When do eastern monks fast? Of what does the fast consist (e.g. number of meals, types of food, etc.)? Are the practice different from eastern orthodox to catholic monks?
I don’t know precise answers, but I do know that it’s all very complicated.
It would be nice if there was some sort of a fasting calendar with rules for what you could eat on what day.
They fast to detach themselves from things of this world so that they may focus on God more.
Here is a useful website
That’s a helpful calendar.
I especially like the “Caviar Allowed” days
Even better is that lobster, shrimp, scallops and escargot are considered “vegetables”.
Not so much vegetables, but “sea bugs” for the lobster & shrimp–in the first and second centuries, only the poorest of the poor had to eat such horrors . . .
Keep in mind that the flip side is that fish is meat . . .