“Many of my followers write and tell me of the results they are receiving from eating one meal a day or one meal every other day. This will produce good results and lengthen our lives. But children should not be forced to fast or to eat once a day or once every other day. Children and babies should eat at least twice a day. If you are now eating three meals a day and you would like to eat one meal every other day, you should not—all of a sudden—change from three meals a day, every day, to one meal every other day. First drop to two meals a day, then one meal a day, and then one meal every other day. It is better to do it this way so that you will not make yourself sick. And if you eat every other day, do not begin your meal with heavy food.” (The Honorable Elijah Muhammad – How to Eat to Live, Book One 1967)
Some people seem to think intermittent fasting is a new thing, well it’s not.
Various forms of fasting have been utilized since ancient times, Elijah Muhammad was one of the major influences in more recent times to promote “one meal a day” or what people now call intermittent fasting.
Roger A. Muhammad speaks to this in an article titled “The Science of One Meal a Day” found on the Final Call website (FinalCall.com):
“One of the most distinguishing traits of the followers of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad is their dietary prescription: The famous practice of eating one meal a day. For many, from the early 30s to now, this practice seemed too radical and even unreasonable and dangerous to the metabolism. After all, don’t Health Organizations promote three meals a day?
In fact, certain health gurus have suggested that eating several piece meals, during the course of a day, is the best dietary practice. Doesn’t this mean that dietary experts contradict the Honorable Elijah Muhammad?
Yes … but that’s a good thing. Because an emergent volume of research is now coming out in the last decade or so, bearing witness, scientifically, to Mr. Muhammad’s Teachings.“