Who here fasts?
• Adelaide, Australia
19 May 11
I do! Do you? It's supposed to be much easier for those on more of a plant based diet. I'm not sure I could adequately describe all of the merits of fasting. I normally only do it when either myself or my wife has a gut disease of sorts, which is not often. If fasting doesn't fix it, it makes it much more bearable for the duration. The number one benefit, health benefits aside for a moment, is the financial savings over a visit to the doctor's, conventional medicine, time off work, paying for a doctor's certificate for time off work... it all adds up! An elderly doctor with a very British accent advised me on this course of action many years ago. I've proven him correct many times over. I'm assuming by fasting, you mean eating & drinking absolutely nothing at all? I've done this for usually no more than a day, but have gone up to four days once like this. I've felt fine both before & after. You might look at my photo & think, goodness - he doesn't need to fast, but it's my understanding that in ancient times, this was a common practice for everyone to do. Even looking into different religions, the Hare Krishna's today practice fasting as part of their program & I think Muslims do so as well. From all appearances it seems to be a normal & healthy way of living to rest our body's organs occasionally. Good topic.
• Adelaide, Australia
20 May 11
Yes, sorry. That explains why you posted it under religion, not health. Do you mean established religions or can that include spiritual practice? Are you thinking of taking up fasting for religious reasons? Or did you already fast for those reasons, for example, Lent? People I know have tried it experimentally to see if it enhanced their experiences whilst practicing spiritually. They did not gain anything positive or worthwhile from fasting, but neither did they lose anything nor have any negative experiences as a result. Not to say that "nothing happened", but there was nothing either way worthwhile reporting. It does make one feel hotter when resting though, for no apparent reason. I've also experienced this, but it is neither a bad nor good thing for me. Hope this helps.
20 May 11
Well, depends what you mean by 'spirituality' so often this is a phrase that means little more than do as you please and be self-indulgent whilst massaging the ego. I fast but when I am moved so to do, rather than for lent. I think there is much to be gained but perhaps doing it for the right reasons and understanding what you are doing are necessary. all the best urban
• United States
20 May 11
The only time I fast is for Yom Kippur...The purpose of this fast is to put away all earthly ties and thoughts and to concentrate on the inner being. There is a lot more to this day that is tied into the fasting, but you specifically ask about the fasting.
31 May 11
i do fast at times to commune to the Lord. most biblical characters in the old testament fast to be closer to God. I usually do it on a sabbath day, the day our Lord told us to use as a day of worship. anyways, most people go fasting and give their hearts fully to pray, ask for forgiveness/ repentance, salvation, etc. people in the bible, most religious people do fast. Christ himself as a man fasted for 40 days in preparation for satan's temptation. the Lord would appreciate a person who fast because he surrenders himself to the Lord and even grants you what you desire and prayed for. im really encouraging people to fast in order to be closer to God.
11 Jul 11
Hello I used to fast one time on Mondays, this means i wont take any food the entire day, only at night i took a glass of milk, to which sugar was added, i drank sufficient water whenever i needed But after i had neuropathy problems due to diebetes, i have discontinued it We have some hindu festivals like 'Bhim Ekadasi', i do fast that day, it falls during summer lol Thanks for sharing God bless you, have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘@Bhuwan@’. .
• Jacksonville, Florida
18 Jun 11
When I was younger I went to a church that believed in doing this for one day. Due to health reasons I couldn't do it (I have seizures if I don't eat enough) so the church told me that God didn't appreciate the fact that I wouldn't fast. Unfortunately I won't ever be able to do it and I hope God isn't mad at me for it. =(