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    Don't Judge Me! Haphazard's Avatar
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    Default Should I fast this yom kippur?

    I know it’s a terrible thing to ask this online on a Saturday, but hey:

    I know you shouldn’t be fasting for Yom Kippur if you have health reasons not to. I’m trying to decide if I should fast or not. I won’t fall into a diabetic coma (…probably), but… still. I’m recovering from sickness now, I’ve had 5 antibiotic prescriptions in the last year, a short period of disordered eating… so I’m wondering if it would be a good idea.

    Any advice?
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    when fasting, it's important to listen to your body
    and stop fasting when it tells you too. don't force it.
    and most importantly, ease into it.

    i fast often. but before i go on a full fast (7-10days water fast),
    i always prep for it, by going on a pre-cleanse diet so my
    body doesn't go into shock.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    I don't understand religious fasting to begin with, but if it would be a health risk for you to do it, then why the hell even consider it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beat View Post
    I don't understand religious fasting to begin with, but if it would be a health risk for you to do it, then why the hell even consider it?
    I don't know if this would be a health risk. Mostly I've just been lingeringly exhausted and weak from everything and I don't want to slip back into sickness. I don't know if this would cause it, though.
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    No.

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    I think it needs to be your decision.

    I've got to say that I understand the fasting and other disciplines of religious practice, there are lots of different ones for different reasons, the general the kind of self-control and self-mastery involved in the process should be something that's not lost on even the most ardent and unreflective secularist but then again the developed, post-religious, consumer culture isnt big on anything besides indulgence, right now, more, now, again...

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    I think you've got enough on your plate wrt your body and the challenges you're assigning it to do, and trying to juggle another thing is not a wise choice at this moment in time. I think, however, that setting the goal to fast for next year is a great idea.

    Studies have shown that long-term changes in lifestyle are most effective when done slowly and regularly, integrating it into your daily life. People who try to make too many changes at once are nearly always short-term-change people who fall back into their old ways. (I get that fasting for yom kippur is a short term thing, but it coincides with your other changes, and thus throws yet another ball for you to try to keep juggling in the air, and at the moment it's probably too early to take another thing on.)

    Make regular and repeated baby steps that you integrate into your lifestyle changes, and retain them. You will be so impressed with yourself by this time next year, I promise. One day at a time. Keep going for walks, keep taking baby steps.

    I do 5 push-ups every day in the middle of my studying and I'm starting to get toned arms, no joke. It's the little things that matter.
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    *Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
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