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Fasting for atheists

#1  Postby Simon_Gardner » Oct 22, 2012 6:22 pm

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Re: Fasting for atheists

#2  Postby HomerJay » Oct 22, 2012 6:44 pm

For reasons like this, I thought fasting was worth a try and Navratri – literally meaning nine nights in Sanskrit – looked like a good model. It heralds the start of autumn, and is dedicated to Shakti, the deity responsible for creation. My rules were that I would eat three meals a day, with no snacking in between of any kind.

The whole article is just some bullshit puff for wankery.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#3  Postby MrFungus420 » Oct 23, 2012 1:50 am

Can this be renamed to something like "Fasting by someone too stupid to understand what "fasting" means"?
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#4  Postby laklak » Oct 23, 2012 2:00 am

I only eat two meals a day, and rarely snack. I'm probably already a Buddha or something.
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#5  Postby orpheus » Oct 23, 2012 2:03 am

Actually, leave out his misuse of the word "fasting", and he makes an important point about paying attention to what one is doing, rather than going on autopilot. That's something a daily meditation practice has helped me with and it really has enriched my life. Nothing woo-ish about this at all.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#6  Postby orpheus » Oct 23, 2012 2:09 am

I just skimmed some of the comments in the article. It is unfortunate that he called it a "fast", and that his tone was kind of pretentious, and that it wasn't that well-written. He did have a worthwhile point, as I said in my last post, but it's gotten completely lost. Most people have (understandably) focused on the other stuff.

Sadly, some have also latched onto his atheism, and have used this as an example of how atheists are pretentious idiots. He didn't do atheism any favors with this one.
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#7  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Oct 23, 2012 2:22 am

I wouldn't be surprised if fasting had some health benefits. We are probably adapted to expect them from time to time due to lack of availability to food.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#8  Postby zulumoose » Oct 23, 2012 6:44 am

Logically (without knowing the biology, just surmising) I would think that most animals are adapted for irregular diets, and our ridiculous amount of fat storage shows how out of whack todays lifestyle is with regard to food availability and sedentary lifestyle. Fasting has unfortunate religious connections, but probably does have a place in a healthy lifestyle.

I wonder whether part of societies fat problem is that without occasional hunger, our bodies not only lose the need to tap into their fat reserves, but also lose some of the ability to do so, contributing to the extremely high failure rate of diets.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#9  Postby Sendraks » Oct 23, 2012 8:40 am

zulumoose wrote: Fasting has unfortunate religious connections, but probably does have a place in a healthy lifestyle.


I would suggest that "fasting" between meals is probably a good idea, as is having a sensible, balanced, low fat/low sugar diet and taking lots of regular exercise.

I'm not convinced of the benefits of engaging in any sort of lengthy fasting.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#10  Postby Darkchilde » Oct 23, 2012 10:37 am

I eat 3 times per day, with no snacking in between. He said in the article:

My rules were that I would eat three meals a day, with no snacking in between of any kind. I would forgo meat, seafood and dairy products and would not drink alcohol or eat sweets or cakes.


It is fasting, because he gives up meat, seafood and dairy products; it is the kind of fasting people do in Greece for 40 days before Easter. I hate Easter in Greece, especially the week before Easter, it's one of the worst weeks to be in Greece. At least for me.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#11  Postby HomerJay » Oct 23, 2012 12:38 pm

Darkchilde wrote:I eat 3 times per day, with no snacking in between. He said in the article:

My rules were that I would eat three meals a day, with no snacking in between of any kind. I would forgo meat, seafood and dairy products and would not drink alcohol or eat sweets or cakes.


It is fasting, because he gives up meat, seafood and dairy products


It is not fasting cos he has three meals a day.

We want to see a bit more commitment, he's just abstaining ATM.
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#12  Postby Darkchilde » Oct 23, 2012 12:40 pm

In Greece, it's called fasting. You can eat as much as you like, just not certain foods.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#13  Postby zulumoose » Oct 23, 2012 12:42 pm

Islam also has fasting where you can eat as much as you like, just not while the sun is up.

Fasting doesn't mean having to starve.
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Re: Fasting for atheists

#14  Postby HomerJay » Oct 23, 2012 12:45 pm

Darkchilde wrote:In Greece, it's called fasting. You can eat as much as you like, just not certain foods.

In England it's called the F-Plan.
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