Pinterest Decorating Junk – Why I Hate It!

It’s once again the time of the year when a lot of people are heading to Pinterest in search of gift and decoration ideas. You might genuinely believe that what you are are purchasing is original hand made items and it might some as a complete surprise you that most artists are slowly turning their backs to this visual way of selling and heading for other social media platforms in protest to Pinterest Decorating Junk.

When I created my trademark, Art By Heart 5 years ago to be exact, I was frustrated with the fact that nobody really values real art any more. The human striving for perfection has generated a huge demand for mass produced junk, which most people mistake for art.

Part of this problem is created by the social media, which empowers individuals to sell reproduced items fraudulently as original pieces of art, as well as creates heavy price competition.

Time Is Money

Sometimes I am offered so little money for my art, that it won’t even cover the cost of the materials I used. I have however been personally unwilling to adjust my prices under the minimum price of 10 euros per hour, as I do value my own time and work.

Sounds little, right? Well, inn my native Scandinavia it’s well below the minimum wage and yet many artists struggle to make even half. I have been known to rather give my paintings, carving, drawings and clay work away as gifts than devalue my art by accepting peanuts for it.

But even that hasn’t always worked in my favor! Few Christmases ago I gave one of my paintings as a present to the grandmother of my children, as I wanted to show my appreciation for her often helping to take care of the kids while I was at the cancer clinic.

Church Painting

She took one look at it, told me to take it back to the shop and I would get my money back. Or maybe I could at least recover the frame, as she didn’t need any more junk in her house!

Although her reaction hurt me deeply, afterwards I felt a big smug though, because she had mistaken my original piece for perfected and mass produced print!

I have also been asked many times to produce something on commission, only to find that the person who made the order was not interest in my art after all, as it wasn’t as smooth and polished as they had wished for, or the portrait I had painted was too realistic instead of an idealistic image which they had in their mind, based on all the filters they are using for the photographs to cover up all the wrinkles.

Swan Family

As a result, I no longer take up any commission work. I simply produce what ever art I am inspired to make and offer it for my customers. My new motto being;

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!

Just to make you realize how bad the problem is, follow me through with  real life story from one of my good friends. He lives in Denmark and is a passionate wood carver, who create amazing pieces of art inspired by the nature!

Wood

Mass-produced Pinterest Junk

You are redecorating and browse under category art on Pinterest, looking for some unique piece to compliment the new sofas and dining room furniture.

A fantastic item catches your attention! It’s so pleasing to the eye with it’s perfect shapes and colors, a real piece of art. It’s sold cheaply, only 20 dollars including the delivery! You can hardly believe your luck and impatiently wait to have it sitting on your mantle piece!

Pinterest Scandinavian art

Weeks later it arrives, to your surprise it comes from Taiwan, even though the ‘artist’ who pinned it was advertising it as original Scandinavian art. You turn the item in your hands, find the print ‘Made in Taiwan’  and slowly realize you were fooled into buying yet an other piece of Pinterest decorating junk!

Don’t get me wrong! It once was a real piece of art, produced by some starving artist in one or an other developing country. It was purchased for few pennies, molded and then mass produced in the one of the Chinese factories.

Decoration Items

It was then photographed in a favorable light and setting and pinned on Pinterest under a fake profile, for a ridiculously low price which no real artist can compete with, for you to fall in love with as an original piece of art!

So you were fooled, but int he end none of your friends were likely going to notice, the piece was so perfect after all! After all you got something nice that fitted your new interior design, so all was well and no harm done, right?

Devalued Price Of Real Art

In the meanwhile somewhere in Scandinavia an artist spends weeks perfecting a wooden carving. He caught his inspiration from the nature, he lovingly searched for the right piece of wood, while he sketched his ideas on paper.

 

carving

Finally he found just the perfect materials, sharpened his tools and got to work creating his masterpiece.  It was not perfect, because it was after all handmade, but every flaw in fact enhanced it’s beauty.  He sanded it by hand and give oiled it several times to protect the wood.

He grew attached to it and felt bad about letting it go, after all he had put so much work and effort into it, but he knew he needed the money. There were extra bills to pay, kids needed Christmas presents and his daytime job in the factory and the high taxation never left room for any luxuries.

Photo Studio

He didn’t have a studio to photograph his carving, put he did the best he could outside on the back yard. Happy with the results he created an account at the new social media platform known for artists he had learned about!

Excited he pinned his work on Pinterest, imagining global market enhancing his chances of making a sales, because apparently original Scandinavian art was in demand in the United States!

He put the price at a mere price of 50 euros. Not that it was any real representation of the couple of hours of work every evening for weeks of work he had put into it, not to talk about the cost for the oil he had used to treat the wood with.

But he had done his homework and wanted to make the sale as fast as possible. He knew art was not in high demand nowadays, but anything less would just not make any sense!

Wood Carving

Days went by, nobody showed any interest. Finally a week later someone contacted him, asking if he would be willing to accept 15 euros for it, after all it was flawed in this ways and that. The low price of reproduced junk had taken it’s toll on the clients.

With a heavy heart the artist accepted, as at least the client was willing to pay for the shipping costs. Maybe if he was able to find the time to make and sell few more at the local farmers market the next weekend, he would be able to pay for his daughters ballet lessons.

And do you know what’s the saddest thing of it all, something that makes my heart ache? My friend is now actually convinced that his wonderful hobby, which has produced amazing art over the years, is in fact worth nothing.

When I told him that I wanted to feature the carving in question in this story, but he he was too ashamed for his imperfect work, so he didn’t give me the permission to do so.

Support Real Art By Heart

As the moral of this story people, all I ask is that this year, instead of supporting the sale of mass-produced junk on Pinterest, you will actually find a real unique hand made item to use as decoration for your house.

Since most real artists have abandoned the platform, you might have to you head for the local farmers or Christmas market in order to buy a real home piece from a local artist, who created his art by heart.

Butterflies

Or you might be luck to find on of the few who followed my suggestions on creating their own website for displaying their art! I genuinely hope they all make a lot of sales this holiday season!

Here is my own store, but by all means browse the Internet for others works as well! I will be uploading a lot more into it the coming days:

Art By Heart Gallery

Next time when you feel the need to argue about the price, remember that an artist spends days on each piece that he creates. Imagine that he spent 10 hours creating a his painting, which you ended up paying 50 dollars for. Do you honestly feel that 5 dollars per hour is an honest value for the fruits of his loving labor?

 

In behalf of all the artists in the world,

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What Is The Definition Of a True Friendship?

Have you ever reflected what is the definition of a true friendship? To find the answer, all we need to do is to look at the people we have shared a part of our journey with. This story is dedicated to all my friends, may they find as much happiness in life, as they have brought into mine.

 

Hands Forming a Heart

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

― William Shakespeare

 

Childhood Friends

I knew you as a child, you were my best friend. Nothing could tear us apart. We got in trouble together and we climbed trees together.  You cover up for me and I told white lies in your defence.

We started school together, learned to swim and went on summer camps. Over the year we lost the touch, one of us moved away and the other stayed.

We lost touch, but when we get together by faith, it’s like the distance and time apart never happen. We still love each other as much as all those years ago.

OR MAYBE

Young Friends

You shared all my dreams when I grew up, you shared my growing pains in those years when I turned from a little girl to a woman. We supported each other through the heartaches of the first love.

You knew how I was looking for my place in this world and you helped me to find where I belonged. I thought you how to put up your hair and you were the first one to put lipstick on my lips.

OR POSSIBLY

Travel Buddies

I met you some where for few fleeting days. We met on top of mountain, in the desert, in the jungle, on cattle class in a plane, deck of a ship, at the train platform.

We talked about everything and nothing. We shared food, drinks, the little money we had, pictures, diaries, hotel rooms, cabins and cold ground in front of the blazing fire.

We instantly felt an attraction towards each other, we knew we were two parts of the same story, we were soul mates. Our paths separated as we were both vagabonds and we never met again, but we stayed in each others hearts.

OR CONCEIVABLY

Coffee Break

We worked together on a project on in the same team. Or maybe I was your superior or you mine? Our friendship started out with frustrations regarding to customers, managers, work loads and trying to balance our lives with work pressure!

We sat together in the coffee room, sometimes in silence, just happy for a moment of peace, sometimes excited to tell something about kids or success with our careers.

We traveled together to expos, conferences and customers, stealing a moment here and there to do some sightseeing and shopping. In the evening we joined forces to enjoy local entertainment and cuisine.

OR PERHAPS

Social Media

I met you online and I never have never seen you face to face,  but you know so much about me and I you. I watched your children grow up and you saw me find happiness.

You have shared my joys and I celebrated your life. I have cried bitter tears for you and you have comforted me in me sorrows and given me support when I felt nobody else cared.

OR ALTERNATIVELY

 

Family Of Monkeys

We were born into the same family.  You were my sister, my brother, mother, father, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin, my child. I didn’t have a choice in the matter and nor did you, not that we would have wanted it any other way.

We became friends because we spent all that time together. We fought, we hated, we loved and we shared. We chose each other over and over every single day. It was us, standing together against the world and it still is.

OR IT COULD BE

Together

 One day you showed up in my life. It was faith and knew instantly I could never again let you go. You instantly became part of my life and me yours. We keep in touch, if not every day but as often as we can.

We write, we call, we visit and we enjoy each others company. We do things together or just sit next to each other without saying a word. You are the one I run to when I need to share my joy and your are my strength when I need a shoulder to cry on.

OR IMAGINABLY

Dream

I made you up! Yup, you are my imaginary friend, who only exist in my head. I have known you all my life! You are my very best friend.

I tell you all my secrets, the ones I dare trust nobody else! You always listen, never complain or judge, instead you always give me great advice 😉

You might be like me

OR

You might be my exact opposite

Friendship

We might be crazy together

OR

You might balance me out

Friendship

But I want you to know that I love you

AND

I am happy for the day you walked into my life

Thank you for being part of my journey!

Want to  know more about a friendships? Here you can read my story of a friendship with a four legged kind!

Love and Peace,

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Unique Christmas Gifts For Women – A Gift She’ll Love

You probably ended up on this page, because you were reading my article about Christmas gift ideas for women and want to know how to pick a unique Christmas gift for women who are picky.

It’s most likely your girl friend or wife, but we might also be talking about your sister or perhaps mother. You are simply out of ideas what to give her, as nothing seems to please her!

I will tell you a little secret, she is actually not picky at all, she just appreciates good quality and has her own unique taste! She likes unusual things and appreciates gifts chosen with insight.

When you pick a gift for her make sure what ever you buy is top of the line, something she can cherish and show of to her friends proudly. It doesn’t have to be expensive though!

My top 3 gift ideas for picky woman this Christmas are:

  1. The Ayurvedic Woman $97.00 $197.00

Ayurvedic WomanGive her to gift to understand herself and her body. So many women are struggling with so called women issues. The are generally brushed under the carpet with the mention: You have to suffer for being the fairer sex.

Not in Ayurveda! This unique DVD set teaches her secrets how to take care of her own body, doesn’t matter what age she is. It will teach how to balance the Ayurvedic doshas and regain the control of your body.

Below is a film of everything this powerful movie will teach you about improving fertility, eradicating PMS and menopause symptoms.

She would never expect you to give her this insightful gift, but she will for sure enjoy learning about these secrets!

The Christmas offer is simply amazing offer with 100USD REDUCTION in price. This course also includes online access to the content, so it can be viewed from the PC or mobile!

2. Meditation Retreat

Boost her well-being by booking her a  yoga and meditation retreat! Sounds expensive? It doesn’t have to be!

Yoga Retreats has the largest selection available from any online yoga travel site.  Most yoga retreats are now advertising their services via this great platform!

She will sure want to heal, and nourish her soul, a meditation yoga retreat is a perfect place to learn about the secrets of yoga and mediation!

On such retreats, you will start finding answers to your needs from within. You will learn to relax completely and reset all your batteries.

There are many wonderful packages to choose at Yoga Retreats from budget trips to more luxurious packages. However they all offer her the time time to relax and really concentrate on herself, she will simply love it.

Meditate Yoga Retreat

This easy to use platform can let you make the selection by destination you think she might be interested in, dates, yoga style she is interested in, or by a type of holiday! In this case I suggest that you select the yoga meditation retreat section.

Amongst the popular ones are yoga and meditation retreats in India and Bali. Book a meditation and yoga retreat for her and give her a gift of rejuvenation. As a bonus she will come home either with a new hobby or a deepened practice.

3. Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets to Inner, Outer & Lasting Beauty

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If she is more of a person who likes to read rather than watch movies, why not give her a gift which helps her to enhance her natural beauty?

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar brings her vast knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine together with her expertise as an esthetician to give us the foundation for beauty that radiates from the inside out.

This book open a gateway into the Ayurvedic secret methods of enhancing beauty and staying forever young and healthy!

I must warn you though, a lot of women get addicted to these products and methods and although readily available in India and Sri Lanka, in the Western World they don’t come cheaply!

HOT TIP! If you feel that none of these gifts is right for her, make sure to browse around my other gift suggestions for women!

And yes, you can of course still give her that gift card, if you are convince that she is better off selecting her own gift!

P.S. Also take a look at our Competitions and Giveaways! We always have one ongoing for Amazon Gift cards!

Intermittent Fasting For Cancer Patients

A lot of medical research have been made into the benefits of intermittent fasting benefits and various articles have been written about this topic and I have no intention to compete with them. This is a tale of my personal experience on how I have benefited from intermittent fasting for cancer patients.

Research

During the last 5 years I have been using intermittent fasting, also shortly referred to as IF, as one of the healing methods for my ovarian cancer, under the supervision of my medical doctor, who is a big believer in Ayurveda and several other natural methods of healing.

Fasting has helped me more than a lot of the chemical treatments, operations and medications have ever done. My story has inspired a lot of people I know to give it a go.

I hope my article will give you, the reader, as well a good overview of the benefits of intermittent fasting, not only for cancer. but a lot of other reasons as well!

If you have any questions, or need encouragement to get started or keep going, you can always write a comment or contact me privately as well. I am happy to help in any way I can.

What Is Intermittent Fasting

Everyone already fasts every single day! Surprised? You shouldn’t be, since you are not eating while you sleep! Even the term of BREAKFAST, the name for the first meal of the day indicated breaking our overnight fast!

Breakfast

Intermittent fasting simply takes the concept further and extends the fast for a longer one than the typical 8h sleep period. For instance people who skip the breakfast and first eat at noon, are in fact practicing intermittent fasting.

Despite what you may think, intermittent fasting is not dangerous and neither is skipping a breakfast, although a lot of people will try to convince you otherwise! It is easy to do and a lot of people state they feel better and have plenty more energy during and after a fast.

Some of the most popular methods are:

16:8 Method – You eat 8h, from noon until 8pm and fast for 16h, from 8pm until the noon next day. Popular with sports fanatics and body builders. Good for growing muscle and loose body fat fast.

4:3 Method – You eat 4 days out of each week and fast 3. You can choose any days you like depending on your schedule. Each of your fasts lasts 36h. This is a popular healing method, explained further in my article.

5:2 Method – Very popular and effective weight loss technique.. However most people who take this route do not do 0Kcal fasts, but rather eat 1/4 of their normal amount of daily calories, either in a single meal during the evening or in tiny meals throughout the day.

Ramadan – Muslims fast for religious reasons during the month of Ramadan. They don’t eat and some don’t drink from sunrise until the sunset.

Mahatma Gandhi Fasting
Mahatma Gandhi Fasting

Yoga Fast – Hinduism and many other eastern religions advocate regular fasting as  a way to supreme health and enlightenment, as well as to be used for peaceful protests.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has a lot of health  benefits and as mentioned in my introduction, there are plenty available on the Internet, you just need to google them. The National Center for Biotechnology Information also have a lot of studies listed into intermittent fasting methods. I am only going to mention few of the most common benefits.

Weigh Loss

5:2 Fast Diet BookAs mentioned before 5:2 and 4:3 are popular, very effective and fast weight loss methods. The reason for it’s popularity is in the human nature. A lot of people enjoy the 5:2 or 4:3 fasting methods, because it allows them to eat normally on other, non fasting days.

The same methods are popular with weightlifters and professional athletes, who need to control their body mass and fat percentage. It’s more natural and healthy way than to result to chemical supplements. It’s also easier for people to stick to it!

Improve Immune System

There are several conditions which are caused by the weakening of the over all immune system of the body, examples of such being frequent infections and system wide yeast infections.

Intermittent fasting strengthens the immune system and allows the body to rest and regenerate. I will be talking more about the exact process in my next topic, nearest to my heart.

Diabetes Control

Measuring Blood Sugar LevelsWhen done right with doctors approval and guidance, intermittent fasting has a very positive effect on blood sugar levels. It stabilities them and lowers fasting sugar, hence being a very effective method for controlling diabetes.

Diabetes type II is also often caused by access weight and since intermittent fasting can also lead to weight loss, this can be considered an additional benefit for diabetic care.

Improve Metabolic Health

A lot of people suffering from metabolic issues, such as IBS and food insensitivities have found relief from fasting, due to the fact that the metabolic system gets to rest and repair during the fasts.

Blood Pressure Control

Blood Pressure Measuring

High blood pressure is often caused by too much starchy carbohydrates in the diet and regularly follows diabetes type II, due to your body producing too much insulin and leptin as a response to your eating habits.

Intermittent Fasting limits the intake of carbohydrates on the fasting days, as it promotes your body to use energy in an efficient way. This lifestyle change can hence help to normalize blood pressure.

Intermittent Fasting For Cancer Patients

Intermittent fasting has been used for healing cancer in many traditional healing practices such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. A lot of the cancer clinics using natural healing methods advocate the use of fasting as one of their main healing methods.

Also more and more cancer clinics are realizing the benefits of incorporating intermittent fasting into the traditional cancer treatments. So how can intermittent fasting can help cancer patients? It can provide help in 6 different ways.

  1. Water Fasting 36h before chemotherapy sessions – Makes the patient less suspect for the side effects of these drastic treatments. Patients experience no nausea and feel more energetic after the treatments than without the fast.
  2. Kill Cancer Cells – That’s right, fasting actually kills cancer cells. When the patient fasts 36h, the body triggers a starvation mode and looks for places to cut the energy usage. It sends out seek and destroy teams. These specialized cells find the cancer cells, which are considered by the body sick cells and destroy them.
  3. Improve Immune System – The same starvation mode triggers the body to fight for survival, because bad times are ahead. As a response of this evolutionary survival mode in our DNA, the body itself strengthens it’s immune responses to fight infections and bacterial attacks helping cancer patients to stay healthy from common colds, yeast and bacterial infections.
  4. Starving The Cancer Cells – Sounds funny, right? The cancer cells feed on sugar and need it to reproduce. During the fasts we live of the fat and stored energy. This slows down the spread of the cancer cells.
  5. Pain Relief – The fasting also provides cancer patient relief from pain as the process of fasting numbs the bodies pain receptors.
  6. Detoxify – Fasting helps the body to rid itself of the toxins caused by the chemical cancer cancer treatments, diets and the environment. For stronger effects try infused water.

Immune System

There are still a lot of people who doubt the medical studies about the benefits of the fasting in cancer treatments. However the overwhelming positive responses from the cancer patients themselves and the effectiveness of traditional treatments combined with fasting, are triggering more and more studies into this area, hopefully making it mainstream with the next few years!

What Are The Downsides of Intermittent Fasting

Fasting is definitely not easy, in fact it’s one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have listed here some of the problems I know of, I am sure there are several others.

Some medical conditions

Sick Teddy BearThere are some illnesses might exclude you from doing intermittent fasting or only be able to fast under strict medical control. If you have issues with blood sugar or blood pressure, you have to do it with guidance of a doctor and be prepared for regular checkups.

Feeling of Hunger

Your mind will play tricks on your and convince you will die or faint unless you eat immediately! This couldn’t be further from the truth unless if you have blood sugar level or blood pressure problems, in which case you need to be extremely careful when attempting to fast.

During fasts, you are using reserve fat stores in your body and using them for energy. Your blood sugar levels will be stable.

Do not give into snacking, it will make you even more hungry to get a small amount of food into your system. Drinking hot drinks will help with hunger and the feeling will fade over the time.

Headaches

Some people experience headache during the fasts. Most of the time this is caused by nagging feeling of hunger. We are simple thought to listen to the signals of hunger and immediately obey. When not, we are mentally worried about starvation, even though we know this to be untrue.

Headache

Taking headache pills on fasting days is bad. Get some fresh air and gentle exercise, this will help to relieve the headache naturally! Take a nap and get refreshed!

Dizziness, Weakness And Nausea

Some people experience dizziness, weakness and nausea when they start to  fast. Some of it is mental dependency on food, but at some times during strenuous activity dizziness can get hold of the faster.

Also your body ridding is itself of the toxins and chemicals, which in it’s turn causes some detoxification symptoms! Some people experience them stronger than others.

Avoid going from cold to hot and other way around too fast. Avoid getting up too fast. Both dizziness and nausea will disappear  once you gain more experience with fasting. Avoid excessive strenuous physical activity during fasts.

Feeling Cold

You will feel cold, your feet and hands like ice due to temporary lowering of your metabolism during fast days. On some fasting days you will just want to sit in front of the fireplace under the blanket, sipping hot tea and reading a book.

Dress warmly and keep extra items of clothing, not forgetting gloves, scarfs and hats with you. Drink plenty of hot tea to keep warm and hydrated!

Green Tea

Social Life

It’s difficult to keep up with your social life when you are fasting. If it’s just a dinner outside with friends, you can often inform them that you can’t eat that particular day and suggest an other, but big meetings with a lot of people are often really hard for people who fast. You have to decide to either not to fast of be prepared to a lot of negative feedback about you ruining the mood.

Bad Blood

Some people simply will never believe you when you talk about the benefits of the fasting. They are absolutely convinced that you will DIE if you don’t eat every 3-5h and also think that cancer patients should eat well to keep healthy.

The fact they know nothing about fasting and are not willing to educate themselves, means they will be talking bad things about fasting and trying to convince you to give up all together.

Prepare for the fact that they will be eating things in front of your nose and even offering it to you to try to break your will. If you do, they congratulate you for being sensible! The will push emotionally guilt trip you into not ruining certain event for them.

Arguments

My Personal Intermittent Fasting Routine

Because fasting is part of my cancer treatments, I do 0Kcal 36h fast at the time. I eat nothing and only drink herbal teas and infused water. I try to keep to the following strict routine.

  • I fast Monday-Wednesday-Friday
  • I eat normally Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday

This means I stop eating Sunday evening at 8pm. I fast the whole Monday. No snacks, no food, only herbal or green tea and infused water.  No oral medications on these days. Tuesday morning at 8am I break my fast and have hence completed 36h fast!

Tuesday I eat normally between 8am and 8pm, being careful not to overeat, but making sure to get enough calories, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. I keep hydrated and keep the more strenuous exercise for the days I eat.

That’s my normal rhythm, also called 8:36 fasting, referring to hours I eat and fast or 4:3 fasting, referring to days of the week I eat and fast.

Keep Diary

My Fasting Problems

Allowing myself the weekends off helps me to enjoy some good home cooked meals together with my family. I used to fast every second day, but it was mentally very hard during the weekends and confusing for my loved ones, who were never able to keep track of my fasting days!

Can I always do it? No way! There are times when I give up and don’t fast for a day or even few weeks at the time. What causes me to lose track? Most of the time one of the following:

  • Extreme Stress – work work work
  • Emotional Imbalance – lots of it around for cancer patients
  • Illness – lowered immune system makes me prone and I have very little will power when poorly
  • Pain – extreme pain from my kidneys
  • Holiday Times – love tasting new foods and enjoying eating out
  • Special Occasions – birthdays, celebrations, camps, conferences, business dinners
  • Travel – difficult on the road, bored while driving
  • Weather – extreme cold weather

Cold Weather

As you see there are several reasons why I sometimes fail my fasts, food is after all considered as a comforter and emotional reward by most of us!

I would say from my experiences that there are times when I manage months at the time without once breaking the rhythm and then weeks when everything goes wrong and I struggle with every single one of my fasts.

Is this ideal? No, of course not, I should be able to do it 100% of the time, since it’s a question about my health, right? WRONG! Even my doctor tells me that managing 80% of the time is an amazing defeat of basic human instinct. He tells me to be proud of myself!

I normally give myself a permission to eat normally during holidays, but restarting fasting after 2 weeks of normal eating is a nightmare and the bad effects on my condition are immediate! So I try to keep to at least 1 fasting day a week during vacations.

My Recommendations  For IF Beginners

Getting started with fasting is not easy! Anyone who has ever tried it, knows it! In order to overcome some of the problems, I have put together some hints and tips, which will help you to get started!

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  1. Seek Doctors Advice – Before you start with fasting, you should talk to your doctor. Not all doctors are happy with ideas of alternative cancer treatment methods, so you might need to look around before you find a good one willing to explore fasting as healing option together with you.
  2. Start Slowly – It will take a while before both your body and mind get used to fasting. Take it slowly and start with eating less few days a week, before moving to  fasting for longer periods of time.
  3. Keep Hydrated – It is important to drink enough when you are fasting. Herbal and green tea, together with water infusions will be your best friend.
  4. Keep a Fasting Diary – It will help you to note down your feelings and your problems, as well as your progress and healing. You will enjoy reading it later or sharing with others!
  5. Seek Support – Tell the friends and family what you are doing, their support will be a key for your success! It will be much easier to fast without someone constantly snacking next to you at home or work. There are also plenty of online groups that can help you on the days you struggle!

Support

Love and Peace,

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AromatherapyP.S. If you want to learn how to deepen your meditation experience, take a look at the Ayurveda aroma experience These essential oils have a subtle, yet extremely powerful influence on our mind and body.