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Update on Coach KishaLynn’s Lent Fast 2014

March 13, 2014 - Author: KishaLynn Elliott
A quick #‎Lent2014‬ update. I am proud of myself that I’ve been successfully eating a clean, healthy
Phytochemical Berry Smoothie--It's What's For Breakfast!

Phytochemical Berry Smoothie–It’s What’s For Breakfast!

diet of whole, unprocessed foods since Lent, and have continued my pre-Lent, post-allergic reaction eating plan, which includes abstaining from ALL sugar (except fruit), most meats (except seafood), most grains (except rice), starches such as beans and potatoes and NO COFFEE. Also, I’m chuggin’ water everyday like I just hiked the Sahara! (Shout out to Christopher Robin from Integro Health).

As I said last week, the proof is in the kale! My body is healing itself, I feel nourished (not sick) after eating, my skin is almost back to its pre-allergic reaction state, and yes, the number on the scale is smaller (215 if that matters to ya!). It’s been a long time since I felt this good. Perhaps even forever. 

Since it’s ‪#‎ThankYouThursday‬, and since I’m incredibly grateful every day of the week, I’ve gotta thank my wife, Chef Shelli, who has managed to make seafood and veggies a culinary luxury this past week! I’m so blessed to have you boo!! 

Chef Shelli whips up fish and veggies for dinner

Chef Shelli whips up fish and veggies for dinner

The biggest challenge so far has been eating food that is alive/raw. I’m eating more cooked whole foods than I intended. Produce pretty much sucks right now in terms of quality and flavor, and my stomach doesn’t digest raw veggies very well. So, I think I bit off a little more than I can (not) chew by fasting from dead foods. That’s ok–I’m still sacrificing/abstaining from plenty and learning a great deal from it. And, I’m sticking to everything else in the program, including drinking water and fresh homemade smoothies only and not chewing gum. *sniff* 

Luckily, I haven’t been craving anything (except gum), nor do I really miss or dining out or any processed foods I used to eat. I’ve been able to plan ahead, and bring my own snacks and meals to restaurant meetings and outings.

Again, I’m very proud of myself. If you’re doing anything to contribute to your own state of health and well-being, via Lent or otherwise, then I’M PROUD OF YOU TOO. Cuz this shit ain’t easy…and it’s rarely fun. *back pats all around*

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Coach KishaLynn’s Lent Fast 2014

March 2, 2014 - Author: KishaLynn Elliott


It’s the season of Lent (March 5-April 17, 2014). I will be continuing my annual tradition of participating in Lent as a non-religious personal development practice.

Over the years I’ve fasted from all types of things I enjoy, such as alcohol (2009), candy, soda and gum (2010), Facebook (2011), sleeping in (2012), and my who could forget my iPhone/iPad Lent Fast of 2013. All were difficult and yet satisfying in their own ways.

This year my Lent fast will be from DEAD, PROCESSED FOODS! With that said, for the six weeks of Lent I will only consume foods that are:

WHOLE: Foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from preservatives, additives, and other artificial substances. Foods that are a product of nature/grow that way.

Basically, barcode-free food–no boxes, cans, bags, bottles, tubs, or packages.


  • Plain rice–brown or wild. No white rice. No “seasoned mixes”. The only ingredient listed should be “Rice”.

  • Raw Kombucha

  • Seasonings–salt, herbs and spices. Read labels–no more than 3 ingredients should be listed on any labels, and they should all be whole foods.

  • Healthy fats–Extra virgin olive oil and organic coconut oil only

  • Other packaged whole foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, in limited amounts. Again, no more than 3 ingredients should be listed on any labels, and they should all be whole foods.

LIVING: Foods that are organic and mostly raw/still alive.


  • Seafoods–FRESH (not canned) fish and shellfish permitted, prepared cleanly (baked, poached or sautéed in healthy fats).

  • Soups made with fresh, organic, whole food ingredients

HOMEMADE: Fresh foods prepared by hand in a kitchen.


Because I know of at least two occasions where I’ll be traveling during Lent, I’m permitting the sole indulgence of limiting dining out to no more than 3 times during the Lent fast. Whole and living requirements still apply for dining out, so make it count!

DRINKS: Water (80 ounces or more per day), smoothies consisting of fresh, whole, living food ingredients, and unsweetened herbal teas only.




Yeah…so, here’s Four Reasons Why This Will Suck

  1. crybaby

    Lent isn’t supposed to be easy–the spirit of Lent is to fast–deny oneself of certain pleasures for the purposes of personal purification and greater spiritual good. In some ways, it’s meant to suck.

  1. This is going to require me to use more focus and planning to make creative and strategic use of my time and money resources where I’m already struggling to manage both.

  1. Most people I know don’t fast or observe Lent. So on top of being surrounded by people that are eating all the stuff I can’t, I’ll constantly be explaining why I’m not and dealing with peer pressure!

  1. I can’t chew gum. :'(

But on the other hand, here’s Four Reasons Why This Will Be Awesome

  1. I won’t feel sick after eating!

  2. I will very likely lose weight, even though that’s not the overall goal.

  3. I’ll be more mindful about eating.

  4. I’ll learn to cook more.


What I Intend To Take Away From This
Every other Lent fast has been a temporary experiment in discipline, restraint and self-exploration. This year, I am using Lent as springboard into a permanent new lifestyle of clean, healthy eating of REAL food. The idea is NOT to go back to eating and drinking shitty crap on April 18. Rather, my aim is to develop a new habit of preferring and choosing to eat foods that nourish my body and make me feel great.

I’m excited! I’ve already been eating a highly restricted diet due to a serious food allergy reaction I suffered from in February, which effectively served as an “ease-in” to Lent and a new nutrition lifestyle.

I’m gonna chew all the gum I can over the next few days, then it’s on!

I’m sharing this in case anyone out there wants to either join in with me, or be a supporter by checking in on me occasionally and cheering me on (or at least not tempting me to break the fast). Who’s in!? Please comment below, and feel free to share this and spread the word.

I don’t do very well blogging my reflections during Lent. If you want to keep up with how it’s going, then look to social media for regular updates, especially on Facebook. I’ll use the hashtag #Lent2014 in related posts. :)

Create a beautiful day!

Coach KishaLynn



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Letting Go of My iDevices

February 9, 2013 - Author: KishaLynn Elliott

There’s a white elephant in the room with me at all times.

Well, more like a white device. It’s my iPhone and I am thoroughly, completely and admittedly totally addicted to it. I reach for it in the morning instead of my wife. I hold it close to me at night just before I go to sleep instead of my wife. (Oh yeah, you get the real me! Up close and sometimes a little too personal…) In fact, in any given moment that I’m not task­mastering and swiping away at my iPhone beneath my thumbs…I have my iPad in its place. Scrolling, tapping, pinching, repeat. All day, all night…everywhere, around everyone.

Both of these iDevices are as much problem for me as they are solutions. I should call them iVices. With them, I’m rarely fully present in the moment. I get easily distracted. AND MY FREAKING WRISTS HURT! Thus I’ve decided that this year for the 40 days of Lent, they’ve gotta go.

I’m not Catholic. I’m a very open­minded non­fundamentalist Christian if I bear any religious label at all. I love me some Jesus. However I am a firm believer in the benefits of occasional fasting, and have used it as a tool to great impact many times in my adult life. I have been participating in a fast during Lent since 2008, and each has been largely successful and valuable. Well, except for last year when I failed miserably at fasting from sleeping in, the snooze button and naps. Bygones…

There’s not many additional vices in my life that I could give up in the “spirit of Lent”­­–true sacrifices–­­without repeating something I’ve already done. I enjoy new challenges as part of the fun of personal development and growth. So this year, as I thought about it I found myself zeroing in where I knew it would hurt…and help.

Now I’m taking it a step further in the commitment to let the world know. I’m doing so early because preparing for this fast requires a good deal of advance preparation. Just because I won’t be using these devices doesn’t mean I can or will give up the functionality these devices provide for me. I’m putting plan in place that transitions the essential purposes these devices serve elsewhere. For starters, I’m borrowing a plain old flip phone from my mom for phone calls and messages. My MacBook Pro will become my sole internet access source, rather than a clunky charger for my iDevices. Calendar, tasks and notes will return to paper. Fun will be found and had in the non­-app real life happening around me. I even dug out our digital camera. God help me in figuring out how to navigate without a blue dot and a disembodied voice telling me where to go. This…should be interesting!

Stay tuned wherever you follow me, as I will share this experience as I go along. I know am not the only one with this problem, which means this is an opportunity for me to do another thing I’m addicted to: helping others. :)

How about you? Are you giving up something for Lent? Or is there just something you could use less of, or none of in your life? What’s your plan to address it? I’d love to know­­and help. Reply to this email, post on the Facebook page, or tweet me @CoachKishaLynn, #iDevicefast

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