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This a collection of thoughts for those who avoiding fasting, 
for fasting seems to be one of the parts of Christianity that people dread.
Scroll down to find several segments on this topic.

"Why should I fast?"

Because Jesus fasted, that's why.

Now, why did Jesus fast?
I don't know all the answers to that.
What do you think?

"What does fasting accomplish?
I don't do unpleasant things 
without a good reason."

Our mortal brains aren't capable of understanding all the benefits 
of imitating Jesus while He was on this earth.
But if Jesus did these things, they must be worth doing.
This is part of what defines 'faith'.

And i speculate that Jesus did things that He didn't need to do
because HE is God and He is always Holy,
yet if we do these things, we will move closer to Holiness.

"Isaiah 58 speaks against fasting."

Read Isaiah 58 again. It condemns the hypocrisy of fasting 
by those who abuse others even while they fast. 

Isaiah 58 seems to parallel Hosea 6:

“4 What can I do with you, Ephraim?  What can I do with you, Judah?
    Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. (bold, mine)
5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth—
   then my judgments go forth like the sun.
6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

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"It can be to hard to fast when others eat,
especially being the cook of the family."

You are correct.

I'm diabetic - I can't fast.*

Wrong. Here are things can move a person into the fasting zone:

* A person with Type 2 can get a doctor's guidelines to eat differently certain days of the week.
* Vegetarians are about half as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. (a Daniel Fast)
* An overweight person can simply limit their daily intake to what they actually need.
* Abstinence from sweets and fried foods is a forward step. (And is recommended for T2s)

* When I hear someone say, "I'm diabetic - I can't fast,
Sometimes I detect a note of relief, sometimes with a bit of smugness.
I suspect that for some, over-eating is a passive-aggressive act against God,
with the over-eater being naughty toward God 
because they feel He has cheated them in some fashion.*

* A curiosity: the word 'naughty' is a personalization of the word 'naught'.
Research synonyms of the word 'naught'.