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Lenten Season Part 5, Fasting

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory first met Dr. Alvenia M. Fulton during his 1967 campaign for mayor of Chicago against the incumbent, Richard Daley. Fulton came by campaign headquarters and dropped off some salad for Gregory and his staff. Someone at the headquarters informed him that a really nice black woman “‘brought all these salads here for you’; I had been a vegetarian,” says Gregory. When he went by to thank her, his encounter with Fulton turned “my whole life around,” said Gregory. They sat and talked and Fulton heard that Gregory was going to go on a forty-day fast in protest of the war in Vietnam. “And she thought I knew something about fasting, which I didn’t! And she taught me from day one to day forty what was going to go on in my body.”During the fast Gregory went from 350 to 98 pounds and ran twenty-five miles a day before and after sun up. After the fast, his weight returned to 148 pounds, he was totally healthy, and he began to fast on a regular basis. Over the next several years, Gregory and Fulton became close friends as she shared her knowledge about fasting, herbs, and nutrition with him.

Smoothie Recipe

1/2 cup of frozen strawberries or your favorite fruit
1/2 cup of frozen bananas
Cup or more of vanilla soy milk or use fruit juice if you prefer
1 scoop of a good protein powder supplement
2 table spoons of psyllium husk
1/3 cup of soy yogurt
¼ cup or more of honey or maple syrup

Combine fruit, milk, and yogurt in a blender and turn on high until the ingredients is mixed, add more soy milk if necessary. Next had the dry ingredients and sweeten to taste. Be sure to not overload your blender because you could burn out the engine on that bad boy!

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