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  • #46
    After the holidays I'm in need of a fast! I want to cleanse my body from the sugar and gluten free goodies and get back to reality with my eating I used the holidays to my advantage on gaining muscle but I'm sure a little fat attached itself to my body too! haha

    I haven't ever gone totally without food for a fast but I've done liquids for up to 3 days... usually a bit a fruit and protein powder (this was years ago pre-paleo). FYI, I also have type 1 diabetes and try and stay active so I have always thought I needed a little leverage... hince a liquid fast and not a non food fast. But as L.Renee said, it's really mind over matter.

    So tomorrow my plan is to do some walking with coffee only, maybe some bcaas? I've been lifting heavy and don't want to lose my muscle gains... what do you guys think? I'm going to have a banana on hand in case I have any low blood sugars. I might also have a couple of tbs of great lakes gelatin through out the day. I guess this is along the lines of what emmie was talking about.

    Recently I've been doing a 14-15 hour fast on non workout days. I haven't noticed much of a difference with anything but it's nice to not have to feel the need to eat so often

    I'd like to go through Friday with the fast and resume lifting heavy either Friday evening or Saturday.

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    • #47
      I am inspired and looking forward to having support on a New Year water fast. I am new to the group, this is my first post.
      I have water fasted from 12 - 36 hours, never more than that. Timing is perfect after the dreaded holiday weight gain, alcohol consumption and other SAD related debouchery. Looking forward to fasting in order to remember what toxins I've allowed my body to feel normal and focus on the things in life other than the food. The food for me is often used to fill boredom, love, anger, any uncomfortable feelings I want to stuff away by stuffing unneeded food down my gullet.
      We don't need so much of the food we eat on the SAD and a fast can remind us that the body can easily survive for many days without. The new year symbolizes hope and new beginnings so I am ready to commit to my first 7 day water fast with your support! Now, how to tell my husband and 7 & 8 year old. They will surely think I'm crazy...
      Does anyone have advice on that?
      I'm an athlete with a full training schedule. Tomorrow morning (day 1 of my fast) will be my hardest workout, so I think I'll be fine and then I'll ask my coach to adjust to a light schedule. I have a 10 mile run planned for Sunday, I'll adjust that or re-evaluate to see how the fast is going.
      Cheers, all! (Clink goes the glass of water - I drink distilled).

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      • #48
        Finished my fast today at a total of 80-something hours. I had bacon, eggs, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, and yogurt for dinner and it was super yummy. Final check in before eating was at 168lbs, only 18lbs from my goal weight. My next "fast" will be at the end of the month, when I'll do 4-5 days of potatoes to see what all the PPD fuss is about.

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        • #49
          Old fasting posts

          [QUOTE=Sabine;1043393] I'm thinking of going back to re-read the old thread, for inspiration. Clayjay, since you have never fasted before, you might want to read some of the posts and threads about it. Mark did a 5- or 6-part series of blog posts last summer, which were very informative. And several people have done fasting threads, so you can see what some of the common reactions are, both mental and physical.


          Anyone have a link to the old threads, or direction on how to get to them?

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          • #50
            Well, as stated, this morning I start the fast.

            Just going to drink plain water, coffee, Yerba Mate and my supplements (meal in it's self)

            Light exercise I think. Live in Canada, cold and snow. Think walking out in the cold with nothing but summer shorts and hat and gloves will induce more weight loss. ( Cold water Therapy I think they call it). Was doing an hour before the holidays but warmer then. -6 C today (21.2 F)

            Will also do the 10 minute cold showers once a day.

            By my signature you probably can tell I screwed up this Xmas. Funny part is, I didn't even enjoy it. Wife is a great baker. Tasted fantastic in the mouth...but actually hurt in the stomach.

            So...here's to fast. Going as long as I can.
            55 yr old male


            07/01/2013

            Weight; 199
            Chest; 41.5
            Waist; 42
            Hips; 40
            Thigh; 22.5
            Calf; 15
            Bicep: 13
            Forearm; 11.5
            Neck; 17

            07/20/2013

            Weight; 200
            Chest; 42
            Waist; 42.5
            Hips; 39
            Thigh; 23
            Calf; 15
            Bicep: 13
            Forearm; 11.5
            Neck; 16

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            • #51
              I have the flu. Have been sick for 4 days now.

              So today I am fasting all day. Ate last around 8PM Tuesday night. I plan to eat at 8AM Thursday, or maybe go longer. That's 30 hours.

              I've found when you're sick, fasting is the best way to get well quickly. I don't get sick much but when I do, fasting takes care of it. I didn't fast much because of the holidays.

              I've fasted as long as 4 days with water/tea/coffee only. I plan to do this fast with water/coffee/tea only also.

              Glad you're here because it helps me boost my morale knowing you are fasting too! We humans are such social animals.

              Facts about me:

              early 50s age, male.

              I weigh 175, am 6' 1" and wear pants for a 36 inch waist (sorry for you metric peeps)

              I am very primal in my eating except lately I acquired a white chocolate habit that isn't good. I smoke a cigar now and then but don't drink or smoke otherwise, and don't take any medication. Primal to me means no grains, no beans/lentils/peanuts, and limited dairy (some raw milk cheese and a bit of sour cream now and then).
              Last edited by richard; 01-02-2013, 08:00 AM.

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              • #52
                As much as I got hungry in the car yesterday, I woke up today not even feeling hungry. I was in shock!

                All I had yesterday was half an egg (hard boiled), and a spoonful of CO in my tea last night. Then just water with lemon and salt. This AM just tea and I felt very aware of all my sense. Kinda weird. I never felt the "lifting fog" others have described when going primal, but I think IF might give me that extra clarity!!

                It's almost 11EST, 35 hours strong!
                I have a few snacks with me in case I don't feel right... but I think I'm going to hold off until tonight and eat some liver, with cauliflower, lots of butter, and some other veggies like bell peppers, onions & mushroom.

                Seems like thinking about food isn't as hurtful on the mind as it was yesterday...

                By the way Sabine, I took a super hot bath with epsom salt and ginger last night, it was great. Woke up feeling invigorated.
                I don't feel like working out though today.

                How is everyone else doing?

                Cheers!
                _______________________________________

                Adopted the Primal lifestyle on: August 9 2012.
                My sporadic journal entries are here.

                Results to date: I've lost (gained?) one belt hole!

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                • #53
                  Wow! Just wow!!!!

                  Just came back from my walk. -6 C, wind chill feels like -9C. Did 52 minutes in just shorts, shoes, gloves and hat. Will post of pic of what an "idiot" looks like.

                  Whole body is beat red!!!!!!!!
                  55 yr old male


                  07/01/2013

                  Weight; 199
                  Chest; 41.5
                  Waist; 42
                  Hips; 40
                  Thigh; 22.5
                  Calf; 15
                  Bicep: 13
                  Forearm; 11.5
                  Neck; 17

                  07/20/2013

                  Weight; 200
                  Chest; 42
                  Waist; 42.5
                  Hips; 39
                  Thigh; 23
                  Calf; 15
                  Bicep: 13
                  Forearm; 11.5
                  Neck; 16

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                  • #54
                    Hello to everyone joining in: Froggie, Brookesam, GForce, and Richard.

                    The way I found the different fasting threads was to do a search with the term 'fasting' or 'fast'. Also, set your parameters to sort by stars/popularity. There is a three-part series on fasting that is very highly-rated, as I recall. Ditto for the blog, for Mark's series on fasting. Hmm, should probably go back and do this myself. Maybe tomorrow, when I don't have so much to do(packing away decorations today).

                    Froggy, I found I was naturally doing IF a couple times per week after being primal for several months. That is what gave me the confidence to feel I could 'handle' a fast. And once per week I eat just one meal(my sashimi feast), and have found that I even enjoy waiting, something that never would have occurred to me as being possible back in my SAD days.

                    Brookesam, does your diabetes make fasting a particular challenge? I know nothing of how it impacts, or is impacted by, Type 1.

                    Ez2cy, I am doing CT also, but not as hard-core as you! Brrr!

                    Good luck, Richard. I hope that flu gets knocked on its ass.

                    My progress:

                    I started at midnight on the 1st, and did a good job with my fluids, consuming a little over a gallon combined of water, electrolyte-water, and tea. Got in some walking, a cold bath, and dry-skin brushing. Missed out on my massage and detox bath, as there were ISSUES. Said issues caused some stress, but I managed to keep a lid on it, and not eat. Since I am a big stress-eater, that is a victory. Sat with the family while they ate without feeling any need to do so myself.

                    I was cooking for my family, and the smells were tempting, but it was only MindHunger, not TrueHunger. This morning I am feeling a little like I could eat, but I just tell myself it is not going to happen, and the feeling goes away. Keeping up on the drinking, cold bath, dry-skin brushing, and walking. Feeling good, really, just like normal, I would say. At 36 hours right now.

                    My plan is to do 2-4 days, and I like realizing that after bedtime tonight, I will have made it to my minimum with ease. Anything after that is a bonus. Although thoughts of slipping into Day 5 have entered my mind. I'm sure I'll feel differently on Day 4, though. Food is just so darned tasty!

                    Froggie, it IS interesting to wake up after not eating for a day, and still not feel hungry. It really makes me wonder about people who are sugar-burners, and literally NEED to eat every three to fours hours, or they'll feel like crap. What are mornings like for them? I am used to not eating until noon or so, on primal, but to find I still don't NEED to eat, after a day and two nights of no food, just makes me marvel at what our bodies can do when we treat them right.

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                    • #55
                      Yep Sabine, I agree - our bodies are amazing! And when you fast it seems to give this extra boost of confidence to believe in yourself a little more. At least that was the case for me. And for a person like myself who has had real issues with sugar addiction and emotional eating, going several days without food just goes to show that (1) I have more power than I give myself credit for, and (2) I don't need nearly all the food that I have been known to stuff myself with.

                      Fasting Day 2 and things are going well. I haven't been doing the sea salt, but I just squeezed a bag of fresh lemons and have " sugar-free lemonade" chilling in the fridge. That's my flavor treat and it comes in handy when I'm tempted to run out the door with my roomate's entire bag of Oreo cookies. Sad, but true. LOL Good luck to everyone - we can do this!

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                      • #56
                        Thanks Sabine!

                        It's going well. Tonight I just had a cup of strong coffee. I drank tea and took about 30g of ascorbate during the day. I find graduating to coffee at night can help me stay strong and feel better. Coffee doesn't keep me awake. I roast my own although I drink it very rarely as I usually drink exceptionally high quality Chinese teas (gee I sound like such a snob, sorry about that!)

                        The fam is having a wonderful dinner of grassfed brisket with a ... well, never mind. I am going to miss out on it. I may eat tomorrow morning or I may not. I will sit with them though. I don't have any trouble with people eating in my presence so long as I have made up my mind (as I have).

                        And the payoff: It's the fourth day of my flue, and it is feeling *much* better. It's amazing how effective fasting is for colds and flu. I just lacked the willpower to do it during the holidays.
                        Last edited by richard; 01-02-2013, 04:29 PM.

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                        • #57
                          My daughter left an opened tin of smoked oysters on the counter, and boy, did I want some. The smell was just amazing. Wrapped them in plastic and had some water instead. I know I will be having sashimi soon after I break my fast: I'll make sure to treat myself to a few oysters!

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Sabine View Post

                            Brookesam, does your diabetes make fasting a particular challenge? I know nothing of how it impacts, or is impacted by, Type 1.
                            It can... I have to monitor my blood sugars closer to make sure I'm not going high or low. Today my blood sugars were a little high until around 3:00. Then I stopped my insulin on my pump for 2 hours so it wouldn't go low. I had coffee, tea and also some gelatin and bcaas today. I probably gave as much insulin as if i had been eating. In the past when I was eating VLC I needed as much insulin as if I were eating carbs. I don't really understand the science behind it all.

                            The hunger was definitely there but it was bareable. It may sound a little silly but I don't know if I've ever gone almost 24 hours with out food before.

                            I've decided to do a 20/4 fast for through Friday. I'm curious to see how my blood sugars run tomorrow without food.

                            It was kinda nice to fast today for the simple fact of not having to worry about food. I usually overthink my food/nutrition choices. Thanks for posting this thread Sabine!

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                            • #59
                              froggie;

                              Why the ginger in the tub?
                              55 yr old male


                              07/01/2013

                              Weight; 199
                              Chest; 41.5
                              Waist; 42
                              Hips; 40
                              Thigh; 22.5
                              Calf; 15
                              Bicep: 13
                              Forearm; 11.5
                              Neck; 17

                              07/20/2013

                              Weight; 200
                              Chest; 42
                              Waist; 42.5
                              Hips; 39
                              Thigh; 23
                              Calf; 15
                              Bicep: 13
                              Forearm; 11.5
                              Neck; 16

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by ez2cy View Post
                                froggie;

                                Why the ginger in the tub?
                                I read that the ginger makes the bath feel a little hotter on your skin. I did not feel the tingling others have written about in their blogs, etc but it was a nice combo of smell and sensations, I might try to up the ginger a bit next time.

                                Broke my fast at 7pm tonight but could have slept on it. I was just prepared to eat and I did. I'd say hunger wasn't the prominent feeling... I felt irritated and tired, my hubby might have said bitchy even. I dunno, maybe the mental effect of no-food is more limiting than my stomach. Anyone experience things like that!?

                                First time i went this long without food, 43 hours. Wow. But i am sleepy now, so night-night everybody
                                _______________________________________

                                Adopted the Primal lifestyle on: August 9 2012.
                                My sporadic journal entries are here.

                                Results to date: I've lost (gained?) one belt hole!

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