With metabolic balance, all clients go through a tiny cleanse before they start the program. On the program, clients are suggested to begin on the weekend so that they are not stressed and can use phase one as a kickstarter for their metabolism and to let their bodies know that a change is coming.
The process is not difficult. Clients are asked to limit what they eat for a few days and the foods they can eat are explained in their metabolic balance plan.
Living in Europe, Europeans traditionally do a heilfast or healing fast once or twice a year. This is not incorporated into the metabolic balance plan. You can discuss with your coach to see if a healing fast can be incorporated without disrupting your journey as a metabolic balancer but I would not do one without discussing it with your coach.
Also, if you decide to do a healing fast, please consult with your doctor before starting. You need to be in good shape and even though healing fasts are a normal part of European culture they are not so common in the USA but with the introduction of different diets that fasting days, the American medical community is coming around to the idea of fasting for health.
If you want to do a healing fast but you have one of the following issues, please talk with your doctor and fast only under supervision:
- Fatigue, irritability, nervous tension, tendency to depressive disorders or depression
- Overeating or bulimia
- Regular medication (except for the pill)
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, psoriasis
- Pronounced allergies
- Heart attack risk, high blood pressure
- Obesity of more than 30 percent
If your doctor gives you the thumbs up to fast, and you want to try fasting, it is best to start with a three day fast and work your way up to a 14 day or 21 day fast. If you are following metabolic balance, you may want to try fasting a few days after a treat meal to get your body back on track or, you can do a short fast before you begin rebalancing to once again let your body know that you are going to be focusing on a healthy and balanced life.
When on a healing fast, your focus is not weight loss but removing toxins from your body. Europeans drink special teas during a healing fast and below are two versions available on the market.
Salus Detox Bio (All the information on the website is in German) – This is an herbal solution you can add to water. The instructions suggest you add 12.5ml to 1.5L of water and drink the solution all day long in addition to additional water and non caffeine teas. For a three day healing fast, you would drink this solution for three days. It tastes like tea and there is a tiny bitter aftertaste almost like what you have with coffee. Don’t add anything to this tea – no sugar, no milk, no nothing. The point of a healing fast is to help your body release toxins and to rest from the process of getting nutrients out of food. The tea has been developed specifically for detoxing.
BadHilbrunner Fasting Tea (German website) – This tea contains caffeine and is incorporated into a longer German fasting program. This tea is helpful if you enjoy drinking coffee but it tastes like hay so, if you are looking for a good taste experience stick with the Salus Detox and warm water but if you need the caffeine boost, drink a cup of Fasten Tee in the morning with a swig of Salus Detox after. I much prefer making an Ayurvedic Detox Tea so maybe you can combine the Fasting tee with the Ayurvedic Tee. I have not tried that yet. I tried the Fasting Tee and was put off by the taste. As a foodie, taste is very important for me and eating/drinking hay/grass is not of any interest to me.
metabolic balance has a license holder in India who shares some interesting recipes. The Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest holistic healing systems and has been developed over thousands of years. It is based on the idea that health and wellness is dependant on a delicate balance between mind body and spirit. The cleansing practice in Ayurvedic medicine is called Panchakarma and may be used to restore balance to the body and improve your immune system.
Ayurvedic Detox Tea
Ingredients for Tea:
1L boiling water
Sliced fresh turmeric
1-2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1-2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1-2 teaspoons fennel seeds
Fresh Mint or Mint tea bag
squeeze of lemon
Place all the ingredients into a French press to make it easier to strain or use a tea ball for the seeds so that you can carry the mixture in a thermos and drink throughout your day.
If you don’t think you are up for a healing fast, you can try a Juice feast (green juices) to get your body on track.