Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Some Support for Fasting

An older woman in a head scarf winks, smiles, and points toward the reader's right shoulder. A bowl of borscht and slices of bread float beside her. A light pink background with horizontal blue bars creates a stylized background.
You feel called to grow deeper in your relationship with God through the rhythms of the church but don't have the time and experience for gauging next steps? 

You were raised with a fasting culture that emphasized giving up and suffering? 

You fast from food without difficulty but never really learned the theological and spiritual components of fasting?

You do not have access to a strong, healthy church community and are looking for sustainable ways to develop your domestic church life?

You've been fasting for years but now have children, a spouse, relatives, medical conditions, budget or time constraints that require re-assessing what you're doing? 

You were raised fasting but never learned the hows and whys of menu planning or nutrition? 

You are in a position of teaching others about food or fasting?

You're bored or listless and want to re-commit yourself to a lived faith life?

If this describes you, I made a little thing to share!

Click here to download the PDF:

Traditional Slavic Fasting
on the 2021-22 Gregorian Calendar

😇🙏🏼 Please offer a prayer for my intentions when you use it.  👏🥰

Included in the PDF:

  • A one-page cheat sheet for major fasting dates in 2021-2022 for the Slavic tradition on the Gregorian calendar. Easy to hang in a pantry, cupboard, on a bulletin board, or on the fridge.
  • A quick overview of the aims of fasting and the typical structure of abstention.
  • Nutrition information for fasting (protein, iron, calcium, Vit B12 and Vit D, iodine, omega-3s, etc)
  • A sample week's menu with images. Foods from around the world that provide a well-rounded nutritional profile, ease of use, low cost, and family-friendliness are prioritized.
  • An extensive list of whole food ingredients.
  • St. John Cassian's Eight Deadly Dominoes on fighting the passions.
  • Quotes from the Fathers on fasting.
  • St. John Chrysostom's homily on fasting.
  • Fr. Milan Savich's explanation of the meaning and purpose of fasting in the Byzantine tradition.
  • FAQs on fasting.
  • Bonus meal plan ideas and a recipe.
This menu emphasized diversity to give you a lot of new ideas. If there's interest, an update will include a batch prep menu with ingredient lists to streamline shopping and cooking--let me know if you'd like to see that and how many people you'd want it to plan to feed. And add your own favorite prayer-fasting-alsmgiving advice for others who are looking to grow!


  1. You need to highlight the actual link. It's hard to see that it's a link.

    1. Thanks! I've updated it. Improved or needing more attention?


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