Friday, March 12, 2010

Fast Bloggin' Day 11

I hope everyone is still having a great Fast. The comment section has grown quiet so check back in and let me know how it's going.

Right now I'm enjoying some refreshing V8 Splash and getting ready to do some reading about occupational stress and compassion fatigue for my dissertation proposal. Given my own recent experiences at work, my dissertation topic is quite ironic. That probably happens to social scientists all the time (social scientists out there tell me if I'm on to something here).

It was another very long day. I've been trying to get more protein into my breakfast so enjoyed some eggs this morning (scrambled is how I roll).

Work was super stressful, I've been going non-stop for seven days straight and fasting on top of it. I guess the good thing is I've learned that my limits stretch further than I imagined. I picked up my son at the end of the day from daycare and he was so intent on eating a banana, he did not run over and jump into my arms like he usually does. I was so happy to see him eating I didn't care though. His daycare provider is Haitian and so, like most days I was greeted with a catchy tune in French.

Douglass Ali and I broke the fast as father and son over a hearty bucket of KFC (grilled not fried). He tried the various side orders and seemed to like the mash potatoes the best. He liked them so much he put his face in them. Not once, not twice, but three times. That's a food lover alright. Maybe I should try it sometime.

"...obligatory prayer and fasting produce awareness and awakening in man, and are conducive to his protection and preservation from tests." (Compilations, The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting)


  1. Phillipe, thanks for sharing these delightful blogs! Fast usually goes very well for me, with little distraction with food and other material comforts. My greatest worldly enjoyment during Fast is that of sharing it with my husband. Tuesday I had a tooth extracted and, due to pain medication, have had to eat during the day. I think today will be ok.
    I have been turned on to Greek yogurt, which is all I have eaten for the last few days in the morning. I hear it has more protein than regular yogurt.

    mmm mmm good...

  2. Anonymous10:56 AM

    Fasting is going well for the most part for me. I get to the point where mornings especially it is a struggle to eat. I am still full from the night before! My strategy is to avoid fat and salt in heavy doses, and this seems to keep me from being hungry and thirsty. Thanks for your comments, I look forward to them each day.

  3. Anonymous12:29 PM

    Thanks for the uplifting thoughts and quotes for the fast. Also, the suggestion of scrambled eggs was one I used this morning -plus a little cheese. In addition, i had my usual bowl of cooked oatmeal with a large spoonful of almond butter and some blueberries mixed in with a little vanilla rice milk. I also drink two glasses of water and a cup of peppermint tea. Getting enough water is always the hardest for me. Getting up early enough to be able to make room for the food and water is important. Another way to compensate for thirst during the fast is to take a refreshing nap during the day if there is time. It's great when we can take useful suggestions from others about how to cope with the fast. Of course when desire for food and water tend to overwhelm us, spiritual food helps to offset these wants. Listening to the right music often lifts me away from tiredness and hunger and thirst as well. I hope someone else can use these suggestions.