If you’ve seen my FB and IG posts lately you know I’m a huge fan of fasting. If you grew up in church like I did then you know all about prayer, fasting and the Black church’s favorite fast, The Daniel Fast. Fasting was a tool used to truly get a prayer through for healing and breakthrough. I’ve participated in many church fasts since I was a teenager and I must say they are powerful.
A couple of years ago I started fasting the first week out of every month and I would fast up to 20 hours a day. I did this with the intent to hit the reset button on my life, because a new month meant new beginnings. I wanted to increase my spiritual stamina, gain control over my emotional eating and gain some real clarity and insight. It worked because I was more alert, focused and my vision started to become clear.
Then I connected with Edward Williams, owner of Health By Any Means Necessary (HBAMN) and became apart of the 45-day Health Ignite Challenge. We participated in a 24 hour fast during the challenge and something he said on his live video struck a chord deep down in my soul. He said, “Anything you can’t fast from you are a slave to”… Whew! After that 24 hour fast, I’ve been fasting every single day.
We are pretty familiar with the popular benefits of fasting; weight loss, insulin management, normal blood pressure, and detox and cleansing of the body, but I want to share with you 3 benefits of fasting for the conscious black soul. Things that specificlly occur in our bodies, minds and spirits when we fast.
Slow Down The Aging Process
You know the saying, “Black don’t crack”. Actually it does, especially if you eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) and eat every 2-3 hours all day every day. That lifestyle wreaks havoc on the body, especially the black body. We are different due to our melanin content. We need to eat or in this case, not eat in a way that nourishes our melanin. When you fast, your black won’t crack. Fasting increases the life span of cells. You will not only slow down the aging process but you will get rid of all the old, diseased and dying cells in your body. You will look younger and feel younger. You will be rejuvenated, renewed and alive!
Third Eye Wide Open
One of my favorite hashtags to use is #staywoke. One of the biggest obstacles to true black empowerment is that we don’t have a clue who we truly are outside the experience of slavery, Jim Crow and the terror of white supremacy. When you fast, it opens up that third eye to see life as it really is and not how society told you it should be. You begin to awaken to the knowledge of your greatness as an African. You begin to notice the subtle nuances of white supremacy that you were previously blind to or simply ignored. Fasting signals to your black consciousness that it’s time to awaken!
When you fast, it jumpstarts a spiritual awakening. You meet your internal spiritual gangsta. And that spiritual gangsta alerts you of the inherent power that is at your fingertips. You have the power to alter your reality with your thoughts and your words. Because you are not filling your body with junk, meat and overly processed foods, you begin to operate at a heightened state of being. You stop becoming a victim of circumstances and instead become the alchemist of your existence.
It sounds kinda crazy right? Can all of this really happen with fasting? Yes it can, but if you still don’t believe me, join me in Health Ignite 45-day Challenge to learn how to fast and also radically improve your physical, mental and spiritual health
Kathleen is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. She is owner of Beauty In A Barbell Nutrition, a company dedicated to optimizing the physical, mental and spiritual health of the Black Community.