Hey there. So I’ve been trying to add in fasting at least one day a week as of late, but I tend have my one meal of the day include meat.
I know it’s a silly question due to private devotion, but does this “count” as a Catholic fast if one doesn’t abstain from meat in the process?
Long story short, on Fridays, I have been going to mass at noon and at work drinking black coffee and water and not eating until I have family dinner Friday night but keep from seconds or desert. Thoughts?
I think meat is just a “recommendation” for those of us in the US since it’s a staple of so many of our meals. You can replace it with anything else, as long as it’s something that you usually eat/do. A vegetarian can’t opt to “fast” from meat, for example.
Anything that subtracts in quality or quantity from your regular routine in meals is fasting to some degree. Fasting has a more concrete definition when done on obligatory days of fasting, but otherwise it’s a private act of penance.
For better or for worse, meat is something regularly eaten by consumers, often in large quantities, and it no longer has the perception of being something you eat for celebratory purposes as it was moreso in the past.
It’s also a good food to have to avoid afternoon crashing. A hard-boiled egg, a strip of venison, a large piece of cheese, a bowl of Greek yogurt, black beans, etc.
If your stamina permits it, breakfast is not the “essential meal” that profit-based cereal companies claim it to be. There are mainstream routines that involve just a cup of black coffee in the morning and then waiting until lunch, and this has a lot of benefits.