Preparing for an Extended Fast


We are providing you with the following tips to help you prepare for an extended fast. We pray this information will be beneficial to our readers.

  1. Wean the Sweets: Cut down on caffeine, salt, sugar etc. If you cut them off all of a sudden, expect to experience headaches, stomach-ache and a general feeling of discomfort.
  2. Eat Less, Not More: A few days before your fast, begin to eat smaller meals. Resist the temptation to eat a big “last supper” the night before the fast. Cutting down your meals a few days before signals your mind, stomach, and appetite for the fast.
  3. Become a Herbivore: Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water. You’ll also want to avoid fried foods and fast food in the few days prior to your fast.
  4. Rest: Sleep is essential to regaining your strength. Without your usual food intake, your body is not functioning at maximum. As such, you need as much rest as you can get, and sleep is one way to do that.
  5. Exercise Later: Remember, as you fast, you may experience weakness and lightheadedness, so physical exercise is not ideal at this time. Give your attention to spiritual exercise: prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, praise, worship, etc.
  6. Protect Your Fast: Matthew 6:16-18 “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” Your fast is between you and God, so, there is no need to broadcast it before the world.
  7. Direct Your Fast: Write down the reasons you are fasting and memorize them. You will need to have a clear goal in mind in order to be successful. Know why you are fasting.
  8. Focus: You will want to avoid your daily distractions. This may include: TV, internet, talking on the phone, etc. A fast should be very focused – specifically focused on spiritual things and the things that pertain to God.
  9. Plan Ahead: Write down a list of activities for you to do during your fast. Also, you will want to avoid temptation. If you are completely sustaining from food and drink, it is not a good idea to attend the company’s holiday party or family gathering.
  10. Break Your Fast Gradually: At the end of your fast, do not fall into the temptation of jumping right into the thick of things. Do not eat everything that you can get your hands on. Instead, break your fast as slowly as you can. Eat soft food at first and stick to more liquids. Work your way to your normal consumption gradually.

All information gathered from the following websites:
http://www.ehow.com/how_12684_prepare-body-fast.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/3214-facts-preparing-body-fast/
http://newchurchspecialties.org/media/public_documents/04_29_09_Spiritually_Preparing_to_Fast.pdf
http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/mind/how-to-prepare-yourself-for-a-fast

 

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