Elizium23 said what I was hoping someone would put out there : Fasting ain’t really Fasting.
"In the Latin Church, fasting is defined as one full meal during the day, with two smaller meals that together comprise less than the full meal…"
With 3 meals in a Fast Day, it takes out most of the pain.
The main idea of a Fasting Day is to remember that fact.
Then, you can feel like you are doing something REAL for God.
Each time your stomach groans, you get light-headed, your concentration fades in-and-out, your muscles seem heavy … … you can remember that you performing an ancient Ritual.
Of course, some Catholics actually Fast (water and medicines).
I water-Fast each year on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (and a couple of other days).
I ONLY Fast because it does not cause my system much stress.
I am grateful for my body being able to take-it-easy, while I don’t eat.
And, quite a few people eat ONE meal (usually Lunch).
So, by the time you realize that you skipped Breakfast, you can look forward to having a Meal.
All of these ways to conform with the Fasting regulations, are equally valid.
I certainly don’t go around looking like I am Fasting (as this was the Gospel reading for today).
I showered up nicely, and wore fresh clothes, and a Smile on my Face.
I drove over to a local Monastery, and attended their early-morning Mass.
A whole lot of other people had the same idea. Ooh, standing room only … But a Spiritual wonderland.