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Raw food group presentation on fasting, by david woodier


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Here are the slides from the talk I gave at the Brisbane Raw Food Group shortly after completing my 20 day fast - 7 days on juice, 13 days on water. More details are available at

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Raw food group presentation on fasting, by david woodier

  1. 1. How do you know that? Brisbane Raw Food Fasting and Ancient Food Wisdom Chermside, 10/10/09 by David Woodier –
  2. 2. Plan for Today 1. Save Time: Don't eat! My 20 day fast 2. Back to the Future ... Ancient Wisdom revisited Interpreting the messages gifted to you through words, food, numbers and more... (some content from Don Tolman). How to Integrate Healthy Knowledge with Healthy Living Practical, fun and easy ways to make many small positive changes
  3. 3. About David Woodier
  4. 4. Why did I choose to fast  Clean out  Wanted to try a new idea  Fun & Adventure  Pushing to the Limits  Great people did it
  5. 5.  Over this period I juiced predominantly a CABALA juice –Carrots, Apple (yellow), Beetroot, Apple (green), Lemon and Apple (red). I’m not sure if my apples were yellow or just light greeny/yellow, but I did my best to get this combination.  I didn’t get any come down effects such as headaches or cravings for food and I put that down to the fact that I have completed a couple of short fasts (of 3-5 days) in the past and also realise that our bodies are extremely clever and the mind is even more powerful at directing our behaviour if we allow it to be. I have to admit though, that writing the blog made it easier for me to be committed as I knew I’d have to tell you all! Days1-7-juiceonly
  6. 6.  Over this period, I drank 1-3 litres of water per day and sometimes made a pot of herbal tea to enjoy at my desk. One time I added a teaspoon of honey to the cup and another time I added maple syrup to see if I felt any different but didn’t note anything particular.  Initially I continued to use my juicer to try new recipes such as hummus, babaganoush (egg plant dip) and bliss balls (mixture of nuts, dates, goji berries and rolled in coconut, sesame seeds and puffed brown rice) which I’d serve to friends and also put the tiniest bit in my mouth where I’d chew it and then spit it out so I could taste the creations. Days8-14-wateronly
  7. 7.  During this stage I had noticed that my weight was on a smooth descent and on day 19 I realised a 10kg drop in body weight. I didn’t start this fast for that reason and seeing such a large weight loss (I went from 72.8kg to 62.7kg) I decided to finish day 20 and go on to juices.  Once I’d made that decision, there was a sense of relief that I was going to be tasting, creating and cooking again. Apparently as humans, we make decisions for emotional reasons and justify with logic, and I would say that I was looking for a reason to stop the fast as I was so incredibly bored not being able to create. Days15-20-wateronly
  8. 8. Top Tips for Fasting 1. Have a plan – especially for afterwards 2. Have a reason for doing it and know the WHY 3. Watch your language 4. Tell people you’re doing it 5. Fasting desperado 6. Start with 1-3 days and build up Remember, without health, nothing is possible – take a tiny step every day, and watch the difference unfold.
  9. 9. Back to the Future … Ancient Wisdom revisited  A stupendous insight of civilisations past has now been confirmed by today's investigative, nutritional sciences. They have shown that what was once called "The Doctrine of Signatures" was astoundingly correct. Referred to in the classical period of Rome as the "Law of Similarities" it is now called by scientists, "Teleological Nutritional Targeting".  It now contends that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater
  10. 10. Back to the Future … Ancient Wisdom revisited  Use your wisdom:  Where is it grown?  What colour is it?  Seasonal fruits and vegetables  If a plant doesn’t thrive
  11. 11. Back to the Future … Ancient Wisdom revisited  Apples, Pineapples  Carrots, Kiwi  Walnuts  Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb  Avocado, Single Seed Fruits, Olives, Pears, Pomegranate  Broccoli, Cauliflower  Bananas, Cucumber, Zucchini Asparagus  Figs, Passion Fruit, Peanut  Bamboo shoots  Beets  Berries  Lettuce, Brussels Sprouts  Cashew  Cherries  Coconuts  Corn  Onions, Garlic  Orange  Radishes, Grapes  Grapefruit  Leeks  Melons  Nectarine  Potatoes, Thyme  Spearmint  Watermelon
  12. 12. Further Reading  Check out my fasting blog and videos at:  Contact me by visiting