Monday, January 5, 2015

Five-Day Fast

I've decided to start the new year off by letting my body rest, recharge, and cleanse itself. I've been researching water fasting (i.e. consuming nothing but water) for several weeks now, and I've decided to embark on a 5-day fast of my own.

Although I do the usual 5:2 intermittent fasting on a regular basis (five days normal eating, two days under 500 calories), I feel like I've been gaining weight lately. My stomach and face are both bloated, the number on the scale isn't what I'd like it to be, and I've gotten into the habit of eating processed food.

I've been planning this fast for a while now, and I've been preparing for it as well. For the three days leading up to my fast (although it should probably have been a longer period of time) I'm drastically reducing my carbs and eating mainly meats, vegetables, and eggs. Nothing processed.

In an effort to step myself up to the five-day window gradually, I also embarked on a three-day fast in early December. Although I meant to blog my way through that fast as well, it was the beginning of the holiday season and things around here were chaotic.. I sadly wasn't able to find the time to journal my day-to-day symptoms and whatnot. This time, I plan to keep a record of those things.

And I'm all about a good challenge, so I figure 5 days would be ideal. From the stories I've been reading, anything longer than 3 days results in some unpleasant side effects. But you know what? I'm willing to trudge through it. I've heard that the lasting effects of these fasts can be priceless.

So what better way to keep track of my progress than to blog about it?

I'm just finishing up my pre-fast phase, and I plan to begin my fast after lunch tomorrow (Tuesday). I've calculated this out so that I can spend days 4 and 5 (which are supposed to be the toughest on the body) at home this coming weekend. Also, I'd like to break the fast on Sunday evening (hence beginning my fast in the middle of the day tomorrow) so that I can avoid any ill-effects before returning to work.

I'm a little nervous about this whole thing, but knowing I can make it three days without food makes me feel a lot more confident about this fast. Also, the lasting results will be worth it.

If y'all are interested in reading some of the fasting articles I've been reading, here are the links:

How the Terrible, Insufferable Six-Day Water Fast Made Me a New Man

Fascinating Evidence Shows Why Water Fasting Could Be One of the Healthiest Things You Can Do

My Experience During a 4-Day Water Fast

**UPDATE** I stepped on my scale this morning (Tuesday) and was absolutely shocked at how much I weigh. I knew I'd gained a few pounds during the holidays, but that "few" turned out to be eight. Ugh!! That being said, I'm starting my fast immediately. Sometimes it's actually easier not to know when my "last meal" is, because I tend to overeat when I know I'm about to start a fast. So my dinner of chicken marsala and squash noodles will have to be the last one for the next five (maybe six) days.

Here we go!

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