Top 5 Tips on Fasting for Complete Health

Top 5 Tips on

Fasting for Complete Health

by Michelle M. Pearson

 

vegetable fasting

Many people mistakenly and routinely refer to diets and dieting as "fasting". In doing so, they may feel more spiritual about their diet, but in the end, they repeatedly fail in their attempt to maintain both health and weight afterward this time of "fasting" is over.  

Let's look at the difference between dieting and fasting so that perhaps this year, many of you will get wisdom and understanding as to why your sincere attempts at health or physical improvement have failed thus far. Yes, you may have been sincere, but without applying Biblical fasting truths, you will simply end up sincerely wrong.

In the Bible, the book of Daniel records that Daniel, imprisoned, asked the jailer to allow him to have only vegetables and water for ten days to prove out that he would be stronger than all the others.

How many of you ask to be tested when you are under stress? Do you typically leave off comfort foods, "dainties" and other pleasures when you are under pressure? No, most reach for comfort food or drink, not abstain from it!

No matter his current circumstances and injustices, Daniel determined not to make excuses. At all costs, he determined not to be "defiled" by going against that which the Lord had instructed him as to the care of his body. The Bible tells us that he requested of his jailer,

“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. (Daniel 1:13-14)

Here is the result: At the end of the ten days he looked healthier and better nourished than any other! The refusal to make excuses and the commitment to his relationship with God provided unmatched results in just ten days!

What was at work here that perhaps you haven’t experienced? It wasn’t just a diet that made these boys “the picture of health”.

Dieting is reducing or abstaining from food(s) to affect just the physical body. You think about, measure, count, coordinate, and salivate over food and drink choices all day long. It produces bondage. It is a law-based approach – and the law produces death.

It was the application of the Biblical principle of FASTING.

And, that's our High Five for Health today: Biblical Fasting

#1     Abstain from selected items for a specific purpose – but do so unto God.

First, Daniel determined in his heart that he would bring the body into submission and to keep the spirit and soul undefiled from the customs of the new world around them. He wasn’t merely eating differently. His heart was in it so his desires changed, not just his temporary choices.

By his actions and submission to God and the results thereof, Daniel was proclaiming to his captors, “My God, the Almighty God, is different than your gods. I reverence Him for He is Holy. My choices are different from the pagan world around me because of who He is and how I revere Him.” 

If you read further in Daniel, one will see this bears out in the continued hand of God upon Daniel and his companions. I believe Daniel’s decision to fast was a huge contributor to the spiritual strength we later see in all of these young men.

So, how does one method of abstinence (dieting) produce sickness and death and another method (fasting unto the Lord) produce strength and health?

In the natural, dieting subtracts from one’s health. Typically, people force the body into starvation to reduce weight. Perhaps they abstain from fats in an attempt to influence a change in cholesterol levels. Either way, the abstinence in dieting is about food, not God. Another way to say that would be that abstinence from food by dieting is separate from your relationship with God. That which is separate from God is what?

#2     Fasting changes the mind and the body by the change of character and purpose. This is the ultimate goal of fasting.

Diets result in the body’s scavenging muscle and bone for survival rather than burning excess fat and eliminating toxic waste. In sharp contrast, the entry for “fasting” in Vine’s Expository Dictionary states,

“Christ taught the need of purity and simplicity of motive. The answers of Christ to the questions of the disciples of John and of the Pharisees reveal His whole purpose and method. What He taught was suitable to the change of character and purpose which He designed for His disciples.” (Emphasis added.)

#3     Fasting is not so much about denying yourself as it is about not defiling yourself. Your heart must direct your motives, not your waistline.

The Lord knows the intent of your heart. Your true motive is not disguised from His eyes. If you are dieting and calling it a fast, He knows. There is nothing any less healthy than a lie. And internal lies, the ones we tell ourselves, lead to internal disease.

If you are truly being led by the Lord to fast from something for the strengthening of your spirit and your body, then your time will be consecrated unto the Lord and the destroyer will have no opportunity to harm you.

#4     Enter into fasting at God's prompting, increasing your communication and consecration to God. Replace whatever is laid aside for the time of the fast with time spent in the Lord.

Allow yourself time to draw nearer to God and focus on His desires for your life and your body. If you keep these things in mind and be Spirit-led, you, like Daniel, will come out stronger, not weaker, a true testimony to the Lord!

Here are some types and times of Biblical Fasting: (not all inclusive)

·         Vegetables and Fruit with water

·         From Bread and yeast products

·         Water Only – Note: This type of fast is very rare in the Bible; we find no examples of this being something the general population did for extended lengths of days. Except for Jesus and a few others, generally, this is a one-day fast from sun-down to sun-down.

·         Biblical Lengths or times: 21 Days for Revelation, 40 Days – in preparation for the next dimension in your ministry purpose, 1 Day per week – the fasted life, 7 Days – from bread and leaven, 10 Days – Daniel's first fasting period, up to 3 to 3 1/2 years – while Daniel was in captivity, to honor God.

·         Important Note: Popular "juice fasting" with fruit juices is not a biblical fast. It produces an addiction to sugar. "Liquids only" is also not necessarily a Biblical fast. It is a liquid diet to produce drastic weight loss in a short period of time – it does not produce a change in character and consecration to purpose. (The exception would be fasting on vegetable juice and water, in keeping with the description of Daniels fast, and therefore, appropriately healthy for the body.)

And finally, number five in our Top Five Tips on Fasting for Complete Health:

# 5   An attitude fast – to break yokes and bondages, wrong hearts & wrong mindsets


This is the kind of fasting I have chosen:

Loosen the chains of wickedness,

untie the straps of the yoke,

let the oppressed go free,

and break every yoke.

Isaiah 58:6 (GW)

Fasting has definite physical benefits, including loss of excess weight, toxins, and impurities. It can heal the gut and the heart. It has definite power to renew the mind, will, and emotions to healthy patterns.

But most powerful of all, and the precursor to every other benefit, true biblical fasting sharpens our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit so that we are clear to hear God's voice. As you truly fast unto Him, all these other things, including health, are added unto you!  

Fasting does not move God. It moves you… to God.

And there is no place of greater health than that!

(For more teaching on this topic, please go to our Products and Resources Page and get the download, "Fasting and Feasting" which is approximately one hour of class time on the subject.)

Know someone who is struggling with some health problems?

Of course you do! Please share this with them.

Believe. Choose. Activate. Achieve. (Repeat.)

Michelle M Pearson, Senior Wellness CoachMichelle Pearson is a dynamic wellness coach, speaker, author, and the Founder & President of Picture of Health Inc. (http://thepictureofhealth.com). On a personal health journey for the past 17 years, Michelle’s mission is to educate, activate, challenge and equip others to live a full, satisfying life through the use of state-of-the-art educational resources to produce significant and lasting health breakthroughs.

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The Dr's Wife, Speaker, Author, Mountain Taker, Trainer in health & clinical nutrition, walks in healing, high heels, & hiking boots. Preferably in pink. A Catalyst for Change, Michelle has been on a personal health journey for the past 19 years. Her mission is to educate, activate, challenge and equip others to live a full, satisfying life. She and husband, Dr. Ray Pearson, are known as "The Dynamic Duo of Health and Healing". Together, they have more than 1000 hours of continuing education in advanced nutrition and wellness topics.

16 Comments

  1. This article is a great explaination for fasting and it’s true purpose, seeking God. I really enjoyed reading, but mostly in understanding the true principles of fasting. This 40 day boot camp is about seeking God! Love it!

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  2. Thanks Michelle for giving me so much to think about.  I am grateful to God that I will be able to return to this article whenever needed.

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  3. This is a great article on the principles of fasting.  Very infomrative and it reminds me to keep myself in check for the reasons I am doing the 40 day boot camp.

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  4. Very good information. This is an article to keep and read again and again. These guidelines along with meditating on Isaiah 58 are powerful.

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  5. Gods ways are so much higher and better than man's ways.  Example:  I have had a side affect to the coconut oil.  I began taking it  because it was a good fat to help my heart.  Michelle
    told us during the conference in Harrison, that putting it on our skin it would be absorbed and help our inner body.   Tonight a young woman several decades younger than I, commented on how smooth my skin looked.   Contrast with man made drugs that you have to wonder if the disease isn't better than the side affects.
    Fasting is God's best for us… as Michelle always reminds us the first three letters in diet spell die.   I want to live and not die and proclaim the word of the Lord and enjoy the side affects to God's medicine!
    Jackie

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  6. I need to read this again and again to really absorb this and make it a part of me!  The words and thoughts are so thought provoking. I am so glad to gain a new understanding of fasting.  Each time I learn something new! Thank you!

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  7. This blog is soooooooo meaty (or should I say "fatty"?), it's been the focus of much of my meditation the last few days.  So, I have a lot of thoughts running around in my head/heart.  One is a deeper appreciation of Daniel.  We talk about the fasted life being one day a week, and I'm not putting that down.  But when Daniel was led of the Lord to begin what we now call a Daniel fast, he of course didn't think of it as a fast.  He just purposed to remain undefiled by that world's system.  And he began God's plan to do that without any end in sight!  One's heart really must be in it for any kind of fast of any length, if our desires are to change.  The emersion in the Word has really focused my heart to make the changing of my desires effortless.  And I expect no end to their staying changed!

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  8. I found the section on the different type of Bible Fast really interesting. I have known many people who have done liquid fast (fruit juice and water, sometimes milk) and this is the type of fast that I have done most often. It fact while doing a three day fast like this I had my first episode with low blood sugar, which eventually led to bouts with hypoglycemia. Then when you simple stated that there was no where in the Bible where this type of fast was done…it clicked. No, there wasn't. My focus and heart during this time were right. I truly was seeking the Lord for direction, but I was doing this with a lack of knowledge. My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. I was very glad to read this and have the light bulb come on. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. I am feeling so good! P.T.L  Fasting the bread this week, has been a joy not a burden.  Thanks for helping me get my health back.   I have not drank a soda since October 15th and have not missed them. 

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  10. Wow!  Thanks for guiding me to "change my character in preparation for the next dimension in my ministry/service purpose – and to hear God clearly"!  That is my hearts desire and I believe you all are the coaches for the journey……..

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  11. this is really good, summer of 2009 I did a fast of water, one day every week.  It was for physical rejuvination but also direction of which way to go next.  I enjoyed it, and my body did too.

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  12. I understand the concepts of fasting – just not into it! Right now I'm in need to "reframe" some things!

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  13. Great Biblical references!  An example of "seek ye first the Kingdom of  God…".  When you place Him first and be a doer of His Word, everything will fall into place.

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  14. Folks, I am here to tell you that the information in this article,"Top 5 Tips on Fasting for Complete Health". works! 
    In a 2 year period beginning in early 2009, I lost 25 pounds without dieting just by changing my eating and drinking habits and taking certain nutritional supplements as recommended by The Picture of Health coaches.  Losing weight was not the focus—being healthy was!  No, I didn't lose the weight quickly but that did not bother me.  It came off slowly and has stayed off.   I now have more energy and can do things today that I would not have been able to do just 3 years ago.  Focusing on God and not on food truly does make the difference!!  As the POH "slogan" says:
    It's not a diet; it's a lifestyle!

     
    P.S.  The information given as to why and how to change your lifestyle which is given in all the blogs here really is applicable in a practical manner for anyone who will avail themselves of what is offered by The Picture of Health coaches!

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  15. I so appreciate your ministry and how everything  taught comes from the Word. What a necessary reminder of our  heart/attitude will result in seeing results in our body. I am maturing in this area this year! 

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  16.  Fantastic article. Great information on fasting.  Also, a reminder for me that this health journey is a spiritual journey and makes me more aware of my level of commitment to God in every area.  Thanks so much!

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