As the Fasting season is here, I thought I would write a series of posts on Fasting.
Now, you have obviously heard of Fasting, right? It has become increasingly popular over the years, especially among the health community. Still, just to be clear if we are on the same page, I will give a short description about it.
Primarily derived from religious terms, Fasting means to have no food or drink, or both in some cases, for a certain period of time. There are varieties of Fasting depending on health reasons. I will be covering them in a while.
Trust me! There are hundreds of benefits of Fasting. Whether you are doing a water fast, or a juice fast, Fasting will always affect your body, mind and soul in a positive way.
Well, yes and no. The main point of fasting is NOT to lose weight but firstly, to heal the body and mind. But yes, losing weight is one of the great side effects of fasting.
Since I have stepped on the path of conscious living (at the age of 29) I have been using fasting off and on through the years. After completing two 16 day water fast and implementing the 16/8 Intermittent fasting in my daily life, I lost 25 kg in 9 months. And nope, I didn’t do any intense exercises. Just went to walks with my dog and some basic exercise. So, yes. You actually can lose weight through fasting.
Fasting is a life changing health booster (both for the body, mind and Soul) and it is also a great way to lose weight, from my experience. You loose weight naturally, because your whole system gets back to harmony, so why shouldn’t your weight do the same?!
Facts- fasting allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than regular dieting.
Fasting boosts the production of protein in the brain and triggers numerous chemicals that promote your mental health. You will be able to feel more connected to life, especially when you are meditating, reading, or doing yoga. It will help you to feel much better, consciously and physically.
Of course, you will. For a couple of days. But there are two types of hunger- true hunger and the ‘mind’ hunger. Fasting will definitely make you ‘truly’ hungry but only until ketosis kicks in. When ketosis is ON, hunger disappears. Hunger is just a small inconvenience next to one of the greatest benefits, that your hormones will be regulated correctly and it can release itself much better. And your entire system will get used to it. You won’t feel hungry very often.
Facts- fasting improves the immune system by reducing free radical damage, regulates inflammatory conditions and starves off cancer cell formation.
You will be consuming only liquids from fruits/vegetables for a certain period; could be days or weeks. They should be consumed 3-6 times a day.
You will be drinking around 2 qt. of pure water every day for a specified period of time. Water fast is very beneficial, but please consult your doctor first before doing it, as it is really difficult, and it might affect your body negatively.
You will be restricting certain types of food, i.e. - rice/meat etc. during the fast.
You will drinking lemon juice, with some sugar, and some spice, 6-12 times daily. Some use laxative tea, twice a day for more intense cleaning. The liquid will clean toxins from your body.
They are done for spiritual/ritual purposes. It varies from religion to religion. In the Islamic tradition, people fast for one month from sunrise to sunset, without eating anything. Whereas for example in the Christianity, people can choose their method of fasting, either intermittent/long fast.
My name is Katalin Bátor-Hős. I’m a supporter of life explorers, Visionary Life Creator and Soul Treasure Hunter. I am a Creatively Fit Coach™, psychosomatic hypnotherapist, life coach, soul therapist and kinesiologist with a passion for intuitive painting as part of intuitive living through creative expression. As an avid learner, I’ve always wanted to discover more and make connections between different fields of knowledge I’ve gained in my path to see and show others the whole picture.