We all recognize that our homes need to be cleaned every so often. Less often though we think about cleaning our body-house – the one we have to live in 24/7!
The problem is that while we can see our homes clutter up, we often can’t see the “clutter” begin piling up in our body until it’s too late (i.e. disease). Fortunately, nature has provided us a wonderful method to clean our body-house at no cost. The best part is that it can repair your body cells, improve heart health, may prevent cancer, improve brain health, increase longevity, and of course save you money!
Now I know what you are thinking. Fasting? Ugh! But I like food!
I know. So do I. Sometimes a little bit too much. But that is the point of occasional fasting. It is firstly to reorient our relationship with food, realizing that we are dependent on it; it humbles us and helps us practice balance in life.
The other thing is this: people often think of fasting as a day or even a several day affair. This is not always necessary. There are many types of fasting. I practice intermittent fasting usually once or a few days per week; it is a type of fasting that involves eating only during a certain section of time of the day. An example might be skipping breakfast on a day when you will not be very physically active, or skipping dinner when you will be relaxing and feel like your digestive system needs a rest. Another practice is to simply abstain from certain foods; an example might be eating lightly for the day, such as only eating nuts or fruits or vegetables, or not eating meat for a few days or longer, or whatever is best suited to you. The idea is not to be fanatical and rigid, but to introduce the concept of abstaining and “cleaning house” to reorient your system, health, and relationship with food. Listening and being in tune with one’s body and the nature within it is the main theme here.
Naturally one should consult with a qualified health practitioner if they have been diagnosed with a health condition that is contraindicated with fasting. If you are healthy however, I can guarantee you that introducing the concept of occasional fasting or at least practicing mindfulness in your life about your food choices will help you practice greater simplicity and balance in your life, as well as save you money by reducing your grocery and potential future health care bills. And most enjoyable of all (after saving all of that money, of course), is the well-balanced feasts you can enjoy after your fast!
Just make sure to take it easy after your fast. Your digestive system will be more sensitive so start light!
If you would like more information about intermittent fasting, here are some links (I don’t necessarily endorse all views included, but they are a good place to start):
Happy fasting (and feasting!)