Qualitative fasting and quantitative fasting what you can eat during fasting

Lent is a time when the faithful limit their calories by using quantitative or qualitative fasting. What is quality post and when is it valid? What are its rules? What is the quantitative post, when is it valid and what are the restrictions?


The qualitative post is about what we eat, quantitative post – how much we eat. When we combine qualitative post and quantitative post – we have the exact post. When does quantitative post apply? When is the quality post valid? What are prohibited products, what’s allowed, and how much can you eat?

Quality post – products allowed and prohibited

Quality fasting implies excluding meat and broth from the diet. Meat, in this case, is all that, by its very nature, by the custom or the common belief of people, includes meat, including blood, brain, bone marrow, unmelted fat, and broth and meat extracts. The broth is any water in which meat or bones were cooked.

Quality fasting is obligatory for all persons who have reached the age of seven, every Friday.

The quality post allows food

Regarding the consumption of waterfowl meat, the authors’ opinions are divided; therefore you should follow the custom of your area.

It is worth knowing that the quality post is valid on all Fridays of the whole year. Qualitative fasting applies to all those who are over 7 years old.

Quantitative Post Policy

Quantitative fasting allows for a single meal to be full during the day, without prohibiting morning and evening meals, but very modest.

Quantitative fasting applies to people from 18 to 60 years old.

You can try Intermittent Fasting - it's a type of feeding which is an evolution of traditional fasting traditions
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Quantitative fasting does not prohibit eating meat during a meal to satiety. However, in morning and evening meals, you can eat meat only if it is customary in some area. To keep fasting, it’s enough to cover one-third of what you usually eat for breakfast or supper.

Whoever is not obliged to keep quantitative fasting (e.g. due to illness, lack of or exceeding age) or has received a dispensation from him, may on non-qualitative fasting days, eg on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of Lent, eat meat at every meal.

Quantitative fasting is valid on all other days of Lent, i.e. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (except ash and dry day, when strict fasting applies) and Thursdays. Quantitative fasting applies to everyone who has completed 21 years of age but has not yet started to be 60 years old.