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Fasting for 2 meals in a day, once a month

idia Nov 23, 2007 06:05 AM

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. Phaedrus RE: idia Nov 23, 2007 07:15 AM

    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.

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      idia RE: Phaedrus Nov 23, 2007 07:21 AM

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

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        Gio RE: Phaedrus Nov 23, 2007 07:22 AM

        I have read that diabetics ought not to skip meals.

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          Phaedrus RE: Gio Nov 23, 2007 08:46 AM

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

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            Goomba RE: Phaedrus Nov 23, 2007 08:55 AM

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

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        soupkitten RE: idia Nov 23, 2007 12:05 PM

        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. JungMann RE: idia Nov 27, 2007 05:54 AM

          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.

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            HollyDolly RE: idia Nov 29, 2007 11:00 AM

            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. Miss Needle RE: idia Nov 30, 2007 12:14 PM

              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.

              1. psb RE: idia Dec 4, 2007 12:57 AM

                in case you are interested and unaware, Calorie Restriction is a hot research topic:

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                  Goomba RE: psb Dec 4, 2007 03:59 AM

                  Calorie restriction is different though from fasting, if I understand it correctly?
                  Calorie restriction is along the lines of "eating like a bird" but never going totally without and the other is more of a "feast or famine" situation that you impose on yourself. I believe the body will respond to these two things totally differently.

                2. Cookiepants RE: idia Dec 5, 2007 03:25 AM

                  My mother is in her early fifties and has been doing a Monday fast for a few years now. She has managed to keep her extra weight off. She has a gigantic pressure cooker and puts cabbage, a potato, a turnip, carrots, celery, boullion, a bay leaf, onion and Im not sure what else in the pot. While its cooking she has hot water and lemon and then strains the good stuff and drinks the liquid for breakfast lunch and dinner. She spends the whole day cranky and feeling sorry for herself . She has this long suffering Monday 'fast face' -My dad and I secretly make fun of her behind her back because it seems like a terrible self imposed punishment once a week. If she gets really desperate she has a stick of gum or a glass of fruit juice or a frozen fruit bar. I don't understand it really. Why Monday? Isn't Monday bad enough?

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