I personally do not fast but many Indians fast regularly and there are different types of fasts.    I do not consume any cooked food after sun set and if I feel hungry I may just eat some fruits.  Mostly, I restrict myself to just two meals a day and may have some nuts / dry fruits for a snack in between meals.

Fasting is a very integral part of the Indian way of life and members of all the religions follow their own fasting rules and regulations.

For some time now, I have been contemplating fasting for a full 24 hours during one day every week and am much enthused with what I have just found here.

When I start, which I will after I consult my doctor the next time I visit him, I shall inform my readers about what happens.


Do you fast?

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25 Responses to Fasting.

  1. nick says:

    I don’t think I could ever fast, I would get too hungry. I need regular snacks to keep me going. Many years ago I tried the five-day brown-rice-only diet, but I had to give up after three days because I was virtually collapsing with hunger. But I await your own dietary experiment with interest.
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  2. Mike says:

    I’m with nick. When I was in my 20s, I could go with just one meal a day on occasion. Today, though, I generally eat three times a day. If I don’t eat enough prior to exercise or other physical activities, I may experience shakiness and other symptoms related to hypoglycemia. Losing weight and improving my physical fitness reduces the likelihood of occurrence. Fasting to lose weight would not be an option for me at this time.
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    • My son’s colleague Rahul, a young man of about thirty regularly works out in a gym and is very fit. He fasts one full 12 hour day a week and on another day of the week has only one meal.

  3. shackman says:

    The longest I have fasted is 8 days. It’s not something I do regularly any more but occasional fasting is a good thing for most people. Your rule about not eating after sunset is a good idea too.
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    • I am intrigued. Why did you do that?

      • shackman says:

        The first couple of days just to see if I’d feel any better/worse after “cleansing” my system. The rest of the time I ws just curious to see if I could. I only quit because I was going out for drinks ith afriend and Lynn suggested it mightbe a good idea to eat something first to ensure I could get home in one piece – LOL. She was practical that way.
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  4. tammy j says:

    i don’t fast for the simple reason of nausea! the meds i take for heart have to be taken with food. otherwise. whoa. woozy is the word.
    i think you have a very healthy way of eating already rummy.
    i too usually eat only two meals a day… and i don’t eat after 6 pm.
    period. it seems to be working just fine for me. and i don’t really have food cravings of any kind anymore. used to be SALT! but not so much now. and never had a real sweet tooth. so that’s a nice relief right there!
    i don’t gain nor do i lose. weird! has been that way for some time now.
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  5. Grannymar says:

    Since I never overeat, I see no reason to fast. My body tells me whether I need food or not. It will be interesting to hear what your doctor says and if he does agree, how long you will stick to the plan.
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    • No, with your constitution and figure, I don’t think that you need to fast for medical reasons. But people with similar conditions fast for religious reasons here.

  6. Linda P. says:

    I get enough criticism of my vegan way of eating to ever offer any comments about someone else’s choices. According to those “in the know,” I’ve caused my autoimmune illness by not began vegan enough (?), being too vegan (?), eating wheat, not balancing acid and bases, not eating enough fermented foods, not taking pineapple extract or including enough turmeric in my diet, or getting up on the right side of the bed . . . . Well, maybe I made up that last one, but I’ve been earnestly assured I’m causing my own illness (or failing to cure it) by the other choices. You’re a smart man. You’ll decide what’s right for you in consultation with your doctor.

    • Fasting is such a common phenomenon here that one does not find it necessary to talk about it or give advice unless someone specifically asks for it, say for medical reasons.

  7. Sammy says:

    Voluntarily go without food?? You’re kidding, right? (If you’re not, can I have the food you’re not eating?)

  8. I do better spacing food out during the day. I eat healthy food and don’t have a weight problem, so it seems to be working just fine. As usual, one size doesn’t fit all.
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  9. Delirious says:

    In our religion, we fast once a month. We then donate to the church the money that we would have spent for food. That money is used to help families in our congregation who are in need. But for me, the greatest aspect to fasting is the spiritual benefits. I feel like it gives my spirit power over my physical desires.
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  10. Cathy in NZ says:

    no, not intentionally although I do have periods where I don’t seem to need to eat much at all… and…other times I go with the flow. Works for me
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  11. Raj says:

    In years past, I used to skip meals running the rat race… now I am seriously contemplating fasting one night a month..just in the planning stages though.. I am also thinking of maintaining silence one night a month.. they say that is therapeutic also.
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    • I have just been told my doctor that till I am on my current course of treatment, I should not skip any meals. But silence is something that I am constrained to observe any way quite regularly as my son and daughter have very busy lives and I am often alone at home.

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