Finally Able to Fast Again! Intermittent Fasting: 4 Weeks to the Day After Completion of 25-day Fast.
I have been struggling for the past few weeks to get back into a consistent rhythm with ADF, IF (Alternate Day Fasting, Intermittent Fasting). I expected that within 2 weeks after my EF (Extended Fast), which I completed on September 4th, that I’d have enough discipline to jump right back in to IF. As usual, I was pushing myself too hard and had too-harsh, not-so-realistic expectations; however, it was a worthwhile lesson to learn—that I need more time after an EF to bounce back and recover. I have been enthusiastically savouring the dining experiences of the past 2 weeks, and not just because of the recent EF! During the pandemic, I felt deprived of my usual culinary experiences with which I normally spoil myself once every week or two! Being near enough to Colorado Springs and great restaurants — which are now open — has been a treat I relish! Since I have to drive over an hour into CoSpr for acupuncture each week, I might as well take advantage of the dining options available to me, too! Eating out is even more of a treat now that I eschew carbs and desserts. It has become less of a food reward, and more of a getting-the-hell-out-of-the-house-and-being-around-other-humans reward!
Four weeks out and still no sugar cravings! WhooEffingHoo! Over the course of these last four weeks, my appetite has surged and receded. I found myself overeating and over-drinking at times, (I believe it results from the long fast). Even though I initially had no desire whatsoever to eat too much, I found myself a bit gluttonous after Week 2 of my Re-feed. I maintained a LCHF/Keto food intake, though. While I had dealt with feelings of food deprivation prior to the EF, I had not applied that to boozy drinks and wine! Consequently, I am now working on moderating the cocktails when I dine out. This occurrence is like a wave, too. I drank too much for a week, and then my craving mellowed. The same thing happened with food cravings and the feeling of deprivation a few months ago. I learned that I must remind myself that I can always have more wine “later” and that I don’t have to drink an entire bottle with my meal! It’s hard because I like wine and cocktails!
Cortisol levels spike at the beginning of a fast, (I can’t recall how many hours into the fast that cortisol levels begin to increase), and I believe that’s what happened to me this afternoon, after lunchtime: I became shaky, agitated, and felt anxiety building for no reason. Although I had some stuff going on, it wasn’t enough to cause me anxiety. It was as though the anxiety and agitation were born within my body and grew outward into a full-blown emotional and mental state of anxiousness. I felt shaky—as though I had low blood sugar and became physically and mentally agitated. I recognized what was going on and held some inner conversations about quitting my fast over a two-hour period. Acknowledging that I did not want to eat in the hyped-up state I was in, (it would neither solve the problem nor make me feel well to eat while agitated would not make me), I did a round of Nadi Shodanham (yogic alternate nostril breathing) to begin the calming-down process, and went outside to do some Qigong. Both helped immensely. By the time I sat down for a TFM Zoom meeting, I felt much better. I give myself kudos for recognizing and acknowledging what was going on. A year ago, or even months ago, the heightened physical state of anxiety I felt in my body would have driven me — very literally — quite mad, and I would not have been able to cope with the nervous system uproar, resulting in eating or drinking to bring my nervous system response down to a manageable level. I was in fight-or-flight mode and this is a rare experience during fasting; especially since it did not originate from emotional stress, mental stress, or too much coffee! What a difference it made to be aware of what was going on in my body and be able to respond with healthier habits!
surprised it is 2020! Holy crap when did that happen!