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Nov 23, 2007 06:05 AM

Fasting for 2 meals in a day, once a month

I just read an article that stated that Mormons, who do this practice, had significantly lower cases of heart disease risk and had less coronary heart disease.
It seems this small practice gives the body a chance to rejuvenate itself.
I am ready to try no breakfast and no lunch for 1 day a month. But I'd like to learn more. Like what happens if I drink a bit of coffee, tea or water?
Has anyone done this?

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  1. Very timely question. I don't know much about it and I didn't stay at Holiday Inn Express either, but I did hear this on NPR this last week.

    I am a diabetic so this definitely looks interesting to me.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Phaedrus

      Thanks for your response but be very aware that the complete article warned that this fast is NOT a good idea for diabetics.

      1. re: Phaedrus

        I have read that diabetics ought not to skip meals.

        1. re: Gio

          I just re heard that. thanks for your warnings. I guess the problem is in the body oging into ketosis.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            More likely a problem with low intake combined with the medications a diabetic usually is taking causing a tailspin into hypoglycemia.

      2. fasting is pretty easy to do for many and pretty hard for some. many religions feature fasting from sunup to sundown for different periods of time during different times of year. if you are new to fasting i would rec you objectively evaluate your health-- are you prone to fainting/sinking spells, hypoglycemia, etc? are you sick at all or pregnant-- then don't fast. . . do not try to fast without drinking water, you could get very ill. drink coffee or tea if you have a serious caffeine addiction that would affect you more than the lack of food--don't add sugar to any bev, or your body will effectively be running on sugar only and you can negate any value you get from the fast. the first couple of days of a fast are tough and then it gets easier. i see it more as a spiritual thing than a health thing.

        i think that if you are interested in improving your heart health, look at other things in the mormon life style that contribute to heart health-- like not eating too much meat, eating a ton of whole grains, etc-- these are probably bigger keys to lifestyle health benefits than a one day a month fast, imo

        1. There are much less risky practices if one is looking to improve one's coronary health. My faith recommends fasting for 3 days four times a year. Since I began keeping the fast, my cholesterol has gone up. Correlation? I think not. There are many other variables that affect coronary health. Mormons avoid certain products that have an affect on the heart and tend to eat together more frequently which affects the amount of food eaten and the types of food eaten. Certainly these behaviors have a strong influence on coronary health.

          If you are looking to improve your heart's health, there are far less taxing and better studied means of effecting that change.

          1. Talk to your doctor about your general overall health and about any risks.
            You might want to check out on interlibrary loans some of the books by Bernnar McFaddin,who was well known in the field of psyichal culture as they used to call it years ago.He mentions fasting as a way to help cleanse the body.
            The practice of fasting is very old. I think most religious orders in the Catholic Church still observe it,especially cloistered communities like the Carthusians,Camoldese,Carmelites,etc.

            1. I have experimented with different types of fasting throughout the years (short-term, long-term, water, juice, vegetables, etc.) I find that the results you get really depend on your constitution, time of year, your health status. Fasting has been appropriate for certain individuals but can be destructive for others. A book you may want to start off on is Paul Bragg's fasting. While I don't agree with everything he says, it gives you an overview about the fasting concept.