Today I broke a fast. I ended it at about 109 hours. I am going to give you a little insight on how I feel about it and why I did it. Now I don't always get too personal with "the world" but feel like this might relate to someone in some way, and my hopes for that is to possibly help someone understand themselves. Now I DO NOT recommend anyone doing this without RESEARCH. That is the number 1 thing. Please research all about this before even attempting any sort of not eating, and if you have ever had an eating disorder you NEED to be fully recovered, in good space and doing this for the RIGHT reasons, this is not for weight loss, and this may trigger some people. Please know yourself well, and do the research before you do anything like this.
Please listen to these podcasts before:
Primal Potential (Mastering Fat Loss): Espisodes 300, 307
On Air With Ella (Fitness, Nutrition & Mindset): Episodes 090(definitely), 092, 093A, 093B
Now when I say "fasting" I did consume things during this fast. I consumed coffee with MCT oil, bone broth, kombucha, and magnesium.
I had about each in a drink every day, some days I had more bone broth, more kombucha, more MCT oil, etc. I did what felt right for my BODY. THIS is the most important thing that you need to know, DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT FOR YOUR BODY. Please listen to your body. All the topics I will explain, the podcasts go deep on these topics as well so please listen to them.
The reason that I wanted to do this is because I have a history of overeating. I have been a binge eater, and over eater, I have not listened to my hunger cues and I diet, then binge after the diet is over. Some of you might relate to this as it is more common than you think. I wanted to do this because I needed to learn more about my body and my hunger cues. I tend to eat so much, sometimes I never feel the feeling of hunger, I just eat because it is a certain time or I haven't ate in a few hours so I might as well eat something. I also wanted to do this because it was a hard reset for my body. If you have any gut issues or pain I suggest maybe researching this topic a little more. My gut and stomach were always full and I felt bloated quite often. I felt gross because I had pains that probably didn't need to be there. And well that pain has since gone away since my fast.
I have learned more about who I am as a person, how my relationship to food was, a deeper spiritual connection with myself, and how to treat myself with care.
During this fast, I realized how MUCH I thought about food. Now I knew I thought about food a lot, but DANG. Food is life. And I still will always feel that because I love food, I love cooking, and I enjoy fun, healthy snacks. I just needed to learn and realize that there are other things in life that focusing all my attention to food. It seems like common sense but it isn't until you take food out of your life for almost 5 days that you can focus your attention on other aspects of life. And that is what I did, I focused my attention on other things than just food. I connected with my body more because I felt every thing that it did. I reflected on how my insides were feeling, and how my connection to my body is. Words can't even describe how enlightening and deepening a love for my body was. Like I said before, I did not do this for weight loss, I did it to help connect better with my body. And I honestly feel like I did that. Now I don't plan on doing this again any time soon but if I do, I will definitely learn something more each time. This was an amazing experience. Now I have to give so much thanks to the ladies at On Air with Ella and Primal Potential (Ela and Elizabeth) because I could not of done it without them. They put together this AMAZING support system on Facebook for support and interactions between all the people doing the fast. They posted videos in the group each day that talked about different symptoms, questions, and FUN! Without that group I don't think I could have done this.
Now for a breakdown of how I FELT during the fast. This are direct quotes from me in the group plus a little extra on how I felt.
Day 1: "Last meal was last night! Not sure what time I stopped eating but I've had black coffee with MCT oil, water, and bone broth today. Already feeling nervous 😩"
Yes I was nervous as heck. The thought of not eating for 5 days before this FREAKED ME OUT. Like it would anybody right?
For me though, I had hurt my neck (strained muscles) on Saturday and I started on Sunday. I was not going to be able to move for almost a week anyways so it all fell at the right time because I was not planning on exercising anyways.
Day 1 I was nervous but I wasn't really hungry yet at that point. I was more just intimidated at that point. Day 1 was pretty easy for me since I was coming off of food from Saturday night and my body still had food as fuel for the following day.
On day 1 I also took a "Power Pack", they are like an Emergen-C because I was feeling sick but I didn't take any more the rest of the time because they say that it may raise my insulin levels because it has stevia in it and it may initial the ghrelin (hunger cues in the stomach).
Day 2: Oh day 2. Day 2 was overall the WORST day for me. And when I say for me, everyone in the group was feeling different. For some people day 3 was worse, day 1 was worse, some people had more energy, less energy, more hunger, less hunger, it was almost different for everyone. Day 2 I was cranky, tired, I had a headache and was pretty spacey, weirdly couldn't remember things, and I was hungry towards the end of the day. I was planning on breaking my fast on day 3 when I was ON day 2.
"So I was going to end my fast today (day 3), and I said that on day 2 (difficult day), BUT I feel pretty amazing today and so I stoked up on what I am drinking during my fast because this works for me. Drinking 1 coffee with MCT oil, 1-2 bone broth, 1-2 kombucha, magnesium before bed. I'm learning SO MUCH about myself, my hunger, my hunger cues, my relationship with food and more. But I have a busy day tomorrow and thinking about ending the fast didn't sound great so I'm gonna keep going now because I have no headaches, no foggy brain, more energy and clarity on day 3!"
Day 3 turned out to be a little different. After my morning coffee and MCT oil, I had so much energy! I felt amazing, was more alert and awake and felt good! As the day went on though I could feel how weak I was and I would get light headed throughout the day a little bit. Not exercising and taking it easy were definitely key towards the evening.
"Day 4 wrap up: today was weird. I didn't really feel great. Kinda had energy but kinda felt like I was gonna pass out, kinda but not totally so I drank bone broth and kombucha, slight better. I felt like my MEMORY was off, anyone else?! I teach fitness so I did some yoga/stretching, went on a walk and was just on my feet today. I was like starving during the evening and it wouldn't go away so I made a blended hot water/MCT oil/apple cider vinegar/lemon squeeze drink for "dinner" and curbed my hunger. All I'm feeling is, one more day, I'm doing this for spiritual deep self connection and want to feel it til the end."
Day 5: Today (as I write this post), I decided I feel almost the same I did on day 4, I felt light headed and weak and knew today would be the day I break my fast. I did lose about 6 lbs during this 4 1/2 day fast. I am saying this number mainly for me to look back in case I ever need to reference this again, but please, please, please remember I did NOT do this for weight loss what-so-ever, as it may be water weight and I may gain it all back tomorrow. I did test my ketone levels with a pee strip right before I broke my fast and it said I had a small amount. Ketone pee strips test the EXCESS ketones in my urine, so my body may have been utilizing and burning ketones as fuel. I had MCT oil coffee and water during the morning and decided to eat an avocado and sauerkraut as my first meal. This was suggested in the group because it is high fiber, probiotic gut health food. I agree, it was a good choice. I then had a collagen protein bar about 2 hours later.
All I say is, if your breaking a fast, make sure you are at home or near a bathroom :)
Overall I think I would do it again if I really needed to, or had a pressing issue to. I know personally what I got out of it, and whether any of this made sense to you, I know deep down I did this for myself and I am happy I did what I did and I now know myself just that much better.
I am a dedicated individual when it comes to health and fitness. I love the outdoors and being active.