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 COMFORT FAST


Comfort Fasting:
Twenty-one days away from distractions and time-consuming activities, and taking that time to draw near to God.

Mankind has perfected technology to manufacture pleasure addiction.Forging the power of technology, our American culture has refined a global industry, highly specialized in feeding our appetites. I need. . . coffee, cigarettes, chocolate, beer, TV, internet, pornography. Even if we don’t say it out loud, our emotions whisper to us all the time, directing how we spend our time, money and energy.

Pizza for insecurity, internet for restlessness, cheese for depression, soap operas for loneliness, tacos for boredom, chocolate for broken-heartedness, pornography for hopelessness, cream-filled éclairs for emptiness. A suffering soul can escape into its inner appetites.

We have become a culture of pleasure-seekers. People will even sacrifice their health for pleasure. The paradox is that when we seek pleasure, it loses its value because God never created pleasure to be self-serving. It was created as a blessed byproduct of self-sacrifice.

A human life that is focused solely on self-fulfillment is a monstrosity. Survival for some of us is getting to our next coffee and candy bar and not missing that favorite TV show. Addiction is an effective way to escape depression, loneliness, melancholy and fear because it allows for momentary pleasure. Pleasure allows the immediate feeling of well-being, whereas hunger can stir up painful, negative emotions.

You have been created with an eternal appetite as vast as God Himself. Man cannot live in a vacuum. If he does not experience God, fulfillment must be found somewhere else. Inside, your soul cries for the living God. It’s a cry that can take the form of addiction, lust and twisted passions, which are incapable of filling an eternal hunger.

How much of your daily patterns of living are shaped and influenced by the patterns of this world, and your past? It’s a hard question because patterns, by their nature, become invisible, the controlling hidden backdrop to vast portions of time.

Our lives are filled with addictions, comforts and conveniences. Those things that are addictions can be broken when we strip our lives down for a season. Most comforts and pleasures aren’t inherently negative, but too much can steal our affections from Jesus.

Here are some ideas of the things you might fast, on a comfort fast:
TV/movies, caffeine, video games, newspapers, alcohol, sugary foods, online social networks (facebook, myspace, twitter, etc.) magazines, shopping, ...anything that can be eliminated to provide more time to seek God for the new year.

For more information on fasting and breaking addiction, visit www.freedomyou.com


DANIEL FAST

“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2-3

One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruit. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to: apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, and watermelon.

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to: artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to: whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn. All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to: sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame, also nut butters, including peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter. All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to: dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to: olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to: beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products including but not limited to: milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs. All sweeteners including but not limited to: sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products including but not limited to: artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods including but not limited to: potato chips, French fries, and corn chips.
All solid fats, including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including but not limited to: coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

This handout is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.

Daniel Fast Helpful hints for during your fast

Carve away time to draw near to God. Read the Bible. Pray.

Expect to hear God’s voice. God is looking to reveal Himself to you. Fasting opens up our heart to receive more of Him.

Fast and pray in order to humble yourself and worship God. The number one reason to fast is to know God. Every good thing flows out of intimacy with Jesus. Fasting enables us to cleanse the sanctuary of our hearts from every other rival, preparing our hearts for encounter with God.

Spiritual breakthroughs often come after a fast, not during it. Do not listen to the lie that nothing is happening. Every fast done in faith is rewarded.

Don’t boast about your fast. Let people know you won’t be eating, only if you need to. Do the fast with others. Have a clear target as your prayer focus.

Prepare for opposition. On the day of your fast, you can bet donuts will be at the office or in class. Your spouse (or your mom) will suddenly be inspired to cook your favorite meals. Press through.

If you fail, don’t give in to condemnation. Even though you may fail several times, God always extends grace. Just hit the “delete” button and continue on your fast.

Feel free to rest a lot and continue to exercise with supervision.

If you are under 18 years of age, discuss your desire to fast with your parents. Spiritual covering, submission, and unity are important factors when fasting.

Important medical information
Years of fasting incorrectly can cause permanent physical damage to your body.

These negative effects are not typically felt at a young age, but they will accumulate after years of fasting.

For people who have struggled with eating disorders in the past, fasting should be done with wisdom and caution. Fasting should never be used for weight loss and it is important to enter back into healthy eating after fasting.

If you have a diagnosed illness and/or are taking prescription medicine, fasting should only be done with the permission and supervision of your health practitioner.

For more information on Daniel fasting visit: danielfast.wordpress.com

This handout is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.


WATER & JUICE ONLY FAST

Prior to your fast

Many people have done a water and juice-only fast. For those who have a limited history of long term fasting, we would not encourage this fast for 21 days. A water-only fast can be noticeably more difficult than a water and juice-only fast, however many people find that they prefer to fast with water-only for fasts less than ten days.

Prepare your body for the fast by eating fresh fruit and raw vegetables, fruit or vegetable juices, oatmeal, etc. a day or two before beginning the actual fast. Eat smaller meals a few days prior to the fast and avoid high-fat and sugary foods. Eating light the day before the fast will help your body to adjust more gradually.

During your fast
Juice fasting:
Drink 100% fruit juices such as apple, grape, peach or pineapple, which are excellent sources of necessary natural sugar to stabilize blood sugar and keep energy levels up. Orange and grapefruit juice are good as well, but these are not recommended for arthritis or allergy sufferers. Monitor juice acidity carefully as it can cause canker sores. Raw vegetable juices such as carrot, celery, beet or green vegetable combinations are excellent as well (Not V8), 100% vegetable juices only, without added sugars, salt or preservatives. A fruit or vegetable juice fast allows you to enter into fasting but still gives enough energy to function. Many people have done a 40-day (or more) juice fast.

Drink plenty of water. Drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day (example: 150lbs=75oz./day). Distilled water is most beneficial, but filtered and purified water also works well.

It is wise to abstain from strong stimulants such as caffeinated and sugary drinks during a fast, including artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks. Avoid protein drinks, which have been known to cause health problems during a fast.

Expect some physical discomforts because of the detoxification process, especially on the second and third day. Physical annoyances may include: weariness, nausea, abdominal cramps, hunger pains, headache, and sleepiness, but press through it. It is part of the detoxification process. By day four and five on a juice or water fast, you will get some relief.

How to break your fast
Break your fast gradually
, especially if you have fasted for more than three days. At this point you will need to exercise self-control. Break your fast on a meal that is light and easy to digest (i.e. grapes, a shredded apple, watermelon, steamed vegetables, or a baked potato).

A fast of three days or more should never be broken by eating a normal meal (including animal proteins, bread, sugar, dairy, and/or processed foods) because these heavy foods put a severe strain and shock on the digestive organs which have been resting throughout the fast. Eating too heavily after a fast can produce serious discomfort, and even damage your body!

After breaking an extended fast (10-21 days), continue drinking fruit or vegetable juices

This handout is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.

Water and Juice-only Fasting

because your body is continuing to detoxify.

During any fast exceeding three days, your stomach will shrink. Do not over-expand it again by overeating. If you have been prone to eat too heavily, guard against going back to this habit. If you train yourself to eat more lightly, your stomach will adjust itself accordingly.

Helpful hints for during your fast

Carve away time to draw near to God. Read the Bible. Pray.

Expect to hear God’s voice. God is looking to reveal Himself to you. Fasting opens up our heart to receive more of Him.

Fast and pray in order to humble yourself and worship God. The number one reason to fast is to know God. Every good thing flows out of intimacy with Jesus. Fasting enables us to cleanse the sanctuary of our hearts from every other rival, preparing our hearts for encounter with God.

Spiritual breakthroughs often come after a fast, not during it. Do not listen to the lie that nothing is happening. Every fast done in faith is rewarded.

Don’t boast about your fast. Let people know you won’t be eating, only if you need to. Do the fast with others. Have a clear target as your prayer focus.

Prepare for opposition. On the day of your fast, you can bet donuts will be at the office or in class. Your spouse (or your mom) will suddenly be inspired to cook your favorite meals. Press through.

If you fail, don’t give in to condemnation. Even though you may fail several times, God always extends grace. Just hit the “delete” button and continue on your fast.

If you are under 18 years of age, discuss your desire to fast with your parents. Spiritual covering, submission, and unity are important factors when fasting.

Important Medical Information
Years of fasting incorrectly can cause permanent physical damage to your body.

These negative effects are not typically felt at a young age, but they will accumulate after years of fasting.

For people who have struggled with eating disorders in the past, fasting should be done with wisdom and caution. Fasting should never be used for weight-loss and it is important to enter back into healthy eating after fasting. If you have a diagnosed illness and/or are taking prescription medicine, fasting should only be done with the permission and supervision of your health practitioner.

For more detailed information on water-only fasting visit: www.freedomyou.com

This handout is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.


WATER ONLY FAST

Prior to your fast

Many people have done a water-only fast. For those who have a limited history of long term fasting, we would not encourage this fast for 21 days. A water-only fast can be noticeably more difficult than a water and juice-only fast, however many people find that they prefer to fast with water-only for fasts less than ten days.

Prepare your body for the fast by eating fresh fruit and raw vegetables, fruit or vegetable juices, oatmeal, etc. a day or two before beginning the actual fast. Eat smaller meals a few days prior to the fast and avoid high-fat and sugary foods. Eating light the day before the fast will help your body to adjust more gradually.

During your fast
Water-only fasting:
Drink plenty of water. Drinking at least half of your body weight in

ounces of water per day. (example: 150lbs=75oz./day) Distilled water is most beneficial, but filtered and purified water also works well.

Expect some physical discomforts because of the detoxification process, especially on the second and third day. Physical annoyances may include: weariness, nausea, abdominal cramps, hunger pains, headache, and sleepiness, but press through it. It is part of the detoxification process. By day four and five on a water fast, you will get some relief.

How to break your fast
Break your fast gradually
, especially if you have fasted for more than three days. At this point you will need to exercise self-control. Break your fast on a meal that is light and easy to digest (i.e. grapes, a shredded apple, watermelon, steamed vegetables, or a baked potato).

A fast of three days or more should never be broken by eating a normal meal (including animal proteins, bread, sugar, dairy, and/or processed foods) because these heavy foods put a severe strain and shock on the digestive organs which have been resting throughout the fast. Eating too heavily after a fast can produce serious discomfort, and even damage your body!

After breaking an extended fast (10-21 days), continue drinking fruit or vegetable juices because your body is continuing to detoxify.

During any fast exceeding three days, your stomach will shrink. Do not over-expand it again by overeating. If you have been prone to eat too heavily, guard against going back to this habit. If you train yourself to eat more lightly, your stomach will adjust itself accordingly.

Helpful hints for during your fast

Carve away time to draw near to God. Read the Bible. Pray.

Expect to hear God’s voice. God is looking to reveal Himself to you. Fasting opens up our heart to receive more of Him.

Fast and pray in order to humble yourself and worship God. The number one reason to

This handout is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.

Water-only Fasting

fast is to know God. Every good thing flows out of intimacy with Jesus. Fasting enables us to cleanse the sanctuary of our hearts from every other rival, preparing our hearts for encounter with God.

Spiritual breakthroughs often come after a fast, not during it. Do not listen to the lie that nothing is happening. Every fast done in faith is rewarded.

Don’t boast about your fast. Let people know you won’t be eating, only if you need to. Do the fast with others. Have a clear target as your prayer focus.

Prepare for opposition. On the day of your fast, you can bet donuts will be at the office or in class. Your spouse (or your mom) will suddenly be inspired to cook your favorite meals. Press through.

If you fail, don’t give in to condemnation. Even though you may fail several times, God always extends grace. Just hit the “delete” button and continue on your fast.

Feel free to rest a lot and continue to exercise with supervision. Exercise may be difficult on water-only fasts.

If you are under 18 years of age, discuss your desire to fast with your parents. Spiritual covering, submission, and unity are important factors when fasting.

Important medical information
Years of fasting incorrectly can cause permanent physical damage to your body. These negative effects are not typically felt at a young age, but they will accumulate after years of fasting. For people who have struggled with eating disorders in the past, fasting should be done with wisdom and caution. Fasting should never be used for weight loss and it is important to enter back into healthy eating after fasting. If you have a diagnosed illness and/or are taking prescription medicine, fasting should only be done with the permission and supervision of your health practitioner.


For more detailed information on water-only fasting visit: www.freedomyou.com

This handout is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.