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A couple of weeks ago I was watching EWTN- the Catholic channel I usually watch on TV and there was a guest Jay W. Richards talking about his new book – Eat Fast Feast
The complete title was…
Eat Fast Feast – Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul – A Christian Guide to Fasting.
Of course, this piqued my interest so I continued to listen to him talk about how he started with a low carb diet and then began to follow a keto diet and ultimately discovered the many health and spiritual benefits of fasting.
He continued by talking about how fasting has long been a practice of Christians and other religions since the beginning of time and the benefits that come with it are far beyond just physical.
He also shared how Christians today don’t really fast the way early Christians did and how the abandonment of this practice has led to a deterioration in body and soul for humans all over the world.
Let’s face it, it is hard to even think about fasting in any real capacity in today’s modern age of ‘food always & everywhere’
Dr. Jason Fung
Once I got the book I began reading right away. I was surprised to see that Jason Fung MD had written the forward for the book.
He is one of the very first doctors I learned the benefits of fasting from. I have his books and have listened to many videos and podcasts from him.
He has treated and cured many diabetic patients using different fasting regimens. So, he knows all too well the health benefits of not eating all the time.
He states he was happy to write the forward to this book. Here is just a quick look at some of the forward he wrote…
“I have hoped that someone would write a book on the spiritual benefits of fasting that takes account of the growing scientific and clinical evidence for its benefits to health.
I’m pleased that Jay Richards has woven together the Christian tradition’s rich teaching and practice with the growing scientific case for fasting.
Almost anyone can benefit from fasting but Christians have many good reasons to make it a permenant part of their lifestyle.”-Jason Fung MD
Perfect for Lent
This book leads you through a forty-day plan to start incorporating dietary and fasting changes in a non-threating manner. I especially like that he discusses the why and how of low carb eating and fasting throughout the book.
He also states that this is the perfect companion for Lent. How cool is that! During the Season of Lent from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, there are 46 days – 40 days of fasting and six Sunday mini-feast Days.
Incidentally, it takes about this amount of time (40 days) for your body to begin to burn fat for fuel and get your metabolism moving in that direction.
Six Week Break Down
It begins by breaking down the reasons why fasting should be part of our daily lives – by simply breaking down the science.
He also explains why Christians have almost completely abandoned the practice of fasting in any true sense of the word and how Christianity itself has suffered and declined greatly due to that fact.
The book continues with a six-week plan that will not only educate but inspire the reader to a fuller prayer life and a healthier way of eating and living every day.
It discusses the best food choices, setting up your environment for success right from the beginning, and also how to continue with your healthy eating and fasting during ‘not so convenient’ circumstances (ie eating out, gatherings, etc.).
In my opinion, it ties together beautifully and uniquely the benefits and ‘why’ fasting should be part of our daily lives. It simply covers all you need to know to start today and slowly move towards an intermittent fasting lifestyle over the next 40 days.
Just Some of the Chapters of Eat Fast Feast Include
- How and Why Christians Used to Fast
- Why We Quit Fasting
- Fasting Doesn’t Fave To Be So Hard
- Why Fasting Isn’t Bad For You
- Using Fat For Fuel
- Fasting for
- Discipline, Sacrifice, and Holiness
- Fasting for Better Prayer
- Why Fasting Isn’t an Attack on Your Body
- Fasting for Spiritual Warefare
- Fasting to Fight Disease and Live Longer
- Why We Should Feast
- and much more!
Outlining his own story, the author leads you through his journey of searching for better health and sort of falling into the practice of fasting and how it has transformed not only his health but has also deepened his faith.
Jay W. Richards, a professor at Catholic University in Washington D.C., leads you slowly through the process of beginning to follow a healthy diet, increasing your fasting time and teaching how fasting and prayer can be combined for spiritual growth and power.
I haven’t yet finished the book. I just wanted to let everyone I could know about this, in my opinion, perfect Lenten companion. Along with your daily Scripture reading and reflections, this has the possibility of making this Lent like no other.
Eat Fast Feast Is Not Just For Lent
Fasting is something that I have committed to for the rest of my life not just during Lent. I just can’t ignore what it has gifted me in ways of discipline, health and self-awareness, and deeper faith.
Of course, you could use and follow this book at any time. It is not ‘Lent‘ specific. But, it gives the possibility of bringing a deeper appreciation for the age-old Christian practice of fasting and transforming your health at the same time.
You can get your copy of the book here and join me in learning all about the benefits of the age-old practice of fasting and just how it can deepen our faith and transform our lives.