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    I've never fasted before, so obviously I have some questions. I apologize for my blatant n00bity.

    I am aiming for a 24 hour fast. I am only planning on taking in water and probably some tea. Would it be ok to put some raw honey in my tea? I am hoping the fast will help me cleanse and detox, and I have read that honey is good for digestive health.

    I've been eating primal for a week now, but I am sure I have some toxins to clear out of my system. I have read that some people experience a "purge" after a fast, should I expect and um...prepare for this?

    All the digestion-related questions kind of stem from what brought me to a LC way of eating, and ultimately to the Primal diet (although I do not consider it so much a "diet" as a "lifestyle" as I want to continue eating this way.) I always had horrible digestive issues with whole grains, oatmeal would pretty much glue my digestive system together for days until I had to give up and take a laxative just so I could go.

    Anyway, is it okay to work out while fasting? I usually do Tae Bo (so 90's I know!) or lift weights.

    Thanks for any tips and advice, and I apologize for the wall of text! I didn't mean to blab so much. :3

  • #2
    Hahaha! Tae Bo being "90s!"

    You can do whatever gets you through the fast. The standard is water and tea but I think some people will go up to 50 calories. I do lemon and water usually - sometimes tea. It's also perfectly ok to start with a shorter fast - 16 hours or so (from 8 pm to noon).

    I know there are some people who experience digestive "issues" but I've never had anything weird happen. I mean, I think as long as you're still eating healthy and not consuming enough fat to make you ... you know... you'll be fine.

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    • #3
      Fasting isn't a state, it's a continuum. The more honey and such that you consume, the blunter the effects of the fast. A small amount of honey won't necessarily cause too much trouble, but it might blunt the insulin-sensitizing effects of the fast a little bit.

      Working out while fasting is just fine (some people even prefer it), but if you aren't yet fully fat-adapted, take it slow.
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      • #4
        If I have anything with sugar in it when I'm fasting, my blood sugar crashes in a spectacular way.
        Of course this may be because I'm still pretty messed up metabolically :-(

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        • #5
          I couldn't consume any sugar/honey/carbs and keep my fast going. Typically when I break my fast it is with a VLC meal. If i consume carbs in my first meal I'll binge for sure.

          If this is your first week eating primal I would recommend waiting a few more weeks before your first fast unless you have been eating low carb for a while.
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          • #6
            Re-read the question,

            I do occasionally "purge" my system after breaking a fast, usually if it is going to happen it is within 1 hour of breaking the fast. I think it has to do with your body releasing toxin's while in fat burning mode.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kev View Post
              Re-read the question,

              I do occasionally "purge" my system after breaking a fast, usually if it is going to happen it is within 1 hour of breaking the fast.
              Ditto.

              I typically go water only. Tea, rarely and without sweetener. You can fast however is most comfortable for you.

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              • #8
                If you are fasting, take in no calories. A fasted workout is always a good thing, though not always necessary.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the feedback you guys, it really helped. I decided to not use honey in my tea, and I did start with a shorter fast - about 18 hours.

                  I feel pretty good! Kind of "light on my feet" I guess. I'll try to make it to 24 hours next time, but I was getting very dizzy. I assume that would subside once I get used to fasting?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CanisDirus View Post
                    ...but I was getting very dizzy. I assume that would subside once I get used to fasting?
                    I had some "dizzy" spells during my first fast, but I think it was mostly due to dehydration as I wasn't always drinking enough water. It was also only when I would get up from sitting after awhile (nice period of inactivity and no water).
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                    • #11
                      Tea without sweetener is my preference and I think working out fasting is awesome. It motivates me and I push harder.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Daemonized View Post
                        Tea without sweetener is my preference and I think working out fasting is awesome. It motivates me and I push harder.
                        I like working out fasted too.

                        And Brad Pilon just put up another vid on how fasting and exercise are similar.

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da2pc...layer_embedded

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                        • #13
                          I'm thinking of doing an IF from after lunch today until breakfast tomorrow. The way I look at it is I'll be asleep for most of it. This will be my first official IF, I think though that I've been doing them unconsciously for years though, although perhaps drinking wine and not eating in the evening doesnt really count :-)

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                          • #14
                            so to follow up, I did do my first IF yesterday. I didnt find it that hard, my stomach was grumbling a bit last night, but I think I was more bored than anything. I had finished my book, there was nothing on tv to watch, nothing I particularly wanted to do and because I wasnt in the kitchen, either preparing, eating or cleaning up, the night kind of dragged cause my partner wasnt at home to talk to. Good though to just drink water and have an alcohol free day! . My pee this morning was a really dark yellow. TMI.

                            My IF breaking meal this morning was scrambled eggs (made with cream) and bacon.

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                            • #15
                              Why is it that every time I read about IF I want to do a 2 or 3 day fast? Screw it. I'm doing it tomorrow.
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