Give Something To Get Something
With Easter gone (for most) the tradition is to give something up and you will get something in return is relevant in the theme of the holiday.
There is a science behind this. I fully don’t understand it myself, but intermittent fasting is one of the healthiest things you can do. It has been ingrained in us since the dawn of mankind, where as hunter/gatherers we would go days without eating anything but berries while we were on the hunt. But since farming came into play 10,000 years ago food became abundant enough that we didn’t have to worry about fasting for long periods of time.
The problem is that fasting is still required for our bodies and doing so gives it the chance to cleanse itself from all the nastiness that our bodies have been taking in through food (especially in today’s society). Which is why most of the biggest and major religions out there have implement some sort of fasting as part of the religious practice.
In the Catholic way of life, the tradition is to give one thing up for the 40 days leading up to Easter which gives your body enough time to cleanse itself from any toxins it has taken from that food source, or habit. In the Orthodox way of life, we give up anything that has blood in it, so red meats, and fish. Every Wednesday and Friday we even cut out oil, which if you are Greek (as I am) it’s in everything. So, we are vegans for 40 days leading up Easter. Muslims don’t eat during the day light, and in the Jewish faith they also don’t eat for a few days leading up to Passover.
Now which is right, and which is wrong is a matter of perspective if you ask me. The bottom line is fasting basically helps you detoxify all the crap that we have in our bodies. Best way to fast is the way that you grew up because your traditions define you as a person and as a culture.
One way to help speed up the process is what I like to do, every Thursday night, after dinner I don’t anything until Friday lunch time. Dinner time is usually around 6 or 7 pm and lunch is usually around 1 or 2 pm so this gives my body 20 to 21 hours of cleansing time on a weekly basis. The first two weeks are the hardest, after that it becomes a lot easier. The benefit: the body gets cleaned on a weekly basis and starts functioning better because of it. I start to drop those hard 5 lbs of fat, muscle starts to grow better, the fog in my brain starts to clear and I can think better, and I just feel so much better and happier.
So, try to do this on a weekly basis and you will see for yourself. If you are a “religious” person, then try your way of fasting and you will see the benefits of it. As a friend once told me: “What do you have to lose?”