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    In my religion, we are encouraged to fast on the first Sunday of each month. In the past, I have used the excuse that I couldn't fast b/c I was diabetic, but now that I'm on PB & I do IF almost daily, I think I'm ready for a good, solid fast.
    So I was wondering if anyone could offer me some tips for peacefully surviving a 24 hour fast? The longest I've gone is 18 hours. The last few days I've been eating a lot & still feel like I could gnaw my freaking arm off (today is one of those days). So I'm a little worried about tomorrow, but if you have any tips on what I could do today to not feel like my arm is a viable food source tomorrow, that would be great!

    P.S. Today I'm at 8% carb, 50% fat, and 42% protein
    Last edited by Dr. Bork Bork; 02-05-2011, 01:26 PM.
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  • #2
    I can easily go 24 hour between meals. I am not sure what tips I can give you as it seems that everyone is different with regards to fasting ability. I find the easiest thing to do is just keep busy. My first fast was my regularly planned weekly 24 hour fast and my second one was done accidentally because I photographed an all day wedding and didn't have time to eat. Funny thing is that I wasn't hungry nor did I go into some hypoglycemic, fainting fit (as CW might suggest I would) despite running all over the place photographing. I believe that since I don't rely on immediate carbohydrate consumption (I am primarily a carnivore) for my energy I am able to carrying on very well using the stable energy that body fat provides.
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    • #3
      Water - I have been fasting every Saturday for about 6 months now(from dinner Friday till breakfast Sunday)
      I will drink 10-16 oz upon waking and whenever I feel a hunger pang and it works.
      "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do" - Epictetus

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      • #4
        Good idea. Hard to feel hungry when one's belly is full of fluid. I am used to drinking a good amount of water in a day.
        --Trish (Bork)
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        • #5
          When I fast for religious reasons, rather than trying to avoid hunger feelings I use them to remind me to pray.

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          • #6
            Water and will power. I've fasted for days for similar reasons. One day is usually easy to accomplish in my opinion if you are focused. Prayer helps and so does a ton of water. If you're fasting more than one day you typically experience nausea, sweeting and elevated heart rate and loss of energy on Day Two or Three if you are inexperienced. Water, water and more water. Lots of pray and focus. I tend to think of it as cleansing the flesh.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the tips! Sounds like me & The Big Man have some Father/Daughter bonding to do tomorrow!
              --Trish (Bork)
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              • #8
                Maybe try to keep yourself busy, there's nothing worse than sitting down being hungry all day
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                • #9
                  Dr. Bork Bork, Are you type I or type II?

                  I would hesitate to give advice on fasting to a type I diabetic. However, Loads of fat the night before fasting always works for me. Then keep busy as was said earlier.

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                  • #10
                    I am T2, but have been working really hard to get off of my meds. I did away with insulin this past fall, next visit I am hoping to get off of glucophage! Then we'll work on weaning off of thyroid meds. I believe the body can heal itself. I believe I am an excellent example of this theory.

                    Trying to think what I can do to stay busy on a Sunday. Maybe go for a walk before church? Then nap after. That should take care of most of the day I think.
                    --Trish (Bork)
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DanC View Post
                      When I fast for religious reasons, rather than trying to avoid hunger feelings I use them to remind me to pray.
                      I don't claim to be religious but this seems spot on to me. Isn't the point of a religious fast to clear your mind and body to be receptive to the <insert whatever deity here>? If you spend the whole day distracting yourself from hunger and taking a nap doesn't it rather defeat the purpose?

                      I'm not trying to start a fight or be contentious it just seems kind of like you are checking the 'my church says I should so okay I did' block on your salvation sheet.

                      I've fasted for days (thank you Army weight control program). My focus was passing that damned weigh in. It gave me a reason not to eat and with that focus I could do it. Focus on your spirituality and perhaps it will be the same for you - Read the Book of Mormon, sing hymns, pray or whatever it is you all do (again, not trying to be disrespectful but I've never been one so have no clue).

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                      • #12
                        Keep busy doing fun things that keep you away from food in the afternoon. Plan for an early evening to bed. Sleeping through the worst part of it (the arm-gnawing part) is best.

                        I also find it so wonderful to spend a couple of hours in complete silence, with no sort of electronics on whatsoever -- just some quiet alone time for you and God. Maybe do some journaling, write a list of gratitudes, and/or read the sacred text(s) of your faith. I've started incorporating this on a weekly basis now, and I so look forward to it. 6 p.m., and everything gets turned off. Silence. Ahhh.
                        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                        • #13
                          Thank you for reminding me of the purpose. It's okay to nap, as long as it is brief. It is a day of rest afterall. However, I will try to stay focused on the spiritual aspect of it more. Just trying to figure out how to keep busy.

                          I do appreciate your frankness
                          --Trish (Bork)
                          TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                          http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                          FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                            Thank you for reminding me of the purpose. It's okay to nap, as long as it is brief. It is a day of rest afterall. However, I will try to stay focused on the spiritual aspect of it more. Just trying to figure out how to keep busy.

                            I do appreciate your frankness
                            I hope it goes well for you, and I'm sorry if it came across judgmentally. I'm not trying to tell you what is right or how to do anything. I just know it would help me focus. That said, naps are the bomb.

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                            • #15
                              Will you be taking the glucophage on your fast day?
                              Did you know metformin (glucophage) inhibits the absorption of B12 and folate?
                              Also it seems to decrease TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone without causing hyperthyroidism. So if you go off glucophage maybe TSH levels would increase and lead to decrease in thyroid hormones T4 and T3.
                              http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/91/1/225
                              Last edited by Sue; 02-05-2011, 07:42 PM.

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