So I decided to do a long term fast—and I wanted to share some of my experience with you! I can’t BELIEVE how many people are interested in learning more about fasting—it’s awesome!!!!
I’ve recently read quite a few books on fasting and it’s health benefits, so I decided to try it out for myself. NO, this is not for weight loss, but for health.
Benefits of fasting include:
- Increases your resting metabolic rate (NO fasting does NOT slow down your metabolism!!!!!! We’ve been fed that BS by snack companies! Just like breakfast as being ‘the most important meal of the day’ was created by cereal companies!!)
- Reduces insulin levels
- Increases ketone production and therefore increases the rate at which we burn fat
- Helps to starve down bad bacteria in the gut
- Decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s
- Repairs cells due to autophagy
- Reduces inflammation in the body
- Promotes the secretion of Human Growth Hormone, which helps burn fat, promotes muscle growth and slows down the aging process
- Normalizes ghrelin levels, the hormone that tells your body it’s hungry.
- Lowers triglycerides
- May prevent cancer
Prior to this, the longest fast I’ve done was 24 hours. This fast lasted 45 hours =)
When I fasted before I was HANGRY because I was eating higher carbs!! I prepped for the fast by eating a ketogenic diet (high fat low carb). Prior to eating high-fat low carb, fasting SUCKED and I hated it.
I stayed pretty busy between work and going to get my Carte de Sejour updated, so I didn’t even really feel hungry until 5 pm. It was a HOT day (95) and there’s NO a/c—not in our car, house, or the government building where I was, so I drank a TON of water.
I also had black coffee, and I added MRM BCAAs to my water.
For ‘dinner’ I had bone broth and added extra salt to my water and the broth for electrolytes. I also had some magnesium powder.
I was pretty hungry around 9-10 am and was considering breaking the fast. Eggs sounded AMAZING lol. But I decided to stick with my fast and added some coconut oil and grass-fed butter to my coffee, with another cup of bone broth.
I probably could have kept going, but since this was my first longer fast I didn’t feel like I needed to be a hero or anything lol! I broke my fast at 5 pm, eating some eggs with avocado and green beans. I was NOT expecting to feel SO FULL when I ate—it literally took me an hour and a half to eat my meal lol!!
What did I learn?
A lot lol! First, that hunger doesn’t build and build—it comes in waves. Just ride out the wave and distract yourself and you’re good! Also, how much I plan out what I’m going to eat throughout the day to avoid hunger lol! And how much time I spend eating, cooking, and cleaning dishes!
Notes on fasting:
There are SO many different kinds of fasts. Ramadan is NO water or food during the day, while there are water only fasts, fat fueled fasts, etc. Since this is my first longer fast, I decided to support it with BCAAs, bone broth, salt (I suggest Himalayan salt), and fats from coconut oil and butter. This is what felt right for me this time =)
I do NOT recommend you fast if you have medical issues like diabetes, if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of eating disorders.
I also don’t suggest starting off with a multiple day fast! Start off slow—12 hours, then 14 hours, then 16, etc. Don’t feel like you need to be a hero. And as always, listen to YOUR body. If you don’t feel well, EAT!
Have you fasted before? Are you gonna start? =)
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