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The spelled fasting according to Hildegard von Bingen


The easiest form of fasting according to Hildegard von Bingen is spelled fasting. You eat spelled, fruit and vegetables 3 times a day for 4 to 6 weeks. This diet can be followed by anyone and is easy to follow.


Habermus, spelled coffee


Spelt semolina soup or spelled soup with vegetables, spelled salad


Spelt meal porridge, spelled bread with butter or herb yoghurt

During fasting, it is important to drink plenty of fluids. Water and tea are the best thirst quenchers. Hildegard recommended the following to combat thirst:

A person should be especially careful not to drink a glass of water in the morning on an empty stomach: if he is healthy or sick and thirsty after sleeping, he should drink wine or beer, and not Water, because the water would do more harm than good to his blood and humors.

"Beer makes the flesh of man grow and gives man a beautiful coloring of his face because of the strength and goodness of the barley juice."

This view is hardly imaginable from today's perspective. Water in the Middle Ages was not subject to our current purity law, and in times of cholera, plague and black smallpox, people were afraid of water because of the danger of epidemics it posed. The lasting enjoyment is not just because we drive to work in the morning. For health reasons, excessive alcohol consumption is not recommended.

During spelled fasting, it is also very important to get some form of exercise in the fresh air every day, e.g. B. go for a walk. This clears your head and gets your body in good shape.

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