Fasting is a beautiful thing…
Fasting helps you using your spirit, soul and will-power to create the life you want to live.
Fasting is based on self-love.
Liz Coetzee has been running fasting retreats in Taiwan since 2015. The retreats conducted by Liz use a combination of the methods of fasting experts, including Dr. Bernard Jensen, Paul Bragg, V.E. Irons, Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Hulda Clark and Hillary Adrian Han. With fasting becoming increasingly popular in the world, it is important to be well informed about the fast of your choice, the preparations for the fast, how to break a fast, the possible benefits and effects, as well as knowing how the body works; in relation to a fast. This retreat will offer all of that in a relaxed and beautiful setting. You will receive supplements to support your nutritional levels and detoxing process as well as fresh organic juices and broth daily. To further assists in the detoxing process, you will be doing self-administered coffee enemas.
Fasting has withstood the test of time for more than 5000 years. Fasting has a powerful effect on the body as well as the spirit. It allows the vital force within to rebuild and recharge.
According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, fasting expert and nutritionist, “…fasting is the quickest way using diet to encourage elimination in the body and the fastest way to move toxic materials out. I believe that rest is one of the essentials for cure because it allows the body to regain the vitality it needs to throw off toxic materials and to eliminate the debris that has accumulated over a period of years. When you fast, you will need complete rest, physically and physiological “.
Many of the great spiritual teachers, including Jesus, Elijah, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Confucius and Gandhi fasted during their lives.
Hippocrates: “Everyone has a doctor in him; we just need to help him in his work”.
Paul Bragg: “The greatest discovery by modern man is the power to rejuvenate physically, mentally and spiritually with rational fasting.”
Depending on your level of toxicity, willingness to let go of old, stuck emotions, metabolism and intentions for the fast, each person will have a different experience while fasting.
You may feel hungry, but this hunger is more the effect of mental programming to eat three times a day. You might experience some dizziness and mild headache as the toxins start to enter the bloodstream. You also might have slight insomnia. On the first day, most people feel inspired and even energized.
Day 2 and 3:
Day 2 and 3 are usually the hardest for most people, especially for first time fasters. It is time to REST and DIGEST the patterns that are released. One might feel a sudden burst of anger, sadness, frustration, joy or energy. Whatever is being released from your body physically, can have a huge emotional release response. Just let it be and let it go.
Your energy level is likely to rise and you might start to have better sleep. Your mind is clearing and brain fog is disappearing. The appetite will start to fade and one’s attachment to food diminishes. One should keep up with the rest and self-observations.
- Cleansing and detoxification
- Creating a new relationship with food.
- Cleansing and healing of old emotional patterns
- Physical lightness and increased energy
- Inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection
- Clearer mind
- Better and less sleep
- Greater mental clarity
- Better nutritional uptake
- Clear skin
- Improved eyesight
- Weight loss
Who should NOT fast?
- People more than 5kg underweight
- People with severe wasting diseases, such as neurological degenerative diseases and certain cancers
- Pregnant and lactating women
- Diabetics should have medical supervision
- People with severe hypoglycemia are usually not recommended to fast, unless their hypoglycemia has been stabilized
- If you have HBP higher than 180 over 110 or LBP lower than 90 over 60
- If you are under the age of 18, you need to provide us with a consent letter from your parent(s).
- If you currently have any health conditions worth mentioning, please provide us with a doctor’s permission letter.
- Please inform us of any health conditions worth mentioning you have had in the past three months.
Five days BEFORE the fast follow the following dietary suggestions
- Fruit smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit and yoghurt and/or coconut milk
- Fresh fruit cut up with yoghurt
- Herbal (non-caffeinated) teas or infusions; no coffee
- Green smoothies with celery, green leafy vegetables, apples, pineapple, lemon, cucumber, ginger etc.
- Carrot or celery sticks with hummus or peanut butter
- Any seasonal fruit
- Herbal teas
- Salad of your choice. Include around four to five vegetables. Add some raisins, boiled potato or soaked almonds. Add a simple olive oil and lemon salad dressing.
- Cous cous or quinoa with celery, soaked nuts, raisins, tomatoes or any vegetables of your choice.
- Herbal tea
- A cup of natural yoghurt with a fruit and raw honey or molasses
- Steamed potato or sweet potato with a little olive oil drizzled on top with Himalayan salt.
- Any other vegetables steamed.
- Basmati rice cooked with raisins and turmeric
- Cous cous or quinoa
- Blended vegetable soup
Things to avoid before and after the fast
- MSG and GMO FOODS
- PROCESSED OILS
- FRIED FOODS
- DAIRY Yoghurt is allowed
- CANNED FOOD AND JUICES
- SOFT DRINKS
- MEAT, CHICKEN, PORK & FISH
- AIRLINE FOOD
- MICROWAVED FOOD
- RESTAURANT FOOD
- OTHER: Coffee, black tea, cigarettes, chewing gum, all drugs, alcohol, antibiotics, medicines, antacids, antidepressants, chocolate, sweeteners, creamers etc.
These are suggestions to prepare for your fast. The success of you fast will depend on how thoroughly you prepare for it, as well as the after care.
What you can get BEFORE going on your fast…be prepared to break your fast
- Fruit: organic watermelon, papaya, oranges, apples, mango, grapefruit or sweet pineapple.
- Vegetables: organic cucumbers, spinach, cherry tomatoes, onions, okra and lettuce.
- Kimchi (without salt or low salt)
- Natural unsweetened yoghurt
- Herbal tea (no caffeine)
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Cold-pressed olive oil
- Dried fruit: prunes, dates, figs
In order to experience the full benefits of your fast it is most important to break it properly.
Day 1 and for the next few days
- Eat little meals throughout the day, one food at a time, not together
- Eat only organic, raw, local and what’s in season
- Watery fruits: watermelon, papaya, oranges, apples, grapes, grapefruit or sweet pineapple
- Watery vegetables: cucumbers, spinach, cherry tomatoes, onions, okra and lettuce
Day 2: Mixing fruits and vegetables
- Two fruits or two vegetables together at a time
- Drink fresh juices to add more nutrition, if you don’t feel like eating
Day 3: Introducing cooked foods
- Your body will start to release enzymes to digest cooked food. You may feel grounded or heavy after introducing cooked food
- Increase the fruits and vegetables (steamed)
- Probiotic/fermented foods (without salt): natural yoghurt, kimchi, kombucha, kéfir
Day 4: Introducing grains
- Oats, whole grain breads, brown rice, quinoa, couscous, buckwheat or barley
- Continue taking fermented foods
- Add soaked dried fruits: prunes, dates, figs to your oats or salads
- Sprouted beans (green beans, chickpeas, buckwheat etc.)
Day 5: Introducing fats and proteins
- Nuts and seeds, soaked overnight to release the enzyme inhibitors
- Add olive oil to steamed vegetables, but do not fry
- Fats and protein require more digestive power
(to be taken for two weeks to one month after the fast)
- Beetroot blood builder – 1 capsule three times per day
- Probiotics – if you are not eating fermented foods daily
- Liquid Chlorophyll – two droppers in a little water first thing in the morning
- Bentonite clay – one tablespoon with water in the morning only
- Psyllium Husk Mix – one teaspoon with water in the morning only