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    Isaac
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    My priest recommend that I begin fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays but he said to begin little by little. This little is certainly A LOT for the time being. I’m trying my best to use this as an opportunity to control my gluttony and not to eat when my body already feels full. I never knew fasting could really make you reflect on your life. Sometimes, I feel like weeping for my sins.

    What can I do? It’s very challenging. Please, pray for me. Lord have mercy, save us!

    #1624 Reply
    Maria
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    I’ll be praying for you!
    This is something I need to work on, too šŸ™‚

    #1628 Reply
    Ron
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    Congratulations, Isaac. Changes like this are tough. Your comments make me think that some of your eating has been to avoid emotions (eating when you are already full). Consequently, your tears could be “old feelings” that are surfacing now since you are not eating to feel better. I was very reluctant to make this observation as it is based on very limited knowledge of you. In fact, it is based only on your few comments. Still, i offer these hoping it helps. If i am accurate, you might think about being gentle and compassionate with yourself. Maybe this is not about sins you have committed but about some losses you have had a hard time accepting and grieving.
    All my best wishes.

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    Joe
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    I’m on the other end of it… Fasting from food is not a big deal for me, (I’m very accustomed to not having the food I want… I’m just trying to be thankful that I have the food I need) but my husband definitely has the “food demon”… Lenten gastronomy was so hard on him that it ceased being spiritually productive for me; I could live on saltine crackers and boiled lentils for the rest of my life with no spiritual benefits, but my husband would dry up like a cut flower if I tried to make him eat that way (I am the cook of our house) for any length of time…
    (Big paraphrase here): A zealous young monk once said to a wise old monk, “I only eat one loaf of bread every other day.” The old monk said, “That is vanity; you should eat half a loaf every day.” šŸ˜‰
    It is only my opinion, but I feel that fasting is only good if it helps you concentrate and pray better… If it becomes a distraction or a curse, it is not fruitful.
    I am a nicotine addict… I’ve never even tried to fast from cigarettes yet… I’m too scared.

    #1632 Reply
    Joe
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    That is, I’d rather starve to death than go without my smokes. Sometimes I don’t eat anything for days just because I feel sad and I don’t wanna cook or clean… I guess that’s pretty sick… It’s certainly not the kind of fasting we are meant to do.

    #1636 Reply
    Maria
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    For days, Joe? That’s not very good… My wife would be furious with me if I tried that! (And goodness knows I might – typical young woman with body issues, here).
    I hope you’re all right šŸ™

    #1639 Reply
    Joe
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    Oh im fine, I was just exaggerating when I wrote “days”, but it’s definitely true that I eat to live, and not the other way around. Thanks for your concern, though šŸ™‚

    #1655 Reply
    Joe
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    Hey Issac, how is it going? This topic you posted has really helped me examine my own dietary discipline… I thank you.
    Are you getting used to the Wednesday/Friday thing? Has it helped you to concentrate on prayer? Have you found some good recipes? There are so many great Orthodox-oriented cookbooks available; I’ve got at least ten on my bookshelf… I’d be happy to share recipes with you… The point of fasting is “more time for prayer”, not “starving yourself in vain”, right? Lentils/dal actually taste better reheated on Wednesday when you cook them on Tuesday… šŸ™‚

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