Fasting means different things to different people but often when you hear the word fasting, you might think of abstaining from all food for a specified period – if a person says they’ve been fasting for two days, you might think no food has passed their lips in 48 consecutive hours. Sometimes, that is what it means. But more often, it’s not.
During the 40 day period of Ramadan, Muslims fast – from sunrise to sunset, they consume no food or water but at night, they feast (some even get up early so they can have a meal before sunrise)
During the 40 day period of Lent, many Christians fast – they give up eating something they like for example they might abstain from eating all meat and eat strictly vegetarian meals, or they give up all flesh except fish, or maybe they give up sugar, etc.
During the 40 days of yummy (I hope it isn’t considered sacrilegious for me to make this comparison), I have talked a lot about the fast and feast – eating sparsely and delaying meals so that you can enjoy a substantial meal later.
There are lots of benefits to delaying a full meal until later in the day. The most significant one is that the digestion process requires energy and eating heavy meals during the day takes away energy that you need to complete your tasks. If you’ve ever gotten the “Itis” after a big lunch and desperately wanted to take a nap at your desk, then you know what I’m talking about.
Eating a full meal is absolutely necessary! But it’s not necessary during the day because your body doesn’t need that energy during the early, active part of your day. If you ate a full balanced meal at yesterday’s dinner, you have enough energy to carry out today’s activities before you need to refuel.
Fasting is possible! But it’s not popular because, generally, we like to eat. So many of our celebrations center around food. We use food to show our love and appreciation for ourselves and others. Restricting food isn’t popular. But fasting is serious business. That’s why it used for religious purification.
The fat fast, then, is a great compromise.
What is the Fat Fast?
On a fat fast, during the day, you concentrate on eating small meals that are centered around healthy fats – drink tea (or coffee if you prefer) with cream or full-fat milk, eat nuts and seeds with (raw) vegetables, eat fatty foods like avocados.
Enjoy a balanced meal for dinner – the feast portion of your day should include all the food groups, especially those you restricted or excluded from the day.
Sample Meal Plan:
Morning: Tea with cream
Lunchtime: raw kale and tomato salad with Evoo dressing, avocado chunks, chopped walnuts
Dinner Feast: Meat and potatoes, salad. Add dessert if you choose.
To Learn on Day 14
Heavy meals take lots of energy to digest. Save your energy to work and refuel afterwards.
To Do on Day 14
- Try the sample meal plan.
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