The Fat Lady Sang, Now What?

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Another Fat Tuesday has passed marking the end of the indulgence of carnival season and the beginning of Lent, a time for fasting.  While all the monotheistic religions of the world involve some period of fasting, one need not be religious to benefit from a fast.  In today’s world it may be easy to overlook just how much we are a product—a result of what we consume.  In a previous post, I shared my experiences while maintaining a vegan diet.  In short, I find that clearing and detoxifying the body through fasting also serves to clear the mind.

The Old Testament of the Holy Bible tells the story of Daniel (Daniel 1:1-17) who only ate vegetables and drank water during his time in Babylonian captivity. During the fast, he thrived rather than becoming physically and mentally weak. Today, many adopt what is now referred to as The Daniel Fast during Lent or other periods of spiritual renewal.  The Daniel Fast limits us to foods planted for harvest and water.  This includes legumes (beans and peas), fruits, vegetables and seeds (sprouts and nuts).  Everyone considering a dietary change should consult their personal physician.  Yet, people find that a plain diet rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, trace minerals, and omega fatty acids like this one taken up by Daniel can lead to clarity of the body and mind.  It is also one element of a lifestyle focused on achieving a body, mind, and spirit…enBloom!

I’m curious to know who’s taking on a fast this season of Lent?  What have been some of the changes you observed or other experiences you have had while fasting?

For a more spiritual exploration of the Daniel Fast, visit the blog at http://danielfast.wordpress.com

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