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    I find it totally crazy that I haven't eaten a speck of food since dinner around 9pm last night, and here it is, after 6pm, and I'm not even uncomfortable.


    I get little waves of hunger, spurred maybe by a picture of food or a whiff of a co-worker's disgusting microwave dinner... but they subside.


    It feels a lot like a meditation to me. You become aware of the hunger, acknowledge it, and move past it mentally.


    Anyway, just surrounded by computers and desk trolls right now and thought it better to share that thought here than with the office!


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    Agreed, although I haven't done a 24 hour fast yet. I had a small breakfast at 8:30 am, got back from work at 5:30 having only had water and didn't feel at all hungry but made a small meal anyway. I need more time to pass by, mentally I still think I "should" eat. It also doesn't help living with your folks still, they worry if I don't eat.

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      I'm juice fasting at the moment for kidney problems (currently on day4) and I have to say that as well as feeling hungry I feel this weird, dream-like bliss. My emotions are strong and I have been thinking over things from the past. I also feel a mental clarity and somehow connected to everything. It definitely makes the hunger a lot easier to deal with. :-)

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        @StoneAgeQueen I think I know what you're talking about. It's like heightened senses. I dig it.

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          Everything is definitely heightened while IFing. It's like you're on a longer-than-usual adrenaline rush.

          I grok, therefore I am.

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            A juice fast isn't really a fast. You are still consuming sugar.

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              Agreed , its actually really liberating not eating for 24-36 hours as long as you eat good quality food before and after. When Iam doing it i usually go for a hike, light surf, or light workout and feel great. Not eating or worrying about what the next meal is frees up a lot of time for intellectual activities as well. I find i read a lot more when i fast. I also get really good sleep that night and wake up the next day really refreshed. Digestion takes a lot of energy and putting it on hold allows that energy to be redistributed to the mind and soul in my view.


              peace

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                Agreed. When I go ice climbing, I 99% of the times climb while in a fasted state for at least 4 to 6 hours. I've noticed superior performance in that fashion.

                I grok, therefore I am.

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                  Very true about IF freeing up mental energy for other activities. I've never fasted more than 32 hours, and by the end, I notice that I am VERY cold.

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                    @Trau, thats exactly how I feel when I don't eat but one meal a day. It's crazy, but I don't have any problems cooking food for other people during my fasting.

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                      @iceskater - I've noticed the 'colder than usual' symptoms as well. I find when I fast my hands and feet run colder than usual. It's a task just to keep them warm constantly.


                      Anyone else experience this? If so, what was the solution (other than artifical means such as hand/foot warmers).

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                        Yeah I've been cold since I started juice fasting. I just try to wear more clothes and if I'm at home a hot bath helps. I include ginger root in my recipes which helps, but obviously if you're doing complete primal fasting you wouldn't use it.

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                          My first IF ended yesterday after 40 hours and I agree, once you're past the first hunger twinges it's smooth sailing. I couldn't believe how good I felt as I skipped meal after meal. Dropping five pounds of pure bloat and fat overnight felt amazing in the morning!


                          I finally broke my fast at lunch time (bacon and eggs tasted even more amazing). But then I started to crash hard, apparently because my body, suddenly fed, wanted to switch into full anabolic mode. I was ruined for the afternoon and had to take a nap. So for future IFs, I recommend breaking the fast in the evening, or at least when you're done with your responsibilities for the day!

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                            good to note, Timothy, thanks


                            @verdilak my first fast I broke 2 hours early because i made the mistake of trying to prep cook so I would have a hot meal ready for Hour 24. I was making venison meatballs and without even thinking about it, decided to taste-test one. It wasn't until I was sitting over a plate of them about to dig in that my wits came back to me! I broke early anyway because I wasn't competing or anything, but it cracked me up nonetheless. Subconscious just took over!

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                              @lovestoclimb: For my long fasts, I always get strange looks from friends because I'm wearing 3 layers and complaning about being cold. hand/feet warmers, I'll have to try that, thanks!


                              @Trau: lol. After my very first fast, I was couting down to the meal and my hands were reaching for food on autopilot.

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