Offering if helpful:
things that have really helped me re: fasting.
1. Every time I feel my stomach growl, I say to God, “I want you more Jesus. ” it’s like my little cue. I hear myself saying it, and that strengthens my resolve.
2. Pick a focus. Write it.
For example, I just told God that I want Him to grow my family’s love and trust with one another
than I want a cup of earl gray with cream and sugar.
3. Less with success. Consider starting small. Media fast is a way to get your feet wet and is surprisingly helpful. Skipping one meal a day can be meaningful, providing I use the time I would normally spend on food praying or reading the Bible or whatnot.
4. There’s no reason to starve everyone else too. I can fix a meal , if that is my chore, and then go to my room or even sit with my family and a glass of water.
5. It’s not a competition or a way to show that I’m all that and a bag of chips. i can have big spiritual plans for a fast…and then fall flat on my face.
It’s better to try for a less intense experience that succeeds, and helps me build mental strength for next time.