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10 Tips For A Healthy Fast

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During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other sensual pleasures during daylight hours. The fasting month is also about spiritual cleansing and introspection, a time to re-energize the God connection. And it's a reminder of the plight of the poor--which hopefully pushes Muslims to do more charitable work.

But fasting isn't exclusive to Muslims (or Ramadan, for that matter) Most faiths prescribe some sort of fast. And done the right way, fasting is a wonderful way for us to cleanse ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Are you interested embarking on a fast? Then check out these tips to guide you to a more healthful and spiritual fast.

Tip #1: Get into the mental and spiritual groove for fasting.

Fasting is way more than just going without food and drink (that's called a crash diet). At its best, it is a spiritual and physical cleansing and a declaration of independence from the shackles of earthly life. If you want to embark on a spiritual fast, you need mental readiness to forgo the normal things that define your life. Begin by thinking about the fast before it actually happens, why you are doing it, and what you want to achieve. Then you can be ready on Day One.

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