Have you ever fasted?
Have you ever done a fast, and if so, what type of fast and for how long? Also, in what way was the fast beneficial to you or not?
When I fast it is for prayer, and obedience to God. When I fast I do not eat or drink anything for 24 hours. Of course, when we are fasting we are not to say so.
Yes many times I have done fasting.
In Hindu religion we have many types of fasting. If we hold any type of Puja ( Prayer) at our home as per the rituals we need to be on fasting. This differs with different types of puja. In some Puja one is allowed to have milk, sweets, fruits etc. But is some puja one is not allowed to have anything except water. I have experience of being in both types of fasting.
Some times i used to be on fasting without any reason and just choose a day of the week for instance Tuesday every week and be on fasting.
There are also specific rules as per the puja to break the fasting. Before sunset one has to break fasting after offering the puja if thus is applicable, then with kind of boiled meal ( made with rice, little vegetable, lentils together) one breaks the fast. If the fast is for some specific puja then it has to be broken as per the specific rituals.
Then if someone dies in the family senior to one, then normally for 10/11 days whole family needs to be on fasting. That duration one can only have fruits, milk and in the evening one is allowed to have the meal as mentioned above with pure ghee.
The fast is beneficial at least for me. It shows us the way to control our senses. It also helps to cleanse the digestive system even with inner mental attitude. It mainly helps a lot to become calmer and controlled in over all approach about life. Thank you.
Fast for spiritual reasons once a week and have amazing health benefits as a side effect. Coming off the fast correctly is very important. If you start eating too much too fast you feel terrible.
I have fasted. I've been in Yemen during Ramadan, where you can't eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. I'm not Muslim, so for me, the only result of that was just being hungry and thirsty a lot. I do juice fasting, though, for 10 days at a time. I only drink vegetable/fruit juice and take no food. It helps me to lose weight quickly, and it's not too bad on the hunger and thirst.
I 'fast' for two days per week and eat what I want for the rest of the week. On fast days I drink plenty and eat around 500 calories in one meal, which is primarily made up of vegetables with just a little meat or fish. The 500 calories can be split into two meals if you so wish. It is part of the 5:2 eating plan. I have lost 4lbs in 3 weeks and feel good the day after the fast. I even find myself looking forward to fast days. Apparently it has other health benefits too such as stabilizing the blood sugar.
I am a Hindu and live in NZ. Currently I am fasting ..... going without salty food etc. I do drink water and milk and a fruit each day. In the afternoon after my prayers I eat normal vegetarian meal. Sometimes I do not feel like eating the meal at all. I will be doing this continuously for seven days.
I am doing this for spiritual and religious reasons and it does benefit me a lot. I feel light and not bloated and it keeps my mind off food too .... in a way helps me to shed off some extra pounds.
It is upto an individual how she/ he wants to fast and for how long..
Fasting is not necessarily a bad thing..sometimes when we have a cold, we don't want to eat..if we are having a blood test, we are asked to fast for 12 hours...if we are having a stress test..whether physical or chemically stimulated, we must fast. this method will allow for the results/readings to be more accurate....by our bodies going on occasional fasts, it is a type of cleansing for the body and is not harmful..but..water is a must so that the body/ muscles do not become dehydrated, which could cause cramping...Take into consideration before doing a fast that you are in good health.....and always ask your ...if you are on Rx medications...thus eliminating negative consequences....
I have done 3 days fasting. It helps to cleanse my body. I feel much better in terms of health.
Yes, I done fast every year for a month but within specific timings because I am a Muslim. "Rozah" which is called "Saum" in Arabic and known as "Fast" in English, means to restrain and keep silence. "Saum" as "patience" too which means "self-control, perseverance and determination". Thus Rozah (Fast) stands, according to Islaam, for guarding oneself against selfishness, sensual and carnal desires and protecting one's instinctive restraint and perseverance. Food, drink and sexual relation between man and woman play very important role in human life that usually destroy human values and merits if not checked. Regulating and keeping oneself away from such human needs for a certain period is Rozah (Fast).
Fasting is difficult at points during the day, but spiritually uplifting and renewing.
I normally fast because of my religious belief( Christianity), for 24 hour as a means of getting more spiritually in tune with God. However, its also cleanses the body of toxins, I usually only drink water.
Also you need to fast when you are about to do a surgery as the anesthesia when administered can cause food content in your stomach to gain entry to your windpipe, and because your gag reflex would be impaired at that moment it can lead to brain injury as a result of lock of oxygen
I don't do a regular fast when I do fast. Because of medical conditions and medications that bother my stomach, I still have to have some food to accompany them. A fast for me is to eat half a banana instead of a regular breakfast, and maybe a cheese stick the other times medication is needed. For me, one of the benefits of fasting is strengthening my self control. When I fast for religious reasons, the benefit is that I can concentrate more fully on what I'm studying and can take in the messages I'm getting from the scriptures or other reading materials and it strengthens my understanding.
I have for a few days, just to let my body and organs clean out. I have had light snacks or fruit during that time. Overall i feel better for doing this. I find it helpful to be more in touch with the spiritual side of life.
I have done a fast. But long time back... Thank you for asking this question. You are like a messenger of God to me . God bless you dear sister in Christ...I am now challenged to give more time for God. well I used to do it half day, and I believe to do something great it is important to come to God with fasting and prayer.
I have tried fasting for a week last year. The reason behind it was that I was constipated like I only defecate for 2 or 3 times a week which made me uncomfortable that I felt being sick. So, I did some research about how to fast without putting yourself at risk of developing gastric ulceration. Good thing, I was able to find an answer immediately and this is the "master cleanse". But before I followed it, I read various testimonies that it was really effective and not dangerous. So, there I was convinced and I tried. It was really a magic for me because after that, I can then defecate everyday which makes me feel clean and brand new.
By the way, here's the ingredients:
1/2 slice of lemon + 1 glass of water+a pinch of cayenne pepper+ honey or pure maple syrup.
In the morning, after arising, you also drink 1l of water+ 1 spoon of rock salt. This serves as a laxative since you aren't eating anything thereby your bowel have nothing to digest. The effect of this is immediate though and you'll be passing out more liquid.
Also, I did some variations of this fast too..instead of having it pure, I consume fresh juice (in a sense that I was the one whk juiced the fruits). That's it. I hope this was helpful.
Hi Tephs, this was very helpful and thank you for sharing your fasting ingredients and how it worked so well for you. I appreciate the informative answer. Thanks so much!
You are very welcome. I'm glad you find it helpful.
We fast from meats at least once a week to help our body digest well. I personally fast from certain activities or foods in order to focus on prayer and meditation. It helps to gain spiritual awareness and builds faith.
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