Top Five Fasting Tips

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1. Eat more high water content vegetables after breaking your fast.  This will assist the body in digestion, especially after fasting for many hours as the digestive system will still be sluggish.  Leafy green vegetables as well as high moisture ones like squash are terrific additions.

 

2. Eat gluten-free for the duration of your fast.  Our number one goal is to free up the body’s energy in order to gain the best spiritual and health benefits.  Eating grains with gluten such as wheat, barley, rye, and most conventional oats will put added strain on your digestion and will inhibit the detoxification process.

 

3. Say no to animal products.  Animal-based foods have taken center stage on most Ramadan dining tables.  I’m not saying being vegan for life is for everyone, but eliminating animal flesh, eggs and dairy while on a fast will take a huge burden off your organs of elimination and will assist your cleansing effort.  Also from an energetic perspective, animal foods are more dense vibrationally (especially the way animals are raised these days) and will inhibit the spiritual process. This process has a lighter more upward energy which is pulled down by the over consumption of animal foods.  You can always save your meat eating for Eid. To achieve the spiritual and cleansing goals of fasting, it is a good idea to go vegan while on the fast.

 

4. Cut out sugar, caffeine and alcohol.  Addiction to sugar and caffeine can makes us overeaters.  We can easily become food addicts dependent on the next food “fix” to bring us back into balance. You can imagine how this would cause problems during the day while fasting, as your cravings and hunger levels would be much greater than if you exclude those products.  Alcohol is made from sugar, and has the same effect on the body.  It is also shunned in many spiritual traditions, as it not only has a negative effect on the body (overburdening the liver and causing cravings), but it also dulls your mind-body connection by affecting your brain’s sensory input. When the mind-body connection is dulled, it is impossible to receive healing energy or divine guidance. Alcohol can have a negative effect on your spiritual practice even days after consumption, but another thing to keep in mind is that alcohol depletes your body of its vital resources, making it susceptible to sickness and disease. Caffeine and alcohol can also lead to dehydration which is worse while fasting.

 

5. Stay Hydrated. Staying hydrated while fasting is the greatest challenge especially in our hot weather.  Make sure to drink plenty of spring water after breaking your fast and throughout your non-fasting hours.  Try mixing in a pinch of sea salt with your water for better hydration.  Dehydration begins to occur in your body when you lose more fluid than you are taking in. Many experts and doctors are now recommending the use of sea salt to help combat dehydration in the body. Do you think sea salt will make you more thirsty? Actually, sea salt contains more than 84 minerals and nutrients that our body needs and craves on a daily basis. It has been used throughout history for achieving and maintaining optimum health. By adding just a pinch of sea salt to your glass of water, not only will it disperse these minerals and nutrients into your body, but it will also satisfy your thirst longer because the mineral content will hold more of the water within your body. Please note that TABLE salt (unlike sea salt) will make you thirsty. Pure, cheap, white table salt is harmful for our bodies and should not be used in a healthy diet.

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