The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fasting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028643274
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 All About Fasting 1
1 Food Is Good, So Why Fast? 3
Food Is Good, But Not Always 4
What Exactly Is Fasting? 5
What Fasting Isn't 11
Different Fasts for Different Folks 14
2 Body and Soul: A Fast Trip Around the World 17
Fasting Around the World 18
Fasting and Christianity 19
Fasting and Judaism 21
Fasting and Islam 21
Fasting and the Far East 22
Fasting in Other Traditions 23
Fasting and the New Age of Spirituality 24
The Relevance of Fasting Today 25
3 The Anatomy of a Fast 27
Take a Trip Through Your Digestive Tract 27
What Happens in the Fasting Body 31
Variations on a Fast 34
4 The Spirit Is Willing: overcoming Obstacles 37
It's Not Easy 38
Your Fasting Success Indicator: A Quiz 38
All About Willpower 45
Part 2 Fasting for Greater Spiritual Awareness 47
5 Fasting and Meditation 49
Zen and the Art of Fasting 50
Setting the Groundwork 53
Meditation FAQs 54
Guided Meditations to Try 57
6 Fasting and Spiritual Growth 61
What Is Spirituality? 62
What Your Spirit Learns from Fasting 62
Other Fasting Boosters 66
Mapping Your Spiritual Path 70
7 The Essence Beyond "Not Eating" 71
Fast Track to the Soul 72
Getting Inside Yourself 72
Free Your Chi 74
Release Your Chakras 74
Cleanse Your Aura 78
Soul as Metaphor 79
8 Profiles in Enlightenment 81
Buddha and the Fig Tree 81
Christ in the Desert 83
Mohammed and the Delivery of the Koran 84
Fasting and the Saints 85
Gandhi's Famous Fasts 87
Mother Teresa's Leadership 88
9 The Fasting Retreat 91
Why a Retreat? 91
Visiting a Fasting Center or Spiritual Retreat 94
Your Personal, At-Home Fasting Retreat 95
Part 3 Fasting to Live Better 101
10 Fasting and Your Body-Mind 103
What's a Body-Mind? 104
Fasting's Body-Mind Power Tools 108
Body Meets Mind, Mind Meets Spirit 109
11 Fasting, a Natural Diet, and Movement 111
What to Eat When You're Not Fasting 111
What to Drink 117
Get Moving 119
12 Weighing In on Fasting 121
The Difference Between Overweight and Obese 122
Fasting for Self-Discovery 126
Help for Eating Disorders 128
When You Must See Your Doctor 130
Other Weight Loss Options: First Do No Harm 131
13 Fasting in Real Life 135
Fasting and Your Daily Grind 136
How's Your Day? A Quiz 137
The Barriers You Will Encounter 145
14 Your Fasting Planner 147
Setting Your Goals: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly 148
Perusing Your Schedule 149
Using a Fasting Planner 149
Fasting for Women 155
Fasting for Men 156
Fasting for Seniors 157
Part 4 Fasting to Heal the Body 159
15 Fasting for Physical Transformation 161
America's Chronic Disease Plague 162
Not Eating to Build a Better Body 163
The Healing Power of Fasting 167
The Healer Is You 168
16 Fasting to Improve Health 169
Your Immune System: A Mini Primer 170
When the Immune System Goes Awry 173
Freeing Your Body-Mind for Healing 176
17 Fasting for Better Digestion 179
Your Digestion at Work 180
When Your Digestion Stops Working 180
Fasting and Your Digestive System 186
Activate Your Second Chakra 186
Part 5 Four Fasts and How to Do Them Right, Plus Fast Variations 189
18 Getting Into the Spirit: Your Fasting Primer 191
Before You Begin 192
What to Expect During a Short Fast 196
What to Expect During a Longer Fast 197
The Importance of Mind-Body Transitions 197
19 The Biweekly 16-Hour Fast 199
Your Biweekly 16-Hour Fast 199
Your Hour-by-Hour Schedule 201
Your 16-Hour Menu Planner 202
Your Shopping List 203
Your Calendar 203
Your Fasting Journal 204
Just for You: Inspiration to Keep You Going 206
20 The Weekly 36-Hour Fast 207
Your Weekly 36-Hour Fast 207
Your Hour-by-Hour Schedule 209
Your 36-Hour Menu Planner 212
Your Shopping List 212
Your Calendar 213
Your Fasting Journal 214
Just for You: Inspiration to Keep You Going 217
21 The Lunar Two-Day Fast 219
Your Lunar Two-Day Fast 219
Your Hour-by-Hour Schedule 221
Your Two-Day Menu Planner 225
Your Shopping List 225
Your Calendar 226
Your Fasting Journal 227
Just for You: Inspiration to Keep You Going 230
22 The Seasonal Three-Day Fast 231
Your Seasonal Three-Day Fast 232
Your Seasonal Fast Guidelines 235
Your Seasonal Three-Day Menu Planner 236
A Timetable for the Turning of the Seasons 238
Your Fasting Journal 239
Just for You: Inspiration to Keep You Going 243
23 Not-Quite-Fasting Variations 245
Fasting: An Alternative View 245
The Fresh Fruit Fast 247
The Bread Fast 247
The Rice Fast 248
The Oatmeal Fast 248
The Potato Fast 249
The Raw Foods Fast 249
Nonfood Fasts 250
Loving the Integrated You 252
Appendixes
A How to Feast Beyond Your Fast 255
B Fasting Resources 265
C Fasting Glossary 271
Index 275
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