I love food. Food is good and it’s good for you. It provides the nutrients and energy we need to exist. A juicy piece of chicken with a side of veggies is a great choice when one needs a meal to motivate them to finish a task. And, a nice omelet with OJ is a nice motivator to start…as in get your day going, right?

You get my point. We eat out of necessity, or feeling like our body is telling us we need food. But, does your body ever tell you that you need a break? Do we give our bodies an adequate amount of time to process what’s already in our gut before we pile on more of the unhealthy things we eat? Most of us eat 3 healthy meals per day and some people eat more. I, personally, try to eat 5 small meals per day. That’s a lot of chewing and sometimes my gut needs a break, in my opinion.

Think about this. Have you ever eaten food and by the time you finished you asked yourself why did you eat so fast? Or, do you ever stop to ask yourself if you’re eating because you’re hungry, or if you’re just bored? Many of us eat mindlessly, which leads to overeating. When we appreciate our food for its purpose, we eat intuitively and with intention to feel satisfied but not overindulged. 

I’ve come to really appreciate fasting and what I’ve realized is that it’s not just about depriving myself of food. It’s really more spiritual. When I fast my appreciation for life is heightened. I think about people who don’t know where their next meal will come from. I feel more creative and innovative. Fasting makes me more aware of my gifts…faith, wisdom, fear of the Lord. 

Fasting can offer these benefits if and only if it’s done purposefully. You can’t benefit from it spiritually when it feels like a chore. Then, of course, there are the physical benefits. It is known to improve health in many ways and it gives the gut time to cleanse itself. 

I am often asked how I am able to do it because most people would never consider a 24 hour fast. My answer is always focus. It is very easy to complete a successful fast when there are few distractions. It also helps to have a plan. Within 24 hours, a person will probably sleep 7-8 of those hours which leaves 16-17 hours of distraction. I find that being still and not moving around much helps as I am not burning many calories. I also create a list of things to do that help me keep my mind off of food. I do drink water, black coffee, and turmeric teas during my fasts. 

Are you ready to challenge your mind and body in this way? If so, join me for my next weekly fast that includes intermittent fasting on some days and conscious, intuitive eating on other days. Yes, a week of gut cleanse and mindful eating to help you reset and restart a healthy lifestyle. Come along, I promise you won’t regret it.

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