An encouraging response to "what a bunch of whiners"
Something that I have come to realise is that eating unhealthily is an addiction. Most of us are directed by others, as well as making an effort ourselves, to grab the nearest supersized serving of processed and refined carbohydrates and saturated fats and goble it down. Just in case this is not bad enough, we do this for 15 to 40 years before we realize what we are doing and the consquenses this has. And then, in most cases, we still continue on for many years after that.
In addition to this, a lot of people have weaknesses to certain addictions. Drugs, alcohol, gambling, et cetera. So, each and every one of us is unable to say how difficult it may be for another person who is physically, mentally, and spiritually different from us to do something we find easy. It is certainly innappropriate to say to a person who is addicted to herion, "Just go off it, and stop whining about it." In fact, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome if you have an addiction to eating unhealthily is messages from uneducated, inconsiderate members of our society who tell you to "Stop whining," and "get over it," when it may be very difficult for you.
I believe unhealthy eating (and certainly stopping eating entirely except for some "lemonade") to be one of the hardest habits to quit. You are completely unable to go "cold turkey." In fact, you may be required to prepare foods for your family, or you may be unable to break (or want to break) social enagements that are centered around food like going out to dinner, et cetera. You are fighting a habit many, many years in the making. Never before in your life have you tried to do anything like this. In fact you have spent most of your life happily munching your way down the other path.
However, this is a good thing. One things that we can be sure of (despite our religious beliefs) is that we are put here on earth with the purpose and ability to perform great feats. We can climb our own Mt. Everests, and conquer our own Spanish Armada's, and we can be the ones of whom it is said, "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." We are put on this earth with these massive osbtacles to overcome so that we may be the ones who scream with our last breath, "FREEDOM!!!!" and are remembered for our great deeds for thousands of years and beyond.
So my message, as a person on his 6th day of his 1st fast, is this:
It is hard. For many it is very hard. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and no, not attached to a train). So perservere. If you don't finish it this time, that's okay. If you have to compromise on your first and second tries and drink a little broth as well, that's okay. This is a massive step, and a step in the right direction. If you get through the first day, you have taken a massive step. And you deserve congratulation.
But don't take your eye of the top of that mountain.