Jonathan Foust

December 11, 2008

A New Phase of the Fast: Colon Cleansing

Filed under: Health — jonathanfoust @ 10:55 am

It’s been a while since I’ve written about this 29-day cleanse.

Over the first three weeks or so I eliminated the following foods, which I’d already been eating in moderation (or rarely at all):

  1. Caffeine
  2. Dairy products
  3. Wheat
  4. Sugar or artificial sweeteners
  5. Alcohol
  6. Red meat (chicken once a week)

I have been eating:

  1. Fruit smoothies (or soups) made with apple, ginger, banana, spirulina, whey protien, cashews
  2. Vegetable smoothies (or soups) with apple, ginger, carrot and celery and other greens
  3. Potassium broth (carrots, potatoes, beets) with miso 
  4. Steamed cabbage and greens with rice
  5. Kitchari (basmati rice, mung beans and spices)

I’m now completing the five-day colon cleanse phase.

One thing I like about this program is that you moderate your food intake during the 21 days.  It’s flexible and encourages you to listen to your body and be intuitive.  The more raw you go, the deeper the cleanse.  Sometimes raw felt great and other times I felt a bit weak or spaced out or headachy at which time I’d shift to cooked food like a meal of steamed cabbage, raw organic olives, olive oil and rice.  

The colon cleanse phase calls for juices and raw food.  

I had one colonic on Tuesday, and it was fantastic.  Robert Jordan has a new colon cleansing machine (Colenz) which is remarkably gentle and easy.  You administer it by yourself.  (I caught up on a whole episode of ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ on my iphone while relaxing on my back and letting the water flow and ebb all by itself.)

After the colon cleanse I felt amazingly light, nimble and clear.  I went on to lead the Tuesday Movement and Meditation class and I must say I felt as flexible as I did in my twenties.  I was inspired (and giddy) enough to demonstrate my one ‘show off’ yoga posture.

The main part of the colon cleanse includes taking a digestive stimulator once a day and every three hours a small packet of psyllium and bentonite, a clay that helps clean the colon walls.  Yesterday was an apple fast.  All I had was apple juice, some apple sauce and a little banana.  I felt great all day and with the psyllium filling my gut, I also felt quite full.

I’m doing another day of just liquids and tomorrow I go in for my final colonic.  Then I start the transition back to more solid food again. 

I highly recommend this cleanse.  I feel great. My eyesight has improved quite a bit and the TMJ I had is better, too.  I’m much more flexible.  My head is much clearer.

The product is Blessed Herbs.  I got it from Robert Jordan Health Services in Rockville and had my colonics with him as well.

I’m happy to support you if you have any questions and are considering something like this.



  1. Jonathan – your cleanse sounds like a healing and positive experience. Were there any moments of physical crisis or spiritual darkness along the way? If so, were they easy to get through? Did you make any changes in your yoga or meditation practice, aside from the “super” pose 😉

    Comment by Tom Bracken — December 16, 2008 @ 8:09 am

    • Actually, yes, there were. At one point I had headaches for a few days. My skin broke out for a few days. I felt listless here and there. One thing I really enjoyed about this particular format is that you can moderate your diet accordingly. My headaches were really the result of being a bit too aggressive. I went for a few days just on liquids and and did some ‘soups’ of raw ginger, carrots, apple and greens. Once I introduced a little cooked and grounded foods, I came back to balance.

      My meditations felt ‘easier,’ but that might be because I lightened up a bit. My favorite was doing body scans in the morning before I got up. I felt quite light and easy … I think in my old age I’m finally coming around to getting this sense of the ‘pathless path,’ really trusting my practices can be organic and spontaneous. All part of the ‘lightening up’ experience. Thanks for asking!

      Comment by jonathanfoust — December 16, 2008 @ 8:45 am

  2. Hi Jonathon,

    Thanks for the wonderful work this morning. I found your health blog, and I’d like to explore this.

    Comment by George — February 8, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

  3. thanks for the sharing..

    Comment by best at home colon cleansing — September 21, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

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