Some Points to Remember When Fasting
Fasting is one of the most popular and effective methods of spiritual as well as physical cleansing and healing. However, since most of us do not fast generally until the whim or fancy takes us, we are more or less clueless about the whole process. We find that it is tough to plan a fast and we also get worried when faced with the normal symptoms of fasting .There are a few points that we can keep in mind while fasting or when planning our fast that will help us in becoming better fasters. So whether you want to fast for God or for health reasons, given below are some points that will make your fast easier and better:
Fasting is undertaken for different time periods. Firstly, you should know what kind of fasting you plan to undertake. Is it health fasting or Biblical fasting? Based on this and the benefits of fasting that you want to derive, you can chose the kind of fast that you want to keep. Will you do absolute fasting or juice fasting? Normal fasting or liquid fasting? Once this is decided, you can easily determine the number of days that you plan to fast for—will it be for a single day or three days, or will it be a 21 day fast or a 40 day fast? Do not be over ambitious and decide on a duration that you think will be comfortable for both you and your body. Consult books on fasting or fasting experts.
- Remember that when it comes down to the brass tacks, then we are not fasting for God, for our health clinic consultant or our doctor. We generally fast only when we want something for ourselves, whether it is wanting God to listen to our prayers or wanting to lose weight. So be patient when faced with problems during fasting. We are always more patient with ourselves than we are with others, and the thought that you are finally serving yourself through fasting will definitely give you strength in times of difficulty during fasting.
When you undertake any kind of prolonged fast, then it is normal to crave food and drinks for the first couple of days. After this, once the body gets into fasting mode, you start feeling weak, hungry and spiritless. However, once your body is used to the fast, you will start feeling stronger and the body will no longer desire food. Getting through the difficult part of the fast is tough, but worthwhile.
- Nausea, hypoglycemia, headaches, stomach aches, mild fever and sleeplessness are some of the side effects of fasting. However, these are present only during the initial days and will gradually fade as your body adjusts to fasting. Do not panic when they happen to you and do not take medication for them, unless the condition is very serious.