One ‘FAST’ Way To Reset Your Health – Fasting

| January 30, 2013

By Kurt and Rene Nall – When we hear the word “fast”, most of us probably envision starvation and think of it as a way to lose weight. But there are a variety of reasons to fast and also different ways to do it.
WHY FAST?
One reason to fast for some of us might be spiritual, and in fact the origins of fasting for thousands of years were from spiritual traditions – as part of almost all Jewish, Christian, Eastern, Native, and other belief systems. A fast for spiritual reasons is usually not just fasting from food but fasting from worldly distractions such as television, so that the focus is on spiritual practices such as meditation, reading the Bible, or simple gratitude.

Other reasons include using a fast to break old habits, make lifestyle changes (particularly diet choices), clean out and detoxify the body, restore digestive health, or start a food log to isolate food allergies. Weight loss may also be a reason, but any weight lost in a fast is only temporary unless it is followed by a change in diet and lifestyle. There is no one best reason to fast for most of us, but usually a combination of reasons is what brings us to the point of being ready to undertake a fast. A fast should not be started without proper preparations which include deciding how to fast, choosing what kind of fast, and getting education and support. Anyone with health concerns should also consult a healthcare professional.

HOW TO FAST
The first step is to learn about the different types of fasts, which include some of the following examples:

  • Water only fasts – should only be short fasts since they restrict both calorie and nutrition intake while shutting down the digestive system.
  • “Lemonade”, broth, or herbal tea fasts – these can be almost as harsh as water only fasts (little nutritional value) but they may also shut down and help detoxify the digestive system.
  • Juice fast – while still very calorie restricted, may also be very detoxifying and allow the digestive system some rest, and the nutrition and antioxidants in juices may be very helpful.
  • “Smoothie” fast (semi-fast) – very nutritious and less calorie restrictive, and more easily digested than food but the digestive system still has to work to digest the nutrients. This is a good way to begin and break a real fast.
  • Raw foods fast (semi-fast) –a good way to cleanse while still eating. Although not as effective a a true fast, this can be very beneficial due to all the enzymes, healthy bacteria, antioxidants, and other nutrients normally destroyed or reduced by the heat of cooking.

The next step is to decide how to proceed – either on your own, with a friend or group of friends, or as part of a guided fast. The support and interaction with like-minded friends can be the best part of the experience, and a well-designed guided fast can take it to the next level by providing fasting supplies (or kits), wellness education, structured support, and even meditation, spiritual counseling, yoga, massage, foot baths, or other activities.

Life Reset Button: We want to hear your thoughts about the idea of fasting. Have you done? Want to but afraid? Leave your comments below and we’ll find out together.

Kurt and Rene Nall own Appleseed Health
Foods, a community resource for wellness education including the Guided Juice Fast, Raw Foods classes, the Culture(d) Club, and other events. Appleseed has been family-owned and operated in Rockledge, Florida since 1992.payday loans Visit the online store at www.appleseedhealth.com.

 

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