Happy April Fools Day everyone!
I completed the Daniel Fast and learned a lot about myself during the fast. Fasting is something that you should try, because it helps you focus on those things that matter most.
I ended the Daniel Fast on March 22, 2011. I had no intentions of ending on that date, but since it was my husband’s birthday on that date, I wanted to enjoy the celebration and not be a party popper.
I dusted off a few raw vegan books and started reading to refresh my mind. The last week in March was the time, that I ate a high raw vegan diet. I did very well and did not tell myself that I could not eat cooked foods. I left the cooked food option open.
I find that when I put limits on myself, I tend to have a harder time adjusting to change. But this time it was not hard at all for me to eat a high raw vegan diet for a few days.
Lessons I learned after completing the Daniel Fast (DF)
1. Self-control. This fast helped me realize that I am in control and there is no need to do things just because I feel like it.
2. No need for sweet foods. The longer I stayed away from sweet foods, the more I found myself not missing the added sweetness. I do not have any desire to eat desserts or sweet foods, only the foods sweetened naturally.
3. Taste buds very sensitive. While on the DF, I could not tolerate too many sweet foods. A few times I had smoothies that were way too sweet for me. Any other time, I have no problems drinking smoothies.
4. All things are possible. Whenever doubt came into my mind, it did not stay for long.
5. Read labels more. I am a food label reader most of the time, but after the DF, I find myself reading the food labels even more. I do not dart into the grocery store and dart out. I take my time and carefully read the labels.
6. Eat more whole foods. Prepackaged and highly processed foods are less appealing to me. Whole foods are what I am more drawn too, since doing the DF.
7. Clarity and focus. During the DF my thinking was clearer. I was able to really stay centered and focused on many things.
8. Mellow attitude (relaxed). I usually let small things get to me, but while on the DF, nothing really got me upset. I was cool and calm about many things. When I look back on it, there were many things that should have gotten under my skin, but for some reason, those things did not faze me.
You Should Fast
Fasting is a good way to cleanse the body and the mind; sometimes resulting in weight loss. It helps your mind be clearer and your focus be right on point.
You do not have to do a major fast. Fasting a few hours a month will do wonders for your mind, body and spirit. I believe fasting helps you stay balanced and centered.
One of my blogging friends, is doing the DF and I am very excited for him, because I know he will notice great changes. Here’s what Bryan told me about the DF.
That said, guess what? I WENT VEGAN! Okay, just for 21 days so far. I’m on the Daniel Fast. Along with my wife. She has been vegetarian for 2 months and loves it. I have only started it with this fast, but I can already tell I feel better.
Go Bryan! 🙂
I urge everyone to give fasting a try. You will not die from missing a few meals or even your favorite foods. You will however, gain a greater sense of self-awareness, clarity, focus and much more.