I have decided for the sake of my health to fast once a week. Immediately I can hear screams from the audience- no! But yes, I am serious.
I lead a stressful life here in Japan- there is no escaping that fact, even with improved conditions in many areas. This does take its toll on my body, and as your average human being I find it very easy to slip back into old habits of not taking care of myself well enough, or eating without mindfulness, rushing, not feeling.Fasting is one way that I can cleanse myself regulalry of the stuff we call modern living.
Fasting has been a part of buddhist, christian, orthodox, hindu and muslim culture and many other cultures for millenia, and it is a very obvious way to cleanse the body of accumulated junk.
I read a very interesting book recently called “Eat Stop Eat”, introduced to me by my friend Rannoch from Simple Strength, and using that system as a base, will try to do this regularly.
It also means that for that 24 hour period, I need to be nice to myself; not too much exercise, plenty of sleep, plenty of water, and a balanced entry and exit point. I am already 16 hours in, and the thought of real food is about 8 hours away.
Surprisingly, it isnt as hard as I thought, but I still have the afternoon ahead of me! Its amazing how your senses wake up- the sense of smell most specifically!