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  • Fasting + Family/Social Eating?

    Hi All,

    I liked Mark's recent blog entry about intermittant fasting. I've done it in the past a few times and would really like to do it more.. but there is that whole social/family meal problem.

    I might be able to skip breakfast, but that's about it. Lunch is eaten at work in a social setting and dinner with family. My question is - what kind of situations are you in that you are able to consistantly fast for 16-24+ hours? Does your family eat dinner together and you just skip.. or.. ? Do you 'hide' fasting? How are you making this work in your social and family life?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    My work isn't social. I have to work with these people I sure as hell do not want to eat with them too. So if I wanted to I could skip breakfast and lunch.

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    • #3
      Personally, I never put fasting before family and friends. Food is part of most social settings and I don’t want to sacrifice those times.

      I skip breakfast because I work in an office, so I eat at 12 or 1pm on my own or with coworkers, but mostly on my own. Generally I eat twice a day my last meal being at 8-9pm latest.

      Saturdays and Sundays I typically eat breakfast and don’t do any fasting, because I’m either having breakfast with my girlfriend or my family, and like I said before, fasting isn’t worth missing out on opportunities to spend time with your loved ones. Fasting 5 days a week is enough for me anyway, I love a nice hearty breakfast on the weekends.
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      • #4
        I've been thinking about this, since I am going to visit my folks soon. I suspect I will just skip breakfast if we eat a later dinner.
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        • #5
          Depending on what time you eat dinner, 16 hour fasts every day via skipping breakfast are really easy. Then again, I have the option of eating whenever I want, so my dinners range from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Nobody cares when I eat, so it's easy, but I can see how it'd be harder to pull off if you have friends and family that you'd like to share a meal with. Don't sweat it if you can't fast for a really long time - I've heard that most of the benefits are reaped at 16 hours and going beyond that doesn't really do much, but I'm no authority. Maybe you can fast on your days off?

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          • #6
            I routinely skip breakfast. No issue. The 24 hour fast I recently did, I ate dinner and then didn't eat until dinner the next night...I just told DH that I wasn't eating lunch so he was on his own.
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            • #7
              It depends on the people. I don't have any problem having a club soda while other people eat. I would find it extremely tiresome if the people I was around couldn't shut up about the fact I'm not eating, but either they'd get over it (friends & family), or I'd stop food-socializing with them (colleagues).

              It also depends on how ready you are to IF. If you're really doing WHEN (eating only When Hunger Ensues Naturally), it's a breeze to tell folks, "I'm not hungry now," along with whatever other social blah blah you want to add (but I'd love to go with ya'll to the restaurant, enjoy the conversation, continue our fellowship, etc.) or not. If others get weirded out or start up a bizarre peer-pressure approach, just repeat -- not defensively, only calmly -- "Well, I'm just not hungry."

              Anyone who keeps pestering you after that deserves the quizzical stare, and/or calm, curious response: "Why on earth would I eat when I'm not hungry?"

              Add a shrug if you feel like it!
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              • #8
                Personally, I never have any real issues getting in a 16 hour fast. Stop eating at 8-9 the night before (I usually go to bet at 11) and resume eating at noon to 1pm the next day. You're just skipping breakfast.

                Now, that said, I'm with iniQuity in that I don't generally let my fasts interfere with socializing with family. We do a pot luck breakfast at church every year on Easter Sunday. I bring some egg-cheese-sausage casserole monstrosity with enough good fat to drown you in flavor Nirvana and participate. No IF that day. Likewise, for Thanksgiving - my mother married a NC redneck, and he and his brothers roast a pig every Thanksgiving - a process that starts at 4am and includes the best fresh made sausage you ever shoveled past your lungs, followed by an entire henhouse worth of eggs scrambled and fried in real butter. No IF that day. Just piggy piggy goodness.

                But the social events in my life that require the eating of breakfast are few and far between.

                If you want to get a 20 hour fast in, skip lunch. Just have a cup of coffee or tea with your cow-orkers while they eat their lunch. They'll be curious and nosy the first time or two, but they'll get used to it. You really don't have to explain yourself to people. Just say, "This is all I want right now." You might have to listen to some concerned CW about how not eating just isn't good for you. Which is about when I start grinning and sipping - it doesn't pay to try to explain.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by brahnamin View Post
                  my mother married a NC redneck, and he and his brothers roast a pig every Thanksgiving - a process that starts at 4am and includes the best fresh made sausage you ever shoveled past your lungs, followed by an entire henhouse worth of eggs scrambled and fried in real butter. No IF that day. Just piggy piggy goodness.
                  Can I become an honourary family member for, oh I dunno... the last week or so of November? That sounds fucking awesome.
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                  • #10
                    The only time my IF becomes an issue is on weekends. My wife and daughter enjoy eating breakfast and I skip it. I should say I skip eating. Most of the time I cook them breakfast and while they eat I sit with them and have a cup of coffee. It really isn't a big deal for them. In social situations I do the same. Why do I need to be eating to socialize with others? Don't make it seem awkward and it won't be.
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                    • #11
                      Sure - how close are you to Virginia?

                      Best thanksgiving ever was two years ago when my then 13 year old daughter asked if she could be the one to saw the feet off. I have a video around here somewhere. It'll make anyone a believer in the *All children are essentially sociopaths* theory.

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                      • #12
                        Hey brahnamin....I must be one of those red necks from NC that you are talking about!!!! And you are right....we DO love our pig down here. Pulled hot juicy right off of the bone. But dont gimme any of that nasty, red, sugar-laden "barbecue" sauce that the rest of the country calls BBQ. It aint BBQ unless its got vinegar!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Patrick View Post
                          Can I become an honourary family member for, oh I dunno... the last week or so of November? That sounds fucking awesome.
                          Seconded. I don't know whether it's the sausage I want, or just the fact that I get to shovel it past my lungs.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by brahnamin View Post
                            Sure - how close are you to Virginia?
                            Not sure. How far's Virginia from Canada's capital?

                            I'll start Grok-walkin' on down around mid-October. That should give me lots of time to get there. If anyone asks (like Customs at the border), I'll just say I'm migrating to follow the swine. That should go over well, right?

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