My Four Day “Juice Fast”


I previously posted a blog on “The Gerson Therapy” where I have mentioned that I watched five documnetaries about health and its relation to food.

I decided to try the “juice fast” that was mentioned in the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead directed by Joe Cross. It was inspiring how the two characters lost weight and got their health back with the “juice fast”. They fasted for 60 days which I will not undergo. I decided on only 4 days. I knew that the first day was going to be hard, like any other hard thing you go through when you face change. But I learned that I should embrace change and go with it because through the journey you learn new things about yourself. You grow in the process without even realizing.

I personally want to detox my body and give it a break from all the food that I am consuming. I am an avid gym-aholic. I exercise daily and try to eat healthy. I did an extensive research for juice recipes, vitamins and minerals present in vegetables and fruits. I wanted to make sure that I got my daily requirements of all the nutrients required for staying safe. Here are my juice fast logs for the four days.

Day 1:

I drank a couple of cups of water and an apple-carrot juice in the morning before heading to work. A few hours passed and I started to get this huge headache from the caffeine withdrawal. I got myself a cup of green tea and continued with my work. At noon I drank a cup of already prepared carrot juice and enjoyed its quenching and soothing taste on my palate. Time passed quickly at work and it was time to head back home. I got home and prepared my green detoxifying juice of the day: 1/2 beet, 6 leaves of kale, half a lemon, thumb of ginger, an apple and a cucumber. This juice just filled my body with energy as soon as I had it. Might as well use this energy, I headed to the gym and ran for 30 minutes. After a soothing shower my sweet tooth was starting to nag on me so I prepared a pear and apple juice. I did not know that it was this sweet and satisfying. I enjoyed the rest of my night with my husband watching TV and headed to sleep feeling like I have triumphed in an olympic competition and earned the gold medal and took it home with me.

Day 2:

I did not have work today. Did an orange and clementine juice in the morning. Such a rush of energy and sweetness. The foam in the juice and the satisfying  aroma and taste where exhilarating. It was as if I had orange juice for the very first time. I kept myself busy throughout the day. Had a blackberry and grape juice as a snack. Got my mean green juice and apple-carrot-celery juice for lunch. I wanted to get some beta-carotene into my system so I prepared a sweet potato-celery-apple and ginger juice. Some of the many effects of beta-carotene are: prevent headaches, heartburn, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and slows down the ageing process.  For dinner I fixed myself a grape-clementine-pear juice. I felt clean inside out. The energy level  I had was impressive. Looked forward to day 3.

Day 3:

Woke up excited to have the orange and clementine juice of the morning. I felt like a kid waiting for their snack their mom promised to give after having eaten all their food. It tasted so good and succulent that I still am in awe with how my taste buds are responding. I had my friend over and I offered her a carrot juice. I followed my morning juice with a clementine, grapes, apple, and sweet potato juice. I did some toning exercises in the afternoon and quenched my thirst with a cup of carrot-celery juice. At night my husband and I went to the movies, but before heading off I prepared my mean green juice for the night. I felt that things are becoming easier. Lost 2 kg already. Day 4 is next to test my will to carry on.

Day 4: 

Got a grapefruit juice in the morning and started off my Saturday with chores and a visit to the farmers market for fresh produce. Got my noon carrot-celery juice. In the evening I prepared a green juice. Got hungry at night so I fixed myself an orange-grape juice and headed off to bed feeling clean inside out.

Spiritual Warrior Library

All in all I would definitely repeat this “juice fast” from time to time. I felt that my body took the break it needed. The weight that I have lost (2+kg) got my spirit up and my stamina to continue a healthy approach to living. I tested my will and my perseverance. Through the four days I realized how lucky and unappreciative we might tend to be for what we have in life. We take things for granted and assume it is our right to have what we have. I recommend the “juice fast” because it puts you back on the ground, it opens your spiritual wings and shows you that you should eat to live and not live to eat. You should appreciate what you have and give thanks.

Try it and test your limits.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil

Polticians


What scares you the most?

Drugs,  Alcohol,  Trafficking, Crimes, etc..

Politics! That’s what scares me the most.  We have our beloved politicians, that we run to the voting booths all over the world to elect the best ones to represent us. But doesn’t it scare you to know that drug dealers, traffickers and criminals have the same right to vote? doesn’t it creep you out, to know that the politicians you have elected to represent you and whom you have identified yourself with, have also been elected by those you are trying to eliminate?

From the way I see it, our politicians are a subset of both the “frightened voter” and the “feared voter”.  I wonder who has more influential power.

Let me put it this way; we still have drug dealers, trafficking is still ongoing, criminals are everywhere and of course alcohol has been legalized after years of war against “Al Capone”.

Something to think about.

— Raghid Khalil

Exorcism


Exorcism…. A scary subject. It has driven people insane for centuries … or has it ? I am about to give out a couple of scenarios and hopefully you can see where I am going with this.

Scenario 1:
You get up one day and you come to realize that every news channel on earth, not only in your city but all over the world, is reporting the same exact news, “An extremely dangerous and hungry lion has escaped from a zoo, City: Unknown, Country: unknown, Continent: unknown. Take extreme precaution, you have been warned”. At that point, I can imagine every human being on earth freaking out; people might even lock themselves at home until they hear more precise news.

Scenario 2:
Same news being reported on all news channels across the world, but this time, we know that the escapee lion is in North America, within the United States of America, the state of Massachusetts, and the city of Boston to be more precise. At this rate, we will see people panicking, but it will be more contained within the borders of Boston, whereas everyone else across the globe will pursue their everyday normal activity without almost any fear of being devoured by the Lion.

I hope those two scenarios have somewhat paved the way to my following discussion.

drawn by Jeff York, Horror Movie Examiner

We sometimes hear that a person, child or adult, male or female has been possessed. Isn’t it more like my second scenario, whereby now not only do you know the exact city the devil is in, but also the exact body he has decided to limit himself within? Usually when this happens, somehow they tie down the body too.

Now, think of the remaining 6,999,999,999 people on earth. They can go on living their normal life with no fear what-so-ever of Satan. They know where he is? They know he’s tied down? All they have to do is simply keep him there, and one way or another show gratitude to the possessed person by saying “Thank you for taking one for the team”.
From a business perspective, I am not sure why Satan would go about doing the possession thing? Instead of sticking to my first scenario, instilling fear in all 7 billion people, why would he limit himself within one body? And even when he is exorcised out of it, the previously possessed person will also turn against him for misusing his or her body and might even sue him.

Something to think about…

P.S: Needless to say, this article is not based on research, it is intended purely for humor.

— Raghid Khalil

The Gerson Therapy – The Body’s Healing Power


I love watching documentaries. They open your eyes to new ideas and concepts to explore.

One thing I have stumbled across is ‘The Gerson Therapy’. It was referenced in a few documentaries* I watched and I was mesmerized with the concept and remedy.

I am not going to go through a historical anecdote of the therapy and all that. I am going to discuss the therapy itself.

If you suffer from any kind of cancer, chronic degenerative diseases or illness, be it the common cold to the most deadly and untreatable of all diseases, ‘The Gerson Therapy’ seems to be able to fight it all and actually CURE and HEAL you and not the symptoms.

I enjoy visualizing ‘the Gerson therapy’ as a comic superhero like no other. She would be invincible and ready to save the day all the time 24/7. Why she? Because the therapy is so holistic and derived from Mother Nature that it is no doubt a she healer. “The She Healer” would be her name 🙂

Anyway to get back on track…. The Gerson Therapy believes that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. The body is normally organized in order to heal. If you cut or burn yourself in the kitchen while preparing food your wounds will eventually heal. If you break your leg, your body will eventually repair the damage and heal. It is our built in “Natural Healing Mechanism” (and you thought that cars only have built in features!). Thus the only thing you have to do when or if you ever get sick is to restore and rebuild the bodies healing mechanism which is being suppressed and damaged by all the waste, pesticides, preservatives, damaged and processed foods, and additives that are in the poisonous food we are consuming. So, all you have to do is the following (note: therapy is modified depending on the illness you suffer from. I am not an expert on the subject so if you are sick please do your own research, check out the institute, and follow their recommendations):

I-     Juicing: Fresh juices are so helpful and powerful for the body. Fresh organic nutrients are the only thing that the body needs to work on. The human body is not designed to work on pasta, fries and steak which have no vitamins, mineral and nutrition. Even vegetarians who are adding salad dressings and are eating damaged vegetables and fruits that are exposed to pesticides and fungicides are not nourishing their systems but are poisoning it. So the solution to nourish your body is fresh organic produce. In order to provide your cells with fresh living nutrients they can absorb and utilize quickly to keep our defenses going, juices are the key. Removing the fiber and only drinking the juice will allow us to get more nutrients and vitamins in our system. Here are the juices you are to have on daily basis:

  1. One fresh organic orange juice for breakfast (vitamin C)
  2. Green juice: green lettuce, chard, green pepper, red cabbage put together with an apple (which has pectin in it that makes it highly digestible)
  3. Apple and Carrot mix juice: biochemists and doctors found that the acid of the apple that are ground influence the carrots to release minerals. Thus, the combination gives the best release of minerals.
  4. Carrot only Juice: served with liver capsules which produces Vitamin A (good for cancer treatment)

(The therapy prohibits the drinking of water. The juices are served every hour, thus the system is highly hydrated.)

II-     Coffee Enemas: Drinking coffee is prohibited in the Gerson therapy. But coffee used in enema gives the body a totally difference effect. It cleanses the liver and helps it restore its function.

III-     Have full vegetarian meals with fiber in them. Meals consisting of fresh organic vegetables and fruits. Use of flax seed oil is allowed. No Salt to be used. Go crazy with recipes.

IV-     Meditation helps heal and restore balance to our systems.

What about protein?

The biggest strongest land animals are elephants, bulls and gorillas. They are vegetarian. Very often the vegetarian animals are bigger, stronger and healthier than the meat eaters.

This reminds me of a scene from the animated move “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs” where the tiger chasing a dear looses his breath after a few seconds but the dear keeps running and running.

The vegetarian diet is rich in proteins. The most complete protein is in carrots and carrot juice. If you feed a new born nothing but carrot juice they are perfectly normal and develop healthy. Carrots have almost the same amount of protein as mothers’ milk and it has all the other things that babies need: calcium, magnesium, manganese etc. You also get proteins in potatoes, oatmeal, and in all other vegetables.

The therapy is not an easy one to adopt especially with the lifestyles we have gotten accustomed to. From the daily takeouts to the social events that always include something to nibble on and drink. But at the end of the day health is the most important element of our life. When you are unhealthy you are unable to lead a normal life. You are always sick and tired and sad. We owe it to ourselves to start adopting some healthy choices. Maybe buy a juicer and start trying the juices that are mentioned above. If we see any improvement in our health, maybe we can cut back on animal products, additives and preservatives. Then maybe we can start doing the coffee enemas to help our liver rid itself from all the toxins we are consuming.

It is funny how our priorities are distorted. We spend so much money on our outer appearances (which is not a bad thing at all), but we tend to go cheap when it comes to buying healthy products for our system.

Consider showing off your healthy body and healthy system. Boast about your health and well being. Please read more about the subject. You never know when you may need the therapy or a slap in the face and a wake up call to adopt a healthier lifestyle just to stay alive. Don’t wait until you are in desperate need. Don’t wait until you get sick. Act now.

Take care of yourself. You have the potential to cure yourself.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil

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* The documentaries are:

The beautiful Truth directed by Steve Kroschel

The Gerson Miracle directed by Steve Kroschel

Dying to Have known directed by Steve Kroschel

Food Inc. directed by Robert Kenner

Forks Over Knives directed by Lee Fulkerson

Food Matters directed by James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead directed by Joe Cross

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Recommended resources:

Charlotte Gerson on Cancer and Disease:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U7Ck9D45OT4#

The Gerson Institute: http://gerson.org/

https://www.facebook.com/GersonInstitute

Gerson Health Media: http://www.gersonmedia.com

Jay Kordich (the father of juicing): http://www.jaykordich.com/

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Quotes

Charlotte Gerson:

“When your defenses are in order cancer is impossible”

“Cancer is totally curable by restoring the body’s ability to reactivate this healing mechanism”

“Chemotherapy does not restore the body’s ability to heal. It poisons it further. It weakens the immune system”

“Nature has set it all up… it is alright”

“The only thing the public thinks of when it thinks of proteins is animal proteins. But the human body is not designed from animal proteins. It cannot handle it correctly. It cannot break it down to the end product and lodge it correctly.”

Jay Kordich:

“live food… live bodies. Dead food…things that are cooked, things that are processed… dead food…death does not beget life, only life begets life.”

Superheroes, Supervillains and TVs


If you are like me, you would probably be wondering which TV is better: The plasma TV or the LCD / LED TV? Of course, there is the technical way of finding out which one fits your needs, and there is the smart way of knowing which one is the right one for you.

Batman, Cat-woman and Darth Vader along with some other superheroes and super-villains, would choose the Plasma TV hands down. If you look at what’s common between all of them, you will notice their dark uniform as well as their habitat. What do dark clothes have to do with it? Absolutely nothing, but it was just an observation…

However their habitat does. So Batman and Cat-woman live in some sort of a cave and are mainly night heroes, whereas Darth Vader lives in outer space with limited light or sun exposure. So all three of them having no light, meaning they will have no light reflection on their screen and would then choose plasma to get the real colors and not the artificially bright ones.

The Hulk

Dr. Bruce Banner however should definitely get and LCD or an LED. This is because if he was watching a movie on a plasma TV during the day, and his Plasma happens to be located in a room with too much light exposure, he might risk losing his temper due to the constant light reflection on the glass screen of his plasma. This will prevent him from enjoying his favorite TV series “the incredible Hulk”, hence transforming into the HULK, which we would all rather not deal with.

Superman is a different case, but I can see him go for a plasma. Even though he has exceptional eye vision an LED/ LCD or plasma wouldn’t make much of a difference to him, but the refresh rate would bother him if it wasn’t fast enough. So the Plasma having a 600HZ refresh rate would pacify his vision much faster than a 120 HZ or 210HZ.

See which hero or villain you can identify with and make your selection accordingly.

— Raghid Khalil

Top 10 Reasons We Loved 2011!


2010 was a new beginning… preparations, marriage and festive occasions…

2011 was the year of vacations… Here are the top 10 reasons we loved 2011:

1- Starting off with the 2010-2011 new year vacation. We went to Philadelphia, had fun in Atlantic City, and spent our new year at Buddha Bar in Washington, DC.

Art Museum - Philly

Atlantic City

Washington, DC

2- In March 2011, I visited my family in Dearborn, MI. We also went on a road trip to Chicago, IL where we spent a few days enjoying what the city got to offer.

Chicago. IL

Chicago. IL

3- In April 2011, my husband and I celebrated our first year anniversary in Punta Cana, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic.

Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Punta Cana

4- In July 2011, we planned a New York Trip with our friends. We first went to Philadelphia then took the bus and spent a few days in New York city. We went to Broadway and saw “The Addams Family” and got Brook Shields autograph.

NYC

Brook Shields

Broadway

5- In August 2011, my mother came to visit during the month of Ramadan. Her vacation was a breath of fresh air for us. We enjoyed her company.

Rochester, MN

6- In December 2011, we planned a Florida trip to visit my husbands uncle and enjoy what Florida got to offer. We went to St. Augustine,  the oldest city and port in the US. We then headed to Orlando and experienced the magical Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

St. Augustine, FL

Magic Kingdom

7- Aside from vacations, 2011 gave us the opportunity to bond and get to know each other more and more.

 

8- Along with bonding, in 2011 we maintained our health. We tried to eat right and exercise.

9- In 2011 bonding and health were also accompanied by intellectual stimuli. We took care of our mental wellness. We inaugurated www.cognitivedimension.wordpress.com to keep the ideas flowing and discussions happening.

10- In addition to the vacations, bonding, physical and mental health we got each other. And that is the greatest reason to love 2011.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil