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I'm Catholic and take communion every Sunday. Will this throw me out of ketosis? It's a very thin wafer of unleavened bread and a sip of wine..

Comments (68)

I'd think you're pretty safe. It's a very small, very thin wafer. Even a whole Wheat Thin only has about 1.5 carbs in it. A sip of wine is nothing... so long as it's just a sip and not a glass with every dinner! LOL!.

Comment #1

The bread and wine in Holy Communion IS the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus. This in no way will affect your reduction..

Comment #2

LOL! Just a little host humor. But, seriously, one host equals .25 grams of carbs. Not sure about the wine..

Comment #3

I received Him every Sunday that I was able during the weight loss phase. It did not matter to me one whit how many carbs/calories are in the Host or the Precious Blood receiving the Lord in the Eucharist is of far FAR greater importance than that week's weight loss. Provided that you are of course properly disposed to actually receive, do not worry about the diet for that few minutes per week (or day, if you are a daily communicant)..

Comment #4

Awesome question, because I'm sure there are lots of people who have wondered the same thing..

There are simply some things that are more important than MF, and remembering our Savior through the sacrament is one of them. Partaking each Sunday has really kept me grounded, because I spend more time thinking about what I am doing and why..

Comment #5

Jolie,.

I've contemplated this as well. My church uses leavened bread and grape juice for communion. I don't think it's enough to push one out of ketosis. But just in case, portion control can help!.

Comment #6

1 wafer and a sip of communion wine is allowed on MF. There are posts in the Nutritionists section of the forums on this as the question comes up frequently..

Comment #7

My church uses grape juice and small fresh bites of organic whole grain bread. I wonder what a sip of wine would do to an alcoholic? I've often wondered about that. I know for me, if I got a sip of wine in my mouth, I would want an entire barrel..

Comment #8

Thanks, y'all. I was planning on partaking, but I just thought about it during mass this Sunday. My God knows my struggles..

Comment #9

He does, indeed, Jolie! .

That's kind of interesting that you asked the question today. I have been on the plan now for 7 weeks, and it was just this Sunday that I had a fleeting thought after Communion that I just had some bread and wine! I am really getting conscious about what passes between these lips! But the thought was just fleeting because it is food for the soul, not food for the tummy..

I guess you are a fellow Louisiana girl....Geaux Tigers, couldn't mean anything else!.

Comment #10

Great question!!! Thanks, I was wondering this Sunday too! Isn't that funny that it happened to pop into so many heads at the same time? Cool..

Comment #11

Well, since the answer for communion being ok was already answered here and NS, I thought I'd add one to this question..

I happen to know a priest who is an alcoholic and he does not take the wine, ( he has a separate chalice that he uses w/grape juice.) He does take the host. I'm not sure how other religions or alcoholics handle it..

Comment #12

If he is a Catholic priest, the separate cup contains mustum (wine in which the fermentation process has been stopped by natural means) and not grape juice. It is a subtle difference, and one that non-Catholics may not get, but it is a very serious abuse of the liturgy for grape juice to be used at Mass and may indeed invalidate the whole Mass..

Comment #13

I know a minister who does this diet and says that weekly communion is not an issue. Also, it is fine to take communion in one form only (ie bread only or wine only) if you have to (say, if you can't swallow the bread, the wine is "complete" communion and, say, if you are an alcoholic you can only take the bread the same thing goes). There are gluten free wafers if a person has a serious allergic reaction but my understanding is that their use is controversial in some circles. The bottom line is you should be fine unless you are a chalice bearer and end up drinking a ton of wine or eating a whole bunch of consecrated bread..

Comment #14

Hey! I'm a Louisiana girl transplanted in Houston. Love the Tigers and our Super Bowl Saints!!! .

While we are on the Communion subject; I totally agree and never thought about not going to communion at mass.

But I did think about that thread that was out here awhile back... You know your're doing Medifast when..... "the only bread and wine you let pass through your lips is the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass on Sunday".

Comment #15

I thought about that the previous time I did medifast and menitoned it to my hubby.. He thought I was crazy! I do take the bread and it has never caused a problem.. I do stay away from the wine, I just can't bring myself to drink out of a cup that people I dont know drank out off..

Comment #16

Yep, sure am a Louisiana girl! I start most of my posts with, "Hey, y'all!" just because that's how I talk. I can't wait for football season (less than 2 weeks now!) to start, but tailgating time is making me nervous. We go to all the games, but I think I may watch from the couch this year! Well, MAYBE I'll go to the Bama game...probably not. I always loved my "Death Valley" drinks from Walk-Ons a little too much..

Lol. Only a LA Catholic would talk about communion and wanting a strong drink in the same post!.

I'll be walking the Lakes when it cools down a bit if anyone wants to join in..

Comment #17

I'd think you're pretty safe. It's a very small, very thin wafer. Even a whole Wheat Thin only has about 1.5 carbs in it. A sip of wine is nothing... so long as it's just a sip and not a glass with every dinner! LOL!..

Comment #18

The bread and wine in Holy Communion IS the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus. This in no way will affect your reduction...

Comment #19

LOL! Just a little host humor. But, seriously, one host equals .25 grams of carbs. Not sure about the wine...

Comment #20

I received Him every Sunday that I was able during the weight loss phase. It did not matter to me one whit how many carbs/calories are in the Host or the Precious Blood receiving the Lord in the Eucharist is of far FAR greater importance than that week's weight loss. Provided that you are of course properly disposed to actually receive, do not worry about the diet for that few minutes per week (or day, if you are a daily communicant)...

Comment #21

Awesome question, because I'm sure there are lots of people who have wondered the same thing..

There are simply some things that are more important than MF, and remembering our Savior through the sacrament is one of them. Partaking each Sunday has really kept me grounded, because I spend more time thinking about what I am doing and why...

Comment #22

Jolie,.

I've contemplated this as well. My church uses leavened bread and grape juice for communion. I don't think it's enough to push one out of ketosis. But just in case, portion control can help!..

Comment #23

1 wafer and a sip of communion wine is allowed on MF. There are posts in the Nutritionists section of the forums on this as the question comes up frequently...

Comment #24

My church uses grape juice and small fresh bites of organic whole grain bread. I wonder what a sip of wine would do to an alcoholic? I've often wondered about that. I know for me, if I got a sip of wine in my mouth, I would want an entire barrel...

Comment #25

Thanks, y'all. I was planning on partaking, but I just thought about it during mass this Sunday. My God knows my struggles...

Comment #26

He does, indeed, Jolie!.

That's kind of interesting that you asked the question today. I have been on the plan now for 7 weeks, and it was just this Sunday that I had a fleeting thought after Communion that I just had some bread and wine! I am really getting conscious about what passes between these lips! But the thought was just fleeting because it is food for the soul, not food for the tummy..

I guess you are a fellow Louisiana girl....Geaux Tigers, couldn't mean anything else!..

Comment #27

Great question!!! Thanks, I was wondering this Sunday too! Isn't that funny that it happened to pop into so many heads at the same time? Cool...

Comment #28

Well, since the answer for communion being ok was already answered here and NS, I thought I'd add one to this question..

I happen to know a priest who is an alcoholic and he does not take the wine, ( he has a separate chalice that he uses w/grape juice.) He does take the host. I'm not sure how other religions or alcoholics handle it...

Comment #29

If he is a Catholic priest, the separate cup contains mustum (wine in which the fermentation process has been stopped by natural means) and not grape juice. It is a subtle difference, and one that non-Catholics may not get, but it is a very serious abuse of the liturgy for grape juice to be used at Mass and may indeed invalidate the whole Mass...

Comment #30

I know a minister who does this diet and says that weekly communion is not an issue. Also, it is fine to take communion in one form only (ie bread only or wine only) if you have to (say, if you can't swallow the bread, the wine is "complete" communion and, say, if you are an alcoholic you can only take the bread the same thing goes). There are gluten free wafers if a person has a serious allergic reaction but my understanding is that their use is controversial in some circles. The bottom line is you should be fine unless you are a chalice bearer and end up drinking a ton of wine or eating a whole bunch of consecrated bread...

Comment #31

Hey! I'm a Louisiana girl transplanted in Houston. Love the Tigers and our Super Bowl Saints!!!.

While we are on the Communion subject; I totally agree and never thought about not going to communion at mass.

But I did think about that thread that was out here awhile back... You know your're doing Medifast when..... "the only bread and wine you let pass through your lips is the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass on Sunday"..

Comment #32

I thought about that the previous time I did medifast and menitoned it to my hubby.. He thought I was crazy! I do take the bread and it has never caused a problem.. I do stay away from the wine, I just can't bring myself to drink out of a cup that people I dont know drank out off...

Comment #33

Yep, sure am a Louisiana girl! I start most of my posts with, "Hey, y'all!" just because that's how I talk. I can't wait for football season (less than 2 weeks now!) to start, but tailgating time is making me nervous. We go to all the games, but I think I may watch from the couch this year! Well, MAYBE I'll go to the Bama game...probably not. I always loved my "Death Valley" drinks from Walk-Ons a little too much..

Lol. Only a LA Catholic would talk about communion and wanting a strong drink in the same post!.

I'll be walking the Lakes when it cools down a bit if anyone wants to join in...

Comment #34


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