I had never even heard of Pulse until I went to a free seminar put on by Don Toman on the 18th August. It was titled “Where truth and health lies” and he spoke about the pharmaceutical industry and how it is making us sicker instead of better. Don promoted the use of whole foods to heal ourselves and lead our most optimal lives. He also told a wonderful story about how as a child, he attended his first (and last) Sunday school lesson and learned of this ancient food Pulse that made humans stronger, more alert, vibrant and smarter. After hearing this Bible story, Don went around to every adult asking what pulse was and where he could get some. No answer came so Don dedicated 17 years of his life searching for it around the world. Along the way, he discovered medicinal recipes for healing and references to ancient foods from past ancestors. This is where his passion for foods for medicine came from. As soon as he stopped looking for Pulse, he found it. A whole manuscript in a private collection in the US was about Pulse. Don wrote it all out and managed to recreate it for us today.
In the beginning…..
Pulse was anciently referred to as a sacred meal – a specific blend and ratio of raw whole food to support energy, strength and longevity.
Today it’s back… Nourish. Energise. Cleanse.
Give yourself the daily nourishment you deserve.
I was fascinated by the story. Don mentioned that you can purchase Pulse by the bag or in packages of 2, 3, 7 , 14 or 28 bags. After a couple of weeks, I decided to try it and bought 3 bags of Pulse. I received mango, blueberry and cranberry flavour. I ate just one bag each day for three days. It was a bit challenging to not have any other foods, but I really enjoyed the taste and texture of the Pulse.
What made me want to do a full 28 days of just Pulse??? Well I had just returned to school after the school holidays and was immediately stressed. Term 4 is always the busiest of the year and this year I not only had full time teaching to cope with but also studying at IIN (and blogging of course). I started to develop bad cravings for food to help me cope and make me feel better. I gave in a couple of times. Now I know eating some junk isn’t the end of the world, but for me in the past, this has triggered a horrific binge-eating cycle (I’ll post about this in a couple of weeks). I did not want to go through that and felt I had enough to deal with. I also wanted to try a vegan diet for a few weeks but knew I couldn’t just jump into that immediately. I needed time to research and prepare (I only started eating vegetables last year. Will post about this story too soon).
So what I needed was to completely detach myself from food for comfort, emotional support and stress relief and get back to seeing it as a fuel source to nourish my body and make me feel great. Pulse was my answer. Fortune Events were offering a special on the 28 day Pulse pack and I snapped it up. Talk about perfect timing!
Week 1 – This was tough! I started experiencing headaches during days 3 – 5. My tummy grumbled quite often throughout the day and suddenly I was seeing food everywhere I looked! My instagram account was just a whole reel of delicious food and it was tough to see it everywhere. By the end of week 1 I felt much better and was getting used to it. A big first test was at a friend’s 31st birthday Octoberfest barbeque. I sat at the end of a table laden with salami, cheeses, crackers, potato chips, breads, dips and olives. Everyone was drinking home brew beer or cider. I sipped on my coconut water and snuck inside for a few mouthfuls of Pulse when I got hungry.
Week 2 – Much better. I was feeling energised and my senses were more alert. My stomach had noticeably gone down and lost it’s feeling of being bloated. Grocery shopping was fun and cheap! Lemons for my morning lemon water, Pureau water, washing powder and kitty litter! I lost all cravings for junk food. My second outing was with my sister and mum. They ate burgers and hot chips whilst I had my Pulse. It was a lot easier to deal with this time. I didn’t even want to have one chip. I saw them in a different light. There is nothing about a hot chip that will benefit my body.
Week 3 – This week was the week I received so many comments about how I was looking brighter and more alert. I felt it too. This was also the week I had two cheats! I ate a handful of almonds on two afternoons. I justified this as okay because almonds are ingredients of Pulse anyway! Why did I go for them? I was searching through my pantry and just saw the remnants of a packet I’d forgotten about. So I ate some! This wasn’t about me craving something bad to eat, I just saw them and had some. They were very satisfying. I didn’t finish my bag of Pulse because those almonds were enough. I went out with my best friend on Saturday night. Ate some Pulse for dinner at home and whilst I was out, I drank soda water and lime. We stayed out til 3am and I woke at 7.30am the next day feeling fresh!
Week 4 – On Sunday I attended another of Don’s events. I was lucky enough to meet him and told him I was on my 21st day of Pulse. He said he was so proud of me and wished he knew earlier so he could’ve called me up on stage! That was one of the best days I’ve had this year. Was so full of joy all day. On Tuesday, I had a Melbourne Cup staff breakfast to attend and sat there with my Pulse surrounded by others with their plates of hot buffet breakfast foods. Surprisingly, this was easier than I thought. I did cheat a little and drank some non-alcoholic champagne which was very sweet, but I didn’t beat myself up about that considering I’d forgone the breakfast. I also sat with my colleagues during the staff meeting that afternoon as they began eating through a box of Cadbury Favourites (a prize we won for winning the best table). Still no desire to take a chocolate. By mid-week it was getting a bit tough. Maybe it was my body telling me it needed something else, or my mind saying that it was nearly over. I developed cravings towards the end of the week – but it was for good whole foods. I craved fruit, green juices, soups, kale chips. I also started drinking my beloved Kombucha drink again each night.
Frequently Asked Questions. I was asked the same questions over and over throughout the fast so I’ll answer them here –
Q – What is that stuff?
A – It is a blend of raw, whole foods. Ingredients of ‘Cranberry’ are – buckwheat, dates, cranberries, raisins, prunes, sesame seeds, quinoa, flax seed, sunflower seeds, figs, cashews, almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, grapeseed oils, walnut oil, sea salt, beet powder.
Q – What is the texture?
A – I liken it to a chewy fruit and nut bar. The ingredients are ground up. It is great to chew as you have soft, chewy and crunchy parts.
Q – Where is it made?
A – It is made right here in Australia!
Q – Have you lost any weight?
A – Yes! I was very surprised to lose as much as I did. I lost 7.2kgs in 4 weeks. It was surprising to try on a dress that fit me 4 weeks ago and is now too loose to wear!
Q – Why would you do this? Food is there to be enjoyed.
A – I agree that food should be delicious and enjoyed. I can tend to form too much of an emotional attachment to food and needed to break away from this pattern. Pulse helped me to retrain my thoughts around foods and allowed my body to experience four weeks of pure nourishment without any crap. It cleansed my system. I also enjoyed the Pulse!
Q – Why do this now?
A – I am currently single and living alone. My social calendar wasn’t too busy during the month so I knew I could fit this in without sacrificing dinners out or Christmas parties. I think it would’ve been a bigger challenge if I lived with people who constantly ate food around me 24/7.
Q – Have you cheated?
A – As mentioned above, yes I had a few handfuls of almonds on a few afternoons. But I did cheat one other time and I’ll be completely open and honest about it. On Friday of Week 3, a student in my class had a birthday and he brought in 26 cupcakes fresh from the bakery. At morning tea he handed them all out to his friends and one for me. Now, I was not going to say “No way mate, I’m on a Pulse Fast” to a 7 year old. So I said thank you and took it. I wasn’t going to eat it but before I knew it, it was in my mouth!!! What followed was not good. About 10 minutes later, I had extreme pains in my body where the cupcake was trying to be digested. I kept pushing on my stomach trying to relieve the pain and make it go down. My body was sending me a clear sign that this food was no longer welcome in my body. I do not regret eating the cupcake as I needed to go through this feeling to know why I shouldn’t ingest this kind of food in the future.
So what now?
The last few modules of my nutritional course have spoken about vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic diets. I want to experiment with these and see how my body responds. I am not going to go straight from eating only Pulse to eating only foods. For the next week, I’ll continue having Pulse for all meals except dinner where I’ll be eating a vegan meal. I’ll also have a green juice in the morning and afternoon as I’ve missed these! I’ve just planned out my week of food and have been grocery shopping and filled up my empty fridge. I want to be careful I don’t gorge myself on lots of meals a day (even though they’ll be healthy), as I believe this could see me gain back some weight I lost. I’ll phase Pulse out gradually until I can just eat it for snacks.
If you like the idea of Pulse and want to try it, I recommend the 3 day pulse fast or just introducing it into your diet as a snack. Remember I only ate one bag a day and that was it, so do not eat one bag a day just for snacks. It is too much! Pulse is very filling so you only need a few mouthfuls as a snack. The bags are resealable so you can keep it fresh for many days!
You can get more information and order Pulse through this link – Fortune Events
I’d just like to mention that I am not an affiliate for Don Tolman or any of his products. I’m promoting Pulse because it is an amazing product and has done wonders for my health in mind and body.
If you have any questions, please ask in the Comments section Thanks for reading!