Yes, this is going to be a food-less post (sorry fellow food bloggers and foodies!).
Around midday yesterday, all of a sudden I felt like I got hit by a bus. While I felt fine when I woke up, by the end of the day I was exhausted, stuffed up, and feeling really sick. I’m wondering if I got the flu…Eeek! At my yoga teacher’s training, we learned that whenever the average person gets an onset of symptoms associated with sickness, they should fast. So that is what I’m doing today: Fasting.
For those who may be unfamiliar with exactly what fasting is, let’s answer this question: What is fasting?….Fasting means abstaining from food for a specific period of time. A pure fast consists of limiting fluid consumption to solely water and/or tea, but there are also juice fasts which include fluid consumption of juice throughout the fasting period.
I wanted to look a little further into the claim that fasting is beneficial while sick and make sure it was the best choice for me. This is what I’ve found:
-All animals except the modern man fast when sick.
-Fasting is considered to be a cleansing process.
-Fasting allows the body to put the energy it would normally use for digestion into healing itself. When we are constantly consuming food, our body has to focus much of its energy on digesting that food. By limiting our intake of food for short periods of time, our body can solely focus on healing and recovery.
-Nature tells us to fast. Often when we get sick, we lose our appetites. Fasting is a natural process that helps to speed up recuperation.
-Many people state that they have a clearer mental state and higher energy levels after completing a fast. (I hope this will help to get my energy levels up!)
-Fasting has been used as a healing method for thousands of years. It is also practiced by a variety of religions. Hindus are known for regularly fasting. In the bible, fasting is mention 74 times. It’s recorded that Jesus and Buddha both frequently fasted.
-Fasting is not for everyone. Those who are advised against fasting include people with the following conditions: Extreme weakness or debilitation, severe anemia, nutritional deficiencies, weakened kidney or liver function, AIDS, cancer, and/or pregnancy.
If all fails, fasting will at least build my self discipline. Fasting while being sick is a lot easier than when I’ve underwent fasts while healthy, such as at yoga teacher’s training. Since I’m not super hungry, my mind isn’t 24/7 thinking about food, but I could definitely still go for a bowl of soup or a piece of fruit!