W h o l e G r a i n F a s t
The person who wants to improve mental focus and whose constitution ranges from fairly balanced to slightly deficient and thin, or cold, will normally benefit from a whole grain fast for at least three days.
Chew each bite thirty to fifty times. Rice and various other whole grains may be used. Millet is recommended for its alkaline, detoxifying nature. Wheat and other grain sprouts are also alkaline, and less cooling when steamed. Take water or a grain beverage if thirsty between meals. Warming herb teas such as cinnamon bark and dried ginger root can be used by those with cold signs. Ideal breads to use in a fast include traditional, naturally leavened (sour dough) bread of unrefined grain and Essene style bread of sprouted grain.
The grain fast in the form of bread and water for one or two days a week has recently been recommended to the world through several children who experienced the apparition of "Our Lady of Medjugorje" at Medjugorje, Yugoslavia. (the messages for spiritual renewal given to the children at Medjugorje are similar to ones given at Lourdes, France, and Fatims, Portugal, in the earlier part of the century.)
A mung bean and rice fast, commonly used by yogis, is referred to as "the food of the gods" because of its balancing effect on every facet of the body and mind. Mung beans are more valuable than other legumes for fasting because of their ability to purge toxins from the body. Cooking them with a little seaweed enhances their detoxifying nature. Various grains can be substituted. The results are improved when mung beans and the grain are eaten at separate meals, with the beans, perhaps as a soup,at the last meal of the day. The cooling effect of mung beans can be reduced for the cold person by adding warming spices in the last twenty minutes of cooking. Try black peppercorn, fennel, cumin, and or dried ginger.
(taken from healing with whole foods by Paul Pitchford)
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