For me, sugar is a healthy fast and something I enjoy eating. My first sugar fast was last summer. It was 28 days long. I had a treat day on Sunday. By the 3 Sunday, I was becoming ill on 'treat day' and had to really go light. With my sugar fasts I give up anything white with the exception of white potatoes and egg whites and anything with sugar or breaks down into sugar easily. What I have taken away from it is I no longer drink sweet tea. Now for a southern girl, that is a big deal! I used to drink a glass with supper every night. I also do not eat a dish of frozen yogurt several times a week. That was a long fast. Several ladies joined me in the fast, but only one finished it with me.
My last fast was 2 weeks with no treats. I did eat white breads. I want to start another next week and it will be no white, but I might enjoy honey in hot tea, and that will be a maybe.
I do not do a sugar fast just to feel better and get healthier, I also use the time to reflect and pray. God uses this time to talk to me. And ladies He TALKS! Every time I feel the urge or craving for sugar, I begin to pray. I ask God what to pray for. And He will tell you! It is so amazing!
I want to encourage you to join me in a fast. You pick the vice. It might be soft drinks, tea, sugar, white foods, fried foods, meat, red meat, etc. (I am not saying meat is bad~Acts 10:15.The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." )~It might even be an activity. Pick something. Use that time for praying. We can chose collectively to pray for something specific or God may have already put something(s) specific on your heart to pray for.
Fasting helps you to focus. Fasting on sugar is a healthy fast. For those who exercise daily, lift weights, have health issues, I never encourage a total food fast. Of a fast of just drinking water or liquids. Too much can happen to your whole system in that 24 hour time. I think your are more effective to take a longer period and pick one thing or a food family.
Fasting-It is a good thing. I encourage Sugar Fast and I will list tips below. But you can pick anything, especially if you have never fasted before.
Speaking of benefits of Sugar Fasting here are a few that I have listed:
- Lower blood sugars
- Lose weight
- Reduce insulin resistance
- Reduce symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome-annoying & uncomfortable)
- Improved endurance training and sports performance
- Reduce heart disease
- Lower lipids
- Prevent diabetes
- Prevent heart disease
- Reduce hunger
I took the above right off of this web site that you can go to for more information - http://www.diabetes-blood-sugar-solutions.com/glycemicdiet.html and something I want to add from personal experience is
- ADDED ENERGY!!!! - (My cardio class participants did not like this part-something about energizer bunny?????)
Days 3-5 you will feel zapped or tired. My friend Cindy had a headache for several days. But that will begin to improve on day 6. Day 7, you will feel great.