Breaking the Fast

The long fast is over, and we don’t start again until February 28 (I think.) It was harder this year than before, since we live in a non-fasting household, and I got off track for a couple of weekends.

The worst part is that I didn’t keep the fast well. I ignored what I needed, just sort of eating around what I prepared for the others, and I certainly did not get enough protein and even skipped meals. (It doesn’t look it – I ate too many carbs.) I substituted sugar for real food – and crashed hard on the 23rd day. My husband promptly ordered me off the fast and would take no argument. I had made myself ill, and that was that.

Neglecting oneself is not good fasting. It is not proper gratitude and trust in God. I am not going to call it prideful in this case, but it was not mindful.

We are discussing the Lenten fast already. Nicholas does not want me to get into the same situation, and since he will be back in training, fasting will not be possible for him. If I join him in the gym again, it won’t be possible for me, and he really expects me to get back into the trainers and lift some weight. I know I need some time on the treadmill to build up stamina again. ( It’s a lot cheaper to train in a gym than for us to try to buy all the equipment we need and house it. We have been competition level athletes and that’s what you do at that level.)

So the Lenten fast will have to look different than the canonical guidelines. I am seriously suggesting that we give up all junk food, all refined foods, and eat a good mediterranean type diet. If that is the case, then we might as well start now!

For it isn’t the fasting itself that saves us, but the intention of our hearts as we turn to God and theosis, growing in His likeness.

We will find ways of mindfulness; ways to serve the Lord, self-sacrifices to make and new joys in His glorious Name.


3 thoughts on “Breaking the Fast

  1. My Advent fast was hard this year, too. Sometimes I wonder if the peasants didn’t have it easier – they didn’t have much around to tempt them. We live in a world where things that shouldn’t be on the shelves this time a year are staring us down.
    I like the idea of a Mediterranean diet. Chicken and olive oil and lots of flavorful herbs!

  2. Dear Magdelaina,

    You most likely already know of this website and the majority of what is offered; nonetheless, i thought I would share it with you. All the health/medical studies, journal articles etc are referenced making it possible to research the findings independantly.

    Concerning the fast, you have my thoughts, smiles and prayers; it was my first and, hmm, falling off the back of the wagon happened. However, all in all i found it a rewarding experience. When one looks into detail at God’s creation given us for food, there’s no doubt about it; our Creator know’s what He’s doing!! 🙂

    I wish you every success in regaining condition; I’m under doctor’s orders to lose 28kg :-0 Doing allright; let the side down a bit this past few days; nothing that I can’t get back on top of? What was that quote by Martin Luther concerning self control, appetite etc (I am sure you used it a few posts back now)?



  3. Thanks, ladies. We all need encouragement, just as we all need confession when we fail! Amber is so right. It was a lot easier even a couple of generations ago, when the high-fat, high-sugar diet we now eat was less common! I used to have a great book called “Honey from a Weed.” I think the author was named Patience Grey. She and her husband studied art in Italy, Greece and at other points along the Mediterranean, and they lived with the peasants there, and learned to eat and cook very locally. Her comments on the Lenten fast were cogent, that fasting was merely what one had to do, since there wasn’t a lot of food around anyway in those months. At least we all learned from the fast. A blessed Christmas to all!

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