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Offline Cassiel

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Uh oh, another fasting question...
« on: February 08, 2008, 02:13:42 AM »
...sorry.  :)  My spiritual father is out of town for a week and I want to know.  I'm a catechumen, and he and I were discussing fasting last week.  He gave me the Lenten Triodion with the article on fasting by Bp. Kallistos +, which was fabulous and enlightening.  So, Wednesday and Friday with two small vegan meals - this I can handle.  But one question: I know that in some religious traditions fasting also restricts drinking.  I drink a little tea, usually, sometimes soda.  On fast days I get cold easily so tea looks much more appealing but it would make sense to me that I should possibly give it up on those days (it would not be difficult).  The serious question, though, is whether water is restricted?  I can see where it might be, considering that it alleviates hunger especially in large quantities.  As I mentioned in another post (yeah, which also was all about fasting), however, I'm a distance runner.  I can just not run on fast days, but if I were to drink less on those days, it would hit me on non-fast days as well.  I didn't drink as much as usual yesterday (not a serious cutback - believe me, I know the dangers of dehydration - but somewhat), and today when I was running I definitely felt it.  Hmm...which evokes another question...should I not run on fast days?  I know these are questions for my spiritual father, but for now, what are your thoughts?
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Re: Uh oh, another fasting question...
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2008, 02:19:25 AM »
Water is fine as far as I know.....in terms of liquids.....on fast days any animal products are out, and wine, and hard liquor. As far as I know.....pop and beer are still okay haha. Unless of course your priest gives you a dispensation from fasting.
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Re: Uh oh, another fasting question...
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2008, 03:17:18 AM »
Everybody keeps talking about it, but I have yet to see the rubric which forbids whiskey. ;)
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Re: Uh oh, another fasting question...
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2008, 04:29:34 AM »
Cassiel,

I have never heard of any restrictions on drinking water and if you are running, you should take what your body needs. But isn't protein also important when exercising?

When I used to fast, I would have whey powder protein drinks so that I could continue to exercise (I'm allergic to soy milk) - and live, basically! Of course, I had talked it over with my priest.
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Re: Uh oh, another fasting question...
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2008, 09:05:28 AM »
...sorry.  :)  My spiritual father is out of town for a week and I want to know.  I'm a catechumen, and he and I were discussing fasting last week.  He gave me the Lenten Triodion with the article on fasting by Bp. Kallistos +, which was fabulous and enlightening.  So, Wednesday and Friday with two small vegan meals - this I can handle.  But one question: I know that in some religious traditions fasting also restricts drinking.  I drink a little tea, usually, sometimes soda.  On fast days I get cold easily so tea looks much more appealing but it would make sense to me that I should possibly give it up on those days (it would not be difficult).  The serious question, though, is whether water is restricted?  I can see where it might be, considering that it alleviates hunger especially in large quantities.  As I mentioned in another post (yeah, which also was all about fasting), however, I'm a distance runner.  I can just not run on fast days, but if I were to drink less on those days, it would hit me on non-fast days as well.  I didn't drink as much as usual yesterday (not a serious cutback - believe me, I know the dangers of dehydration - but somewhat), and today when I was running I definitely felt it.  Hmm...which evokes another question...should I not run on fast days?  I know these are questions for my spiritual father, but for now, what are your thoughts?

I don't think there's a restriction on water; and your running should still be O.K. (it can even be considered a positive thing for fasting - an ascetic exercise!).
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Re: Uh oh, another fasting question...
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2008, 09:08:00 AM »
The only restriction I can possibly think of regarding water would be prior to communion...and if you're a catechumen, that's a moot point for you right now.
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Re: Uh oh, another fasting question...
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2008, 09:27:46 AM »
Thanks everybody, that's very helpful.  Though I can't imagine drinking any alcohol while fasting - I'm a lightweight even when I'm eating regularly.  With reduced food intake I'd be dancing on the table after one wine cooler.   :D
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