Started another 3 day fast. Monday was fairly easy, hopefully if you are trying out fasting you will too find that the more you get into fasting as a way of life the easier it becomes. You will find also if you keep very busy like I did on Monday working, running errands, gym etc. it becomes easier to stick to your fast. I did cheat and have my coffee with my sugary creamer again. I forgot to set the coffee pot up for 1 on Sunday night and did not have my green tea made for the morning. So, in failing to prepare you will find it more difficult to keep to your fasting going.
I started taking new vitamins in the week prior to my fast in an attempt to make sure I am still getting all the nutrients I need. They seem to be working well, helping to keep my energy up. I chose these because they are all organic with NO ADDITIVES. I do not buy any supplements without a great deal of research for two reasons. I want to be sure that I am getting what the label says I am getting and I do not want to put crap in my body unnecessarily. They may cost a little more, but do they really cost more when they aren't loaded with a bunch of crap? I have placed the link below for you to go check them out and make your own assessment. (There is also a men's version, and my partner seems be having good results with his too)
I went to the gym Monday, spent 15 minutes on the elliptical and then 30 minutes in the sauna and topped it off with a 10 minute cold shower. I’ll be writing more about why I do those things in upcoming blogs, so that if you are interested in trying those out you can do a little research on your own to further your knowing. Exercise is one of the ways that you may find, as I have, helps to combat the insomnia that can come from fasting. I also took a magnesium supplement both Sunday night and Monday night, because if you are deficient in this supplement then you can also experience some insomnia.
I had some leg cramping Monday night and was waking up thirsty. I thought that could mean that I was a little potassium deficient. I did a little research and found, that calf cramps at night and being thirsty can be signs of potassium deficiency. So, Tuesday morning I put some of my potassium powder in a glass of water. (This did prevent me from having the calf cramps and thirst Tuesday night)
Tuesday was much more challenging, I was struggling with hunger the entire morning and felt a little foggy headed, groggy, and a little irritable. So, because of the increasing irritability and just feeling of non-well-being I went back to my “reference book” Dr. Fung’s Guide to Fasting just to see if I need to change up what I’m doing and go ahead and break my fast for the day. I found that he says that his patients report that the 2nd day of fasting is the hardest and once you get beyond that it’s fairly easy. He suggests that if you are going to go beyond the 2 day mark into a 3 day that you may as well do a 5 or 7 day fast. However, he warns that should not be done without medical supervision. So, I decided to break the fast at 42 hours (which was around 2pm) and I am going to try one of his other fasting plans, because it seems as though I can still get quite a bit of benefit from 36 hour or 42 hour fast.
So, just go easy and yourself and find what works. I did not lose any weight from this fast, sadly, but I did find that my meal portions overall are less because I get full faster. Hopefully you will find that as well and will benefit from the calorie reduction.
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