I now in Orthodoxy we are to Fast Wednesday and Fridays. Coming from Catholicism I'm more used to abstaining from Fish on Fridays (we never really embraced VII options to this) but how can I fast better. What do people do? How much do you eat? What are simple foods to order that avoid those items to abstain from? Please give me suggestions on how to be better at fasting.
One thing that has probably been said a zillion times on all sorts of Orthodox forums and listservs, so forgive the redundancy, but please consult your priest on something like this. Whatever he recommends to you should not then be compared to regimens others follow on the Internet. You probably already know that and so I ask forgiveness for the plug here. I've just seen many people put together their spiritual life from what so-and-so does or claims to do on the Web.
To answer your question, when I became an inquirer to Orthodoxy my priest welcomed me to start trying the fasting discipline of the Church slowly. For example doing fish only and then going meatless and abstaining from meat products.
Many people abstain from the items on a particular fast day, keep the meals simple, and not overeat at meals. There are traditions that do not take anything before noon, some don't before 3pm, etc. These are the variety of ways the fast is carried out in the world of Orthodoxy, which brings me back to the suggestion to pattern your fasting and prayer life (you must do both hand in hand) with your spiritual father. Fasts and prayers are the medicine of the Church, and you really cannot just self-medicate.
I hope that helps in your review of others' suggestions and feedback on here.
my prayers are with you on your journey and please pray for me, a sinner.