I am ending a three days fast tonight, well, preparing to end it by eating sugar free soy yogurt so that I can start to eat again tomorrow morning.
I started fasting about 8 years ago, I don't really remember why I got curious about fasting but I continue to practice it as I find it has great benefits on my physical body and mental state. There are many ways to fast: only water fasts, juice fasts, smoothies fasts, one day to three days fast or even longer and now the very trendy intermittent fasting. I usually do water fasts (to which I include herbal infusions for added benefits) but I have tried all the above and the effects are all positive, for me. I do believe that fasting is really NOT for everyone.
I like to fast with the changing of seasons, I usually do 3 days for that and for about a year I did a one day a week fast, something I want to do again consistently. I still do it but it is not as consistent as weekly. Fasting is like hitting the reset button on my body, cleansing everything to start afresh. The more I practise it the more I realise its effects goes way beyond the physical body. This is a meditation practice. It demands willpower of course but also attention and patience as I move away from the physical body as flesh and bone to observe the thoughts and responses attached to not eating.
Every experience is somewhat the same yet different. I felt the call for this fast with the arrival of November which was followed by a rare blue full moon on Halloween and All Saint's Day. I love change and transitions and the last weekend felt like that so I decided to start the fast on November 1st. I am now thinking I will follow this with a sober November. My meditations during the fast were guiding me towards doing a sober November so I guess I should follow my instinct. :)