The benefits of fasting far outweigh its challenges. Not only will we benefit physically by taking a break from processed foods and our traditional rich diets during the holidays, but the physical benefits of fasting are just the beginning. We fast primarily because of spiritual benefits, which are priceless! The sacrifice is well worth the results because God is faithful to hear our cry!
The fewer the number of calories you are take in, the more you will experience physical challenges while fasting. For example, if you are on the Daniel Fast, you are eating fruits and vegetables, lentils, grains etc. and you are getting calories. However, because of the abstinence from meat, sugar, bread, and other items, you will experience some withdrawal discomfort.
This is also true for those on the one-meal fasts (with soup or a meal) but may be more of a challenge because caloric intake has been drastically reduced.
The first three days of the fast are probably the most difficult. You will probably experience headaches, hunger, and perhaps even dry mouth. While, these symptoms usually subside after the first few days, there are a few things I can suggest you do to limit their severity:
1. Take a mild laxative at the beginning of your fast
2. Take an enema or mild laxative every 5-7 days
3. Abstain from eating sugar and simple carbohydrates
4. Plan to drink plenty (about 3 quarts) of water daily
5. Don’t engage in strenuous exercise or physical activity
6. Get plenty of rest.
Let me explain…