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Do any of you have any experience with fasting? I have been thinking about fasting for a while now. I want to start off small and just fast for 2 or 3 days and see where it takes me. I heard they were good for cleansing out your body of toxic things (i.e.chemically proccessed foods) and plan on starting this week.I was just wondering if any of you have done this?If so, what were some of the effects of it-bad or good?

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msp--be careful!!

i've never fasted, but i have detoxed. 6 or 7 years ago i purchased lose herbs from a very well known herb shop here in seattle. following the instruction of the herbologist, i steeped the herbs and drank the "tea" twice a day for 3 days. i almost ended up in the hospital because i had over-cleansed my system.

here is something i found online on fasting:

The idea that fasting can cleanse your body of toxins is thousands of years old. Current-day detoxifiers rarely advocate a true fast (no food or liquid) for any length of time because it can quickly become life-threatening. Most recommend a water or juice fast, or a modified food fast including only some fruits, vegetables, juices, and teas. Some, like the detoxification guru Elson M. Haas, MD, author of the book Detox Diet: A How-To Guide for Cleansing the Body of Toxic Substances, recommend drinking 8-12 glasses a day of a concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice, and water for the duration of the fast.

Fasts can last anywhere from a few days to weeks. Detox proponents, including Haas, often advocate one or more weeks, though medical professionals say that long-term fasting (more than a few days) can be dangerous because that's when the body begins, essentially, to "eat itself." Zealots have even suggested that short-term fasting is safe for those with kidney failure, liver disease, pregnant/nursing women, and even infants.

Proponents claim that fasting allows the body, especially the liver, to "rest," shifting its emphasis from dealing with daily toxic intake to cleaning up past toxic "stores" that will eventually cause illness. Unfortunately, the body doesn't know the difference between "fasting" and "starving." The body is never at rest during a fast, but works feverishly to prevent starvation and death. The liver is especially taxed during a fast, converting fat into energy for the body to use. And during a lengthy fast, the liver is working overtime dealing with dangerous by-products from muscle and tissue breakdown as the body searches for protein stores.

According to Haas, fasting also "increases the process of elimination and the release of toxins from the colon, kidneys and bladder, lungs and sinuses, and skin." This toxic download is supposed to be so powerful that it can cure and prevent illness as well as forestall the aging process. Some medical conditions that might signal the need for a detoxifying fast, according to Haas and others, are frequent headaches, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and mental illness. Ironically, fasting actually can exacerbate or cause these health problems. Fasting often results in headaches or depression; cardiac problems can arise; and glucose regulation for the diabetic will be difficult or impossible and perhaps even life-threatening.

i definately wouldn't say im against it, but just be careful doing it if you choose to. Smile

Here's my story. I had maintained the same weight for at least ten years or so. I was always very active and fit, but wanted to try it out just to see if I could do it and also for the mental and physical effects. I fasted only for a day or two, and within a couple of weeks I gained 10 pounds which I've kept on since. I guess my body was in a healthy equilibrium, which fasting interrupted. My body is now much more sensitive to what I eat and likely to add on weight if I don't watch what I eat.

Oh well. brofrown

There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Mandela
I fast occasionally, to detoxify my body, and to give my digestive system a rest. I practice a 3 to 5 day and night no food and no drink fast. This is an extensive fast that requires preparation along with professional advice. I prepare with a prefast by not eating from midnight until 3:00 or 5:00 pm the next day for a week. Or I may not eat nor drink from breakfast until noon for a week. During the prefast I drink only water and eat soup, vegetables, and fruits. No heavy meals.

The first day of the fast is always the hardest. Day two is not as bad because your body is adjusting. Day three you began to get weak, but your appetite is slower. For me, it is easier to fast during the fall or winter months. And over the weekend or during vacation that way I have time to exercise and rest. Honestly you may not feel like exercising depending upon the type fast you practice. You can fast longer days if you drink mineral water or drink raw juices. Lastly, when you come off a fast never eat heavy foods immediately. Rather, the day you break the fast eat soup and drink lots of water.

Nykkii provided some good info. You should also research the various types of fast. I too suggest caution and moderation.

I have been fasting sparingly for years. Although I do not fast to lose weight when I first started fasting I got skinner. Yep, after a good internal cleansing, I was looking anorexic. At that time however, it was easier to lose than to gain weigh. Some models fast to lose a few pounds for a photo shoot, as it is a quick way to shed pounds if you are already slim and not overweigh. But fasting to lose weigh is not healthy in the long run. Nor will everybody have the same amount of weigh lost. It depends upon the structure of you body and metabolism. Fasting is more effective for cleansing.

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Yes, my first fast -at age 14 was a spiritual fast. I didn't last...My pastor, at the time, put the church on a 3 day and night consecration fast.

A spiritual fast brings the flesh under subjection, and your spirit close to God (if you believe).

I once heard a minister say, (paraphrasing) "if you cannot control what you put into your body you will not control what you do with and to your body." Fasting is basically about discipline. I have experienced spiritual rejuvenation and had my prayers answered after a spiritual fast.

It depends on why you want to fast, I think.

I fast every year, usually more than once, but they are different types for the different seasons. One's coming up really soon, now, as a matter of fact.

I like to observe the Rogation Days, which happen around the turn of every season. They are a Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in the week of the season's start. Since they are so common, I don't do a "big" fast, just a little one in which I spend my eating time in prayer during the day except for Saturday, when I don't eat for the whole 24-hour period. Evenings are free, mostly, but I keep away from any sugared items at all. There's no reason for that last bit, it's just my own decision.

But once a year I take four or five days and go on an extended fast. For the first three days it's nothing by mouth, not even water. Then for he last day or two I drink water--the purpose is fasting and meditation, not self-sacrifice. And I pray and read the Bible a lot.

The first day or two seems to be some kind of recovery time for me, for I get really sleepy whenever I sit. So I just let it happen as it happens. If I sleep, I sleep. But then I recover mental and spiritual energy and spend a long time in prayer, reading, and meditation. Adn in learning how to meditate better. The mind wanders without discipline. The body goes into ketosis (fat metabolism that creates ketones as a by-product) during this time--my mouth tastes really foul along about the third day, so I brush my teeth more than twice a day for the last two days.

But that's part of the gain I receive from fasting. Discipline is so hard to achieve that it takes some really intense exercizing to get it. I learn more about God, I see things in the Bible that I didn't see before, I learn a lot about how messy my life is without the discipline that God wants me to have in it, and I learn that I am a pretty weak fellow, slow and dull too often, missing too many of the beautiful things that God has created in his world--including in his people.

Probably that's the greatest gift that I get from fasting. I learn a lot about myself, my demands, and what I usually think are my needs but are just really strong, selfish wants.

Fasting has helped me to become more patient with people (not "patient," but "more patient." I still have a long way to go), because I learn that I am full of the same noises and incessant desires that everybody else is. Break my routine of eating, and I become very self-centered. Fasting helps me to break that hold of my self over myself.

And like everything else that has to do with God, he always surprises me by the things he gives when we set out to oney him. They're always better than what I thought I wanted.
Originally posted by Melesi:

But once a year I take four or five days and go on an extended fast. For the first three days it's nothing by mouth, not even water.

WOW!! Eek

There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life
that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Mandela

That's why it only happens once a year.

Actually, it's not that big a deal if you have the want-to, I guess. I'm not all that strong, but by doing this I find where my strength lies.

It's not fun. I do get thirsty, and since there is no distraction from it, it becomes hard at times. But the feeling passes, as all feelings do, and the goal remains.

And to be able to control your own desires in order to achieve a larger and greater goal than yourself, opens possibilities and abilities I didn't know existed before.

are you under medical supervision when you do these fasts? do you discuss them and the effects to your body with a physician?


It depends on why you want to fast, I think.

i'm not sure the "reasons" for fasting answer the danger to your body fasting incorrectly can cause.


Thank you forasking about that.

But no, I'm not under any medical supervision when I do that. It has been done for so many centuries that the record of our ability to withstand well a time like that is quite clear, not to mention reassuring.

No, I've done this for years without any ill effects. Since I'm rather healthy--some people have medical conditions that would preclude them from fasting like that and for whom it definitely would be dangerous--it has done me no harm.

Not that I would recommend anyone doing this the first time. There are many different kinds of fasts, from the traditional "Lenten" fast where someone just gives up their Snickers to one-meal-a-day fasts to bread-and-water-only fasts to total fasts, and there are plenty of different ones in between. In general, the stricter the fast the shorter it should be. In the Rogation Days I'm not nearly so strict. Once a year I do it fairly intently. But so far nothing but good has come out of it.

It was kind of you to ask, though.

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