30 days of worship and prayer
Our fast is 24hrs a day from January 2nd to February 1st
Below are suggestions. For answers pertaining to specific medical conditions, please consult a physician.
Q. I HAVE NOTICED THAT SINCE DOING THE FAST I NIBBLE MORE. WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP FROM GETTING THE MUNCHIES? ALSO, WHEN I EAT, I DON'T SEEM TO STAY FULL FOR LONG.
A. Meats do tend to take up more space in your stomach, so that is probably why you don't feel full for an extended period of time. Nibbling between meals really is not bad, especially since you cannot nibble on candy, chips, or the like. You could try to consume heavier foods such as potatoes and pastas. Pastas are loaded with carbohydrates, which is a form of sugar, so they can also aid in providing you with a little energy. However, do not overload on pastas because you could find yourself feeling rather tired or drained after you come down off your carbohydrate high.
Q. If someone has problems with decreased volume in breastfeeding based on the low caloric intake from the fast, what non-meat foods can you eat that are still high in calories so that my wife does not have problems with her milk's volume? Also, how should she change her eating that will increase her daily caloric intake?
A. I know it seems like there is so little to eat because of the restriction God has commanded us to put on our flesh during this month, but there is so much we can eat such as beans, potatoes, pastas, breads, rice, and dairy products. You can still have a filling, home cooked meal with macaroni and cheese, cabbage, greens, spinach, baked potatoes, and the like and not break the restrictions of the fast...just don't add the sugar! If she feels the need to nibble between meals, it's OK. I would suggest picking up some nuts or raw fruits and vegetables for adequate nutrition.
Q. IS IT OKAY TO EAT SPREADABLE FRUIT? I WAS ALREADY ON A LOW CARB DIET TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT. I EAT LOW CARB BREAD AND PASTA NOW WITH NO MEATS AND NO SWEETS, I NEED TO FIND SOMETHING THAT I CAN EAT THAT WILL FILL ME. THE LOW CARB WHEAT BREAD AND THE LOW CARB PASTA DONT SEEM TO FILL ME UP.
A. If the spreadable fruit is only fruit (no fructose, no corn syrup), then it is OK. The goal is to NOT get filled up! This is a fast of deprivation so that our bodies, minds, and spirits can get in sync with the Holy Spirit and accomplish some of the goals of our prayers. Vegetables, nuts, and fresh fruits will provide volume for you. Be blessed
Q. My wife and I have been fasting and following the fast and prayer. We are at the church every night. GOD is good and is blessing our marriage and household. One problem that we are having is since eating the vegetables and the veggie products, we tend to have alot of gas. It's really getting to happen more often. Do you have any suggestions on how to curb the gas attacks? (i.e. breaking wind) Forgive me for the use of that phrase, but I did not know how to put it.
A. The gas is coming from the vegetables that are gas-producing. You can try Beano gas drops, or just try Gas-X, or let the gas occur. You will find that it is natural, and if both partners (spouses) are experiencing the gas, it is not that bad. Same thing with the way garlic comes through our pores.
Q. I am still trying to find a good breakfast. Are Cheerios and Special K acceptable? These are not sweet.
A. Cheerios, Special K, and plain corn flakes are good choices. So are grits, old fashioned oats (especially with sliced bananas), and cottage cheese with fresh fruit like bananas, pineapple, and strawberries. Bagels with cream cheese, or slice cheese (melts after the bagel has been toasted, english muffins toasted with peanut butter (with or without banana or orange slices on top!) Endless possibilities for the children of the King!
Q. Are salad dressings and blueberry muffins (that you make from a mix) ok to be consumed on the fast? (not together of course, smile)
A. Salad dressings, yes, blueberry muffins, no. Blueberry muffins are a sweet treat, no matter when you eat them.
Q. Are we allowed to eat salads and veggie sandwiches from fast food places?
A. It is better if you make the salad or veggie sandwich from home and take it to work, but if you are out and hungry, those are better than eating french fries!
Q. You mentioned peanut butter for breakfast on a bagel. I have been avoiding peanut butter because I assumed it contained addional sugar. Is it OK to eat Peter Pan or Skippy or does it have to be whole organic with no additional sugar?
A. There is peanut butter with no sugar added.
Q. My question is: Since the fast I have been tired and drained throughout the day and I was wondering if I need to take a multi vitamin as a supplement?
A. I definitely recommend that you take a multi-vitamin (that contains iron) during this time of fasting. Food is a source of energy for your body, and because you are not intaking the amount of food you normally do, your energy levels are low. A multi-vitamin will help give you that extra boost you are looking for. Also, when you do eat, try to intake leafy green vegetables because they are loaded with iron which will also boost your energy levels. Try eating a salad with romaine lettuce, baby spinach and other leafy greens with one of your meals.
Q. This is the first time my family has fasted this way. I am nursing and I have very high cholesterol that is said to be hereditary. My oldest daughter who is 10 years old also has it. Can you please provide us with some tips on how to fast without using eggs as a protein? I have been using the beans as a source of protein,but both the baby and I have been very gased up. I would normally eat lean meats to help with my cholesterol levels, which have been between the range of 412-517 so maybe this fast will help in this area.
A. You can use tofu as a source of protein as well as cheese, walnuts, or veggie burgers (Morning Star and Boca have a large variety of substitutes). You may also want to try a protein powder to add to your juice or milk. But anytime you have a high fiber diet, you're going to have gas simply because your body is not accustomed to it. The high fiber will help lower your cholesterol. I would encouage you to use this time of fasting and praying to break this generational curse of high cholesterol and proclaim total healing for you and your daughter in Jesus' name!
Q. Are we allowed to eat all fruits?
A. Yes, you can eat all fresh fruits.
Q. I work in a technology training. Being in technical training requires me to talk a great deal, especially in close proximity to people for application and support systems training. I usually chew sugarless gum, but I want to be in compliance with the fast. If I cannot chew this for my breath, what else can I do to make sure my breath is not offensive during the day?
A. You are allowed to chew sugarless gum during the fast for the purpose of eliminating bad breath. Just don't get carried away and try to use it as a filler for hunger pangs!
Q. What kinds of cereal can we eat that taste okay & we don't have to add sugar? Are these foods okay: Multi-grain cheerios, peaches & cream oatmeal, grill cheese, CranGrape juice, grape juice, club house crackers, Pediasure, Ensure, vegetable lasagna (by stoffers - I don't cook), Baked french fries.
A. Steer clear of foods that are pleasant to the senses. If you don't, you will find yourself binging on them like multiple bowls of cheerios with Soy or Rice milk. One is enough. Read the label for the CranGrape as it is a juice drink not 100% juice. The veggie lasagna is fine for the first week, but a no-no for the no dairy week. Make your own using cheese substitutes. Now, doesn't peaches and cream oatmeal even SOUND pleasing? It's a no-no.
Q. Is it okay to have a bagel w/cream cheese & fruit blueberry. Is it okay to have a Blueberry Bagel?
A. Sounds too good to be true? Then it is. Nope!
Q. During no junk food week, is it okay to have a Baked Potato w/sour cream & side salad from Wendy's? Not trying to still get junk food, but what if you are on your lunch break and you are far away from home?
A. Baked potato and side salad are good choices. You should skip the sour cream (and cheese and butter), but could have the broccoli and some margarine, and go with a vinaigrette for the salad. Even better would be to bring it from home. Plan for your meals ahead of time.
Q. I drink Very Vanilla Silk Soy milk. It has evaporated cane juice as one of it's ingredients. Is that ok?
A. Very Vanilla Silk Soy - yummmmm, sounds so good! It tastes like a milkshake, too! So for the fast, go with the plain. It won't hurt you, it is not as pleasing, and you will feel more like you are sacrificing for the Lord.
Q. This is my first real fast. I did fast before in the past, but my mind and heart was not in it, My question to you is can I have the wild sweet orange tea with a benefiber drink mix- raspberry flavor? The benefiber does say no sugar.
A. Wild SWEET orange tea with benefiber DRINK MIX-RASPBERRY. It would be better for you to use 100% fruit juice, diluted with spring water, and add your plain benefiber powder. Same effect, and follows the rules!
Q. I KNOW THAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO FAST FROM COFFEE. I HAVE A HARD TIME NOT DRINKING COFFEE. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DRINK. I DID DRINK COFFEE THIS WEEK. I DID GOOD UNTIL I HAD A SUDDEN LOSS IN MY FAMILY THIS WEDNESDAY. I DO NOT WANT TO MAKE EXCUSES. I NEED HELP.
A. Drink water! Drink 100% fruit juice. Make fruit and vegetable juice combinations. Carrots make great juice, as do tomatoes with garlic, onion and green pepper. Add a little sea salt and tobasco and it tastes better than V8. Orange juice flash blended with 2 or 3 strawberries and three or four grains of sea salt simply bursts with flavor. Take this time to try new things, and give your cravings and addictions over to Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. I am praying that your family loss is heaven's gain, and that your blessings will not cease.
Q. Can you have a slim fast drink for a meal replacement?
A. Slim Fast should not be a meal replacement during the fast because it has dairy (except for a specific formula), and because they are all nice and sweet. Like drinking a shake you know. So, no-no.
Q. My question continues with can we have eggs this week?
A. Dairy includes products that come from the cow's udders. Milk and milk products. Eggs come mainly from chickens. They have not been restricted in the past. Just don't ask for Cheese and Welches Grape.
Q. I just would like to know if bread is a part of the dairy family.
A. Bread is not a part of the dairy family. Dairy comes from cows. Bread is a part of the grain family.
Q. I am on medicine for high blood pressure. Will I be ok doing the fast?
A. For folks on Blood Pressure Medication - the fast is totally healthy for you, and with a few additions will mimic the very heart healthy Mediterranean diet.
Q. As me and my husband are diabetics, when Pastors take us off no diary and breads, what can we eat? i know veggies and fruits, but what others. we are trying to do right but you said those that are taking meds eat sensisble so please educate us a little or a lot. Thanks.
A. Your diet should always be made up of protein, carbohydrate and fat. Every day. Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, and Peanuts, fortunately can provide all of the components of a balanced diet. Soy is a bean (vegetable) and comes in many different forms for edible use. Experiment! There are whole grain pastas, and soy cheese substitute, use these with lots of your better known veggies, and make a great lasagna. Have a crisp salad with toasted walnuts, orange segments, and bean sprouts, with an olive oil, vinegar, orange zest, and sea salt dressing, and you may never go back to your traditional dinners. Baked Potatoes that you have sliced (with the skin on) sauteed with mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, in a Pam'd pan until the potatoes are crisp, with scrambled soft tofu (tastes like eggs when you add some salt & pepper), and 12-grain toast is a great Saturday morning breakfast. You can do it!
Q. I have some questions regarding the fast. 1. What else can I drink besides water? 100% juice has sugar added! 2. The fast says NO DAIRY, just need to make sure that bread, flour tortillas, pasta and Alfredo sauce are all dairy products? 3. If my family cannot eat dairy products, then please tell me what else I can feed them that will stick to the body, because when it comes to dinner time a lot of fruits don't help the stomach. I checked out the recipes online, however, some of them have dairy products added. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!!
A. 100% juice does not have sugar added. Maybe the bottle you are buying has as its ingredients listed: 100% juice, water, sugar or corn syrup, preservatives, color, etc. If you buy Welches Grape, or Juicy Juice for instance, they are 100% juice, no water added, no sugar added. What's great, is that they are so naturally sweet, you can dilute them at home with water and get more for your buck, and less glycemic load for your family's bodies. Dairy includes those things that come from Bossie the Cow. Out of the things that you listed, Alfredo sauce (because it is mainly cheese) is dairy. Check some of the suggestions following for ideas for your family, and remember to think outside of the box. Almost all dairy items have nut and vegetable substitutes. Soy milk, cheese and other foods. Rice milk and other foods. Almond butter, milk and other foods. Tofu, Edamame, Soybeans, Soybean Oil, SoyMilk, Soy yogurt, Soyburgers, all from the abundant SOYbean. Substitute non-dairy items for the dairy in the online recipes. And check out recipes by going to Google, and putting in the ingredient you want to use, like Eggplant.
Q. Can you tell me whether or not I can use margarine since it is composed of vegetable oil?
A. Corn oil margarine is the best choice (unless you can find soybean oil margarine), because yes, corn and soybeans are vegetables. You can also use olive oil, and it is much more flavorful.
Q. Is soy milk considered dairy? Also, can we eat apple cinnamon oatmeal?
A. Soy milk is not dairy. It comes from the soybean, not the cow. Apple Cinnamon oatmeal is fine as long as you use plain oatmeal, add your own apples and cinnamon, and not a pre-packaged mix that is chock full of sugary goodness!
Q. I am doing very well on this fast. I have one question. I have been consuming all natural fruit juices and coffee from Bolthouse Farms. I also tried the TLC all natural trail mix granola bars. Is this allowed? Thanks
A. I am so happy to hear that you are doing well on the fast. Now, let's take it to the next level, and fast from the coffee (a little too stimulating, and I think Pastors have asked us to refrain), and I don't specifically know the brand TLC, but I think granola bars may be a little too pleasing and sweet to be allowed on the fast. Try to make your own granola with some dried fruit (allowed), a variety of lightly toasted and coarsely chopped nuts (allowed), and some toasted soybeans (allowed). Instead of very sweet (from the honey and or corn syrup that is used to make granola bars stick together) use a little spice from your cabinet like nutmeg (just a little), cinnamon (a little more than the nutmeg), even some allspice, and a little freshly ground black pepper. You can even use a little soysauce (from the soybean), and olive oil shaken together and sprinkled over the mix on a cookie sheet, and heat through in the oven. Once it cools, store it in a zip baggie, and eat on that! Gotta go. I need to make some of that right now!
Q. Is tator tots, french fries, hash browns, and tortilla chips from restaurants considered junk food?
A. The fast states, NO JUNK FOOD, NO FAST FOOD. This includes all FAST FOOD restuarants such as McDonald's, Burger King, etc.... The items in question are considered junk food as they have absolutely no nutritional value.
Q. I can't believe peanuit butter is not considered a dairy product?
A. I don't have the ingredient list in front of me, but I believe that is a vegetable oil compound. There may be some milk solids in it for more rich flavor, and if so, then for the fast, stick with generic margarine that is not quite so pleasant.
Q. I take diabetic medications. With the grain only...what can I eat escpecially for breakfast?
A. Kashi cereal with soy or rice milk, and sliced banana, or rice krispies with sliced peaches or strawberries, and soy milk. One piece of 12-grain toast with almond butter or peanut butter (watch out for the brands' amount of added sweeteners), and 4 ounces of grape, apple, or orange juice diluted with spring water to 8 ounces is a great start! Always, hot oats or cream of wheat with sliced banana or plumped raisins is good and good for cold mornings. Both of those provide complex carbs that last until past mid-morning.
Q. Is it OK to eat long grain/wild rice during the fast week 18 thru 25th Jan. I also wanted to know is it OK to eat at Subway and Chinese Carryouts if you are only ordering Veggie meals?
A. Grains (rice is a grain) are allowed. No fast food, so no to Subway and definitely no to Chinese carryouts. It would be great to say no to Chinese carryouts even after the fast!! Just say no to MSG, and not knowing what is in your food!
Q. Can you specify the no dairy aspect of this fast?
A. Think of Bossie the Cow, and leave her behind. Nothing that comes from the cow. We already may not have her flesh (beef), and during no dairy weeks, we may not have her milk or milk products, including cheese, cream, half-n-half, butter, yogurt, cream cheese, ice cream, frozen yogurt, nacho CHEESE, CHEESE cracker sandwiches, grilled CHEESE. In the past, and to my definition, dairy for the fast does not include eggs. Eggs come from chickens, not cows. Our pastors may restrict eggs, and if so, then no eggs either. Simple as that, right?
Q. Since the new restrictions on dairy, what can we use in its place? Also, is it correct that we can only have rye or pumpernicle bread?
A. There are lots of substitutions. Whole Foods, Yes Organics, and other natural food stores have shelves that are stocked full of dairy substitutes. When you think of dairy, think of Bossie the Cow, and all she provides to a farm family. Milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream and more. Now go into the store and look next to those items and you will see Soy products, Rice products, Almond products, Corn products and more. Think outside the box, with the first substitute - Corn oil margarine... and go from there. For the breads, you can have whole grains. There are more grains than I bet you have even tasted, including flaxseed. Wheat is only one. Rye is another, but there is Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, including whole cornmeal and popcorn, Millet,Oats, including oatmeal, Quinoa Rice, brown rice and colored rice, Rye, Sorghum (also called milo), Teff, Triticale, Wheat, including varieties such as spelt, emmer, farro, einkorn, Kamut?, durum and forms such as bulgur, cracked wheat and wheatberries, Wild rice to name a little more than a few!!
Q. Could we eat 100% Grain Bread and morning Star vegetable burgers and Breakfast saugage?
A. Sure can! Just not too often, or you may get a soy overload, and suffer some abdominal discomfort. Add some fresh veggies to your meal to round out the protein and carbs. Mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomatoes, even olives.
Q. This is my first time fasting and I am a New Member. Can I have Cinnamon Raisin bread, applesauce, breyers all natural ice cream, fruit cups and fat free sugar free pops (Edy's).
A. You can have cinnamon and raisin bread as long as there is NO SUGAR ADDED - this includes sugar substitues as stated. The same applies for applesauce - it must be all natural, no sugar added. You may find this at your local grocery store or a whole food store. Ice cream is not allowed nor are the Edy's fruit cups and fruit pops.
Q. I see a lot of the receipes on line call for Smart Menu chicken or steak strips. Is there a special store I have to go to to get these or are they in Giant/Safeway, etc.
A. You can find these items (and others like it - i.e. Morning Star, Boca, etc.) at your local grocery store.
Q. My question is that I am active in dance inside and outside of church. I do praise and worship every other Sunday and rehearsal is on Tuesday's, also my dance classes are 3 1/2 to 4 hours long on Friday nights & Saturday afternoons. I normally drink gatorade in order to keep me going. Am a still able to drink it or do I need to find something else? I was told Pedialite is good, but it doesn't taste too good. Can you please give me a solution?
A. Keeping hydrated is definitely essential with your active lifestyle. I would recommend drinking 100% juices which contain essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Also, don't forget your water!
Q. I'm am not a huge meat eater for taste, however, I've been doing a low-carb diet for sometime ONLY for weight-loss. and I have lost some weight. When I evaluate my fast in my heart, giving up meat is still NOT a sacrifice for me. This type of fast is a breeze for me and frankly freedom from low-carb. Likewise, doing a low-carb diet while it is hard...it's certainly NOT a fast either. Getting rid of the sugar,caffeine, white bread, over-eating are very much things that would be a sacrifice for me. I'm thinking that it would be better to tackle those strong holds in my life rather then worry so much about the fast exactly like everyone else. How do you recommend that I approach this?
A. Our Pastors always encourage us to take our fasting to new levels each year, especially for those who have fasted numerous times previously with the church. If you feel as if you are not sacrificing anything, then feel free to add restrictions to your fast. Some individuals are fasting no meats, no sweets, no junk food, no bread, no dairy, and eating only one meal a day. Allow GOD to minister to you and tell you what you need to fast. He could tell you to give up television in addition! At a minimum, do what our Pastors have told us to do, and if God is leading you to do more, then do it!
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Q. Is it okay to eat Jiffy corn bread if no sugar is added to it. My family eats cornbread with Chili. We normally would add sugar, but is it ok to eat it if we don't add sugar? I noticed the box said it contains 7 grams of sugar. My husband thinks it's ok since most of the 100% fruit juices have more than 20 grams of sugar. We are not trying to use it as a sweet, but as a substitute for eating rice. Please advise.
A. Not eating sweets goes beyond the amount of sugar grams contained in a food product. The sugar count found on the back of food packages includes more than just the sugar you are referring to. It includes the good carbs (complex carbs), the bad carbs (simple carbs), and starches. What you need to focus on is not adding sugar to your foods along with those foods that you just know are classified as sweets. The best rule of thumb is, if you're in doubt, don't eat it :-) !!
Q. I am a new member to the church, any church for that matter. I am trying to give this year a fresh start and participate in the church functions. I am currently 5 months pregnant and I am wondering do I follow the same fast as listed,or is there a different fast that I should be following?
A. First, let me say Welcome to the family!! Those who are pregnant or nursing can participate in the fast. Eliminating processed sugars from your diet will actually benefit you and your child. These sugars cause addictions and aid in depression. The sugar-free sweeteners are not healthy either as they contain chemicals that can harm your body. Fruits, on the other hand, are naturally sweet and contain antioxidants and fiber. There may be certain levels of the fast that you will not be able to participate in. For example, if we only eat one meal a day, you would be exempt from that level of fasting. This information is always noted on the main information page so be sure to check it out on a weekly basis as the fast progresses.
Q. I am doing the fast and this week is no sugar. I was just wondering is it ok to eat star brites peppermints? The mints contatins 8 grams of sugar. Is the mints consider as sweeties?
A. Mints are considered sweets (especially the peppermints you mentioned), but there are sugar-free mints that you can eat. These sugar-free mints do contain sugar alcohols, but our Pastors understand the need of having to use a mint to eliminate breath odors. Just ensure that you are not eating the mints like candy!!
Q. As part of no sweets, are nuts also banned? Peanuts and Almonds have 1g of Sugar.
A. As mentioned before, everything has some form of sugar, and the sugar measurement on the back of food packages consists of different sugars. Peanuts are not in the category of sweets. Sweets include cakes, pies, candy, sodas, and the like. Honey roasted peanuts are out, but cocktail peanuts, walnuts, or almonds are OK.
Q. During our No Sweets fast, I was wondering if it's okay to eat reduced/no fat yogurt?
A. Yogurt would be considered a sweet. It contains mostly sugar if you look at the ingredients list. I recommend replacing the yogurt with some fresh fruits. They contain the good sugars your body needs along with essential vitamins.
Q. Are condiments such as ketchup, A1 sauce, etc., not permitted because it has sugar in it? Even though they aren't sweets, but it has sugar. On the other hand, condiments are not natural sugar like fruits which has natural sugar and are accepted, right?
A. There are some condiments that are OK to use. Ketchup is definitely a no-no because it contains mostly sugar. However, mustard has .1g of sugar per serving. So read the labels...if one of the first three ingredients says sugar, then it's best to not consume it. And again, if you're ever in doubt, just don't eat it! It's all about the sacrifice!
Q. Can you drink coffee, with sweet and low?
A. No. No sugar substitutes of any kind are allowed during the fast. This includes honey, molasses, sweet-n-low, splenda, equal, etc.
Q. I am a weight lifter and I daily take protein shakes (Synta-6). Another freind takes 'Body Forces' protein shakes. Are they okay to continue with the no-sweets portion of the fast?
A. Yes, protein shakes are OK.
Q. Are crackers and peanuts allowed during the fast?
A. Yes, saltine crackers are OK with your soups and salads, but just eating crackers puts close to the junk food line. Crackers such as Cheesits, graham crackers, and the like are definitely out. Follow the leadership of the Holy Ghost. Nuts are OK also as they are an excellent source of protein.
Q. For clarification, is Christian television allowed outside of the 2 hours of television per day or as part of the 2 hours.
A. Yes, you are allowed to watch Word filled, Christian broadcasts outside of the 2 hour television restriction. Christian movies, however, are still off limits.
Q. I have a lot of food sensitivities so I tend to bake my own products including bread. However, my home made bread recipes require honey or sugar to activate the yeast in order to get the bread to rise. Is this acceptable? I also make fresh fruit smoothies and sorbet with pure fruit juices, no sugar added. Is this acceptable? Thanks
A. No, honey and sugar cannot be added to your home recipes. Fresh smoothies are OK as long as they do not contain frozen yogurt or sugar, and 100% juices.
Q. Is Pizza from places such as Pizza Hut Junk Food? Also, how about if you make the pizza at home?
A. Pizza Hut pizza is considered junk food. However, there are healthy ways of making pizza at home. We have a veggie pizza recipe on the website that is tasty!
Q. I have Gout. Is it okay for me to participate in this fast? How about going without food or water for 2-3 days?
A. Fasting will actually be beneficial for you as cutting meats and sugars actually helps this condition. Stock up on your berries, cherries, and even celery. If we add the one meal a day portion of the fast, if you're on prescription medication, you will be exempt from that level of fasting. But you can definitely do what we are fasting right now. Make sure you drink plenty of water! Do not do an absolute fast. Water will actually help dilute and assist in the excretion of urates.
Q. I drink green tea every morning put since I've been fasting I'm only drinking water. Is it ok to drink green tea while fasting?
A. It is OK to drink green tea as long as you do not add sugar, honey, or any other sugar substitute.
Q. Most juices says 100% Juice. Some says No sugar added, most do not. Most of the juices I have found states it's 100% juice but do not mention No sugar added. For the purpose of this fast, should we only drink the juices that says no sugar added?
A. The best thing to do with juices is read the ingredients on the back of the label. Most likely you'll be OK going for the juices that say No sugar added, but it's always best to read the labels to ensure there are no sugar subsitutes added to the drink. Most likely the safe juices will be apple juice, orange juice, some juicy juice drinks, etc. I have found that the Twister drinks are not 100% juice. Dole's selection of juices are great for the fast as well. But don't forget your water!! Divide your weight in half, and that's the number of ounces of water you should drink each day.
Q. Peanuts - I know we can't eat the honey roasted peanuts. What about the peanuts in a shell like roasted peanuts?
A. Yes, roasted peanuts are fine.
Q. I have had diarrhea since I started the fast. I was placed on a 6 day supply of antibodies before the fast, and that gave me diarrhea. I have been off the antibodies for over a week, but I still have diarrhea. What would you suggest I eat or drink that will help stop the diarrhea? By the way, I am feeling fine. I just can't stop the diarrhea. I don't want to dehydrate and I need help now. Thank you.
A. Since clearly the medication promoted the diarrhea, it will take a little time to get it completely out of your system. Consuming all the fruits and vegetables we are eating during the fast may also add to this. You could try eating more pastas, potatoes, or cheese, but you also don't want to load up on these foods and gain 20 lbs the last two weeks of the fast! As you continue this lifestyle, your body will actually get use to the vegetables and settle down. Make sure you drink plenty of room temperature water to stay hydrated.
Q. Is No Sugar Added Peanut Better okay for this fast?
A. Yes it is. You can find this type of peanut butter in any grocery store. The ingredients will read peanuts, salt and that's it. It looks a little different from the peanut butter you normally eat, but tastes great!
Q. I am already a small framed person. With the last couple of fasts, I have lost extreme amounts of weight. How can I fast but maintain the little weight that I have?
A. Carbs in the form of pasta and rice would be great for you. Potatoes and cheeses will add some substance to your meals. You can also drink protein shakes between meals. When we get to the last week of the fast and have only one meal a day, make sure your one meal is a full course meal and not just a snack.
Q. With no dairy added to our fast, does that mean we can't cook with butter, or with milk, like to make cornbread? I just wanted to be clear.
A. That is correct. You can use non-dairy versions of these products such as soy milk from whole-food stores.
Q. I have not had any sugar or sugar substitutes in my body since we began this fast and my body started physically aching and my stomach started cramping, My arms were aching and my finger tips. I ate some sugar and the pain slowly started to disappear. I usual consume alot of sugar, but never have I experienced this type of pain before. I have cut back before, but I never went this long. What do you think about this?
A. When you eliminate things from your diet that you normally consume in excess, your body will respond. That does not mean that you need that particular food though. It's just like an individual who drinks a lot of sodas and decides to eliminate them from their diet. That person will likely experience severe headaches. That doesn't mean you go back to drinking sodas! The same effects can be seen with someone addicted to drugs. It's simply withdrawal. You have to allow your body time to eliminate its dependency on these harmful foods that you have been consuming. Your body does not need refined white sugar (Simple carbohydrates). You get the carbs you do need (complex carbs) from fresh fruits and some vegetables. So, next time, eat a piece of fruit instead.
Q, I know that we cannot consume any white rice, but we can have brown rice. I ate some yellow rice, is that ok to have?
A. Our Pastors only mentioned that we can have brown rice, so I say it's best to stick with that. Actually, yellow rice is merely white rice that is colored by seasonings mixed with it.
Q. Can we have salad dressing and mayonnaise during the no dairy part of the fast?
A. Yes, you can have salad dressing...stick with your vinaigrettes. Considering that mayonnaise is mostly made from eggs, and we can eat eggs, it should be OK.
Q. Is a bran muffin or a granola bar considered sweets or junk food? Can these be eaten during the fast?
A. If you can make the bran muffin yourself, you'll be OK because you can leave out the sugar. But muffins in general have a ton of sugar so they are off the list. The same with a granola bar - they are loaded with sugar and really are not the best food to eat in general as a result. Replace these foods with fresh fruit and/or fresh vegetables.
Q, I want to follow the fast for the last week, but I am diabetic and need to have some form of protein throughout the day. I don't particularily want to have a meal per say, but prefer to have a meal repllacement shake. Is there an exception in this case? Or what do you recommend? I am active in exercise and on the dance ministry too. Thank you.
A, Well, a diabetic does not need any more daily protein than a non-diabetic. There are many other ways of getting protein such as through dairy products, soy products, beans, nuts, and green vegetables like greens and broccoli. And this week, we can eat meat, so there's no need for a protein/meal replacement shake. At a minimum, we must do what our pastors have specified. If you choose to go above and beyond that, then you can, but that does not mean you can replace what our pastors have already restricted with something else. You are exempt from the one meal a day restriction, but you do not need meal replacement shakes to get a good dose of protein. Just make sure you have some protein with each meal. Even if it's a small meal, you can throw in some protein.
Q, My question to you is Minute Maid has a juice that is 100% fruit juice blend and the Nutition Fact sheet states that it has 29 g of sugar. Is this amount acceptable during the fast?
A, The sugar you find in 100% fruit juices is the sugar that naturally comes from the fruit. The best way to determine if sugar was added is to read the ingredient list. Fructose is fruit's natural sugar. You should not see any added sugars within this list. For example, 100% apple juice is only made from pressed apples and no other ingredients but it has sugar because apples naturally contain sugar.
Q, I just found out I am pregnant. My doctor was concerned about my progestrone levels ranging in the low teens. I have been extremely lathargic and can not seem to stay awake past 3:00pm. I have been eating beans, peanut butter, eggs and green veggies. Should I continue on the fast or should I just add meat back into my diet?
A, It is best to consult your doctor to find out what will work best for you. I will tell you that meat consumption has little to nothing to do with your progesterone levels. Also, a diet that is rich in sugar or does not contain sufficient nutrients can cause a dip in progesterone levels. So the first couple of weeks of this fast could prove to be beneficial for you by replacing previous unhealthy food choices with foods such as fresh/steamed veggies, lentils, brown rice, egg whites, and fresh fruit.
Q. I was just diagnosed with diabetes and would like to know if and how can I fast.
A. Diabetics can participate in the majority of the fast. When we get to one meal a day, it is highly recommended that diabetics and people on meds continue with the previous restrictions. If you have diabetes, your body cannot make or properly use insulin. This leads to high blood glucose, or sugar, levels in your blood. Healthy eating helps to reduce your blood sugar. So, having no meats, sweets, and junk food will actually be beneficial for you and hopefully be the foundation for you to change your eating lifestyle after the fast.
Q. I am starting the Fast for 2015 and I would also like to quit smoking, I know with the Lord's Help I will succeed, but if you have any suggestions for me during my quitting periods, please be my guest, I'm going to need all the help and support I can receive from my church brothers and sisters and our father!! I'm ready to do this!!
A. The best way to overcome any addiction is to completely lean on the Father who has given you the grace for all things. This time of fasting is not just about not eating. It is about replacing that stuff (whether it's food, cigarettes, or drugs) with the Word and in prayer. Scriptures have been provided for us to meditate on...take advantage of that. When you feel an urge to pick up a cigarette, pick up your Bible instead. Or go somewhere quiet and pray in the Spirit. God will speak to you during this time and give you scriptures to stand on. Print them out...keep them before your eyes. Speak them. It will be challenging at first, but as you continue to allow your Spirit man to have control, the urges become fewer and fewer. This is a time of flushing so ALLOW GOD to flush your system!
Q. Are we allowed to eat natural honey and natural sugar substitutes from the health food store as long as it does not have fructose, syrups etc. thanks
A. No. No honey, stevia, sweet and low, equal, molasses...I think you get the picture!
Q. In a previous question, someone asked if using salad dressing was acceptable. And your answer was yes. Can you please let me know what salad dressing is acceptable that does not have sugar in it? Thanks
A. It is going to be extremely difficult finding salad dressing without any sugar in it. Many foods we eat have some form of sugar in it. It would be impossible to completely eliminate all sugar. The goal is to eliminate foods such as cakes, sugary snacks, added sugar in beverages and other foods, and honey. You may be able to find dressing at a whole food store that has no sugar, but regular salad dressing is fine. The only salad dressing I will not eat is Honey Mustard (the name speaks for itself!). This is one of those areas where you have to let the Lord lead you.
Q. I have been doing terrible with this fast since day 1. I was not at church the day the pastors called the fast. I really want to succeed in this, but I am really having a hard time. I know I have to start reading the scriptures to help me. I also know that obedience is a sacrifice. I am a hairstylist working long hours. I am not eating right or at the right times. Please help me to condition myself more in proceeding with the fast. Do you have any tips for my weakness? I am a new member, I would have to say that this is my first real fast that I truly want to do right in honor of God. (HELP)
A. Well, let me start off by saying that you are doing the right thing...asking for help!!! Bring God your truth, and He will in turn give you His Truth! Fasting is all about sacrifice and bringing your flesh under subjection to your spirit man. During those times when you feel like grabbing a piece of meat or something sweet, PRAY!!!! If you don't know what to pray about, pray in the Holy Ghost and ALWAYS pray the scriptures that are on the website. Whatever you do, don't give up!! This body, VCMI, needs every supply of every joint! If you mess up, repent, and get back on track! During week 2 you can eat multiple meals a day so during your long work hours snack on some fruit, fresh veggies, or nuts. Bananas are an excellent source of energy. So, keep up the good work! We're all standing with you!