One of the biggest CHALLENGES I can ever take up is FASTING. That’s because I *love* (tasty) food *so* much that I just can’t be without eating something, usually every couple of hours 😀 Alas, as we know, even *amruth* is bad for health if taken in excessive quantities, and so is food (*especially* junk food/snacks). So, I have decided to take up a fasting challenge 🙂
Two events prompted me to look at fasting more seriously – During February 2012, I got viral fever that lasted for a few days. During that period, as with any other illness, I was not able to eat much – During such times, the body doesn’t want you to eat! One year later, during February 2013, I didn’t get viral fever but I was just not able to eat beyond 1 idly (approx) per meal, for 4-5 days. There was no illness/tiredness, but the body wouldn’t just let me to eat. I was able to continue with all my routine activities, though!
These two events inspired me to look at fasting regularly, even if only for a small duration every week. I mean, why wait until the body forces it on me?
Fasting can be good for health. Especially for people like me who eat food, junk food, snacks and every other tasty food imaginable, at regular intervals! Our digestive system requires some rest or break from normal activity so that it can carry on health-enhancing activities like eliminating toxins that are stored up along with fat, etc. It seems, they already do this continuously but since we keep eating, the bulk of their capacity goes up in digesting what we eat!
Also, fasting is ingrained into many religious practices. I know that both Hindus and Muslims go on a fast during certain days. Obviously it has been observed not only for religious purpose, but also for healthy living. One book that I read on Naturopathy advocates fasting for curing various diseases, but this is advanced level of fasting.
As a part of this fasting challenge, what I have decided to do is – I am going to eat nothing for 3/4-th of a day (from 3:00 PM on Sunday to 9:00 AM on Monday), every week. Of course, I have to drink enough water during this period.
After a few weeks of doing the above mentioned activity every week (successfully), and when body is more used to this process, I will gradually stop eating heavy foods (rice, wheat, cooked vegetables, etc) on Sunday, for the entire day. I will substitute meals with fresh fruit juices, raw vegetable salads, milk-shakes and other easily digestible foods. I am not sure if I can keep up with the first challenge, let alone this more difficult second one 😛
It seems, fasting needs to go beyond one day for the body to detoxify itself more effectively, but for me such a long duration of fasting is (currently at least) a *Utopian dream*! If I am able to achieve the above two levels, I will be more than just glad. If possible, I can take it beyond but that will take many weeks (MOSTLY, it will NEVER happen!!).
There is one more reason why I am doing this – You know what is the best way to achieve happiness from one particular method? STAY AWAY FROM IT (for a short while) And THEN INDULGE IN IT with *all your heart*!! So, if I stay away from food for a short time and then eat my favorite foods, the enjoyment will only *INCREASE* 😉 😉
Have you done fasting, sometime? Will you do it in the future, anytime? What’s your suggestion for effective fasting? And ya, WISH ME LUCK 😛