I get excited when I talk about fasting because of the health and mental benefits I've personally experienced, and from the benefits you've experienced that you've shared with me. But it's important to note that fasting is not a silver bullet.
I was reminded of that the past few weeks, where I broke from my normally solid diet of primarily brown rice, veggies, and protein, and strayed with more pizza, bread, cookies, and drinks than normal. While fasting each Monday helped me keep the weight off, it didn't help me feel as good as I normally feel. Each week, I was just a little more congested, a little foggier in my thinking, a little slower getting up, and had a little less energy each day.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing - no one can maintain a perfect diet and health routine. But it served the valuable purpose of reminding me that fasting is not the end all. It's just something I do on top of the other good habits I've been trying to develop that helps me perform and feel better.
As you're fasting this week, ask yourself what you can do to complement your fasts and pay special attention to how your choices affect your energy and well being.
Image Credit: "Silver Bullet sign" by Martin Lewison from The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands - California Trip May 2008 700Uploaded by themeparkgc. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons