016
As an avid faster this book is excellent. I purchased it a few your back and have used it multiple times as a guide for each of my fasts. Mr. Buhner walks you through the before, during and after of the fast. He focuses on all three aspects of the fast (the emotional,... See more
As an avid faster this book is excellent. I purchased it a few your back and have used it multiple times as a guide for each of my fasts. Mr. Buhner walks you through the before, during and after of the fast. He focuses on all three aspects of the fast (the emotional, spiritual and physical) and how each aspect of the fast affects the other. The book provides a holistic approach to fasting. If you are looking for only for the fasting for weight loss or to help heal a disease I would recommend Dr. Jason Fung''s book "The Complete Guide to Fasting" which only forces on the physiological effects of fasting. The Transformational Power of Fasting is by far the best book I have read on fasting and each time I read it I learn something new.
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If you are interested in detoxing with natural methods.
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2017
I was looking for a book on fasting that described all the benefits and thta would be realistic for someone to follow. I trusted the author knowldege on the subject since I already own 2 of his books. This book is not for those who never fasted before. I already... See more
I was looking for a book on fasting that described all the benefits and thta would be realistic for someone to follow.
I trusted the author knowldege on the subject since I already own 2 of his books.
This book is not for those who never fasted before. I already practice fasting as a way of life but I was interested to do it for longer period of time.
So far I have not done the week fasting or the master cleanse described in the book.
The author highlghts reasons and different type of fasting and gives guidelines of how they should be undertaken.
A must read for those who are interested in detoxing in a natural way or who would like to experiment with their will power while gaining spiritual and health benefits.
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Mutant53
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The best fasting book I have read
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2013
I have a good amount of fasting books, but I never could get all the information I wanted. I have done juice fasts and they are hassle. I''m a single undisciplined male and don''t like constantly cleaning kitchen surfaces and juicers. Or going to the store and getting... See more
I have a good amount of fasting books, but I never could get all the information I wanted. I have done juice fasts and they are hassle. I''m a single undisciplined male and don''t like constantly cleaning kitchen surfaces and juicers. Or
going to the store and getting veggies 2-3 times a week. This can be expensive for people. So I''m drinking veg juice during the day and carry a cooler in my car and feeling hungry all the time. (He also explained the reason for this) Now.. WATER FASTING ... I prep my body a week with veggies then start. For me what could be easier. wake up then drink water only for long as I can (7 days plus) and try to relax as much as possible. He explains everything very nicely for me, what happens to your body, that the hunger goes away after your body burns up all the glucose in a fews days then goes into Ketosis and starts burning stored fat. I started thinking a few years ago that primitive man did not have modern medicine but still survived. I think there is a simple recipe for life. Eat unprocessed foods, drink clean water, get some sunshine for Vitamin D, then GET OUT OF THE WAY and let our bodies do what it knows how to do. We did not come into this world with a juicer, but apples grow on trees, sunshine is free and medicinal herbs grow wild in nature.
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Indispensable for fasters.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
Anyone fasting water only or veg or any way, I’d recommend this book. A friend who successfully fasted 21 days on water recommended it to me. I find it supportive, practically & emotionally.
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Alessandra Cannon
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Best book on fasting. Holistic teachings to help understand many kinds of fasting.
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
Having been fasting periodically since I was 15 years old, I found this book very complete. Im now 55 and this book helped me having a deeper understanding of the process of fasting spiritually and materially. I fast in March for religious fasting . But now I want to fast... See more
Having been fasting periodically since I was 15 years old, I found this book very complete. Im now 55 and this book helped me having a deeper understanding of the process of fasting spiritually and materially. I fast in March for religious fasting . But now I want to fast for detoxing at different times of the year. This book gave me many choices of this process, choosing fruit juice fast or water fast etc. Is very holistic, combining mind, body and spirit . Im grateful to have it!
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Very enlightening book. It''s tragic that our modern culture ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2017
Very enlightening book. It''s tragic that our modern culture has stopped this essential healing and transformative practice. Now that science has started to validate religion, hopefully we see a resurgence. As for me, I do a daily 12-16 hour fast. I''ve done a few 24 hour... See more
Very enlightening book. It''s tragic that our modern culture has stopped this essential healing and transformative practice. Now that science has started to validate religion, hopefully we see a resurgence. As for me, I do a daily 12-16 hour fast. I''ve done a few 24 hour fasts historically, but have never been able to bring myself to do more than that, though I really want to. I just get too hungry!
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Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2017
I have tried fasting once or twice before but can''t wait for the opportunity to do it again after reading this book. Buhner breaks down the physical aspects but mostly focuses on the none physical aspects. Preparing you for the journey that is fasting. He also provides many... See more
I have tried fasting once or twice before but can''t wait for the opportunity to do it again after reading this book. Buhner breaks down the physical aspects but mostly focuses on the none physical aspects. Preparing you for the journey that is fasting. He also provides many tips and tricks to help you prepare and get the most out of your fast.
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Stephen Buhner is a great man and this is a powerful book
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2016
Stephen Buhner is a great man and this is a powerful book. I used his other book on healing lyme and it literally saved my life. I decided to pick this book up to help me on my journey to health and i have found it to be a great addition.
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Wee Man
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Brilliant book on fasting - Start planning your fast!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 6, 2017
Really excellent book. I have Dr Fuhrman''s book, which focuses more on the physical aspects of a fast. Full details on how to perform a fast are provided, though for long fast you are recommended to have medical supervision. But Buhner''s book, goes more into emotional and...See more
Really excellent book. I have Dr Fuhrman''s book, which focuses more on the physical aspects of a fast. Full details on how to perform a fast are provided, though for long fast you are recommended to have medical supervision. But Buhner''s book, goes more into emotional and spirit, inners self aspects These I am very interested in. I had very high blood pressure a few years ago , and underwent a 27 day water fast at True North in California, and this dropped my pressure to normal. Though at that time during the fast, I distracted myself by watching YouTube, read books etc. Now, (and I am planning another fast), I would pay attention to Buhner''s recommendations, to carefully watch your experience, almost like you were sitting in a dessert, with no other companions except the wind on the dunes and canyons.
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James
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Best book I''ve found on fasting including a spiritual persepctive
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 9, 2020
I never get round to actually writing a review, this book is a worthy exception. I''d been looking for this type of book for a long time, and was blown away to find it. A mixture of practical advice, inspiring quotes from Mystics, poets and spiritual teachers and grounded...See more
I never get round to actually writing a review, this book is a worthy exception. I''d been looking for this type of book for a long time, and was blown away to find it. A mixture of practical advice, inspiring quotes from Mystics, poets and spiritual teachers and grounded information. Essential reading for anyone looking to undertake a wilderness fast or vision quest.
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Best book about Fasting!!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2016
Excellent book!!! I got the paper and the kindle copy. The best book I have read about Fasting so far. Scientific and spiritual, very detailed and informative. You''ll find interesting historical facts about fasting as well as a full report of what occurs in your body and...See more
Excellent book!!! I got the paper and the kindle copy. The best book I have read about Fasting so far. Scientific and spiritual, very detailed and informative. You''ll find interesting historical facts about fasting as well as a full report of what occurs in your body and mind every day during fasting, which helps you to understand and appreciate the benefits of this ancient practice.
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Very thorough!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 5, 2020
I am still reading this but it came highly recommended by a Medical Herbalist and, as someone who once fasted unwisely I take this very seriously!
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excellent, fully comprehensive
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2016
excellent , fully comprehensive , carefully worded guide to fasting. it provides insight on various aspect that points out how to optimise the benefits and how to avoid mistakes associated with longer fasts. if you contemplate venturing into a fast , this is the one to read...See more
excellent , fully comprehensive , carefully worded guide to fasting. it provides insight on various aspect that points out how to optimise the benefits and how to avoid mistakes associated with longer fasts. if you contemplate venturing into a fast , this is the one to read first , if you are in a fast , read it to see how to make the most of it , how far you want to stick with it and how to transition back to consuming food in a safe way.
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