IF - Intermittent Fasting

Added on by Patrick D Holiman.

            If you go on YouTube you will find that quite a large number of people feel like they are benefiting from IF – Intermittent Fasting.  There is even a BBC documentary about it. IF means that you have a period of time during the 24 hours that you eat and a time, usually 16 to 18 hours, where you fast. Interestingly, people tend to make the eating time from the afternoon to a late dinner; thus, skipping breakfast. 

            A well know teacher has stated that if a person only eats two meals a day, the time between breakfast and dinner, being more than 6 hours, will kill cancer cells but not beneficial cells.

            When I was doing an acupuncture clinic in Sri Lanka back in 1984 the monks at the local Buddhist temple came in for treatments.  They did not eat after the noonday meal.

            Here is an article found attributed to the Buddha:


 In the KITAGIRI SUTTA of the MAJJHIMA NIKAYA is found the following passage:

            “Once when the Buddha was touring in the region of Kasi together with a large Sangha of monks he addressed them saying, “I, monks, do not eat a meal in the evening.  Not eating a meal in the evening I, monks, am aware of good health and of being without illness and of buoyancy and strength and living in comfort.  Come, do you too, monks, not eat a meal in the evening.  Not eating a meal in the evening you too, monks, will be aware of good health and … living in comfort.”