The Church only obliges the faithful to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by only eating one meal these days and abstain from meat. But if you want to fast more than that during the year, where and how should you begin? The orthodox still observe very strict fasts, so why don’t we also do that?
The traditional thing is of course to abstain from meat on all fridays of the year, but honestly, this doesn’t really feel as a big sacrifice to me since there are plenty of good stuff around that don’t contain meat.
I know about e5 men which fast on only bread and water every first wednesday of the month (or more often than that). But what are the traditional ways of fasting? Was there a time when we actually fasted all days of Lent and not just symbolically on the first and the last? Are we still encouraged to fast before big sollemnitites except for easter like Christmas and Peter and Paul? And would it be considered a protest to the calender reform to still observe the ember days fast?
And what is really the best way to fast? Is it to only eat bread and water during the day, or to eat just one full meal? And about the Friday abstinence, do you have any good advice if you think abstinence from meat does not feel like a big sacrifice?