There are a number of good reasons to fast.
Here are just a few of them, and a little basic information on each:
- You may want to control your caloric intake in order to lose weight. You have, I’m sure, heard the simple (or maybe not so simple) advise regarding losing weight – “Just don’t eat so much!” This is an extremely simplistic approach taken to losing weight, and advised, in most cases, by people without a weight or an eating problem. It sounds great, and seems a clever sound bite, but it is so simplistic as to be ridiculous. People don’t need one-liners and glib statements, they need sound, reasonable, and detailed advice and encouragement! Fasting provides a program that will lead to weight loss, but it entails more than simply just not eating so much.
- You may want to fast in order to regularly cleanse your body of the toxins that accumulate through normal eating and drinking. Eating is a necessary function in order to maintain life and health. But foods, while containing the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals the body needs to sustain life, also contain toxins absorbed from the soil it is grown in, pesticides and herbicides applied to it, and the water applied during its growth to harvest cycle. Some foods contain low amounts of chemical compounds that are naturally dangerous to the human body. Fasting encourages your body to eliminate these unwanted chemical components during the fasting cycle.
- You may want to fast for philosophical or moral reasons, such as reducing the consumer “footprint” that describes your life. Without seeming like we are trying to preach or convert you, there can be a spiritual aspect to fasting for many people. If you look at the world around you, you see that advanced technology and increased consumer comforts at the beginning of the 21st century, while improving life for billions of people, have not provided the utopia which we all seek. We create a tremendous amount of waste and pollution on this planet, and there seems to be so little that we, as individuals, can do about it. You probably can’t change the world, but you can make a slight contribution to this change by controlling your own consumer “footprint.” Perhaps “less is better.”