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  • Like Many Young Muslims, I Fake Fasting During Ramadan

    05/17/2018 1:21:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 53 replies
    Vice ^ | 15 May 2018 | Abe Love
    It’s Ramadan and my mother is in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove preparing a big feast. She’s fasting even though she is a 64-year-old diabetic. As for myself? Earlier in the day, I had a huge fish and chips platter for lunch, but my Muslim family believes I’m fasting with them. This has gone on for years During the month of Ramadan, most of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims will observe by basically not partaking in any vice for 30 days. From sunrise to sunset all able-bodied Muslims are required to “fast”; we are prohibited from eating, drinking...
  • Compared to the Giants of Old, My Lenten Practices Look Pretty Small

    02/16/2018 8:12:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Compared to the Giants of Old, My Lenten Practices Look Pretty Small Msgr. Charles Pope • February 15, 2018 • I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used during Lent symbolizes its penitential quality. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence, and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. These remind us that during Lent we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation.Long gone are the days of a forty-day fast beginning on Ash Wednesday, but we still delight in the carnival...
  • Nutritionists says water only diet is most dangerous ever

    12/26/2017 7:31:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 143 replies
    luxoraleader.com ^ | December 26, 2017
    Eating disorder expert Joanne Labiner likened Water Fasting to conditions like anorexia and said it should be avoided, especially at a time of year when people are considering slimming down after Christmas. She said: ‘It can be so bad for your organs. That’s why people with anorexia can die of a heart attack. Their body feeds on their heart. ‘Our body thinks it’s an emergency and tries to prevent that fat storage from being used up, and it feeds on the muscle’. On social media site Twitter dieters claimed that the Water Fast left their skin looking ‘amazing’. ... NHS...
  • Lost 33 Pounds and I am Happy!! Diet Stories?

    08/02/2017 4:15:58 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 159 replies
    08.02.07 | chickensoup
    Lost 33 pounds and had a little more to go. Have been working with a local health and wellness program and monitored dieting. Very happy and dropped two clothing sizes. Going to try to drop another size or two. I have decided to be a little too little than a little too big. Using low to moderate calorie high protein, moderate fate low carb diet. Your diet tips always welcome.
  • Muslims in Bosnia preparing for jihad, expect to destroy Bosnian Christians in 10-15 days

    06/27/2017 6:43:06 PM PDT · by Lera · 42 replies
    PamelaGeller.com ^ | June 25, 2017 | Alexander Shah
    Sarajevo, 06.24.2017: How can Israel ever have peace with her Muslim neighbors when experience shows that in any instance in which a non-Muslim state is bordering on a Muslim state, the likelihood of war is high — because Muslim aggression cannot be contained by agreements? Israel, Armenia, Serbia, Greece, Ethiopia all have learned the truth the hard way. Whoever believes in peace with Muslim neighbors has another thing coming for him. In the Balkans, there are these Muslim majority mini-states and provinces from the scrapheap of failed states of former Yugoslavia that are swarming the crowded neighborhood. And this is...
  • What Causes Anger in Ramadan?

    06/14/2017 11:17:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Doctors and specialists believe that anger, irritability and psychological stress in Ramadan are linked to the lack of water and glucose in the brain, and the lack of ‘Ghrelin’ hormone, which causes severe hunger and lead to nervous behavior .. and advised to drink additional amounts of water on the suhur, and reduce smoking, caffeine and salty food At Iftar.
  • 5 reasons Why I, a Non-Muslim, Decided to Fast This Ramadan

    06/07/2017 10:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 3 June 2017 | Zeta Yarwood
    This is my 10th year living in Dubai and my 9th Ramadan. I will admit in the beginning I didn’t really understand it. To me, it was simply a month of not being allowed to eat or drink in daylight hours, or dance at night. And ashamedly, I saw it as a month of disruption to normal day-to-day living. It was only in 2012 when I began to work with and befriend a number of Muslim colleagues, I started to gain a deeper understanding of the holy month. Now I appreciate it is a deeply spiritual time of piety, reflection,...
  • The Power of Fasting, Alms-Giving, and Prayer

    03/06/2017 1:03:09 PM PST · by pgyanke · 4 replies
    Yanke Academy ^ | 3/2/2017 | pgyanke
    In the Jewish tradition, there are three ways in which we are all tempted to sin: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. We see this understanding reflected in 1 John 2:16. The lust of the flesh represents the desires of our appetites (ie: gluttony and sexual pleasure). The lust of the eyes represents our desire for all we want (ie: greed and envy). The pride of life is our disordered desire to be greater than we are (ie: pride and vainglory). These are the temptations the world throws at all of us. Where...
  • The Truer Purpose of Fasting

    03/06/2017 7:59:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    The Truer Purpose of Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope • March 5, 2017 • There is an interesting passage in Isaiah, in which God turns the tables on us and reminds us of the truer purpose of fasting. The key verses come in Isaiah 58, but in order to see them in context, let’s first consider the whole passage.Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways,...
  • The Battle Theme of Lent

    03/03/2017 8:33:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-02-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    The Battle Theme of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 2, 2017 • A brief observation of the first two days in Lent reveals militaristic, even violent imagery in the battle against sin and the unruly passions of the flesh. The Collect (opening prayer) of Ash Wednesday provides an image of troops mustering for battle:Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with...
  • Fasting Diet May Help Regenerate a Diabetic Pancreas

    02/24/2017 1:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NHS News ^ | 2/24
    "The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The pancreas is an organ that uses specialised cells known as beta cells to produce the hormone insulin, which the body uses to break down sugars in the blood (glucose). In type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes either not enough insulin is produced or cells in the body fail to respond to insulin (insulin resistance). Mice...
  • What Ever Became of Advent Fasting and Penance?

    12/14/2016 8:27:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-13-16 | Revised New American Bible
    What Ever Became of Advent Fasting and Penance? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 13, 2016 • I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the reason the color purple (violet) is used during Advent is that Advent, like Lent, is considered a penitential season. During these times we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally, Advent was a time when would take part in penitential practices such as fasting and abstinence, just as is done during Lent.In recent times, though, Advent has become almost devoid of any real penitential practices. Neither...
  • Spiritual Warfare: Why Is "Fasting" Omitted In Some Bible Translations?

    11/06/2016 5:09:44 PM PST · by Sontagged · 53 replies
    Defend and Proclaim The Faith ^ | 11/6/12 | John McTernan
    Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places The Bible is very clear that there are spiritual forces behind many of the issues that Christians deal with. And the Bible clearly tells us how to confront these spiritual forces. The Lord Jesus showed His disciples how to deal with entrenched forces that are extremely difficult to defeat. This is found in both Matthew and Mark. The Bible gives great detail to this encounter to which I think we...
  • A 27-Year-Old Who Weighed 456 Pounds Survived Without Any Food For 382 Days

    10/21/2016 11:24:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | Kevin Loria,
    Most people can survive without food for at least a few weeks, maybe a bit longer. Eventually, however, starvation kills. Yet the limits on how long people can go without eating are complicated; without water people are unlikely to last a week, but the amount of time starvation takes can vary drastically. Take the story of Angus Barbieri. For 382 days, ending July 11, 1966, the then-27-year-old Scotsman ate nothing. There's limited documentation of Barbieri's fast: there are a few old newspaper stories recounting his ordeal and more convincingly, there's a case report describing the experience that his doctors published...
  • Why a Fast for Dormition?

    08/01/2016 11:02:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | June, A.D. 2008 | Daniel Manzuk
    It would be a gross understatement to say that much has been written about the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Yet very little has been written about the fast that precedes it. Every Orthodox Christian is aware and generally knows the reason behind the fasts for Pascha and Christmas. But while they may know of the Dormition Fast, few follow it, and more than a few question why it is there, neither knowing its purpose. First, given the pervasive misunderstanding of the purpose of fasting itself, a refresher on its purpose is always a good idea. There is...
  • 10 Benefits of Fasting That Will Surprise You

    07/24/2016 3:11:08 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 54 replies
    lifehack.org ^ | Nathan Hewitt
    Is it a good thing to ‘starve’ yourself each day, or a few days of the week? Well, a tonne of evidence indicates that timed periods of fasting are a good thing. Fasting has become increasingly popular over the years, especially among the health community. Whilst most health practitioners are afraid to recommend eating less due to the stigma involved, it still doesn’t alleviate the incredible benefits of fasting when used sensibly. In this article, we’ll explore 10 benefits of fasting that will surprise you, and how you can incorporate them into your own life. 1. Fasting Helps Weight Loss...
  • Glenn Beck Brings Fasting Child on Stage at Cruz Rally, Yells: “This is the Priesthood Rising!”

    03/20/2016 10:10:14 AM PDT · by catnipman · 200 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/20/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Glenn Beck brought a fasting child on stage yesterday during his campaign speech for Ted Cruz in Utah. Beck declared to the Cruz crowd: “This is the priesthood rising.”
  • Lent, 2016 - Fasting on ALL Fridays and Lent

    03/11/2016 6:00:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Fasting on ALL Fridays and Lent There is some question raised about my strong words (later in this article) regarding one who knowingly and willingly rejects Canon 1251. Some Catholics have attempted to convince me that not observing some sort of fast from some sort of food on all Fridays of the year does not constitute a sin. One has stated it is not a major precept, so "breaking" it is not sinful. This confuses and concerns me. How can any Catholic knowingly and willingly reject ANY precept laid out in Canon Law and not have it be a...
  • Fasting and Great Lent (Lent is coming!)

    03/05/2016 5:56:32 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    AOC ^ | Antiochian Orthodox Church
    FASTING AND GREAT LENT THE TRIODION Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means "Passover" and is commonly called "Easter",). It is the central part of a larger time of preparation called the Triodion season. The Triodion begins ten weeks before Easter and is divided into three main parts: three Pre-Lenten weeks of preparing our hearts, the six weeks of Lent, and Holy Week. The main theme of the Triodion is repentance--mankind's return to God, our loving Father. This annual season of repentance is...
  • The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving [Catholic and Orthodox Caucus]

    02/05/2016 7:12:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | 02-05-16 | Thomas Moses
    The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and AlmsgivingThomas Moses For many Eastern Christians, Lent is embraced as a time for the renewal of repentance, fervent seeking after God, and increased love and concern for our neighbor. After a few weeks of preparation for Lent (also known as the Great Fast) we begin this period of bright sorrow, a forty day period leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Pascha, Easter, or the Feast of all Feasts.I say bright sorrow because joy and sorrow are kept in tension. We experience sorrow because of the suffering endured by our Lord...