Set reasonable goals for fasting. Consider these types of fasts:

• Full fast (Going completely without food for a full day or longer) Drink plenty of water. Remember that some medications should not be taken without food.

• Partial Fast-one or two meals per day

• Daniel Fast-eat only fruits and vegetables, no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice.

• Lifestyle Fast-fast things such as time spent with TV, Internet, video games, sports, hobbies, or other interests that command a lot of your time and attention.

As you contemplate a food fast, it may be necessary to consult your doctor before you begin to make sure there are not medical reasons why it would be harmful to radically change your diet short-term. Persons who should NOT fast without professional supervision are those who:

• Are too thin or prone to anorexia or bulimia

• Suffer weakness or anemia

• Have tumors, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood disorders or heart disease

• Have chronic problems with kidneys, liver, lungs, or heart

• Are on insulin for diabetes or are hypoglycemic

• Are pregnant or nursing