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  • #16
    Originally posted by sjmc View Post
    How different do you feel at around 100 hours of fasting as opposed to something like 30?

    I wouldn't know how to break my fast if I went that long. In the 20-30 range I know I can eat a big meal, but you have to 'start slow' after a really long fast right?
    Well, you're 'suppose' to start slow but most fasting promoters also say to break the fast with fruit juice. Not going to happen! A hit of sugar after several days of heavy ketosis? nope. If anything, it's broth, or protein like scrambled eggs~ I never fast long enough for my stomach to forget what to do with food

    As far as how I feel, I've always had good energy/mind clarity~ but I don't have blood sugar issues. Can't say how someone with those concerns would feel. Otherwise, you just know you're not eating today and get on with other things!

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    • #17
      I'm in! I've done a few dinner to dinner fasts and felt pretty good. It really helps clear out the system. I have two reasons, one to reallly give my system some time to heal. I have major food intollerances and allergies, and think it just needs a break. And two, I need to kill my bottle of wine habit.

      I'd suggest breaking the fast with something light. A meal that is too rich, can backfire even on a short term fast. At least it did to me yesterday. I'd hit another plateau that I wanted to break, so on Thursday I only had a piece of chicken for lunch, and then stir-fry moose with a little onion, pepper and tomato for dinner. Then yesterday I had nothing until 6pm. I made curry chicken with butternut squash, onions and coconut cream in it for dinner. About two hours later, I was in serious pain and it all came back up. I've never had a problem with this particular dish before, but I think it was way too rich after eating so little for two days and my system just freaked. I tossed the leftovers just in case there was something off. My stomach is still a bit queasy this morning so I've only had a little vegetable broth and a couple eggs.

      The upside is I did break that plateau and dropped 4.4lbs in two days. Since I don't feel much like eating anyway, I may as well start today. So I'm in with nothing but water, tea and broth until next Thursday.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Alaska Ang View Post
        I'm in! <snip>
        The upside is I did break that plateau and dropped 4.4lbs in two days. Since I don't feel much like eating anyway, I may as well start today. So I'm in with nothing but water, tea and broth until next Thursday.
        Great! I've been having way too much allergy/sinus lately~ also too much vodka and *somebody should have slapped me* a giant jar of Costco cashews!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Nady View Post
          Great! I've been having way too much allergy/sinus lately~ also too much vodka and *somebody should have slapped me* a giant jar of Costco cashews!
          Oh my god... the cashews... I do the same thing. It destroys my digestion. I have a thang goin' on with cheese too. Like blocks of cheese. Gross huh.

          I started a forum journal on Monday and have eaten one meal a day since. I finished a giant meal a little while ago and plan to drink a lot tonight, but not eat anymore. No nuts. Didn't plan no dairy, but it's turning out that way. I don't know if I've lost any weight, but I hope so.

          I'm intrigued by the idea of a multi-day fast, but nervous too. Sorry for so many questions.. but would you ever do a multi-day fast in the pursuit of weight loss (not to 'cleanse' or 'fix' your system), and do you do any exercise more strenuous than walking in that time?

          I'd love to hear status updates throughout yalls fasts. But you guys sound like pretty cool cucumbers about it haha.

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          • #20
            I don't think 5 days is extreme... even ten days carefully isn't terrible... but pushing very far past it certainly could be. Long term fasting has been proven in numerous studies to cause organ damage.

            I eat only once daily several days a week (dinner to dinner) just because I'm really not hungry those days so I find IF-ing to be rather a natural effect of changing to a paleo type diet. I haven't tried to fast further under normal circumstances... I think it would freak my husband out a bit if I stopped eating completely.
            “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
            ~Friedrich Nietzsche
            And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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            • #21
              I won't be able to do it, but would love to follow along and learn! I'm still new enough (and, let's face it, if I tried a multi-day fast, my family would give me heck!) I can do the dinner to dinner and may even be able to eek out a 48 hour fast.
              That said, only ever done some IF, so this will be new...
              (But I do think I need to do some - especially to kick the weightloss into gear)

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              • #22
                I won't lie and pretend that the weight loss isn't one of the reasons, but before I got fed up with the allergies, I wasn't willing to do more than IF for the weight. Now I have a window and feel like it's a good time to do a 'reboot'~ get things back on track.

                If you've never done a fast longer than 24hrs, maybe try a 36 hr. first and see how it goes~

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                • #23
                  I will. I hadn't realized it, but I do have a 'window' of opportunity too. Couldn't go too long, but 36-48 hours might be do-able (and how do you know until you try?)
                  Most of my IFs have just sort of happened. Anything special I should be aiming to do before hand?

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                  • #24
                    I'm definitely looking to shed some weight with this as well. The only exercise I currently do are wall push ups, squats, and taking a flight of stairs at work four or five times a day. I plan to continue during the fast. Will definitely post updates.

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                    • #25
                      i fast and like fasting, but i think people are seeing it as a magic bullet. its not.

                      simply its a tool to reduce calories over the course of a week or month etc.

                      be careful not to binge on lots of food when you end the fast either.

                      hunger for me comes in waves and dissapears in waves, 16+ hours its gone, back around 24hrs and goes away again, you might get hungrier quicker if your work is manual.
                      "Today’s technological age is enjoyed by the fattest, laziest humans in the history of humanity." -Mark Sisson

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by wren View Post
                        Anything special I should be aiming to do before hand?
                        For me, I cut the carbs and get into ketosis first~ really helps with hunger. I think there is a personal touch to fasting though~ being hungry (stomach) doesn't bother me, it's the brain nagging that makes me cave~ ketosis seems to turn off my thinking about food .

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by badly_dubbed View Post
                          i fast and like fasting, but i think people are seeing it as a magic bullet. its not.

                          simply its a tool to reduce calories over the course of a week or month etc.

                          be careful not to binge on lots of food when you end the fast either.

                          hunger for me comes in waves and dissapears in waves, 16+ hours its gone, back around 24hrs and goes away again, you might get hungrier quicker if your work is manual.
                          If your only reason for fasting is to lose weight, then yes~ but it also gives your body a chance to heal and as odd as it sounds, fasting helps me 'hear' my body better~ like what foods work well, and what foods don't. There are plenty of people that fast only for the cleansing benefit.

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                          • #28
                            but most on here will be using it for fat loss. i dont and possibly you dont either

                            48hr fasts allow me to save tons of cash on a weeks shopping for one lol
                            "Today’s technological age is enjoyed by the fattest, laziest humans in the history of humanity." -Mark Sisson

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                            • #29
                              Weight loss would be nice - I won't deny that I'm hoping to see that as a result. However, I'm hoping to 'break it up' so to speak. I don't want to fall into the trap of seeing the clock and wanting to eat... I want to re-learn what hungry feels like... I want to gain control of me. I want to break that calling of sugar over me... (Heck, saving money on food would sure be nice too)

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                              • #30
                                LOVE fasting. I find my body has been tolerating it well.

                                Although I start to trip out a little bit later in the day. And get the giggles.

                                I gave up pot, so it ain't that, kiddies!

                                FASTING IS FUN!!!

                                Tea helps huge.
                                A Post-Primal PrimalPat

                                Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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