Gray Hodge lost 26.5 lbs., healed arthritis, continual colds, bowel problems, poor health.
At the age of 21, I was a strict vegetarian and very involved in healthy diet and living. Three years later I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and a year later met a wonderful Christian girl whom I married and have to date enjoyed 24 years of happy marriage. We continued healthful living for some time, but decided to return to eating meat because of a perception, or misconception, that it was more in harmony with the Biblical diet.
As the years rolled on and five children later our diet, while largely vegetarian was beginning to be compromised with a carelessness when it came to processed foods and takeaways (fast food). Without the hard work and exercise of my former years the weight was now building up and getting rid of it seemed impossible.
Quite suddenly I began to experience a lot of pain when walking; it was arthritis in my knees. This was combined with continual colds, bowel problems, added weight, and general poor health. But hey, I was approaching 50, time to slow down and accept that I was not as young as I used to be! Or was it?
The doctor said “just take pain killers and get on with you life”, that to me was unacceptable so I began to seek natural alternatives.
I was not new to fasting, over the years I had read Airola a lot, and completed several 3-10 day fasts. Longer fasts seemed to me to be in the realm of extremism, but on the other hand I could see myself heading for greater health problems if I didn’t act soon.
Exactly how I found Fasting.ws I’m not sure about, guess I was searching, and as Jesus promised I found! Suddenly here was the solution that somehow spoke to heart as being God way of healing. As I began reading the testimonies on the website, I saw that fasting and vegetarian or even vegan lifestyles were not the exclusive domain of New Agers, Seventh-Day Adventists and hippies. On the contrary, the miracle of Eden food was very much an expression of love from the Creator for His creation to bring peace and joy to the body as well as the soul.
On the 27th of August 2001 I began a 30 day juice fast. I didn’t actually plan to do 30 days, it seemed impossible to even think of. I just began and thought I’d see where it went.
The fast was trouble free and relatively easy so I just kept going.
On day 27 of the fast my family decided to climb a local mountain, I thought it would be a challenge and to my joy I made it to the top and down, a task previously impossible, there was some pain but not as much as expected.
The knees were being healed as never before!
By the end of the fast I was feeling a new man and had lost 26.5 lbs.
Following a suggestion on the Fasting.ws site I followed up with 30 days of raw food. Before that was up my pain was gone, I was feeling 10 years younger and really enjoying a healthier diet, so I decided to stay with it.
What I removed almost 100% from my diet was meat and all animal products including dairy, and processed foods as much as possible. This was the diet that seemed fringe to me before, but how could I deny the results? More importantly, I was also keeping the weight off for good.
On Jan. 1st 2002 a friend of mine wanted to do a 30 day juice fast so I joined him, off again! This time I lost a further 17.5 lbs., and kept it off through raw foods.
My desire for junk food and all that I had given up was mostly gone, just the odd temptation comes up.
In all I am 44 lbs. lighter, healthier than I have been in years and enjoying exercise, good food and praising our Wonderful Creator.
My abiding concern is that God people are for the most part ignorant of the provision God has made for their healing in the miracle of fasting. I believe that we should be in the forefront of the battle against Satan darkness to offer the unsaved, God’s healing of body, soul and spirit.
I’m grateful for Tom and Fasting.ws and the inspiration you have been.
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