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Breads (7)

How should I store my bread?

Since the bread is shipped frozen, it should be stored in your freezer upon delivery.

The bread’s fermentation process gives them durability for the temperature change and they can last up to one year in the freezer.

 

What are the bread instructions?

1)    Upon receiving the fasting breads, place the bag of breads in your freezer.

2)    On a fasting day (usually Wednesdays and/or Fridays), prepare 3-4 rolls for an 18 hour or a 24 hour fast.

3)    Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

4)    When oven is ready, place roll(s) directly from freezer into oven on a tray.

5)    Bake for 5-6 minutes and remove rolls from oven, allowing them to cool.

Will my bread be frozen when it arrives?

Even though we ship the bread frozen, it will defrost by the time it reaches your home. The fermentation process we use makes the bread durable in temperature changes. Place the bread in your freeze upon delivery.

What are the ingredients and nutritional information?

Ingredients and nutritional information can be found here on the “Fasting Bread” page.

Is any of your flour used genetically modified?

Absolutely none of the wheat used in the production of LaVallee Fasting Breads contains genetically modified flour.

Do you have gluten-free bread?

We’re researching a gluten free bread, but we haven’t been able to match the nutrients in the normal bread. We will keep you posted on our efforts!

Can I toast the bread?

Sure if you prefer to eat it this way, it’s fine. (Refrain from butter, jam or toppings though!)

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When can I expect my breads?

Upon placing your order, you can expect the breads delivered to your home within 2-7 days. Processing time is determined by our shipping schedule based on your location and the day of the week you place your order.

How much water should I drink on a Fast Day?

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The adequate intake for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. We encourage you to stay hydrated throughout a fasting day and you’ll find that water purifies your body of toxins, which is why you might experience bad breath and possibly darker than normal urine.

How much bread should I eat on a Fast Day?

The recommended amount of bread is 8-10oz per 24-hour fast, which would be 3-4 of our fasting rolls. Chew the bread for 45-60 seconds to get the full nutrition of the grains as digestion truly begins in the mouth!

Why is there a need for good fasting bread?

Most breads found in the American marketplace are filled with preservatives, additives, dough conditioners and corn syrup. Essentially, they have next to no nutritional value.Breads like this make fasting very difficult.

Andy has applied his more than 35 years of knowledge in the bread and bakery industry and association with LaVallee’s to provide the best fasting breads. Live the Fast has set out to provide breads that will help people sustain their fast while remaining healthy and nourished.

 

 

I have medical reasons why I cannot fast, what should I do?

First, if you have any medical conditions, you should talk to your doctor about fasting before making any changes to your routine. (Please Note: Live the Fast, LLC is not qualified to make medical or health related decisions or assertions. Please consult your physician if you have any questions about your own ability to complete a bread and water fast.)

For those who cannot fast on bread and water let’s look at the fruit of fasting. The practice and discipline teaches us to move away from things of the world and to draw closer to God through conversion. Fasting creates room in our hearts and our lives for God.

If you cannot fast on bread and water, we invite you to spend time in Eucharistic Adoration. In this way, you will fast from the world, fast from your schedule and be in silence and prayer with the Lord. Just as in a bread and water fast, time spent in Adoration purifies us and creates room in our hearts and our lives for God.

“Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.” – Blessed Mother Teresa

 

“Withdraw yourself from people and spend at least a quarter of an hour, or a half-hour, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord, and you will learn from your own experience how many graces this will bring you.” -St. Alphonsus Ligouri

 

Do you have recipes?

We do not have recipes for sale or for use. We want to make fasting as easy as possible, so we ship frozen bread right to your home.

What if I’ve never fasted before? How do I start?

The book, “Fast with the Heart” by Fr. Slavko Barbaric is a wonderful fasting companion and outlines the basics and beginnings to a bread and water fast. We highly recommend reading it before or as you start fasting.

The key is start incrementally. Just as one wouldn’t go to the gym for the first time and try bench-pressing 300 pounds, the same is true for fasting. Fasting is a journey and takes time, perseverance and patience.

We also come from different walks of life and of faith, which is why there will be some people who can jump right in to a 24-hr bread and water fast once a week and others they may need to start by just eliminating snacks two days a week. The range of “starts” is as numerous as there are individuals. Through prayer and discernment with the Lord, He will guide you how to start.

We also recommend discussing a fasting schedule with your parish priest or spiritual director (if you have one).

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Why fast?

“But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it (demon) out?’ He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.’” –Mark 9:27-9:29

Fasting is referenced in the earliest pages of the Bible, as God’s people strive for holiness. It is practiced by people of many faiths and cultures. Our faith teaches that by emptying ourselves, we will be in closer communion with God.

It reminds us of the plight of the poor and all of those who go without, physically and spiritually. Quite simply, fasting teaches us the difference between wanting and needing and helps us to focus our minds on what really matters. To this extent, great weight is given to our prayers and intentions.

Fasting and prayer can free us from addictive behavior and promote peace in our hearts and peace with one another.

With all fasting, we recommend starting incrementally and drinking plenty of water. Please consult your physician if you are unsure if it is right for you.

Why is it important to fast on just bread and water?

Physically, bread and water cleanses our body of toxins and gives our digestive system a rest. Bread is an association with the Bread of Life, the Holy Eucharist, and is the basic necessity of our nutrition. Water is for the purification and cleansing of our soul.

A bread and water fast also teaches us to distinguish between what we need vs. what we want, and we enter into a “poor spirit” as our food is simple yet fulfilling. This fast helps us re-establish our relationship with food as a physical necessity as opposed to a luxury and pleasure of the flesh.

How do I begin a Fast Day?

1. Start a conversation with the Father. Be completely honest about how you’re feeling. Tell God your fears, worries, excitement and joy about the Fast Day. For example:

“Father, I want to fast, but my flesh is weak. I know I’ll be tempted to have coffee in the afternoon when my co-worker offers to get one for me. Help me, teach me, guide me to overcome this temptation.”

“Father, today I cannot wait to fast! Although I’m nervous there will be challenges that I won’t have the strength for. Father, be my strength. Grant me the grace to remain joyful in my fast.”
2. Identify who you’re praying for, what you’re praying for and any other intentions. Call on the Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with intentions. What’s heavy on your heart? What needs healing? Who would you pray for if you knew it was your last time praying for them? For example:

“Today, I’m fasting and praying for my family, for them to come back to the church. For my cousin’s marriage that’s experiencing difficulty. For a deeper prayer life. For forgiveness between me and my mother. For all those who I ought to pray for and all those who pray for me.”

“Father, I want to fast for Your intentions for me and my family. You know me better than I know myself. I place everything in Your hands and I fast today for the grace to let Your will be done in my life.”

3. Ask God for the grace and thank Him. Call on the Holy Spirit for enlightenment to what graces you need. Thank God for for calling you closer to Him through fasting. Thank God for the gift of being His child.

“Father, will you please grant me the grace of patience on this Fast Day as well as peace? Increase your virtues in me. Thank you for this opportunity to fast, to be closer to you, to have more time for you.”

“Father, I don’t know what graces I need but I know I need some! I place my Fast Day in your hands and beg that you grant me the graces you see that I need in difficult moments. Thank you for calling me to fast. Glorify my fast so that it has more benefits in Heaven and on Earth than I could ever imagine.”

4. Pray the Fasting Prayer. Amen!
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What is the Eucharistic fast?

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Canon 919), fasting is a means of preparation to worthily receive the Holy Eucharist.

Until the pontificate of Pope Pius XII the Eucharistic fast was from midnight. Pope Pius reduced it to three hours, and after Vatican II, Pope Paul VI reduced it to one hour. The current Code of Canon Law states,

Canon 919
One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion.

Why fast on Wednesday and Friday?

Going back to the early years of the church, fasting took place on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday is the day Jesus was betrayed by Judas, so we fast in reparation for all sins and offenses. Friday was the day Jesus died on the cross. Fasting on these days reminds of us of Holy Week and also prepares us to receive the Eucharist that was instituted on Holy Thursday during the Last Supper.

Our Lady of Medjugorje also call us to fast:

“The best fast is on bread and water. Through fasting and prayer one can stop wars, one can suspend the natural laws of nature. Works of charity cannot replace fasting… Everyone except the sick, has to fast.” (July 21, 1982)

“Fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays.” (August 14, 1984)

Temptations on Fast Days?

As you fast, you will find that temptations may seem stronger than ever and that’s because they are. It was only when Jesus went into the desert and fasted for 40 days was he first  tempted three times by Satan, so we can most certainly expect the same, even the exact same temptations.

  1. Just like Jesus, Satan will tempt your hunger. “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” (Mt. 4:3) Perhaps it will sound more like, “if you’re really going to fast today, you will still need coffee.” Or maybe “Just a little peanut butter on your bread won’t make a difference. You must be so hungry!” Thankfully, Jesus overcame this temptation and we too can over come it and pray His words, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’” In moments of hunger and temptation, let us turn to the Holy Bible and dine on His Word. Even more so, we can attend Holy Mass and Adoration to encounter and receive the Risen Lord, and to turn to Him for strength.
  2. In Jesus’ second temptation Satan says, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” (Mt. 4:6) This is a temptation to test God or to test our trust in God. Maybe it’d sound like, “You’re fasting aren’t you? Getting closer to God, yet you just found out that terrible news. Are you sure God loves you?” Or maybe, “I’m late to work so I’ll speed on the highway, God won’t let anything bad happen to me.” Sound all too familiar? Let us thank Jesus for His example, for His response, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’” We too can pray and overcome this temptation and say to God, “Lord, I will not put you to the test and I trust in Your Will and plan for me.”
  3. In the third temptation, Jesus is confronted with false worship. “All these [kingdoms of the world] I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” Maybe it’d sound like, “Fasting isn’t going to help you or your intentions. You need more money and a bigger house to really solve your problems.” Or even, “You can fast next week, or another day. It doesn’t need to happen right now.” In moments that start to pull us away from focusing on God and His Will, let us place ourselves at the foot of the cross and look up at our crucified Jesus who loves us so much. We can also pray Jesus’ words in such temptations, “Get away, Satan! It is written: ‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.’” By choosing God, we love Him and serve Him. Let God rule in our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits.

After the third temptation, it says, “Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.” (Mt. 4:10-11) Angels came and ministered to Him, would the same not be true for us? If we’re fasting and experiencing the same temptations as Jesus Christ, we know too that angels will come and minister to us. What a grace and blessing!

In all of these temptations, there is a common theme: Satan trying to ruin our relationship with God, trying to rob us of our identity as Children of God, as disciples of Jesus Christ. Let us remember that Jesus is our guide and our friend, and that He overcame all of these temptations and He wants to help us overcome ours. He is with us and in us when we fast! Let us not be afraid to call on Him during times of temptation and to pray His prayers, especially the Our Father. Jesus is victorious over Satan through His prayers and fasting, and the same is true for us.

What are the fasting and feasting seasons of the Church?

Advent and Lent are the two penitential seasons that we are to fast in preparation for the celebrations of Christmas and Easter.

The Advent season begins with the earliest Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Andrew and includes 4 Sundays.

The Christmas Season begins Christmas Eve with the Vigil Mass and goes until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday and goes up to but excluding the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, at which point the Paschal Fast begins. The Paschal Fast continues through Good Friday and Holy Saturday and concludes with Communion at the Easter Vigil.

The Easter Season is 50 days and goes until Pentecost.

There are also Solemnities and Feast Days scattered throughout the liturgical year.
The Catholic Liturgical Calendar can be found here: http://www.universalis.com/-400/calendar.htm

Can I fast during a Feast Season?

Rev. Msgr. Charles Murphy, author of “The Spirituality of Fasting” wrote “We fast in order to feast. Fasting and feasting are the natural rhythms of the Christian life.” In embracing the feasts of our faith, we are celebrating with Jesus who is with us in a special way during this Easter Season and other solemnities of the Church. We are reminded of Mark 2:19 where Jesus said  ‘While the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.’”

We also brought this question to one of our dear priests, Father Thomas Hart, OSB, who is very knowledgeable and experienced with fasting to see what advice he could provide and this is what he shared:
“The Paschal Season is a time of joy, having come to personally experience that the power of God at work within us is greater than our inclination to sin. Trust the Church’s tradition on this, and also trust that the Lord will bless your intention and motivation to resume the regular weekly fast once the Easter season is officially over. As to the fear that you will lose your sense of discipline, cast this apprehension on the Lord, and allow him to bless you and to teach you (1 Peter 5:7).”

Shipping (4)

Will my bread be frozen when it arrives?

Even though we ship the bread frozen, it will defrost by the time it reaches your home. The fermentation process we use makes the bread durable in temperature changes. Place the bread in your freeze upon delivery.

Where do you ship?

We ship anywhere in the United States. We encourage international friends to join our online community by signing up on our email list.

When placing an order, please be sure to double check the shipping address on your order, as we cannot be responsible for an undeliverable package due to an incorrect address. Bread will be shipped frozen and should be placed in the freezer immediately upon receiving it.

What shipping carrier do you use?

We use the United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail 1-3 days.

When placing an order, please be sure to double check the shipping address on your order, as we cannot be responsible for an undeliverable package due to an incorrect address. Bread will be shipped frozen and should be placed in the freezer immediately upon receiving it.

What’s your shipping schedule?

We have determined our shipping schedule after much research and trial in order to ensure the breads arrive fresh at your doorstep.

Being a non-profit Ministry we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays. All orders placed after 12pm on Tuesdays will be shipped the following Monday.

Please note that your order could arrive 7-10 days after it has been placed.

*Please note that Federal Holidays impact our shipping schedule and depending what day of the week they fall, your order could be delayed by 1-3 days.

When placing an order, please be sure to double check the shipping address on your order, as we cannot be responsible for an undeliverable package due to an incorrect address. Bread will be shipped frozen and should be placed in the freezer immediately upon receiving it.

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How do I know if my order went through?

When orders are received an automatic confirmation email is sent. If you did not receive a confirmation email, your order most likely did not go through. You can try placing your order again or call (781) 647-0034 to place your order over the phone.

Once you have a confirmation email, you can than track the status of your order here.

How do I login to my account?

Go to “My Account” page and enter your username or email and password.

What if I can’t remember my password?

You can reset your password by going to the “Lost Password” page.

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