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Anyone want to fast with me?

Two weeks from today begins Lent

I am posting this now, so those who may want to join me, will have two weeks to feast, or enjoy, what they will give up for lent/40 days.

I have practiced Lent for decades because I always found spiritual strength in not being alone in my suffering. The first time I practiced Lent, I gave up chocolate. Every year I progressed, until last year, I gave up food.

That's right, I did not eat for 40 days, and this year I intend to do the same fast because it was so successful.

When I decided to give up food for Lent last year, my doctors were prescribing me medications, 27 pills a day I was taking, and I was getting NO relief. Since my fast, I have not needed any medication and my doctors are amazed at my tests.

While going through Lent, one doctor advised me to drop the fast and scheduled me for a meeting every week. I went to confession and told my priest that I lied to the doctor and told them I had given up the fast, but I did not, because it wasn't hard to do. I was feeling great.

Many here who don't believe in Jesus, or the power of healing, can say whatever they want about it. Jesus helped me heal myself, and made me not hungry until the last week of my fast. And let me tell you, I was tempted. Oh how the Devil tempted me. I was getting dinner offers, and free food coupons, and the soup kitchen was receiving crab dip and beef roasts, and cakes and cookies, and chocolates that made my mouth water. Sometimes at night my body was so energized I could hardly sleep. Still, it was not so hard that I would not want to repeat fasting for Lent.

Some of you may want to experiment, like quitting smoking, or beer, or soda, or ice cream.. whatever you really really like.

I really really like food. I LOVE FOOD. Last year I lost 40 pounds. I was not fasting to lose weight, but to lose the meds.

For 40 days beginning February 17th, I will be consuming:

6 oz Grade B Maple Syrup with
6 oz certified 100% organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed (lemons go on sale at this time of year and so you save money on food bill as a bonus)
Good Water, not distilled.. I also use sparkling water.. and even flavored waters. Clear beverages with no and very low calories.. boullion, coffee, but this is very limited, and I really don't go there until the last weeks, also sugar-free gum helps, because your jaw will miss chewing. I freeze half the Lemon syrup mixture to eat like ice cream some nights.. and make it like a hot tea on cold ones.

So, If you would like to join me on my food fast, or merely give up something you LOVE for Lent, I thought I would make a thread as a kind of support group for those who could use some support giving up something they LOVE.

While I am religious, and do my fast for religious reasons, this was not always my case, so I do not want to make this a religious thread. I have my Church and ADORE JESUS, so grateful to My Lord God and savior. My sacrifice is mine. Your sacrifice must be yours alone. For God, or for yourself, matters not on this thread. The only thing that matters is that you have decided to fast for Lent/ 40 days, and appreciate support from those who are also fasting.

TWO MORE WEEKS.. These two weeks are going to pass very quickly, so I just want to give you a heads up now, so you can mentally prepare.

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I am not recommending my fast/diet

I enjoyed my fast/diet last year, and why I intend to do it again.

Science has a lot of theory, but it's not allways correct, especially when we are talking about our own bodies..

I became a vegetarian in 1973, and I agree with you about how many think being vegetarian is healthy, but one simply trades one set of bad fats and sugars for another. I got into raw foods about 5 years ago, and many think raw foodies eat nothing but raw, but that is not true, they wind up making the same mistakes and vegetarians.

For the most part I eat very well, my two bad cravings are SALTED roasted nuts and chocolate. Other than that.. I'm a whole fooder, juicer.. with excellent vitals, blood work, I'm far from being weak.. I'm very strong and can't remember the last time I waas sick or had a cold (I think when I was surfing.. 1993.

The medication deal began when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. I believe this diagnosis was wrong, I refused radiation and was basically forced to take Tamoxifin, which gave me tons of side effects and thus all the pills to counter the side effects.

I went on my fast, and it's a fast because I'm doing it in observation of Lent, got off all those meds, told the doctor, I'm DONE with this, and while I have been through mamograms for two years, they have come back cancer free.

So.. I'm looking forward to my fast/diet, and wish you happiness in your life, no matter what you eat ot not. Thank you for caring!

So instead of eating gods healthy food he created for you...

you will be/are/were taking pills, drinking man-made flavorings, and chewing gum with monsanto's artificial sweeteners????

Why turn you back on god?

He made all this good food for you...but somehow you know better?

Another perspective:

We are bound to give up things which are harmful to us. Using our free will to temporarily deny ourselves of a good and pleasant thing as an act or demonstration of love, conviction or empathy is praiseworthy. As an act of adoration, it becomes like a prayer. Liturgically, there are many feasts and blessings that encourage the appreciation of God's good food. Fasting is a common practice in the Bible as a means or sign of repentance. It is also a way of preparing for important events. Lent corresponds to the 40 days of fasting that Christ did before His public ministry.

I think the idea is to strengthen our mind over matter; curb our addictions so that we can become less hypocritical. Considering the criticism (some well placed) of Catholics these days, everyone should encourage lots of fasting this Lent. :-)

I don't take any pills

I'm not going to take any pills.

Yes, I will drink sparkling mineral water, flavored, when I want something besides water, lemonade,(miso, clear juices, juices, and then organic tomato, squash and lentil soup, and vegan probiotics slowly breaking the fast)

Yes, I will chew NATURAL GUM 1988vote suggested, that I didn't know existed because I'm not a gum chewer, but found I needed something to chew on in the final days of my fast. And I will make sure my belly is full of lemonade, so my digestive system won't be tricked, but actually have something/ lemon pulp to work on.

If God, finds that I have turned my back on him by fasting for Lent, then I will be all the more happier to repent and pray more for the GOD I ADORE.

As a degreed, certified, licensed and awarded chef in vegan and vegetarian foods.. I am very well aware of the abundance and joy of cooking, eating and cleaning. It is my LOVE of food that makes my sacrifice, which is no where near the suffering as Jesus did, suffering for me, to remind me all the 40 days, of how Jesus suffered and died for me.

I do not know better than God. I ADORE my Church and Lent is part of our liturgical calander, so I will give up more than meat, as what most Catholics will be giving up.

If that is not good enough for God, MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA, MAXIMAS MEA CULPA.

Peace be with you.


Fasting is unhealthy. Your body needs nourishment.
Love ya lots but your idea of malnourishment yourself to be healthy is counter productive.

Eat clean and eat often

Nuts, fruit, veggie etc... There are better ways to clear your head

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

fasting is not unhealthy.

fasting is not unhealthy. several studies conducted suggest fasting has some important health benefits.

note that 'fasting' and 'juice fasting' are not the same thing.

fasts should never be endured longer than ~30 hours if avoidable.

What my body needs

is balance.. and the fasting helps my body achieve that. It gives me the opportunity to make a fresh start that has an end that is more managable then a New Years resolution.

I don't know where you get the idea, "clear your head".. I'm not indulging in anything I know that is clouding my head, so clearing my head is not a goal, however, it is my experience that fasting does help one think clearer.

Peace be with you!

the "master cleanse" will NOT give you balance

Your body is starving and has no food or blood sugar to work with then BAM! You down a bunch of maple syrup and shoot your blood sugar up until it rapidly drops back off until you drink it again. You are putting your body on a sugar roller coaster. This is not healthy.

And yet

Not only did I survive last year, went off 27 medications, blood work and vital signs were so outstanding, the hospital's wellness program interveiwed me, filmed me, and used me in a commercial as an example of someone with great health.

Whatever you need to tell yourself to get thru the day i guess

good luck. i tried.

Thank you for the good luck

And thank you for caring!

i think we have rarely seen eye to eye Granger

but I do want you to be healthy and happy. BTW, Keep an eye out for "natural" flavorings...

Really enjoyed the 60 Minutes segment on Flavoring

When I was graduating from Culinary, I saw that Food Science was rising very quickly as the degree one would do much better with, and your vid shows exactly why.

If I had to do it over again.. I would be a food scientist.

As it is, I hope to have a vegan/vegetarian restaurant where I can work my ass off for little to nothing but the joy of eating and love of people.

I'm behind you on the fast Granger


In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.


I went to Gaia's Garden today and stuffed myself on their vegetarian buffet. I didn't hold back. Even went for seconds on the sesame green beans.

Feb 13th?

I'm all in.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Thank you JackieK

I started this thread two week before the fasting begins because I have to mentaly prepare, and now, I'm "cleaning out my refrigerator and freezer", eating the foods I have in there. Sirting through my canned and boxed goods, things with the oldest dates get eaten, rotating the shelved goods, cleaning the pantry up, because I don't want to tempt myself. I'm really looking foreward to the fast at this point. THANK YOU for joining in, the support is priceless!

I have done the Master

I have done the Master Cleanse last year. 10 days in january and 10 days in february. I should be able to do 20 days. Not so sure about the 40 days, though.


I could not do the Master Cleanse for 40 days. My fast is the Master Cleanse with twists. By the third week, I expect to be adding Miso and clear juices, and the fifth, probiotics and then organic tomato, squash and even lentil soup.. taking between 10 days and a week to break the fast slowly. If you decide to do it, I'd be curious what your own version of twists will be. I'm not a gum chewer, but last Lent, I bought some sugar free gum because my jaw was going crazy from not chewing. 1988vote told me about natural gum, so I will do that instead, but only when my jaw is screaming for something to chew, after I fill up with the lemonade to give my stomach something to digest.

I would be very happy, if I

I would be very happy, if I can make it three weeks.
My twist could possibly be fresh carrot juice, but if it goes well I will stay with the lemonade.


I've been drinking carrot, apple, beet, ginger and Bragg's cider vihegar this week... so good and creamy, made with my champion Juicer. GOOD DEAL! :))

Because I gave up wheat

Because I gave up wheat months ago, and essentially follow a Paleo diet, I already drink the fresh lemon, water, & Grade B maple syrup cocktail several times during a normal day, just because I like it and it helps in keeping the body in a state of alkaline balance.

I will join you in practicing 40 days of discipline, but it may take a different form than fasting, as I have already lost 40 pounds.
Personally, I am not good about making the time to meditate/pray on a daily basis. This is the first commitment I want to make for the 40 day period.

The second commitment will be to give up all meat for those 40 days, (which is the mainstay of my Paleo regimen) and only eat vegetables, nuts and healthy fats like olives and avocados. My body has finally adjusted to being "wheat-free" and I don't want to mess with success by feeling deprived and tempted to return to bad eating habits, as you described in your tale of post-fasting indulgence. To me, that would defeat the whole purpose of practicing the discipline.

Thanks for suggesting that we think about this individually.

My hat is off to you c2c

40 pounds is huge CONGRATULATIONS.

40 days is a good time frame because you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Just when the going gets rough, it's as if you are half way through or more,, so my will power gets a work out.

Thank you for being an example, before we even begin, as to what commitement and discipline are, and how they work to make us better people, body, mind and soul.

Technically it is not a fast

Technically it is not a fast if you have lemon juice, maple syrup, bubble gum etc. Second, I would drink distilled water as it is the purest form of water. Sparkling carbonated water is probably the worst for you.

You should read anything on water fasting.

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Technically what is it?


It's just a diet. Some may

It's just a diet. Some may even just call it a liquid diet, but technically fasting is water only.

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Not according to my faith


Okay whatever. You can call

Okay whatever. You can call an apple a banana, and a car a foot ball... if meanings don't mean anything what difference does it make,,,

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

What does LENT mean to you?


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what does lent mean to you?

why do you and the other churches celebrate lent?

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)