2018 – How To Do Facebook Fasting


Facebook is highly addictive and distracting. It accounts for a large percentage of unproductive behavior found in the workplace. In addition, it is also a distraction to many Christians and becomes an idol in their lives; stealing time, which ought to be spent with God.

Due to the addictive nature of social media, especially Facebook, I usually do a social media fast once a year. Recently, in 2017, I developed the habit of limiting or turning off all notifications from these sites.

Notifications tend to call your attention, willing and unwilling, to the applications on your phone. Therefore, you become programmed by an app and not the other way around. Since I implemented this practice, I find that I take up my phone less and the urge to scroll through my social media pages like a zombie, is ultimately eliminated.

Sin of Idolatry

In the modern era, social media is an idol; that is, anything that takes away your focus and time with God. Jehovah already stipulated in the 10 commandments that ‘thou shall have no other God besides me’. Idolatry is a serious offense and has gotten Israel in trouble with God on too many occasions, as we see outlined in the bible.

This is why it is important for us, as children of God, to make a purposeful attempt to rid out lives of any distractions that affects our relationship with the Holy Spirit. This means many other things, even beyond your phone, electronic gadgets or television. Remember, work can become an idol too or the people whom you have a relationship with. So no, being a workaholic is not a good thing. There is something called ‘work life balance’; look it up.

Good Media Practices

I have written about my TV show fasting and Facebook fasting in the past. Last month, I did the former for a few days. These sacrifices have changed my behaviour and choices for the better. For example:

I don’t watch television; I choose which shows I watch and do so via my computer. This helps me to not be programmed by adverts or other supplementary programming.

I don’t watch many popular un-Christian shows, as I did before.

I don’t have a lot of vile, immoral or sexually explicit content in my Facebook feed, because for several years, I have unfollowed anyone who posts such content; even unfriended the more putrid offenders, because guess what? They are not my friends anyway. Facebook also now has a snooze option that removes the person’s postings from your feed for 30 days.

Also, I tend to only like content that I would like to see more often. Because of the myriad of Facebook algorithms, your future content is decided by what you watch and like or react to most.

Facebook affects both your conscious and subconscious mind. It provides instant gratification, so you find yourself posting everything; from a half eaten meal, bedroom shots, bed pics, private moments with spouses or even your location. All unwise and not for public consumption. You also lose the ability to understand what is appropriate, public content. Therefore, I now mostly post Christian related material or anything associated with me being an author.

Finally, I make limited number of personal posts in any given day on any social media platform.

Committing to a fast can be difficult to accomplish. That is why you need the Holy Spirit’s help every step of the way. It is actually He who reminds me of these practices or commitments every year.

The Benefits of Fasting

Apart from having more quality time to be with God and to be aware of God; you have time to focus on other important tasks.

You have time to focus on people. You escape the zombie culture.

Think about this. Have you ever been in a public setting like a restaurant, train, bus or meeting and rather than interacting with each other, people are faced down into their electronic devices? It is a sad state to be in and the primary reason for antisocial behaviour today.

Less addiction forces us, as social beings to be social with real people in real time in the real world and not live stuck in a virtual reality.

Depriving the physical man of these pleasures, allows you to focus on other things that develop your spiritual man. That means reading your bible more, doing in-depth studies, researching to write a book, writing that book, attending and paying attention in church or any other number of Christ centered practices.

You escape the influence of mass media content that has been ‘programmed’ or created to influence your decisions.

Another benefit is that you notice the differences between yourself and others.

I have noticed how television content has become more depraved, immoral and blatant in the last ten years. I am shocked when I see curse words allowed in general online content as headlines and that which can be easily consumed or accessed by young kids.

I notice how idiotic and meaningless song lyrics are today. I notice how gospel and Christian music are actually more secular and many have nothing to do with worshipping God. Many are flesh-ly and only serve the purpose of gratifying the person or selling records or showing off vocal range.


Ok, so I have mentioned a lot of pointers in this article on how to do Facebook fasting or a general social media fast, but let me itemize them here.

  1. Choose a set time (1 week, 1 month)
  2. Choose a time you can successfully manage
  3. Turn off social media notifications
  4. Delete applications if necessary
  5. If needed, be accountable to someone. Telling a friend, who is more mature and Christian minded will help you stick to your fast.
  6. Read your bible more
  7. Download a bible app
  8. Do or go to bible study
  9. Join a ministry team to help occupy your time
  10. When your fasting period expires, leave notifications off. Have set periods when you check your messages.
  11. Unfollow/Unfriend/Snooze people who post unsuitable content
  12. Don’t use your phone when you are required to engage with others

As time progresses it will get easier. Breaking addictions- drugs, alcohol, porn, smoking, internet- can be difficult.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and stick to your plans. Consuming more of God’s word, praying and meditation will help to transform and repair your mind.


Copyright © 2018 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe


Day 100 – Spiritual Exhaustion and why we need the power of Fasting


Featured Image -- 1148God has a way of making a thing known to His servants. How he chooses to, will definitely vary.

My bones and muscles were devoid of purposeful energy today. I feel a slight presence of exhaustion permeating from every limb even to the night hour. Before my eyes opened, to see the new dawn, this morn, I knew my excursions to neighbouring churches had taken a toll. I doubt it is so much what I did in the physical, as it is what I have been doing in the spiritual.

I am a new woman and purpose-filled and purpose driven. My days of ‘spectating’ at church services are done. Now, I am actively scaling valleys, climbing mountains interceding and fighting the adversary on behalf of others on a regular basis; all in the spirit realm. This is an exhausting feat on the human body. If I hope to continue and have an effective ministry, I must apply the principles of God to endure the race.

From now on, it is not business as usual but I am certain it will be diet-interrupted. Fasting. There is a reason why fasting was introduced; this was so that the flesh would be weakened and the spirit, spirituality and communication of man to God, strengthened. This is what is required for a fully engaged spirit life.

The bible is rife with examples of men and women who sought God’s counsel and used the powerful tool of spiritual warfare, that of prayer and fasting.

Moses Fasted Before Receiving the Commandments – Deuteronomy 9:9-18

  • Moses fasted for 40 days when he went up to the mountain to receive the commandments. When he came down and broke the commandments because the people sinned, he went back up and fasted 40 more days.

Elijah Fasted While Escaping Jezebel – 1 Kings 19:4-8

  • Elijah after his confrontation and victory over Jezebel’s false prophets, was fed by an angel twice and then he journeyed to Mount Horeb for 40 days without food.

Esther Fasted for the Safety of the Jews – Esther 4:15-17

  • When the entire Jewish race was threatened by genocide, Queen Esther fasted before approaching the King and asking for his help in saving the Jewish people.

Darius Fasted For the Safety of Daniel – Daniel 6:18-23

  • When Daniel was accused of breaking King Darius’ law and was throne into the lion’s den; the king himself did not sup that night and fasted until he was assured of Daniel’s safety the next day.

Daniel Fasted for an Answer to Prayer – Daniel 10:1-3

  • Daniel fasted many times, especially in seeking an answer from God, for the visions he saw. He received a direct answer via the Angel Gabriel.

Jesus Fasted before He commenced His ministry – Matthew 4:1-2

  • Before the devil approached Jesus, He fasted for 40 days in the desert. After which he begun His ministry here on earth.


Apart from seeking spiritual strength, power and authority; there are many more reasons for fasting.

Here are a few reasons why people fasted in the bible, courtesy of Rock Church:

  • In times of war: The Benjamites fasted and defeated the other Israelites. Judges 20:26
  • Repentance: The King of Nineveh ordered the whole city to fast and repent. Consequently, they were forgiven of their sin. Jonah 3:5 
  • When facing danger: Ezra fasted as he prayed for wisdom and protection when he prepared the people to return to Jerusalem from Babylon. Ezra 8:21, 23
  • Courage and Wisdom: Esther and the Jews of Shushan fasted when faced with their destruction planned by Haman. Esther 4:3,16; 9:31
  • In times of grief: A seven-day fast was held when the bones of Saul and his sons were buried. 1 Samuel 31:13; 1 Chronicles 10:12
  • In times of distress: David fasted after hearing that Saul and Jonathan were dead. 2 Samuel 1:12
  • Ultimate denial of the flesh: Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights before being tempted by Satan. Matthew 4:2
  • Spiritual Power: Jesus said this kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29
  • Wisdom: Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted at the appointment of elders for the churches. Acts 14:23
  • Set aside self for holiness: Paul suggested that husbands and wives abstain from sexual relations to give themselves to fasting and prayer. 1 Corinthians 7:5
  • Answered prayer: Cornelius fasted four days, after which time an angel appeared to him. Consequently, he and his family received the gospel and were baptized. Acts 10:30-31
  • Mourning: During his time of mourning, Daniel fasted three weeks, after which time he received a vision. Daniel 10:1-3
  • Special revelation: Moses fasted for 40 days and received the law. Exodus 34:27-28
  • Spiritual Recuperation: Elijah fasted 40 days after killing prophets of Baal. 1 Kings 19:1-9 

So with this new knowledge, I am sure like me, you will embark on a new journey and understanding of what is required of us and also what is given to us; to help us endure as God’s  children and servants here on earth.


Copyright © 2015 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

The Prophet’s School of Obedience: Do No Harm by Denise N. Fyffe

The Life of a 21st Century Prophet

Since last week, I have tuned into YouTube sermon’s of Prophetess Juanita Bynum, again. Last year I did this while going through some fiery trials, I would be crying like a baby at my desk. Tears running like the river Jordan. The woman is blessed, powerful and a true servant of God, no doubt. I am listening to these sermons at my desk and I can barely control my spirit and body. I keep clenching my fist and speaking in tongues under my breath. If given the opportunity, when listening to her sermons, I would run up and down that office like it was altar call on a Sunday morning.

Let me share with you a moment.

In one of her sermons ‘Submit and Repent‘, she speaks to the congregation and tells us to fast tomorrow until 5:00 p.m. I took it upon myself to do so and I did the next day. Mind you I am diabetic and have not done a food fast in a great many years. But that night and morning, my spirit was focused on the fact that I would be doing a fast.

The broken prophet courtesy of graceofourlord-com

The broken prophet courtesy of graceofourlord-com

I woke up the next day, the day proceeded and by 5:00 p.m. I broke my fast. I had no headaches, hunger pangs or moments of weakness from not eating. Thanks be to God. That day I wasn’t feeling 100% though, I had pains from a persistent health condition and I had stayed home, but I communed with God and prayed, and spoke in tongues and I could feel him telling me I needed to go to bible study that night.

Let me tell you, a situation happened in bible study that night and the exact thing which the Prophet preached about, I had to speak to. I had to step into the Office of the Prophet, deal with the matter and serve the purpose of why I was there that night.

I must add though that I have grown and matured or rather been tempered by God. If this occurred when I was a younger prophet, I would have cut into the offender and probably damn his soul to hell. But, I have spent so many years being refined in the fire by God, to know when he needs me to show His compassion and not His wrath.

I am still in training, but I take some comfort from the fact that I learned something in the prophet’s school of obedience that I could correctly execute when He required it.


Copyright © 2016 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe


2015 Testimony #12 – Fasting and Drinking Water

Water Fasting image courtesy of listaka-com

By: Denise N. Fyffe

Water Fasting image courtesy of listaka-com

Water Fasting image courtesy of listaka-com

One of the main practices that I adopted while on my 40 day fasting, was drinking lots of water. Lots and lots and lots of water. Well, it was necessary because we were experiencing a rather hot summer, in drought conditions. Fortunately, my fridge was stocked with exactly that and only that.

If you didn’t know, water is necessary in the process of eliminating toxins, avoiding headaches and tiredness and reducing cravings.

During my fast, it helped to minimize that feeling of hunger, which most times was actually thirst. On the days when I am off my fasts, I realize that I am not mistaking that thirst for hunger any more and I am eating less.

Glory be to God.

Water is the human body’s most-needed nutrient after oxygen. Our bodies are roughly 60% water by weight and depend on water to function. Every bodily process, from digestion to the functioning of the brain, involves water, and dehydration has some severe health risks, including fever, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, unconsciousness and even hallucinations. Even mild dehydration can result in tiredness, headaches, confusion, dry skin, muscle weakness, dizziness, irritability, and lightheadedness, so it’s vital to make sure to drink plenty of water.-A. Hareyan

Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe

2015 Testimony #11 – 40 Days Fasting – Week 6

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By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe

Matthew 17:20-22 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Week 5

I have oft been told that the fasting process will bare many things that you have attempted to keep hidden. I can now say that this is true. Week 5 presented a few things that proved a challenge to overcome before, but was now in my sights to defeat. The flesh and its cravings is one of the biggest hurdles. I admit that there are a few things that I will have to purposely fast about in the future.

Week 6

The final days seemed a bit easy. I found myself wondering if God had not released me early. Yes, sometimes this happens, because what we are fasting about is already addressed.


My fast is at an end. I feel different physically, spiritually and mentally. I lost a few pounds and inches. My clothes fit loose and of course there is more confidence. On Sunday, my appetite was still lacking. I did not feel for breakfast but I had a fruit.

My diet has also changed. I have learnt that sugar is the driving force behind our excessive appetite and cravings. As such, I will be cutting out sodas and minimizing the sweets I used to gorge on. During this period, I also consumed gallons of water. Yes, it is true that many of the times we mistake thirst for hunger.

On another note, the physical infirmities that presented themselves during the process, were all healed…and some others. From ear aches to severe pain in the pelvis, all gone.

I also started to exercise again, the first time after my surgery. This was especially needed so that I would not develop cravings and gorge on foods after the fast. It is a guaranteed way to keep the weight off as well.

Spiritually, I am more attuned to doing what the Holy Spirit impresses on me. After church, God was impressing on my heart to stay behind and be of service to my pastor. My reward it seems was dinner. I was wondering what I was going to eat, but God took care of that.

Mentally, my mind is more submissive to the Holy Spirit. Both the logical, analytical part of myself is in-tuned, for the most part, with seeing the world, people and their motives through the heart of the Holy Spirit. I am praying more and I am seeking more insight from the word.

At this juncture of the journey, I sense that there will be many more instances of fasting. God has proven to me that the doubts that existed before…about fasting for an entire day because I was diabetic…are all gone.

All in all, I came out a far better person than the one who entered.

Isaiah 58:6 – [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

2015 Testimony #10 – 40 Days Fasting – Week 4


By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe

I am at the point in my fast, where this challenge is proving to be just that, a challenge. Its been many days and nights since I started my journey and Lord knows I have not done so perfectly. There has been some wilfulness, some weakness and some imperfections. 40 days is a long time to be subjected to any specific food regimen.

Week 1

The first week was easy. I know I had the full grace and intervention of God to go without food for 24 hours at a time. I ate once a day and was never really hungry in between. I felt good, confident and was singing along like heaven was at my doorstep. It probably was, because that first week was a breeze.

Week 2

How many more days? 33? Where is the dry crackers? Lord, can I just drink a few more gallons of water. I am sure I flushed my system daily, because I consumed more water in the first three weeks, than I ever have in my entire life. The water tasted good and refreshing and controlled any maleficient hunger and thirst pangs.

Week 3

My coworker came back from vacation with a bag of chocolate. Oh no! 😦 the devil is a liar. I was salivating more than a polar bear in spring, after a long winter. I promised to never touch em, until October morning. Oops, I have no more left. Man, I bargained with God like a Macy’s sales man and had a bite here and there with my one meal. My Endorphins need to repent. 😦

Week 4

I am figuratively on my knees. This is a rough process. I am hungry and last weekend, its like I didn’t recognize the imp who had that bun in the morning and the cup of soup for breakfast the next morning. Denise had a strong conversation with Denise. She said, “Don’t worry, you will have soup every day for the next week.” 😦 No say it aint so.

So I had soup for lunch. Hm, I thought I would win this. Nope I sat for an hour seeing how my body felt and knew I would be starving in a few. Bad Denise bought snacks to off set this. Chips (salty I must say) and drink (sweet). 😦 Denise 1 – Denise 0. When I eventually had the drink, it was too sweet. I did the unthinkable – well for me anyway – I diluted the drink. Holy God in Heaven. 🙂 Denise 1 – Denise 1.


During this fast, I have prayed a lot. Consistently. There have been a few people on my list who God wants delivered from their prisons. These people have demonic assassins that want them dead. Some are barely floating, while others are trying to swim on their own. Then there is one, who is simply relying on God to save her life.

The enemy sent his agents to try to assault me. One night after praying for my sick friend, a (familiar spirit) demon disguising as my mother, showed up at my bedside. I was asleep but was allowed to see his feet in a vision. Denise was not taking any prisoners that night. I worshiped and praised God, said scriptures, bind and cast out and then I went off into the spirit.

It was full on warfare at 1:00 to 3:00 a.m. in the morning. God took me to both my churches and he showed me the enemy. It is important to note that you have control over your own body and spirit. So I managed to do my warfare quietly, but effectively. I relied on the Holy Spirit to show me many things and take me to these places. This was not the first He has done this, but now I knew what it was and allowed Him to use me as He saw fit.

Let’s just say, “All witches, warlocks, atheist, serpents, monkeys and other demonic presence are set on notice by God, Jehovah.”

I am proud of the fact that God has taken me through 28 days of fasting. I restarted my journey with fasting couple years ago. You will note in my posts that I have done no Facebook, no shows, no TV, no BBM, no twitter etc. for a few weeks or even a month. I even just completed the No Shows summer fast. Thank God.This is where that journey has lead me.

I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.-Philippians 4:13

And so can you…be encouraged.

2015 Testimony #9 – 40 Days Fasting – Week 1


By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe

Week 1

The Lord is doing a new thing; well new for me anyway. Let me establish this, no matter what anybody thinks, God is not a little, old, miserable man in heaven. He is not sitting, waiting for you to mess up and He is definitely not rigid in all things. God is flexible to our current situation and needs and meets us where we are at, to bring us to where he abides.

If you live in constant sin, he might put people in your path to influence you and impress upon your conscience. Then he might get someone to talk to you about your problem, Then He might give you the urge to go to church. And then the urge to repent might come. God does different things to change our course, towards His will.

I have started a 40 day fast. Oy vey, the thought alone scares the Jesus out of me; well not really. I never thought that I would be doing one of these anytime soon, especially not before 50. But here I am. This fasting process does not have my strength behind it, it has Yahweh’s, because I would have quit long ago from the headaches I usually get when I do not eat or skip a meal.

So far, its day 4 and I am fine. God has modified my fast however, to meet my faith where it is at. You see, I do not yet believe that I can do full day food fasting without eating food; but he has tricked my mind into doing it. Each day, I only have something to eat at lunch time, and I drink some water to hydrate. It’s a hellish summer here in the Caribbean, so I get to drink water again. Then, I do not eat again until lunch time the following day. But if you look at it, I am actually going 24 hrs without food. My brain just realized that today 😦 .

This fast is easy. I am not getting the headaches and my mind is not consumed or focused on food. I feel easy, disinterested and engaged to follow through to completion. I am certain that one day, I will be doing an unmodified, traditional 40 day fast. Just not today. Right now the Lord is helping me to get my faith and body to the place where I will do a no food fast for 2 days, 5 days, 2 weeks, 1 month and then 40 days. That’s him telling me this now.

If you have followed my blog, you know where I am coming from. I was a diabetic; so, I have done BBM fastssocial media fasts,  juice / soda fasting, TV / Internet shows fasting and then half day food fasting. At the moment, I am on a summer long, no shows fast. As a reward, I have gotten more than a dozen new book ideas, at least two have been published.

Remember, God meets you where you are at and helps you to grow.

Fasting is about sacrificing for God, so he takes all genuine sacrifices that costs you his servant something. If it didn’t cost you, He rejects it outright.

Constant prayer and worship is done during this time as well. Because I am a writer, I am also tapped into Him for the novel that I am writing during this period. There is no doubt in my mind that this is all God, because I have never written a novel like this before. I have attempted novels, but one took me like 3 years to reach 10,000 words. With this one, I was at 5000 words in a few hours that night. I see snap shots of visions and I just write what I hear.

God is good and faithful to His servants and children. If you have fears about fasting, bring it to Him. He will impress upon you what to do and how to go about it.


10 Tips for Healthy Fasting


By: Cherie Calbom

Many people think about fasting in January for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you need to renew your body and soul. Did you gain weight during the holiday season? Maybe you’re feeling sluggish or toxic and need to cleanse your body in short order. Or maybe you want to fast for spiritual reasons, such as a breakthrough in your personal life or for revival in this land.

Whatever your reasons for fasting, here are 10 tips to ensure you fast smart.

1) Prepare Your Mind

Before you begin, think about why you want to fast. What do you want to achieve? It’s important to have the right mindset before you start or you may lose heart early on. Pray for discipline and a strong will to complete the fast.

2) Stock Up

Shop for everything you’ll need before the day you begin. Not having everything you need on your first day is a sure way to fail. If you’re doing a juice fast, for example, look at the recipes you’ll be using, and make sure your shopping list has all the ingredients.

3) Drink Water

Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of purified water while you are fasting so you can flush away toxins and waste. This will also help you stay energized. Dehydration can cause you to feel tired and hungry.

4) Go Easy

Gentle exercise, such as walking, is good, but don’t overexert yourself. Your body is working hard to eliminate toxins, remove damaged cells and restore vitality. This important work is often not completed when we eat regular meals. That’s because the body focuses its attention on digestion throughout the day. Fasting frees your body from this daily chore so it can work on cleansing, repairing and healing. It’s like taking a week’s vacation to thoroughly clean your home.

While all this important work is going on inside, you want to give your body the rest it needs. Take more breaks. Avoid exhausting work. Go for walks. Get fresh air and sun. Go to bed early, as powerful healing hormones are released while you sleep. Relax before bed by taking a bath, reading a good book or listening to beautiful music.

5) Choose a Plan

Many people think fasting means a strict water fast. Some people even try to follow the model of some biblical heroes—no food or water, which can be dangerous. But there is more than one type of fast. Choose the one that is best for you.

Water fast. A strict water fast for more than two or three days is not recommended unless you can completely rest and are medically supervised.

Juice fast. Freshly made juice is rich in antioxidants that bind toxins so they don’t damage cells—and those antioxidants are critical, especially during a fast.

Unlike in biblical times, where the air, soil and water were virtually pure, we have thousands of different chemicals pouring into our atmosphere every year. Most of our food is sprayed with pesticides and packaged with preservatives, additives, dyes and fillers. (Therefore, you ought to choose organic produce.) Our water is treated with chemicals, and our air is assaulted with industrial pollution.

Toxins are stored mainly in our fat cells. When we fast, those toxins are released in greater amounts. Without antioxidants to bind up free radicals, our cells can be damaged.

On the juice fast, you can drink vegetable juices, purified water, coconut water, veggie broth and herbal teas throughout the day. I emphasize vegetable juice because fruit juice has too much sugar, which can cause spikes and dips in blood sugar, leaving you tired. However, you can use a little fruit to flavor and sweeten veggie juice recipes.

All this will keep you healthy, energized and hydrated. To keep from boredom, try new juice and green smoothie recipes, such as those in my book The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies.

Daniel fast. As described in Daniel 10:3, the prophet abstained for three weeks from delicacies, meat and wine, which would include all animal products and alcohol. This is a vegan diet, in other words, and includes abstaining from rich foods and desserts.

One meal a day. Everyone can fast for one meal or from certain foods. You can deny yourself coffee, sweets, soda pop, fast food, snack foods and junk food. None of these things are good for your body anyway. And if you can’t do a strict fast because of your age or health, choose instead to give up some of your favorite foods. You could also fast one meal a day and drink a veggie juice instead.

6) Be Wise

You may have a physical condition that would make water or juice fasting unwise or dangerous. Seek medical advice first. However, be aware that many doctors have little knowledge of fasting or training in nutrition. People who should not do a strict water or juice fast include women who are pregnant or nursing, people who are anorexic or bulimic, anyone who is emaciated or underweight, and those who are on dialysis.

Be aware of medications and their effects while you fast. For example, a vegetable juice fast can lower your blood pressure quickly, so you would need to cut back on medication, for which you should seek your physician’s advice. People with diabetes or hypoglycemia can modify a vegetable juice fast and include green smoothies made with avocado for extra protein and fat. This would also be my recommendation for anyone who is elderly or weak.

During your fast, if you become so hungry you could eat the plaster off your wall, you may have parasites or yeast overgrowth. It could be that freeloaders in your body are screaming for food. You may need to do a parasite cleanse or a yeast-control diet to get this infection under control before continuing any other kind of fast.

Please note: Children under the age of 15 should not do a strict water or juice fast.

7) Determine the Length

You can fast from one day to an extended period of time, like Jesus did for 40 days. Most people can easily handle a three-day fast. If you work, start on Friday. Then you’ll have the weekend to complete the fast at home.

8) Know the Symptoms

As your body releases toxins, you might get some detox reactions, such as headaches, tiredness, foggy brain or bad breath. (Chew parsley for your breath.) This can be part of your body ridding itself of toxins that could cause disease, which is a good thing. Don’t quit your fast when this happens. The symptoms should pass rather quickly.

9) Pray

Fasting and prayer are linked throughout the Bible. Whenever we fast, we are admonished to pray, which facilitates our spiritual growth and renewal.

10) Break Smart

How you break a fast is as important as the fast itself. Break your fast the first day with only vegetable juices, green smoothies, raw fruits and vegetables, veggie soups, dehydrated vegan foods or steamed vegetables. Never break a fast with a heavy meal like a burger and fries or steak and potatoes, as you can harm your body and end up with stomach cramps and digestive issues.

Bonus: Know the Benefits

The ancient discipline of fasting offers health benefits no other therapy can provide. On the physical side, it rapidly rids the body of waste and toxins—like changing old water in an aquarium. It can eliminate edema and lower blood pressure. A study published by the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine in 2002 found that 90 percent of 174 patients with high blood pressure who incorporated fasting achieved normal blood pressure. Each of the participants who had been on antihypertensive medications were able to get off their drugs.

Fasting also helps rebalance your body’s pH level. The typical American diet is mostly acid forming. A slightly acidic body contributes to weight gain, cancer and a host of other diseases. Fasting facilitates weight loss—water weight first, then fat. This ancient practice appears to reset the metabolism, much like a computer reboot.

A fast also gives your digestive tract a rest. This helps your digestive system heal, which can lead to significant health improvements. Allergy symptoms often improve with fasting. Autoimmune disorders may heal. Fasting improves insulin sensitivity by lowering blood sugar, which helps diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

In addition, fasting is part of our spiritual heritage. It was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament. The Orthodox Church still has four main fast periods during the calendar year.

However, fasting is one of the most neglected spiritual disciplines of the 21st century. It is rarely discussed in most nonliturgical churches or on Christian TV. Yet Scripture admonishes us to fast and pray.

According to Scripture, when God’s people fast with the right motive, seeking Him with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, God hears from heaven (2 Chron. 7:14). He promised He will heal our lives, our churches, our communities and our nation.

Our land is in desperate need of healing. Repentance, fasting and prayer are the only hope for our nation. Fasting and prayer can bring revival and a change of direction in our country. It can also rekindle our love for Christ. Fasting is a powerful spiritual tool to make a difference in our lives.

Cherie Calbom, M.S., C.N., is the author of more than 20 books, including The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies and her most recent, Remedies for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue, releasing this month. She holds a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University. Cherie and her husband, John, offer juice health retreats throughout the year, along with health and healing conferences. For more information, visit juiceladycherie.com