10-days Oshawa diet No 7

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This diet was firstly introduced to me by a young volunteer yoga teacher I met some years ago and a year later my path crossed with this diet once more during hatha yoga classes. So it`s not the first time I´m doing Oshawa diet No. 7, but this time I decided to share my thoughts and experiences with you. For those who haven´t heard of it before, I will give an overview of this diet.

The Oshawa diet was invented by George Ohsawa (the founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy), who has put together a most effective system for healing illness through diet. His work is mainly about balancing the YIN and YANG energy in the body with food. And the Ohsawa diet No. 7 is the most severe diet that Dr. George Ohsawa used with maximum effectiveness for curing diseases caused by excess of yin energy.

In macrobiotics it is explained that each food consists also of subtle life energy and all energy is born from the interaction of the polar forces, yin (-) and yang (+) and thus certain foods are more charged with yin energies and other with yang energy. The Ohsawa diet No.7 is built in a way that it rapidly balances a being in terms of polar energies yin and yang. It is a powerfully cleansing and balancing diet, which gives a yang shock to the entire being!

 

How does this diet work?

Each day one tenth of certain blood cells are renewed in our body. Therefore, in a 10-day-period your entire blood supply is changed. Since  blood is formed out of what we eat, it makes sense, that 10 days of an intensive Yang diet will have a strong impact upon your entire being. The diet also allows your body to eliminate a great amount of toxins, that have been accumulated in the tissues.

This diet consists of eating YANG cereals (wheat, buckwheat, millet, wholegrain rice, oats and barley) for 10 days. The allowed foods can be eaten in any quantity, any proportion and can be cooked or boiled, but the only ingredients, that are accepted, are water and salt. And you shouldn’t feel hungry, so eat as much as you need!

Also, it is recommended, that the amount of water (which is Yin) during the entire period of the treatment, should be minimal. Therefore, one can add water to these grains only during the cooking process. Instead of plain water, drink generous quantities (2-3 liters) of basil tea or other Yang herbal teas (mint, ripe tea, bancha tea/without additives).

The most challenging thing in this diet is to keep your mind set on the end goal and not giving up. From my previous experiences I can tell that the first 3-4 days are fairly easy, 5th day is when your mind tries to make you give up by telling you that you are “starving”. But you are not starving! It is just that your body is so used to having a set number of meals/drinks during the day and it is not getting the same thing anymore, so it is tricking you into thinking that you are starving and you better go back to your “routine”.

 

1st Day

Today was the first day of my Oshawa diet experiment. I decided to eat only buckwheat for breakfast, lunch and for dinner. It was quite easy for me as my body felt light and thankful. And because I didn`t have any temptations I was calmer, than normally, and my overall energy level was steady throughout the day.

Of course, whenever you´re feeling too comfortable or good, life has to offer you some challenges. So, as for asked, I felt emotionally shaken when my grandmother called me and complained about how much worse her and grandpa`s health have changed.

I caught myself thinking that maybe universe is testing my willpower by sending me this message.  After this call, I sat down on my pillow and began with meditation to heal my mind.

Later on that day I felt emotionally better and continued with hatha yoga practice.

A thought for the day:

“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – Dalai Lama

 

2nd Day

On the second day, I woke up with a light headache and weakness. Beside that small disturbance, I felt great!

I made a cup of basil tea and prepared myself a small breakfast, which was (surprise!) boiled buckwheat, to nourish my body. It didn´t take away my headache and I decided to watch a movie to distract my mind.

For lunch I ate buckwheat again and went for a walk to get some fresh air. It was an hour-long walk to the Biomarket to buy some more buckwheat (wheee!) and some sesame seeds. By the time I got back home I was exhausted. However, after a warm shower, I started my hatha yoga practice with meditation to balance my energy. It worked, cause after the practice the drowsiness was gone and I felt calm again!

And, for a change, I cooked millet for a dinner and added some sesame seeds for a decoration 😉

A thought for the day:

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” Martin L.King

 

3rd Day

The third day wasn’t much different from the first one, except my appetite had grown! Yes, I ate almost twice as much as previous days and I couldn’t stop myself. Maybe because of some risen emotion I wasn’t aware of or maybe because I couldn`t sit still.

I decided to go for a walk because fresh air always makes wonders! So, I got back just a moment before it started to rain and I was truly grateful for not getting wet.

In the late afternoon I had some digestion issues.

I remembered the first time I tried Oshawa Die no 7 I asked my yoga teacher what could be the reason of my constipation? And he suggested that maybe I wasn`t drinking enough liquid, that I should drink at least 2 liters every day.

I was hoping that maybe this time (beside drinking lots of liquid) yoga might be helpful here. It wasn`t.

Anyways, since I still felt quite light and good, I  figured that maybe the next day will be more beneficial 🙂

A thought for the day:

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha

 

4th Day

When I woke up today, I felt that I have more energy and that my tiredness has gone. Also, to my positive surprise, my digestion issues had changed for the better which made me even happier!

So, for each meal today, I combined buckwheat and millet with sesame seeds and between the meals I drank a lot of basil tea with cinnamon flavour. And, for a change of hatha yoga, I decided to try half an hour pranayama breathing exercise!

I had so much energy and willpower, that I got an inner desire to make a dinner for my boyfriend for being so supportive and patient. So I divided boiled millet into two bowls: one plain for me and another bowl for making a millet wok! It turned out to smell soooo good, and it’s pitty I couldn’t taste it myself! My willpower stayed strong!

 A thought for the day:

“If you really want to know your mind, the body will always give you a truthful reflection, so look at the emotion, or rather feel it in your body. If there is an apparent conflict between them, the thought will be the lie, the emotion will be the truth.”  Eckhart Tolle

 

5th Day

Wow! I’ve already made half-way through, and only half to go!

I do feel wonderful, except I noticed today that my mind has started to play tricks on me. Physically it didn’t affect me much (except the cold sensation I feel in my body), but emotionally it’s testing my willpower and limits again.

Against all odds, for late breakfast, I made pancakes for my boyfriend! I just wanted to see how strong my mind can be by pushing my limits. And I was pleased to see that I´m able to manage difficult situations without breaking! Oh and by the way, you may guess what I ate while he was enjoying pancakes with apple jam?! Hahaa, buckwheat, of course! Mmmmm, yummy!

As for dinner, I actually cooked millet, but later on that evening I also ate some more buckwheat. Hopefully, after this 10-days diet I won´t be addicted to buckwheat 😀 I´m kidding, I love buckwheat and I´m glad that it`s an option to eat it as much as I want during this very strict diet period.

 A thought for the day:

“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
Eckhart Tolle

 

6th Day

I didn’t sleep very well and I woke up around 4:15 am because of a dream, where I saw myself eating a big cheesy pizza. You can say it`s another way my mind was trying to break my willpower and thoughts about finishing this diet sooner.

Luckily, I was able to fall asleep after some time and woke up again with my boyfriend`s alarm clock at 7.30 am. I was still sleepy and felt tired, but on the positive side, after 2 hours laying in bed, I gained back my energy and I was feeling happy and energetic throughout the day!

My menu was the same as on the previous days, so no changes there. But what I noticed, was that when I started doing pranayama breathing exercise, I felt sudden heatwaves spreading all over and around my body as if I was on fire – it was sensational! And it’s also a good exercise to energize one`s blood circulation 😉

Later in the evening I did some hatha yoga too, because this diet really enhances the mood for some spiritual work!

A thought for the day:

“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.”
Dalai Lama

 

7th Day

I also woke up quite early and didn`t fall asleep anymore. My mind was just wondering around until I got hungry, which meant it was time to come out from the bed.

Today, I decided to eat only buckwheat with sesame seeds and so I did. In the afternoon, I practiced hatha yoga with warming-up exercises and, afterwards, I decided to do some cleaning at home. It seemed to be a good idea because I didn´t feel a desire to go anywhere.

Later this day, I felt a bit drowsiness, so I preferred reading some spiritual articles from the internet instead of doing anything else. In the evening, I took 45 minutes for meditation. It was so relaxing and made me wanna sleep!

A thought for the day:

“We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have seen darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.” D.Weatherford

 

8th Day

I felt more strongly how anxious my mind has become. And although I was energetic and in a good mood during the first half of the day, it had changed by the evening, when I became nervous and restless. Most likely, because my periods are on the way and I have only 2 more days to go before I´m done, and my mind knows it and tries to trick me quit!

I wasn´t hungry in the morning, but cooked millet anyway. The taste of it was already annoying, but I ate all of it. So, later on, I took a walk to the grocery store and bought a bottle of sesame oil.

Moving in fresh air did some good, because, when I returned, I was sooooo hungry. I boiled buckwheat and mixed it over with some sesame oil and it was delicious! Yes, weird, right! I´ve been eating buckwheat for 8 days already and I still liked it. When I added sesame oil, it was, as if I was in a gourmet restaurant 😉

A thought for the day:

“Make peace with your past, so it doesn`t spoil your present.”

 

9th Day

There was nothing particular to mention for the day. I had a continuous feeling of cold, but my head was clear. So I did some intensive brain-work during 2,5 hours bus drive to my hometown and I was pleased with the outcome.

Today, I wanted to go with buckwheat only, so I boiled a larger quantity in the morning and split it in half. I ate one half for breakfast and the remaining portion I saved for later.

By the time I got to my parent’s house, I noticed that I felt quite uncomfortable. To my positive surprise, I didn’t have any digestive problems, just some discomfort and I’m glad there is little time left!

A thought for the day:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

 

10th Day

Finally, this is the last day!

I actually didn`t sleep well and I was like a zombie half of the morning and, of course, to my disappointment this slight discomfort continued throughout the day. But on the positive side, I had more energy, so I was able to do intensive mind-work and write some recipes for the blog!

Since the last couple of days, my appetite has decreased, I ate only in the late morning and then in the evening. Actually, instead of eating, I was feeling thirsty all the time and, therefore, I was drinking more liquid than in the previous days.

Later on that evening, I decided to do one final meditation for clearing my thoughts before returning back to my everyday life.

A thought for the day:

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
Paolo Coelho

 

 

Recommendation…

I believe that one of the most important recommendation I can give you is to prepare your mind for this 10-days diet before you actually start with it.
I took about 2 weeks for myself to prepare my mind and body for this diet, and because I did so, I had much more willpower and less cravings and temptations!

I also noticed that each time it feels different: either it`s your appetite, digestion, weight or your thoughts! However, by the end of 10-days diet No. 7 your energy level is much higher, your body is lighter (I lost ca 2-3 kg) and your mind is more clear and peaceful!

So, if you want to try the Oshawa diet No. 7, pick a period when you’re not so busy at work or tired of other things to do, plan your meals before, but don’t plan for too much physical exercise – instead, you can do yoga and meditation practice.

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7 thoughts on “10-days Oshawa diet No 7

  1. Sheena Sheikh

    I really enjoyed reading your write up on your experience of diet no. 7 .
    I started it today. It did use olive oil in the brown rice so I’ll count tomorrow as day 1.

    Thank you for sharing !

  2. Nena Van de Sande

    i’m starting the diet tomorrow, reading your experience makes me excited to start with it, i wonder how it will be for myself.
    thank you for sharing x

    “Make peace with your past, so it doesn’t spoil your present.”
    i like this one 🙂

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