When one practices fasting, one learns to control one’s senses and to react to the tendency to eat through habits and routines. The yoga philosophy also approves of fasting as a way to purify the body, and fasting gives the gut a break. People who fast for a week or even for a month or two, for more than a few hours a day, benefit from the benefits of the practice. Here are some great tips for fasting, especially if you’re a first-timer!
Fasting can be done in many different ways, but it has always been an integral part of our lifestyle and has proven to be very beneficial both physically and mentally. During fasting, the intestine has the chance to digest food and purify itself. If you always eat, work and work and never rest, you will never fully recover from fasting.
Depending on the situation and experience, you can decide what kind of fast you want to make, but it is important to always listen to your body and do it step by step. For beginners who are experiencing fasting for the first time, you should fast for a few days to see how the body reacts. Fasting for several weeks should never be carried out without experience and supervision.
Be completely devoted
Fasting has the potential to give the body the opportunity to purify itself and detoxify itself, so make sure you know why you want to do it. Fasting is the most convenient and beneficial when you are fully committed to it and truly believe you are doing something good for your body.
Only then will the mind calm down and accept it, and you will not crave food so much. During the fasting period, one should eat less light during the transition period (which is usually about half of the time of Lent).
Be prepared for some physical reaction
If you have eaten less than 3-5 days before, it will be a transition from little to nothing and your body can prepare for it. After a week of fasting, you should therefore begin to eat larger and heavier meals the night of the fast and the next day. Depending on the diet, the body reacts differently to fastings, such as weight gain or energy loss, depending on how much you eat in the first few days of fasting.
Be prepared for physical reactions: Some people get headaches, feel weak and tired, have mood swings, and need to stop fasting. If these reactions are too strong or uncomfortable, stop the fast and try slowly to lighten up for a few days or weeks.
Limit your physical activities
It is important to always listen to your body and to try to plan Lent in such a way that it fits your personal lifestyle. The first time is usually the heaviest, but it becomes easier when the body gets used to fasting. I started fasting when I was still walking around, and it was in the middle of the night, during the day, at night, and at weekends for a few weeks of fasting. That is why these tips for fasting would have been useful even for me!
Those who are more used to fasting have fewer problems with it, and those who are not fasting have fewer problems with it. Do not do too much physically intense activity, as this can make your body tired and make you weak and hungry. We hope those tips for fasting will do you good!