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Anyone want to fast with me?

Two weeks from today begins Lent http://www.marypages.com/Lent.htm

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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No, I don't want to fast with you. I like food too much.

maybe? Does a liqid fast count? In other words can I juice?

I fasted last year for 14 days on a juice fast and after the first few days I felt so much better. Would this count as a fast?


Absolutely that counts as a fast. It would be very interesting to see what you juice, how you feel, and what you learn.

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you are giving up lots of food;)

I really want to juice fast too!

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

Right on JackieK

It would be interesting to see you both compare notes. I'm interested very much in a 40 day juice fast, and am open to joining you, if I can't hack my Extreme Granger Lemonade Fast.

Have you seen the movie

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead? It is a MUST see if you are thinking of juice fasting!

Last year I did a 5 day water fast, dedicated that time to God in prayer and study. This was no easy feat with 5 hungry little birds and a husband to feed but it was amazing!!! I've been wanting to do it again really badly. Thank you for the further inspiration!
God bless:)

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

I have not

I have not seen the movie, but I have watched YouTubes of sections. I will watch the movie and appreciate your suggestion very much.


PS.. I am the oldest of five, and I remember my Mom going on diets, and that was the food we all wanted. One day, I think perhaps out of frustration that we were all eating her diet foods and not the food she was making a special effort to feed us.. we came home from school and the dinning room table was brimming with cakes, pies, cookies, hosstess treats, bowls of candy.. it was the most amazing dessert table I ever saw in my life.

We were awed. "What's THIS???? Wow Mommy, what this for?"

She says, "That's your dinner. That's what you all want to eat, and since you won't eat your dinner and are eating mine, tonight you all get the dinner you really want."

That wiped the smiles off our faces real quick. We became very concerned. Littlest boy began crying.. "I don't want cake.... wahhhh" Little sister chimes in.. "Wahhhhhh".. two older boys begin arguing.. "I'm not going to eat that, it's not real food. I need real food!!" So she made us spaghetti. LOL

But I will never forget that table.. never.

God's greatest Blessings abundantly and contantly to you, and your family JackieK.. How blessed you are to have children!

I do a modified fast as proscribed by the Catholic Church

I also try to give something up. This year I think I will give up any type of TV program or movie. With three boys age newborn to toddler who love sesame street and such this will be very hard, I'll have to play with them to entertain them instead. I actually stick to Chicken or Turkey as lenten meats, and try to use up things from the pantry or surplus canned goods that do not seem so appealing. Contrary to the anti-Catholic myth that the fish tradition sprung from the pope owning a fishing fleet....it actually has to do with communing with the poor. Today poor people cannot afford fish, it is more expensive even than beef. In the spirit of the poor then I eat the cheapest meats (if I eat meat at all) and try to pretend I have no grocery money, and so eat anything around that I have handy that doesn;t require me to go grocery shopping which to me is much more in line with the spirit of the fast than going out to eat at a fish fry every Friday night.

Josh Brueggen
Jack of all Trades
Precinct Commiteeman Precinct 5 Rock Island Co Illinois

Beautiful post josh

Thank you. Thank you for the message. I enjoyed reading it and it lifted my heart! May God Bless you and your family abundantly and constantly!

Dude If You Think That Bottled Water is Good Water

You REALLY need to watch FLOW "For The Love Of Water". It is in several parts but I can tell you that bottled water is no better than tap and sometimes it's worse. There is nobody monitoring what the companies put in the water they sell and aside from that most of your flavored waters are just artificial flavors with food coloring added. (Including lots of RED #40) In FLOW it showed how a fancy restaurant in California or somewhere asked some customers what kind of fancy bottled water they wanted with lunch and they ordered 7.00 a bottle name brand waters that they SWORE up and down tasted SO much better than tap. Well the waiter took 2 bottles out back to the patio and filled them with water out of the hose and recapped them. Then when he served them they went on about how GREAT the water was. Hahahaha! So while you are busy fasting maybe you can find time to watch the video. It's quite informative.


I think that I can not live by water alone

I need some variety and I have chosen to suppliment my water intake with some sparkling mineral water. My tap water comes from a deep well.. 120' deep, and yet, I'm only 70' above sea level. I don't drink sweetened soda, I juice everyday, and drink sparkling mineral water sparingly. I rarely have alcohol of any type.. though our wines here are all organic and wonderful.. powerful.. and our beers, North Coast Brewing, Lost Coast Brwing, Mendocino Brewing companies are awesome.. but there will be none of that for me during lent, even though I've been told they are the best bottled water companies of all.

Oh Well It's Good Then

120 deep! That sounds like a great well.


It is, as long as the pump works

I took surviveal trianing back in 1982, 1983,, what is that? 30 years ago wow.. took me a long time, a lot of study and very hard work to get where I am.. sudddenly it's like the world is catching on, but the difference is when I began, it was a back to the Earth movement.. now they call it prepping.. funny. Live Simply So Others Can Simply Live check out the simularities of then and now.. and note, many of these old folks from hten, supported Ron Paul, how I got elected to my committee.. they say liberals grow up to be conservatives.. it's true here http://www.brooklynrail.org/2012/04/express/the-albion-natio...

A point and a question.

Scripturally speaking in a true fast you do not consume anything. I bring this up to make it clear that your "forty day fast" is in no way comparable to the forty day fasts spoken of in Scripture. Just wanted that clear to other readers.

My question to you is: Do you observe the fast commanded by "GOD" in Scripture or just this partial fast? I'm just wondering because it sounds like another golden calf.

No offense, just curious.

Jesus in his MERCY

I am not Jesus and while some may see my fast as extremem, I can not do as Jesus did, but rather, have FAITH that he will protect me, and help me do my best with the fast I have chosen.

I will be observing Lent, where for many, they will not eat meat, and only fish on Fridays. It is interesting how vegetarian Catholics are in their fasting.

There are many kinds of fasts, what kind is not so important, but completing the fast for 40 days. I like ut because it's not so extreme as a New Years Resolution, and I like it because everyone is suffering together, so we can draw stregth and hope from each other.

Already on this thread I'm dropping sugar-free gun for natural gum.

I don't know what you mean by a golden calf. Fasting is not for everyone. If you would like to try by giving up something you really really like, maybe like too much, please join us.

So your answer is NO.

It was a simple question and I read both of your responses to me on this thread and since you didn't answer then I have to assume your answer to my question is NO, you do not fast at HIS appointed time.


Even if somebody...

...was able to replicate Christ's own fasting conditions, that in itself could still become an idol and a source of ungodly pride. What matters is the intent of the heart, isn't it?

Well of course it matters.

But if only intent matters then the Israelites would not have been punished for making the golden calf. They were "honoring" the one who had just brought them out of Egypt by making an image to represent Him. Do you think they were "trying" to do evil? No they were trying to do "good". The "intent of there heart" was trumped by there sin. Like it says in Proverbs "There is a way that seems right to man but the end thereof is destruction."

Read Exodus 32 again. They wanted to make "Elohim" and they proclaimed a feast to "YHWH". They didn't say let's worship some other god. They didn't say lets do evil. They did what THEY thought was good which is what people do to this day to their own destruction. The golden calf exemplifies many things that people do in His Name. Even the obvious destructive action of having an image of "jesus" on the wall or on a chain or behind the pulpit is done without a second thought because people THINK it is a good thing.

So tell me is "intent" all that matters if you are not obedient?

The difference is that...

...in Exodus 32 it says distinctly that the people disobeyed a command. They were equating images of pagan gods with THE GOD that actually had led them out of Egypt, because of their despair and doubt over Moses taking so long coming down from the mountain.

I'm trying to understand: where is the command that we are to follow a specifically prescribed method or even timetable of fasting?

This bothers me in the same sense as when some Christians throw a major fit if someone disagrees with them on the precise method or mystical/literal substance involved with the Lord's Supper. All I read is the command to 'do this in remembrance of Me'. What difference does it make if someone believes somehow, mystically, it really IS transformed into the body and the blood, or just remains a symbol? But arrogance leads people like Luther to say 'I'd rather drink blood with the Catholics than mere wine with the Swiss.' Division over legalistic grey areas and ignoring the bottom line is discouraging.

But you are absolutely right: obedience AND intent are both important.

Right, they disobeyed.

Just as Aarons sons who thought it would be a good thing to light the fire when they weren't suppose too. Or the guy who thought he should steady the ark from falling when it was not his place. So is worship that is made up and applied to Him because He has forbidden that also. What we think is good is not always and usually isn't so good after all.

Now don't misconstrue what I have said and let me reiterate. I am not saying there is anything wrong with fasting on days as people may see fit for healing, repentance or other viable reasons. On the contrary I see fasting as edifying and necessary. But to fast in honor of a false doctrine is not so good and should be avoided.

There is a day of fasting called the Day of Atonement which is a 24 hr period that is the tenth day of the seventh Scriptural month in which time no food or drink is ingested, an affliction of the soul. Leviticus chapter 23 gives a summary. Can you tell me where Lent is mentioned in Scripture?

I do not equate this with "legalism" but I do understand and agree with your dislike of arguing grey areas. Though I think that if someone breaks through the grey to see black and white then it should be made known even if not argued.

Sobeit Brother

I'm open to being educated, but it appears that you are not here to educate but to ridicule, hurt, insult, and propegate hate.

Peace be with you.

I have not been hateful.

If you are angry with me I understand and that is not necessarily a bad thing for your edification, that is up to you. I asked a question that you ignored. If you were interested you would have asked.

No hate from me

I find calling my faith a cult is hateful.

I find that you are attacking my faith with your question, and this thread is not to argue about faith. If you don't want to fast, ok.

But it's not ok for you to call my faith a cult and say that is not hateful.

It is.

Look it up.


Where is the hate you are talking about. The Catholic church is not exempt from reality just because it is the Catholic church. You are way to sensitive.

I ADORE my Church

I respect others choice to have another religion or no religion.
I do not respect the name calling of MY chosen FAITH.

The Catholic Church is not exempt from the world, it is part of the world and human and imperfect because humans are imperfect.

You can call me sensitive, but I see it like I will stand up and fight for what and who I LOVE.

Now about webster.. (I'm an American Heritage Dictionary fan, no fan of Webster.. anyways.. your dictionary is refering to a cult within the Catholic Church that happened in the Middle Ages http://edu.turku.fi/tiimalasi/en/en-pyhimyskultit.html

The Catholic Church is NOT a cult http://americanheritage.yourdictionary.com/cult

Catholic: http://americanheritage.yourdictionary.com/catholic

I belong to an organized religion that is over 2000 years old and has done more good for the world than any organization on Earth. The Devil disagrees.

How would that be a golden

How would that be a golden calf?

Who said that those here are trying to compare themselves to Christ?

Your negativity is unwarranted.

God will accept whatever fast a man makes if he does so to the best of his ability.

I'm sorry you see the truth as negative.

I simply made a statement and asked a question. But I will answer your assumption and question as simple and straight forward as possible.

First your assumption that I am accusing him of comparing himself to Christ. I was simply trying to make it clear for anyone else who is reading regardless of the OPs intentions that his partial fast and Scriptural fasting are different and since he proclaimed he fasted for forty days I felt it necessary to clarify. Nothing more.

And your question about the golden calf. I assume you know the story of the golden calf so again to clarify. The Israelites did what they thought was good in their own eyes by making the golden calf as a symbol of "The LORD" instead of heeding "The LORDs" Command. They even called the calf "The LORD". There are many who do things that THEY think are good and claim it is of "The LORD" but in fact it is their own personal golden calf and "HE" will have the same response as "HE" did with the Israelites.

I was just curious if the OP kept "The LORDs" commanded fast or just the fast of the catholic cult. Because I disagree with your statement that any fast for any reason is recognized by "The LORD".

Maybe this will clear things up?


Furthermore, I give things I LOVE away to those who need something nice. Rather than giving old clothes, I'll be giving good clothes, shoes, chef toys, and this year, I'm giving my beloved collection of Culinary books (a Library of over 50) to the local high school in hopes that the editions from Culinary Institute, Johnson and Whales, Gilson's State Culinary Trade books, and text books on vegetarian and vegan cuisines will help future chefs make a decision on what school to attend, IF they decide to attend.

My fast is that of the Catholic faith and I do it because I LOVE, I LOVE LIFE, I LOVE people, I ADORE MY GOD and I am GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE. No offence to you.

Peace be with you.

Do you have this once a day?

Do you have this once a day? Morning or night?

"6 oz Grade B Maple Syrup with
6 oz certified 100% organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed"