If this is your first time doing the fast, I’ve written out a few tips to help you get started. Remember as you prepare your menus and grocery lists, to also pray and ask God to prepare your heart. He has great things in store for you!
1. PLAN AHEAD – You will spend more time in the kitchen as you prepare each meal, so it is best to plan your meals ahead. A week’s plan is best, but if you can at least get a day or two ahead, that will help you. Every Saturday during the fast, I’ll be posting a week’s worth of meals plans here on the blog to help you plan. The more prepared you are, the more likely you will be to keep going!
2. DOUBLE IT – When you find a recipe you like, make double the recipe. This way you will have leftovers for those days when you are just not home as much or you can take it to work with you for lunch.
3. GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME TO SHOP! – You will spend more time than usual at the grocery store in the produce section, as well as searching for ingredients you may not usually purchase.
4. BUDGET MORE FOR GROCERIES THIS MONTH – Fresh foods and organic foods tend to cost a little more, but remember that you are not eating out so the money you usually spend in restaurants you are now spending in the grocery store.
5. WATER, WATER, WATER – Water is a great filler when you get a little hungry, but also, our body needs lots of water anyway that we don’t usually provide it. Because you are not drinking as many other liquids, make sure to drink plenty of water. The first few days of the fast it is especially important to drink lots of water because you will most likely experience headaches. The more water you drink, the less intense and frequent your headaches should be. The first day of the fast, try to drink a gallon of water. This will help ward off headaches and aids the detoxing process.
6. MORE BATHROOM BREAKS – 🙂 It’s the truth! Because you are drinking lots of water, you will naturally have to use the bathroom more often. But, this is good. It means your body is riding itself of toxins!
7. TURN OFF THE TV – I’m not saying that you can’t watch any TV while you are on the fast, but I would suggest limiting your TV watching. For one, at night can be your ‘weakest’ time, and you can only watch so many pizza commercials before you are more concerned about pepperoni and cheese than you are what God might be speaking to you. 🙂 Also, we have to leave extra time in our day while we are fasting for God to speak to us.
These are just a few tips for fasting that I hope will benefit you. For those of you who have fasted before, do you have any other great tips for fasting? If so, please leave a comment and let us know!