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Is Juice Fasting Really Fasting?

Just as there are different reasons for fasting, there are several definitions. Fasting is often used as a means of weight loss, detoxification of the body for medical reasons, or as a spiritual practice. Done as a spiritual practice, fasting is defined as abstention from food for the purification of one’s motivation.

Some people balk at juice fasting because it does not include the abstention from food. While this much may be true, juice fasting can have real benefits is practiced…

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Added by Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. on December 10, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Types of Fasting

In the broadest sense, fasting is the act of voluntarily abstaining from some or all food, drink, or behavior, over a specific period of time for spiritual, health, or political reasons. In the common era, the definition of fasting has become distorted to such an extent that much of its original meaning has been lost. For example, the twenty-first century ushered in the chocolate fast, during which the individual ate only chocolate for a day.

Although water-only fasting (or water…

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Added by Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Psychospiritual Effects of Fasting

One of the most advantageous aspects of fasting is the effect it has on our emotional states. Although emotions often feel more intense during and after a fast, this phenomenon is part of a natural process. The more calm an individual remains during a fast, the easier it is for them to move through emotional experiences. Research has noted common emotional themes during fasting, most notably related to feelings of irritability and joy. The negative emotions that surface during fasting tend…

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Added by Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Abuse in Relationships

That there are different types of abuse that occur in relationships many of which cause couples to seek marriage counseling. You may be psychologically, physically, and/or sexually mistreated. All kinds of abuse ought to be given serious attention as horrible effects can happen from any kind of abuse. Emotional abuse can involve bullying, humiliating, and tease.

I’ve seen a lot of abuse in relationships during my time during…

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Added by Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Fasting and Eating Disorders

In the broadest sense, the term eating disorders refers to a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that involves either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual health.



At my practice counseling in San Jose, I work with the most common types of eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa). These are outlined in the…

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Added by Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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