When our food supply is reduced in the days ahead, we will have to learn to fast to make what we do have go further. I have been trying to learn how to do this for a few years, occasionally (very occasionally) coaxing my body to accept 24 hours without food. Yom Kippur is an excellent time to practice this–but for awhile I tried doing it every Sabbath as well, then forgot about it. Recently I discovered another excellent reason to fast–to detox my body–so I have been fasting this week. Not for spiritual reasons, but just to help my body. I was motivated to do this by Dr. Jeff Hazim’s 1 hour video called “Detox or Die.” You can see that at www.detoxordie.com. It was so good that I watched it again with my husband, and even he was impressed.
I learned many things from the video, including the fact that what we think of as hunger is not really hunger. There is apparently a real hunger signal that you feel (like thirst) at the back of your throat; I have yet to recognize that. The “symptoms” most of us get are not really hunger signs–they are signals that something is not right in your body (in which case, a fast is just what you need)! For some reason, knowing this has made my fast much easier! At the end of the video Jeff challenged his audience to do a 3-day water only fast or a 7-day juice fast, and told them that the 3-day water fast was much easier than the other–and much more helpful to the body. So I chose to try the 3-day water only fast.
Another thing I learned is that the hunger mechanism (he called it a switch) turns off around 24-36 hours or so (it is different for different people) into the fast so that you do not even feel hungry. I figured if I could just make it that long I’d be doing good and could call it practice, and if the switch turns off my hunger mechanism I should be able to go longer. So I committed myself to trying for 36 hours and then seeing if I can make it to 72 hours. I am currently at 42 hours and feeling good. I don’t even have a headache. My stomach is gurgling as it has been doing all along, but I’m just ignoring that. I am feeling a bit weak and shaky, but I am coping with that by not exerting myself. I am making sure to get lots of sleep, because it is during sleep that your body repairs itself. When you are fasting, the body is better able to do that because it is not busy digesting.
Here’s the great news. Fasting for a period of time causes your body to go after and consume things in your body that don’t belong there, like toxins and dead and cancerous cells and fat. It realizes food is not forthcoming but it still wants to burn something for energy, so it goes after these kinds of things. This is why you want to go on a fast for health reasons–to get your body to burn off stuff that shouldn’t be in it in the first place. Everyone needs to do this regularly because we cannot avoid absorbing toxins all day long; they’re all around us.
After the fast is over, the first things you want to eat are healthy whole foods. The body will want to replace the stuff it burned off during the fast and there is zero point in putting bad stuff back in! So I am planning for juice, salads, fruit, vegetables, and resuming my Juice Plus, of course…but not the stuff I usually crave like chips and cheezies! Not even the chocolate cake that my son made the other day!
The 3 days of the fast make me think of something that I believe Monte Judah teaches–that at the start of the tribulation YHWH will test our attitudes by allowing us to go 3 days without food. I used to worry about this, but it occurred to me that those 3 days without food might just be the ticket! If we need to detox (and who doesn’t), such a forced fast will help to make us ready for the Kingdom, besides teaching us how very much we need to depend on YHWH for everything.
In addition to seeing what I can do for my body now, I am thinking of my current 3-day fast as a trial run–practice for the tribulation, if you will. Experiencing it for myself will enable me to encourage my family and others when the real time for it comes. This is practical preparedness; I encourage you to try it!