types of fasts & how to stay safe while fasting
TYPES OF FASTS
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. We highly discourage people from doing this fast unless they are experienced in the area of fasting and have a physicians approval.
FASTING WHILE NURSING OR PREGNANT
We don’t recommend strict fasting while pregnant or nursing.
Here are some options to consider with the approval of your physician:
- A modified Daniel fast including whole grains, legumes, whey protein, calcium, and iron supplements.
- Fasting sweets and desserts.
- Fasting red meat.
- Fasting certain diversions (television shows, movies, social media—such as Facebook/Twitter, video games, etc.)
- If you are a pregnant or nursing mother, your priority is the health and the development of the baby God entrusted you with. Please consult your doctor.
FASTING AND EATING DISORDERS
If you have struggled with an eating disorder, this situation is a battle of the mind you can win through Christ (Philippians 4:13).
Remember, fasting is a tool used to get closer to God and it should keep us from being preoccupied with food.
If giving up food is a stumbling block to you, consider the fasting of television, reading (other than the Bible, of course), social media, or shopping. Click here to read about other forms of fasting.
Remember that you are covered by God’s grace. God will show you what to do. His “yoke is easy” and His “burden is light” (Matt 11:30). His way will bring rest to your soul.