And so it begins….
I am currently doing a 5 day fast. Yes, FIVE whole days. The last meal I ate was Sunday night around 8:30-9pm. I had my nightly treat, 2 tablespoons of Marscapone and a handful of blueberries. Ok my real nightly treat is 2 TBS of Marscapone, 2 TBS of almond butter and some berries but I was out of almond butter so I improvised.
I’ve been doing the Keto diet for several years now. I love the way I feel and am usually pretty good about following it but a few times during the year I go off Keto. Usually in April for my birthday. This year I took April and May off and went hog wild eating all kinds of carbs until I just felt fat and full. I only gained about 8 lbs but this is a lot for me. And I was tired of eating. Very tired of eating. I should explain that I do intermittent fasting as well, usually two days a week- either an 18 or 24 hr fast. So I usually follow a 5:2 regimen which allows for much flexibility when making lunch or dinner plans with friends and family.
A few weeks ago the hubs and I watched a fasting documentary on Amazon Prime, it was called the Science of Fasting. The show details that in Russia and Germany there are fasting centers that people go to and spend a week or more fasting under supervision. It went on to explain about the science behind fasting and the huge benefits to your body. So, the hubs and I decided to give it a go. I’ve fasted 36 hrs. before but not an entire 5 days.
Today, I am on day three (3)!! It has not been bad for me at all. I have had nothing but water this entire time. I am not hungry or thirsty. I’ve been drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day and probably more. I’ve been sleeping well, have had no headaches and have not been irritable. There is the psychological aspect of hunger which is the real issue, around lunch and dinner time I think that I must be hungry! But, I am not. It’s total conditioning and a habit. I’ve had no true thoughts and feelings about breaking my fast, only passing thoughts. The hubs is juicing a bit and he’s also had some bone broth to sustain him. I’m proud of him, he’s doing better than I thought he would.
Tonight will be the real test as I’ll be going to my CrossFit class. We’ll see how I feel then..
I am having a slight headache at the moment, so I’ll be breaking out a small cup of bone broth with lots of salt around lunch time. If that doesn’t work, it’s pickle juice to the rescue!!