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Fasting and Faith, Part II: Looking inside ourselves
March 16, 2018
We explore how people use fasts, both religious and spiritual, to look inward at themselves, heightening introspection, developing discipline, and renewing relationships. 
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Making time for family and introspection during the Bahá’í 19 Day Fast March 16, 2018
Many traditions use fasting as a way to mark events on religious calendars, such as the 19 Day Fast in the Bahá’í tradition. The fast, which ends on March 20th, marks the last month of the Bahá’í calendar before the new year begins. It involves abstaining from food or drink from sunrise to sunset. We learn how the multigenerational Ewing-Boyd family of Washington DC uses this time as an opportunity to slow down, gain discipline and reconnect with each other. Abdu'l Karim Ewing-Boyd, Angela Ewing-Boyd, their daughters 13-year-old Zaynab and 15-year-old Satiya Ewing-Boyd, and grandparents Tod and Alison Ewing invite us into their home to experience the daily breaking of the fast.

The Ewing-Boyd family, members of the Bahá’í community in Washington DC

(L-R) Zaynab Ewing-Boyd, Angela Ewing-Boyd, Abdu'l Karim Ewing-Boyd, Tod Ewing,
Amber Khan, and Alison Ewing (not pictured: Satiya Ewing-Boyd)
Stephanie Lecci | Interfaith Voices
When a yogic diet includes fasting from certain foods – and modern life March 16, 2018
The obligation to fast exists in several faith traditions…like the Bahai religion we heard about earlier. But an increasing number of people discovered fasting outside the walls of religion – in yoga. That includes Andrew Tanner, who retreated from modern life to focus on learning the practice and the yogic diet. He’s been a yoga teacher for 15 years and is Chief Yoga Advancement office at the Yoga Alliance in Arlington, Va.

Andrew Tanner, yoga teacher and Chief Yoga Advancement office at the Yoga Alliance
Stephanie Lecci | Interfaith Voices
What happens to our bodies when we fast? March 16, 2018
Many people undergo internal, personal transformations as they participate in religious or spiritual fasts. Some feel more disciplined, some feel calmer. Others feel like they can slow down or like they’ve been cleansed. But what else is happening inside us during a abstain from food and water – in our bodies? We turn for answers to Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It’s an organization for food and nutrition professionals and a recognized accrediting body for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics