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Since May 2017 a medical condition has forced me and my family

to begin what many call a whole foods, plant based, oil free diet.

            Because of our Byzantine heritage and tradition,

            and because we do it for love of each other,

we call it perpetual fasting and its not as difficult as you might think.

Let me show you!   

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Next up: 
The Apostles Fast

Western Paschal Calendar: 

June 5-28

Eastern Paschal Calendar: 
June 12-June 28 (July 11)

What is True Fasting?




The Apostles' Fast was first established at the First Council of Nicea in 325 AD and is observed from the Monday after All Saints Day through until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. 


We fast as usual on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, however,

we are allowed fish, wine, and oil.    


Tradition tells us that after the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they began to fast in order to prepare themselves to go forth and preach the Gospel to the world.  There is a verse in scripture which is said to have foretold of the Apostles' Fast. 


       Luke 5:35   “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while He is

       with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken

       from them; then they will fast.” 


Because of this, it is customary to concentrate on the Holy Trinity and the apostolic mission of spreading the Gospel to others during this fast.

Watch ByziMom

Catherine Alexander from

Your Word From the Wise

as she interviews

Abouna Moses from

Holy Resurrection Monastery on how to observe the Fast

See the Video HERE

Ask me about my 

Whole-Foods, Plant-Based 

way of life!

Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Completed October 2020, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell!

My new book is out!...


As you may already know, my family has been advised by our cardiologist to adopt a perpetual fast in order to combat a family health crisis.  We've adopted a whole-foods, plant-based, no oil diet...just like our Eastern Christian fast!...full time, and now that  we've done it, I can help you get through 40 days of fasting too.  

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Here are a few of ByziMom's Great Fast Recipes:

Creamy Macaroni Recipe

Sweet Potato Tortillas

Lentil Loaf

Middle Eastern Meze:  falafel, tzadziki, tabbouleh & dolmades

Fajita Night:  sweet potato tortillas, unfried beans, oil-free vegetable stir fry, cashew nacho sauce, Mexican quinoa, etc.

Stuffed Shells/Lasagne

Homemade Seitan

Quick, Golden Vegetable Curry

Listen in as I chat with Cynthia Damaskos from The Holistic Christian LIfe

about my new book,

The ByziMom's Guide to Great Fast Meals!

(podcast #87)

What's for dinner tonight?



Pad Thai Salad

Summer fasting is SO different from fasting during the cold winter months .  All this fresh produce makes eating salads and raw meals much easier!  One of my favorite meals to make in the summer heat is this raw pad thai-inspired salad using, of all things, a sweet potato.  Did you know you can eat it raw?  You can, and it's delicious paired with my oil-free ginger dressing.  Here's how to make it:

Combine: spiralized  (or shredded) raw yam,
sliced snow peas,
thinly sliced bell pepper,
mung bean sprouts, or shredded carrot
top with chopped peanuts and chopped scallion and/or cilantro, toasted sesame seeds
optional: add rice or ramen noodles

Oil-Free Ginger Dressing
Blend together:
2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar  
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup Or 2 pitted dates
1 clove raw garlic
1 tbsp fresh ginger
½ med carrot
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp tahini or peanut butter (optional)
1 Tbsp rolled oats (also optional, but it thickens the dressing nicely)