Fasting is a practice of restricting or limiting your daily food intake. Though popularized for its health benefits, fasting exists within many cultural traditions and resistance tactics. The practice of fasting cultivates discipline and demands us to focus on what is truly important. During Black August, it is encouraged that you use this focus to study on Black history and resistance, abstaining from other distractions such as television or video games.
There are many types of fasting. To get you started, below are just a few of the options available. During these hot days we suggest that you keep yourself hydrated, though more experienced fasters may choose to restrict their water intake as well. We also suggest taking it easy as you fast. No need to exert additional energy, especially if you are not used to fasting. Get a full night’s sleep and practice self-care whenever possible. When breaking fast, try not to binge. Remember, discipline. And of course, as always, listen to your body.
The sun up to sundown fast is just as its name implies. You eat only before the sun rises and again after the sun sets. While all fasts require a certain level of discipline, this fast may be one of the most disciplined as you are required to get up before the sun to have your first meal. While this fast doesn’t require any additional dietary restrictions, you may choose to safely add your own as the body allows (e.g vegetarian or no sugar).
Don’t skip breakfast. Though waking up early may be difficult for some, the nutrients obtained during this meal will take you until sundown.
Make sure your meals are balanced and nutritious. This is especially important for breakfast as again; you will need these nutrients to take you throughout the day. Your meals should include fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, and good fats.
If you get a case of fasting breath, gargle mouthwash or water with lemon.
Begin preparing you dinner before sundown. This way, you will be able to eat immediately. If you are not able to do so, keep some nutritious snacks around so that you can eat while you cook.
The dinner to lunch fast is a great fast for beginners. Basically, you simply avoid snacking between lunch and dinner. Ideally, to coincide with the other fasts, dinner takes place after sundown.
DINNER-LUNCH FAST TIPS
Try not to take a late lunch. This will allow for a time frame where you can actually feel like you are fasting.
Eat a well-balanced and nutritious lunch.
- Begin preparing you dinner before sundown.
The lunch to breakfast fast has similar timing to the sun up to sundown fast. The main exception however, is that you are able to sleep away much of the fasting time until the next morning. This fast also does not require you to be up before the sun, so breakfast and lunch are whatever time you choose them to be.
LUNCH-BREAKFAST FAST TIPS
Allow yourself a few hours in between breakfast and lunch
- Remember that fasts are about discipline, so try and be consistent with the timing of your meals.
RAW FOOD FAST
Unlike some of the other fasts, the raw food fast does not have any time restrictions. However, you are only able to eat raw foods for every meal and snack, though some may elect to cook their grains.
RAW FOOD FAST TIPS
Though raw, continue to eat a balanced diet. Your meals should include fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, and good fats. Stock up on leafy greens.
- Check the internet or the library for raw food recipes.
Juice fasts are a great way to cleanse the body. When juice fasting, you are able to drink as much juice as you want for every meal. However, this fast is not recommended for extended periods of time (typically no more than 10 days), as it can lead to protein deficiencies. If you are not used to juice fasting, you may want to try this for about 3-5 days, and then switch to another fasting technique.
JUICING FAST TIPS
Drink only fresh-pressed juices. No juiced from concentrate
Try to incorporate leafy greens into every drink.
If fasting for the full month, consider only juice fasting for one or two meals per day. Alternating between juices and smoothies containing nut butters and seeds can help to restore protein.
- Adding flax or chia seeds to your juices may also help increase your protein intake.
24 HOUR FAST
The weekly 24 hour water fast is done 4 times throughout the month on the day of your choosing. During this time, you are able to drink all of the water that you want. Since this fast lasts for a longer time frame than the other methods, you may want to consider doing this on a day where you can stay home if you are not used to fasting.
24 HOUR FAST TIPS
Drink a lot of water. Feel free to go over your regular daily water intake.
Add fruits such as lemon and blueberries to your water for electrolytes and vitamins
- Try starting your fast in the afternoon as opposed to the evening. This way you will be able to break fast earlier in the day.