How to Painlessly Fast and Donate to Charity.




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Wish you had $50 or even $25 a month to donate to your favorite charity? Would you settle for even just $10 extra a month? Here's how:

Step 1: The Law of the Fast.

Fast for two meals and donate the money you save to charity.

In the scriptures a day of fasting is limited by sunrise and sunset. For example, an early dinner would be eaten before sunset on Friday and then nothing would be eaten or drunk until after sunset on Saturday, when one would eat a late supper. Though ancient, this method is still a great way to fast. By starting your fast in the evening you avoid strong hunger pangs that usually occur after the first 5-6 hours.

Ideally, the money you save from not eating those two meals you donate to the hungry.

This truly is a painless effort that even children as young as eight years old may safely participate in. However, do not attempt to fast if pregnant or if you have certain parasitic ailments (consult your doctor).

You may also find other benefits to fasting. As you subdue your physical body and pray and meditate you may find it easier to receive spiritual promptings and knowledge. Most studies also show that moderate fasting such as this once-in-a-month method are actually beneficial to the body.

So hold off the grub, donate your saved dough, and benefit in multiple ways through the Law of the Fast.

Step 2: Take It Out First

If you want to save or regularly donate to charity, the best way to do it is to make it a priority. Take your charity money out of your income as soon as you receive it. Then you'll never miss it! You just get used to living on less and find ways to make do.

When I fast, the money I donate is pulled out of my bank account before nearly everything else (except taxes). I do this way because I know that every month I'll fast, then I don't think about it anymore.

And I think that's probably the best way to give; by instinct, almost automatically.

Cheers, and good fasting!



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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I just picked up 2 used books on the "fasting diet". Some people fast on Fridays and sometimes on Wednesday during Lent. I think as long as you are healthy and have decent drinks on hand you should be ok. If someone wanted to they could even give up an upscale coffee once or twice a week.......


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm unsure how to respond to what is an avocation of a dangerous habit.  Although it's true that it's unlikely to harm a healthy person to fast for 16-24 hours, it's certainly not worth the risk to try it.  It's also probably not wise to allow children as young as eight to fast.  When you're fasting your body loses fat and water from cells.  Your body need nutrients to sustain immune competence.

    Buying in a bulk, and more frugally would save you money at the grocery store; which could go towards charity.  Rice and beans day, 20 cents a serving and everyone gets fed!

    Kudos on step two, I have a percentage of my paycheck taken off through work, which goes to charities of our designation.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I think the biggest problem here isn't that fasting can have risks (as so many things do) but that the author presents it as a trivial practice, which it most certainly isn't.

    I'd like to see this instructable revised with a bit more rigour.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well, guys, I don't know what to tell you. There are literally millions of folks that do this every month with no side effects I know of. That's empirical evidence that's hard to argue with.



    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The simple fact is that it isn't medically safe for everyone to fast. Neither of us objects to the idea of fasting, but I assume that you are as mindful of it being conducted in a safe manner as I am.

    Juveniles should never fast, for exactly the same reason that pregnant women, the sick and the elderly shouldn't - their bodies aren't up to it. This is not only standard medical advice, it is supported by scripture (which I'd never cite, but you did, so it's clearly important to you).

    Even a healthy person should expect discomfort when fasting (fun stuff like your blood sugar crashing and your body shifting into ketosis. Expect to feel like you've been kicked in the head by a mule). Claiming otherwise isn't accurate.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I did put in exceptions in there for juveniles, pregnant, sick, etc., but feel free to leave your comments in. There's nothing to fear here, though. I feel hungry occasionally during a 24 hour fast, but honestly, you get used to it.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Eh? Last I heard they were never going to publish this since I wouldn't add any more steps.

    As for healthy, a monthly 24 hours fast actually benefits the body health-wise. I've done this for decades. As long as one isn't sick, nursing, or pregnant, I've never seen anyone have a problem with this (but I wouldn't go digging ditches on the day of fast, either. I usually do this the first Sunday of the month).

    Dangerous? Hardly.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey royalestel, Your project has gotten caught by our filters because it doesn't have many steps and because it could be confused as spam. I understand that it is not, however you might want to make some changes to it (like adding more steps or talking about other ways to find money to donate to charity) before publishing. I am going to leave your instructable unpublished so that you can make some minor changes to it and then if you re-publish it, it should be good to go. It will be great to see this instructable go up, as I have often thought of what I could do with all the extra money that I didn't spend of food - after all, it's my biggest expense! Noah

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, great idea! It hadn't even occurred to me to put other ways to save money in general, but that's perfect for this instructable. Will get right on it!