Fasting testimonial from Tanglewood
Deb from Tanglewood Wellness Center, located in Panama (headquarters in Maryland), recently sent out this testimonial of her experiences participating in a supervised fast. We think many WLIR readers will find some value in Deb's experiences.
Two weeks ago I finished a 21 day water fast and 1 week refeeding retreat at Tanglewood Wellness Center, a fasting center and raw food community. At 5'5" and 116 pounds, I didn't think I had a lot of "reserves" to give up. I thought it would actually be more difficult for me than it was. I really wasn't "hungry". Yes, I could feel the "emptiness" of my stomach, but as Rumi has written, "There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness." It was not uncomfortable, just an awareness. And yes, there was a sweetness there for me, an absolute awareness that I had not known before now. Another very profound part of my experience was when I started refeeding. The simplicity and beauty of eating, not for hunger, but for the sensation of taste alone, was absolutely breathtaking for me. It brought tears to my eyes on my way back to my room.
Tanglewood Wellness Center is located in the beautiful, tropical mountains of Panama , 30 minutes from the closest beach. Since we are located up on the mountainside (approx. 1800 foot altitude), the climate is much cooler than at sea level. You can comfortably wear shorts and flip flops every day and sleep comfortably every night without air conditioning. The air is pure and the breath of tropical plants at the center is aromatic for the sensitivity usually gained after fasting. You can actually see the Pacific Ocean from the property. I am from Colorado where the climate is very dry. I've also lived on the East Coast with very high humidity levels. I was surprised that where Tanglewood is located is not as humid as the East Coast. I find it pleasantly between Colorado and Connecticut humidity levels.
If you feel you're not getting the energy levels that are available from a raw foods diet, or just want a good way to get a jumpstart on the most optimal health, consider joining us for a fast. I had been 100% raw for 11 months when I started my fast. I was on a bio-identical hormone cream and other supplements for my "hot flashes". For the last four years I had been doing everything possible to naturally address the debilitating symptoms for me. At one point, I woke up every 45 minutes, sweating for 10 - 15 minutes, barely getting back to sleep before waking again with another "hot flash". Needless to say, I did not get much sleep for that 9 month period of time and was exhausted. After a week and a half of fasting, my hot flashes were completely gone and I am not using the bio-identical hormone cream anymore. I feel so incredibly blessed. My reason for coming here was that even after 11 months of eating raw, I did not feel I was getting as much benefit as was possible. I had read that many raw foodists take up to 14 years to find the optimal diet for themselves. I decided I wanted to learn from a source that had done a lot of research to back up their diet strategy and save myself a lot of time. I have not been disappointed. Everyday I continue to learn more and more and feel so blessed to be here. Every day I get stronger and stronger and know, without a doubt, that I will leave stronger and in better shape than I have ever been in my entire life.
Where ever you are in your quest for health, Tanglewood is the perfect opportunity for taking your next step. Please come fast with us if this is something you would like to benefit from.
Please check out our website if you'd like to know more about us. It is www.TanglewoodWellnessCenter.com. You can also call us at 301-637-4657. This is a Maryland number so you won't pay International rates.
Looking forward to hearing from you!