How to Fast
- Your Personal Guide to Fasting and Prayer
- Why You Should Fast
- How to Fast Safely
- How Long and What Type of Fast Is Right for You
- How to Prepare Yourself Spiritually and Physically
- How to Manage Your Schedule While Fasting
- Dealing With the Responses of Friends and Loved Ones
- How to Make Your Spiritual Experience the Best it Can Be
- How to Maintain Nutritional Balance and Health from Beginning to End
- What Physical Effects to Expect
- How to Finish Your Fast in a Healthy Way
As you begin your fast, you may hear from concerned loved ones and friends who urge you to protect your health. And they are right – you should protect your health. But I assure you, if done properly, fasting will not only prove to be a spiritual blessing but a physical blessing as well.
By all means, consult your doctor before you begin your fast. But be aware that many doctors have not been trained in this area and so their understanding may be limited. Even so, it would be wise to ask your doctor for a physical exam to make sure you are in good health. You may have a physical problem that would make fasting unwise or dangerous. Also, if you are taking any type of medication, make sure to talk to your doctor before changing your regimen. Prudence and caution are in order.
When you are assured that you are in good health, you are ready to begin your fast. Follow the guidelines in the Physical Preparations and Maintaining Nutritional Balance and Health parts of this website.
In spite of the safety and benefits of fasting, there are certain persons who should NEVER fast without professional supervision. For example:
Persons who are physically underweight or emaciated.
Persons who are prone to anorexia, bulimia or other behavioral disorders.
Those who suffer weakness or anemia.
Persons who have tumors, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood diseases or who have heart disease.
Those who suffer chronic problems with kidneys, liver, lungs, heart or other vital organs.
Individuals who take insulin for diabetes or suffer any other blood sugar problem such as hyperglycemia.
Women who are pregnant or nursing.