Tuesday, March 27, 2012

fasting...

fastingan abstinence from food, or a limiting of one's food, especially when voluntary and as a religious observance.

So, I've been getting some flak (is that the right word?) about fasting. 

I've been trying it on for size...and maybe to help reduce my size (ha!)...for the past month. 

I only fast for 24hrs once a week...usually from Saturday dinner to Sunday dinner. It's really not all that difficult to do..and I feel good about it. 

However, I've been seeing the "eye rolls," and hearing the "sighs" and getting those questions like "is that healthy?" and "is that necessary?" u.g.h.

I really don't want to get into a BIG discussion over the hows and whys of it all with anyone. 

I chose this for myself. No one else has to do it. I am certainly not going to judge you if you don't fast. So please don't judge me.  


Fasting has been in practice for centuries. For religious reasons, as well as all the health benefits one gets from it. 

Here are just a few: 
  • your digestive system and pancreas get a much needed rest
  • your body starts to conserve and use energy more efficiently, which may extend your lifespan
  • lower blood pressure
  • improved immune system
  • lower cholesterol
  • calories burned during fasting are mainly from fat storage
If that isn't enough to at least get your interest up, I don't know what to say!

Here are some articles I found interesting to get you started. If you'd like to delve deeper into fasting for yourself...well, you're on your own!

6 comments:

  1. HA! Love you! Our bodies are designed for feast or famine for survival. Americans have gotten a little too heavy on the feast! And it shows with the obesity rate growing in all ages including our children. God rested on the seventh day..........let your body rest a day as well from all of the work necessary to keep digestion going. You will feel better in the end......and your body can handle it and will work more effiiently because of it. I say good for you and feel good about a decision you made for better health!
    Jodi ;)

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    1. thank you Jodi! you are such an encouragement to me!

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  2. Well PFFT to the nay-sayers! Don't let them get you down, Mare!

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  3. I think you should do whatever you feel led to do! Can't please everyone, you know that! Love you Mare! :)

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    1. Sherry, you always know what to say! love you too :)

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