The practice of fasting has been around for literally hundreds of years as a spiritual practice in most of the world’s major religions. The spiritual practice of fasting is deeply personal and an opportunity to bring communities together in their faith. Our focus today will be choosing to fast for purely health reasons.
You may have heard of intermittent fasting or the idea that you refrain from food for a certain amount of time and then have a window of time to eat your meals. You can practice this fast every day or have one day a week or a month where you participate in a longer fast. Fasting has been shown to have positive effects for certain populations with diagnosed medical conditions as well as for weight loss for some individuals. I would recommend that you talk to a certified nutritionist or a registered dietitian before starting a fasting program.
Two important things to keep in mind are your internal and external environments. Internally, you want to be aware of how your body is responding to your change in timing of your eating habits. Don’t try to change your eating content AND your timing at the same time. It’s usually best to start with smaller steps, maintain consistency, and then try to add in more changes like fasting...
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