Historically, food has been the primary focus of fasting, especially during Lent. To start our Lenten Practices, determine what kind of food fast you are up for. Here's a few options:
1.) Fast one meal a day (be clear on the time frame involved so that "snacks" do not simply take the place of a meal).
2.) Limit your calories per day, or for one daily meal.
3.) Limit your diet, such as only eating fruit and vegetables, or skipping all desserts and junk food.
4.) Eat a diet similar to those who find themselves in refugee situations or a time of famine (some people choose to also give the money they would have spent on more expensive food to MCC). This often involves rice, beans and potatoes. One church I/Tory belonged to would suggest one whole week of rice in solidarity with those stricken by food shortages and insufficient nutrition.
5.) Live off of the food stamp allowance in the U.S.
Remember, the goal is to be intentional in a practice that brings you closer to God. In regards to food, many Christians have used the time used to prepare and eat meals to pray. Others have used the feeling of hunger to remind them to focus on God's voice in their life.
Share how this experience is going for your family in the comments below. What have you learned about yourself and your relationship with God?
For an extra step, volunteer at, or donate to, your local food bank.