How to Fast

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How to Fast

There are a lot of reasons why a person might decide to fast. It might be for a spiritual or religious reason; it might be for a health related reason. Whatever is making you consider a fast, you should always take care to do so safely. Knowing how to fast before you actually start is a big plus, and makes it more likely that your fast will be a successful, and easy, one.

Start in Good Health

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You should always make sure that you are in good health before you start a fast. The best way to do this is to see a doctor, and have a checkup, just to be sure that you're in tip-top shape. If you don't want to do that, take time to really examine yourself. Are you feeling well now? Are you tired too often? Take time to know your health, so that you start off on the right foot.

Clear Your Kitchen

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No matter why you're fasting, temptation that is as close as your kitchen could be a massive problem. You might not be tempted early on, but as the hunger or cravings grow worse, you might find yourself giving in. Avoid this by simply getting rid of anything that you're not allowed to eat while you're fasting. If you don't want to throw out perfectly good food (and who does?), try giving it away or donating.

Consider a Trial Run

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If you've never fasted before, a small trial run of a fast might be better than jumping into it headfirst. It will allow you to see any problems you might have with a fast, such as being cranky, or not being able to really control your cravings. Set a date where things will be as normal as possible for you, and start your trial fast then. Afterwards, you can remedy any problems you noticed for your real fast!

Distract Yourself

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During your fast, there are going to be times where you are hungry, or simply craving something that you can't have at the moment. The best way to stop it? Distract yourself! If this is a religious fast, try meditating, praying, or reading your holy book. Otherwise, try any hobby that can keep you occupied:  Knitting, writing, drawing, painting. You can even take the dog for a walk, or just go for a drive yourself!

Feeling Sick? Stop!

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This is a very important part of fasting. Though you might feel slightly irritable and hungry while fasting, you should never feel truly ill. If you're starting to feel sick, including bad headaches (light ones might be normal), dizziness, nausea, weakness, or general fatigue, you should stop fasting immediately and begin to slowly return to your normal diet. Eating simple foods at first can help, and making sure you get enough liquids will, too.

Fasting is something that is done for a myriad of reasons. No matter what you're doing it for, fasting safely should be your top priority. With these tips, you'll hopefully succeed and be better for it!

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