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The Practice of Fasting (Part 7)

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Our fasting devotional today is part 7 of our series titled "THE PRACTICE OF FASTING" from Richard J. Foster in his book "Celebration of Discipline".

Before commencing an extended fast, some are tempted to eat a good deal to "stock up". That is most unwise; in fact, slightly lighter than normal meals are best for the day or two before a fast. You would also be well advised to abstain from coffee or tea three days before beginning a longer fast. If the last meal in the stomach is fresh fruits and vegetables, you should have no difficulty with constipation.

An extended fast should be broken with fruit or vegetable juice, with small amounts taken at first. Remember that the stomach has shrunk considerably and the entire digestive system has gone into a kind of hibernation. By the second day you should be able to eat fruit and then milk or yogurt. Next you can eat fresh salads and cooked vegetables. Avoid all salad dressing, grease, and starch. Extreme care should be taken not to overeat. It is good during this time to consider future diets and eating habits to see if you need to be more disciplined and in control of your appetite.