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Learning About ... Fasting

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a six-week penitence before Easter. It is a period of fasting and introspection.

One of the most popular actions during this time is to give up one of your vices for the six week period. Let's face it if you went six weeks without a coffee then when it is time to go back to it you will find you have lost your taste for it.

At least I hope so because I am planning on giving up Coke Zero for this time period. It is getting to be an expensive habit much like smoking is.

But let's talk about the fasting part. There is some evidence that fasting causes your body to use up its fat reserves. Sounds like a good idea to me.

There are several ways to fast the simplest being to not eat for 12 hrs then have a small meal in the evening. That sounds a bit difficult to do but if you have rid your home of all the sweets & meat during the past week maybe not so much.

There are many different ways to fast. On Healthline, there is a guide to Intermittent Fasting methods beyond the 12-hour version or the bread & water only version. Fasting BTW way is defined as no food for 8-12 hours so some of us already do this. Another place you can find information on Fasting is at the Diet Doctor site.

Rather you choose to try fasting or not the main things to remember are no eating for about 8-12 hrs and then have a small meal but no more. It is recommended that fasting be limited in length as if done to excess can cause more harm than good. On the upside intermittent fasting can help control diabetes to a small extent. Always good to know.

Its a few days after I wrote this and I have been thinking about the giving up Zero thing. I still plan to do it but I have 40 days. I am reluctant to go cold turkey as that tends to make it worse at the beginning.

I am thinking several things. I have already been limiting myself to none before noon, now I want to add to that stricture.

Day 1-7
1] No Zero before noon or after six
2] Limit intake to 2 cans a day

Day 8-14
1] No Zero before noon or after four
2] Limit intake to one can a day

Day 15-21
1] No Zero before noon or after 2
2] Limit intake to one can a day

Day 22-29
1 can at noon -none after12:30pm

1 can M-W-F

1 can T & T

Day 41- none or W then the following week none.

If at any time I find myself not wanting one at the designated time then I will get none that day. It's similar to what my daughter did to break her sons of their Pepsi addiction.


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