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Should we all partake in Ramadan?

Commented on July 25, 2011
Created July 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM

I ask this question, not as a Muslim nor a follower of any organized religion, but as a student of the body, mind and soul. We know the profound effects that fasting has on the body (Jews coming out of concentration camps in the II world war were actually healthier, believe it or not). The entire meaning of Ramadan is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. Could a non-Muslim not benefit from this experience?

I currently work in Agadir, Morocco (Muslim Country) and I have decided out of respect for the locals and wanting to test my body, that I will partake in the holy month of Ramadan. That means, refraining from eating of drinking any substances until the sun has gone down.

Would anyone else (muslim or not) care to join me on this venture for a greater understanding of our body and it's limits as well as a humbling experience? What's the worst that can happen, you loose a few pounds and learn new things about yourself? Hell, who knows, you may actually be enlightened...

Just thought I would ask your thoughts on the matter.

Peace.

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Thank you, sorry for and offenses.

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on July 25, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I am not certain that fasting from sun up to sun down is all that different from a 16/8 IF, depending on whether one then eats from sun down to sun up. Works out the same I think.

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at 05:30 PM

What have you read that makes you think holocaust survivors were healthier coming out of the camps? Seems hard to believe.

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on July 25, 2011
at 05:32 PM

I did ramadan one year when I lived with Muslims. It was easy for me because I do IF already. That said, this question is not really a real question. It's not a question about how to hack the paleo lifestyle so I have to close it. If you would like to ask a similar, but more on-topic question you could ask about "Has anyone managed to do a religious fast while remaining paleo." But overall the Muslim paleos I know don't have trouble with their religious food restrictions. Here is a good summary of some religious types of fasting and their health benefits http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/57

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Thank you, sorry for and offenses.

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