I like rituals, most of the time they come and go, but I have one that I perform every year. It originates from a very old fashioned tradition, but transformed in a modern fashion: the fast after Carnival. Carnival used to take place every year before the start of the fast, the forty days before Easter in which Christians could not eat meat. The festival started in Italy but also gained the interest of the Spanish and French who later took it with them into our country. One of the probable origins of the word carnival is the Latin expression carne vale, meaning ‘goodbye to the meat’.
I have a secret love for carnival, not just because I can finally dress up again, like I did when I was little, put excessive make up on my face and misbehave, but also because of the symbolism. Another thing I love. Long forgotten secret symbolism. The Dutch carnival season starts on the 11th day of the 11th month, 11-11. This is also called the “crazynumber”, a word that counts 11 letters in both English and Dutch. Coincidence? Eleven also has a special meaning within the catholic church, because it comes right before the holy number 12, making it a symbol of the imperfect. Gotta love it!
Ok, back to my ritual: every year after carnival I fast. The one year I only drink vegetable juices for ten days, the other year I buy a ready-made fully equipped detox package. In any case it is something that purifies my body for at least one week and that makes me aware of what I normally eat, how much I eat and the fact that this is not as normal as we sometimes think in our rich western world. Of course this is much more important than the kilo’s and cm’s that I loose during this process 😉 .
During all of these years of fasting and trying different methods there has always been one returning ingredient: Aloe Vera. Personally I am convinced of the health benefits of this desert plant that is closely related to the lily and the onion. Because of that I always add it to my menu during this time in the form of Aloe Vera drink gel. This year, for the first time ever, I did not fast right after carnival because of my travels. I had really missed it and my body yearned for it so at the beginning of the month I chose to do it now.
This time I choose to try a C9 (Clean 9) program by the brand Forever Living. This brand has a lot of products based on Aloe, one of them being the drinks consisting of pure Aloe gel. I was first introduced to these products because my yoga teacher recommended them to me to use for my eczema, which I have been struggling with for years. Sick and tired of the doctors that could not find a solution, I decided to give it a try. The results where absolutely amazing!! The redness and itchiness (I know icky right) went down so I scratch less, what makes the patches heal much faster if they are formed at all.
Because of this I also decided with the C9 from Forever, resulting in me feeling better about my body, losing serious cm’s -up to 4cm- in places where I wanted to lose them; legs and belly. The biggest visible difference to me was that my cellulite was visibly reduced and my hair looked better! This was not a part what the leaflet told me to expect but I did experience it that way.
Because of the pure, honest and natural nature of this product and my own positive experiences, I have decided to include this product range into Wickad Ways’ assortment after assessing the company and the way they work in sync with the planet and the communities they support.
I have created the Facebook page “Forever Wickad Ways”, on which you can find more information about Aloe Vera and her healing powers. Also if you’re interested in seeing my brutally honest before and after pictures, you will find them there.
Should you be interested to achieve the same good results as I have, just shoot me a message and we’ll make it happen for you too!