I was telling Elviza, over our ‘last kopek’ pet-pot session @ lunch/tea at Marmalades Bangsar village yesterday that I have an eating disorder. But mine, however, is the antithesis of the popular definition referring to teenage girls binging and vomiting all their food out, all in the name of the perfect weight obsession. My disorder goes all the way to the other side. I eat too much, without a care of what it does to my weight and the only way it goes out again is by the bottom. That may not be the clinical definition of eating disorder, but that’s gluttony and if that ain’t a disorder, I wonder why God listed it as one of the 7 cardinal sins in the bible.
Whatever it is, either eating disorder or cardinal sin, today comes my cure for it i.e fasting.
One of the biggest evils in our modern world is the food consumption that is full of all the toxic materials used in it in order to mass produce them. And for a foodie in me, what other thing can be more evil than illnesses which are caused by the accumulation of additives, preservatives, chemicals, pesticides etc in my daily consumption, bearing in mind that being a foodie, I tend to eat more than the average Jane (or in my case, Minah).
Spiritual and morality evils aside, the way I interpret this verse from the Quran verse 183
“Oh you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).”
Is that, fasting is the safeguard against evil i.e the evil of health problems caused by (over) consumption and also consumption of harmful ingredients.
There are many medical journals written now on the health and medical benefits of fasting, and I quote one:
“Whether the patient has a cardiac condition, hypertension, autoimmune disease, fibroids, or asthma, he or she must be informed that fasting and natural, plant-based diets are a viable alternative to conventional therapy, and an effective one.”—Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of Fasting And Eating For Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease
So with that, I would like to wish everyone who begins fasting this week for the next 30 days a happy detoxification process, may we detox physically, spiritually and emotionally and successfully too. For there is only goodness in this spiritually positive month and may be protected from losing the essence of why fasting was prescribed in the first place.