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Friday, June 06, 2008

The world's most effective diet

Now you are already probably wondering what a religious blog is putting up a post on dieting, but this particular article is about the many health benefits associated with fasting. Fasting, of course, has been a spiritual discipline embraced by Christians from the very beginning and from that perspective should be entered into as a spiritual practice with ancillary health benefits, rather than only as a means of losing weight. Nevertheless, there is little surprise that something that is good for your soul is also good for your body as well. The article is fairly informative, so I'd recommend it.

In her book on spiritual practices, Marjorie Thompson describes fasting as "praying with your whole body," which I've always found to be an apt definition. I think it is one of the most powerful spiritual disciplines around and have always found it to be helpful in my own spiritual life. If you haven't tried it, or haven't tried it recently, it may be time to take another good look at fasting.

I'd love to hear the thoughts of others on fasting, as far as their experiences, concerns, theories, etc. What do you think about fasting?