Have you tried fasting for health?
By Lynn Fowler
March 12, 2018 11:08pm CST
Fasting has been part of the human experience for thousands of years, but mostly for religious or spiritual purposes. Of course, there have also been plenty of times when people didn't have a choice - there was simply no food available. For a long time there have also been people who recommended and practiced fasting for health reasons, but mainstream medicine has largely looked at them as the lunatic fringe. Today, however, a growing number of cutting-edge researchers are looking at fasting in a whole new light, and are beginning to recommend everything from time-restricted eating (limiting eating to 6-8 hrs per 24) to intermittent fasting (going without food totally 1 or 2 days a week) to longer fasts of 5 days or more as an amazing aid to health. Some are even seeing fasting as a possible "silver bullet" for cancer. I personally stumbled upon time-restricted eating some 25 years ago. I hadn't read about it - there wasn't anything around in those days - I simply found that my body liked it better if I only ate 2 meals a day (in those days it was breakfast and dinner.) Over the years I slipped away from it, allowing myself to be distracted by the "3 meals a day" propaganda. Now I have returned to a program of time-restricted eating and intermittent fasting, and feel much better for it. What about you? Have you tried any form of fasting for health? What has been your experience?
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My church operates lifestyle centers around the world. I did training through them. When we treat sick people (only using natural remedies) we out our guests on a diet of only two meals per day. I extreme cases they only drink juices made from raw fruits and vegetables for the first 3 days. Normally we put them on a raw food diet for the first three days. Other than that, they eat two meals s day, one at 9 and one at 3. This gives the body more time to focus on healing. Digguestion taxes the body.
• Manila, Philippines
I think this is the intermittent diet, where you do fasting particularly during dinner time. I do this fasting only for dinner at least 2-3 times. I do not eat a lot as I get full easily. So I eat breakfast and/or lunch with fruits, veggies and other food. I do not eat rice too. When I feel that I am not hungry during dinner, which is 6-8 hours after lunch, I do not eat anymore. For me it helps.