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How to Refresh Your Body & Soul through Fasting

Most world religions advocate fasting as a means to recharge, restore, and refresh the spirit. Give it a try and you may discover a new energy to fuel your life.

Instructions

  • : Consult your physician before fasting.
  • Step 1: Prepare mentally Prepare mentally for a fast by spending time contemplating your motives and goals. Focus on how the fast will refresh your body, restore your soul, and help you realize emotional or situational breakthroughs.
  • TIP: Don't fast if you are ill, pregnant, or nursing.
  • Step 2: Prepare the body Prepare your body in the weeks before your fast by reducing or eliminating your intake of on coffee, sweets, and alcohol.
  • Step 3: Drink fluids Drink fluids before and after fasting to ensure the body is adequately hydrated, especially if the fast includes eliminating drinks. Many fasts allow water and non-acidic juices.
  • Step 4: Plan light meals Plan light pre- and post-fast meals and adhere to the plan.
  • TIP: Incorporate prayer or introspection into the fast period to achieve spiritual benefits. Otherwise, your fast will feel like nothing more than a crash diet.
  • Step 5: Reduce activity Plan to reduce strenuous activity during the fast and instead focus energies on how spiritual connections and self-knowledge can help restore your balance.
  • Step 6: Follow with evaluation After your fast, evaluate any insights gained regarding the routines and dependencies inhibiting your well-being. Now, take your life to the next level, incorporating regular fasts as life tune-ups.
  • FACT: In September of 1932, Gandhi fasted for 6 days in protest of the British government's decision to separate India's electoral system by caste. After the 6th day, the British reversed the decision.

You Will Need

  • Mental preparation
  • Physical preparation
  • Fluids
  • Light pre- and post-fast meals
  • Follow-up evaluation

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