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Conquering the feeling of hunger is an interesting experience. Even for the experienced it can become unbearable but I've grown used to it. Switching to low carb ketogenic diet is most likely the easiest way to easy your way into fasting. Do consult medical experts if you're under medication or have some kind of chronic disease e.g. diabetes, since fasting can lead to problems. Ok, what else. Detox symptoms. Heightened sensory perceptions (smell, hearing). Instances of hunger and improved concentration contrast one another. Helps meditation unless your having a very dire feeling of hunger. Aside from feeling your chi (tingling electric feel), that's something you'll have to adjust your senses.

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52infinity wrote:
By the by are you Jewish you seem to know alot? If you are that speaks volumes for your already seemingly unbound tolerance.


I'm not Jewish, but I've had some Jewish friends who I've learned things from, and also just from reading.

I grew up as a Protestant church-going Christian, with some Catholic friends. Decided I didn't believe in God or Jesus as the son of God in my mid-teens, went to a Catholic college, and consider myself to be a religion-friendly atheist.
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I do fasting from time to time.
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^ I do intermittent fasting.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/14/intermittent-fasting-longevity.aspx
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FlyinDumpling wrote:


Syndicaidramon wrote:

My opinion is that assuming that your god exists and that he loves you, he probably wouldn't want you to do something that's detrimental to your body.
And why would you have to anyway? He's omniscient. He knows you'd do it. That should be enough, honestly...
Fasting is not the same as starving, I hope we're on the same page on this.


Fair enough.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:
All I can say on the subject is that I have not yet done it, but my grandmother often did it in times of need. I have always held fasting in high regard.


Religions like Judaism, Catholicism, Islam and southern Bible-belt, that believe in a more judgmental God that you have to knock yourself out to be worthy of, tend to ascribe physical practices of actually knocking yourself out.
It's a nice demonstration, but if God doesn't want harmless doves or lambs sacrificed like the Hebrews believed He did in the OT, He doesn't want you to physically sacrifice yourself either--A demonstrated commitment to changing is appreciated as much as anything that might actually self-inflict damage on your physical health.

The idea is usually to involve "sharing the guilt" of others' suffering, which tends to come from more hierarchical sects that remind you it's All Your Fault, and not to get crazy uppity ideas about thinking that it might not be.
Most Protestant sects don't enforce such feudalism, so if you want to do it for fun, it's spiritually not much more than the Ice Bucket Challenge.
(Martin Luther, back in his monk days, was so guilt-ridden, the other monks thought he'd literally kill himself from acts of self-flagellating penitence...That's one thing that led to the Reformation.)
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