LA Weight Loss - Fasting question
02-14-2006, 10:51 AM
I have a question that I am hoping someone can lend some advice too. I am fasting (spiritual, not weightloss) and praying for the rest of the week (6AM-6PM) I have some things going on with DS that I really need to give over to God to handle. I was wondering how best to do it. I do not care so much about the fact that I will have “messed” up my metabolism because I can make up this week later, my DS is my main concern right now. I just want to know basically how to best handle eating and to maintain my commitment to pray and fast without ceasing. My COD was very, I’ll just say not helpful, and I am not trying to have some debate over whether God really will answer my prayers or not like they seemed to want to do. I know my beliefs and I don’t want to be rude but I am not trying to fight over what I believe, just merely wanted to know if anyone had advice on how to fast when you are “dieting”
02-14-2006, 10:59 AM
Shennie, I don't have too much advice for you on how to handle fasting while dieting. Are you fasting the entire day or just certain meals? I've already fasted just dinner for spiritual reasons because my body just can't seem to handle no food very well. As far as the COD goes, if they don't understand what or why you are fasting, who cares?
02-14-2006, 10:59 AM
Shennie, I don't know if I'm much help, but I'll try. First, let me say that I hope your prayers are answered, and that you get the strength you need from God to handle whatever the situation is.
Secondly, in my experience, religious fasts are best handled as followed:
* Not done while on TOM
* Do not eat during daylight hours. So, if you want to get up early and have something light in the AM before sunup, that would be okay; and if you want to have something in the evening after sundown that is okay.
* Drink plenty of water, but not anything else during daylight.
Again, I hope you get the answers you seek.
02-14-2006, 11:01 AM
If you feel lead by God to fast and pray ... He will see you through it.
I've been accused of being too simple before ... but ....
02-14-2006, 11:02 AM
02-14-2006, 11:06 AM
thanks Susan..and COD is the term we use in LAWL for the centers we go to to WI at (it means Center of Doom...just our play on humor)
green, emmy~ thanks. i am having a light breakfast and dinner. i do not fear being hungry, rather I just want to make the correct food choices for the meals that I am having.
02-14-2006, 11:13 AM
Shennie when I fast it is sunup to sundown. I always make sure to get my starch in in the am with some protein and have a good dinner.
Good Luck and God Bless you and yours.
02-14-2006, 11:48 AM
Center of Doom :)
My daughter fasting in Bible College for a weekend, I think. I honestly couldn't tell you what she was studying at that point. What I understood from her was that she had fluids all planned out thus freeing her thoughts from anticipating food or it's preparation. Something along the lines of taking your mind off the corporate for it to be more fully involved in your thoughts ??? I didn't put that very well but perhaps you know what I mean.
She honestly felt that God protected her from the munchies and stomach growling hunger. She neither lost nor gained weight.
02-14-2006, 12:04 PM
Id say make sure you have your protein and veggies when you do have your meal, at the bare minimum...maybe a yogurt and egg for breakfast. I repect your views and your right to have them but have no concept of what fasting has to do with prayer, Ive never even heard of this- but wanted to lend my food opinion.
02-14-2006, 12:15 PM
I think you have some great ideas I just wanted to wish you luck and hope that your prayers are answered!!! Good luck with everything.
I will say that I think getting the protein and the veggies would be the most important - maybe if you do eat before sunup - get a fruit and some dairy or starch?? maybe just try to get at least one of each food group in whenever you do eat??
02-14-2006, 02:00 PM
No advice, b/c that has never been brought up by my religion so I have NO idea what is tabboo or not. I just wanted to tell you that when my mother had cancer she also went blind (tumor made too much pressure against the optic nerve). After months of blindness and enrolling her in all these "Bible for the blind" tapes and everything, she regained her sight all of a sudden and kept it to her death...come to find out this was the day after my play grandmother had fasted and prayed all day for my mom to regain her vision...that's all she prayed for the entire day, and the next day my mom permanently regained her vision. I hope things work out with your son. Parenting is tough sometimes, and I'm sure it will only be tougher when my son is your age.
If you can still have water, I'd say drink water around the clock so you'll at least be hydrated and probably will help you feel less hungry if your body will well hydrated.
02-14-2006, 02:03 PM
Oh yeah, I have read that the ill and menstruating and not allowed to do fasts in the Muslim religion...it saps your strength. Whether this is really true, you'd have to ask a Muslim, not a Southern Baptist ;)
02-14-2006, 02:15 PM
Hi Shennie, I admire your strength and commitment. You are such a good mother. I would say that protein is key, and of course water. I do believe in fasting and prayer, it was worked in our family before too. If we can be any support, just say the word. Katie
02-14-2006, 06:04 PM
Hi Shennie - I hope your prayers are answered. I teach at a college with a lot of international students, and the Muslim students fast during the daylight hours during Ramadan. As I understand it, they eat a light breakfast (protein, starch) in the morning before sunrise, and then can drink water during the day. Then they eat their big meal of the day after sunset. They invited other students and faculty to join them for a day of fasting and prayer a couple of years ago, and then we all got together for dinner - I don't remember being hungry at all, until we went into the ballroom and could SMELL all the food.
I wish you the best and hope that your prayers are answered!
02-14-2006, 06:36 PM
Shennie--I will add you to my prayer list. God will see you through it. You are a strong woman and smart in handing it over to Him. I give it all to Him at the end of the day--I figure He's going to be up all night anyway! My 9 year old is being baptised by her uncle this Sunday so this has been an amazing week for us. Sounds like you have been given great advice already so I'll just offer my prayers for things to work out for you and your son.
02-15-2006, 06:38 PM
Shennie what about abstaining from any extras and only eat your meals...since you have to eat to lose but you can discipline yourself in the no extras and only meals and exact weight of what you should have