Bailey's 21 Day Fast: What, How, Why

Showing you that there is a way to engage in any practice that you want as long as you enter into it with a healthy, balanced, "for the right reasons" mindset.

Each January, my church (Crossroads Church | Shepherdstown + Martinsburg, WV) engages in a 21 day prayer and fast challenge. I want to make it very clear that I only fast for a purpose that is important to me, and I do it in a way that's healthy for me.

This year, I chose to make my fast a portion control fast.

Lately, I've been just grabbing the box of goldfish or the container of cottage cheese and serving myself what looks about right, and sometimes just eating as much as I want.

As a nutrition professional, I believe that both respecting your body and what it wants AND keeping track of your portion sizes are incredibly important.

I know that I have been slacking on my discipline in portioning out my servings. So I chose to make that my disciplined method of "fasting" for this challenge!

Why fasting shouldn't be done by everyone:

If you are unable to make the connection between healthy fasting and fasting to lose weight or because it's the trendy thing to do right now, then you shouldn't fast from anything (unless you are under the supervision of a doctor and/or a nutrition professional.)

If you are fasting because "it's healthier" but you don't actually know the science of what happens in the body when you abstain from food, you shouldn't fast from anything.

Fasting can be used as both a restrictive eating plan and as a disciplined approach to change emotions and connections to food.

If you don't know or can't differentiate the two, you shouldn't be fasting.

What traditional fasting is (or should be):

Fasting is usually used to describe a timed-eating window. You abstain or fast from food of any kind for a designated amount of time and eat only in the time period you allow.

I've done 1 16:8 fast before, typically