What’s new with me – I’m grooving on a spiritual fast. It’s really been going very well. I’m on day 6 of a 21 day fast and am very happy.
Why? Good question. I’m tired of being angry all the time, and needed to refocus. I’m tired of being tired all the time and having my clothes not fit. I’m too busy to be unhappy – so a friend suggested the Daniel Fast, and I took a leap of faith, and started it on a whim last Friday Morning.
To sum it up, you give up just about everything except for water, fruits, veggies and whole grains. I’ve made some changes to the rules to suit my life and body, but that’s hardly the point. On a fast, one spends one’s time in reflection, the food is just a conduit for that focus. It’s really nice to be in touch with the Lord that way.
What are my variations? I eat fish every other day. I just know me and I need the protein and essential fatty acids. I’ve given up bread in exchange. It’s a trade off that works for my body.
I feel focused. I feel happy. I knew I needed something to get me through the Halloween season without feeling ashamed of myself. It’s doing that. I thought I would try it for 10 days, but the traditional fast is 21 days or 40 days. Now, on day 6 – 21 doesn’t seem like too far of a goal. Really – I feel great! I love any challenge that breaks me out of a rut, or challenges my skills as a cook. (I just made up a vegan avocado cream to top the Veg Chili for to night. Awesome!)
Before you all ask, no, I’m not taking the family along with me on this one. I make food for them that suits them: meats and cereal and sandwiches. I enjoy my (mostly) vegan meals and everyone is great.
By the way – I’m losing about a pound a day. That’s a sweet payoff. Hoping that my pants will loosen up by day 21, because I’m NOT going to buy new fat pants. Uh-uh. No way. Praise the Lord to that. Amen.
PS – read the article in June’s O magazine on relaxing yourself thin. It helps soooo much.