So, I'd thought I would share my experience with my first 72 hour fast this year.
If this is something that you are interested in trying out. I've done a good bit of research and I found one of the best resources is a book by Dr. Jason Fung called The Complete Guide to Fasting. Dr. Fung goes into the many benefits of fasting and gives you guides to different fasting plans and tells you exactly how your body can benefit from fasting. I liked that he went into detail with the bodies reactions at each time interval. That helped me to decide on the interval of fasting that I thought would most fit into my schedule and that I would get the most benefits from.
Just a little background information about Dr. Fung, he discovered fasting because he was trying to find a cure for Diabetes and has had patients that are now off of their insulin for good!! So, go check him out.
I have chosen to do the 72 hour fast every month starting on the first Sunday night of each month. It's a little easier if you start it in the evening after your dinner. Dr. Fung's book has a chart of different fasting plans and which meal to start at to accomplish your goal whether it's 24 hrs or 72 hrs. He also talks about who should not fast and gives some safety guidelines. But as always check with your doctor before starting any kind of fast to make sure you are healthy enough.
Day 1 I stayed hungry the entire day. I drank lots of water and am still drinking lots of water. I have to confess though, I did have my morning coffee with creamer :-/ coffee helps with satiety. Being this is my first fast of the year I decided to give myself a little break and little extra help with the coffee. I could have just had black coffee it's the creamer that is the issue. Next month I plan to nix the coffee and just drink unsweetened tea and water on my fast.
Day 2 I woke up with a little bit of hunger, but nothing to terribly nagging at me. But I did start to get a little lightheaded and so I opted for 1 cup of organic bone broth (NO MSG or other additives). The lightheartedness can be a sign of lack of sodium in your body. This is one hack that Dr. Fung talks about in his book and he explains why. You also have the option of a bone broth fast if this is an easier way for you to start out.
I had my coffee again this morning, and yes with my creamer. In the early afternoon I became very hungry again. I am drinking lots of water to try to bring some satiety to my day. Another good source to help with the hunger is unsweetened green tea. I don't incorporate a lot of sugar in my regular diet, matter of fact, I tend to avoid the white poison. So, this is an easy one for me.
I really didn't expect to be hungry at this point (34hrs). Because as I recall with my fasting last year my hunger was gone. But I recently had back surgery that went badly the first time and was in the hospital for a week on intravenous steroids every eight hours to control my pain. But not to worry at the end of that week I had the surgery again and I am happy to report I am doing fantastic!! The best decision I ever made.
I was a little bit distracted by the hunger as I would be with my chronic pain. But I am so encouraged by my strength and want to make it for the entire 72 hours this time.
I was a little bit hesitant to do any activity such as working out of going to the sauna. But I did go to my dance lessons today also and I am happy to report did great. I really didn't feel any fatigue from my fasting and did not lightheaded.
Day 3 I was determined to complete my fast and I did. I had my coffee with creamer again today (Yikes), I know it's cheating.
I didn't sleep a wink last night!! This is not something that I even expected would happen. Then I did a little research today and found that it is quite common. So, some hacks to avoid this are to keep up your physical activity, and if needed use some Melatonin. Just don't over do it, because Melatonin can leave you groggy the next day.
Another thing I have experienced with my past fasting attempts was hair loss. In doing a little research I found that hair loss comes from lack of protein. So, what I am doing to prevent the hair loss increasing my protein intake with protein shakes after my fast. I will keep you posted on this. I use Bodytech's protein, I find it to have good flavor without that gritty texture. More importantly it is a time-released protein blend which helps eliminate the waste that occurs with other protein drinks. The body can only absorb a certain amount of protein within a short time period. I also, like to put my protein mix in a sugar free Almond Milk with some ice cubes and it's just like a chocolate shake, YUM!!
I almost forgot!! Along with all the health benefits of fasting comes an extra perk of weight loss. This fast rewarded me with a 6 lb weight loss!! Now will it stay off or will it come back after resuming normal eating. I will keep you posted, stay tuned!!
Success Trainer Deb
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