The “Fast” Life: Healthy Ways to Fast When Your Religion Requires Fasting

Various religion require fasts in general or in relation to certain holidays.  Everyone doesn’t seem to know about how to do this safely.   Fasting isn’t about comfortable but it also isn’t meant to be done at the expense of your health.  Here are some tips.  Although, not always done consulting with a doctor is wise especially as we get older our body changes and may require different approaches to fasting. Belief.net shares, –Fasting is way more than just going without food and drink (that’s called a crashdiet). At its best, it is aspiritual and physical cleansing and a declaration of independence from the shackles of earthly life. If you want to embark on a spiritual fast, you need mental readiness to forgo the normal things that define your life. Begin by thinking about the fast before it actually happens, why you are doing it, and what you want to achieve. Then you can be ready on Day One.

Judaism

  • Yom Kippur-One of the primary and best-known observances of Yom Kippur is fasting. The purpose of fasting is to “afflict your soul,” a means of repenting. For some people, fasting is easy; for others, it is more difficult.  READ MORE

Christianity

Fasting is a common practice in Christianity. When Jesus was talking with His disciples He taught them about fasting. It was expected that His disciples would fast (Matthew 6:16-18). Here are some tips for fasting.
Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-fasting-tips-a-christian-guide/#ixzz27XmYyWa8

Islam

  • Ramadan Tips– The fasting month is also about spiritual cleansing and introspection, a time to re-energize the God connection. And it’s a reminder of the plight of the poor–which hopefully pushes Muslims to do more charitable work.
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