I’m a few days in to my second week of fasting, having begun a Water Fast on Friday, March 27. I broke the fast after Day 6 and then began IF after a day of re-feeding. I plan to water fast 3 days per week (MWF), at least 24 hours, and attempt 36 hours. The rest of the week, I’ll follow a low-carb, keto plan. I think my kcals. should total around 8000 for the week — no more 10,000 for sure — which will create a kcal deficit for weight loss. IF will continue to help with my relationship with food and eating. I’m trying to remember the mantra “I can eat again tomorrow. I can do it!”.
36 hours isn’t so bad: it is only one full day of fasting. At this point I’m still having coffee with cream in the morning on my fast days, but plan to switch that back to tea and eventually (possibly!), eliminate the cream. If I’m having an extremely difficult time during the day, I can always sip on some broth. After our Easter feast, I think my fasting buddy and I will start an EF (Extended Fast), but if not, I will attempt another 21-day water fast starting around the 23rd of April.
Today I begin another week of IF, starting off with a 36-hr fast today, on Monday! I ate half of one of T.’s amazing homemade biscuits last night, with some butter, but could only finish half of it! I’ll fast all day today, and won’t eat until breakfast or lunch tomorrow, which will end up being 38-42 hours of fasting time. Tomorrow, I’ll eat low-carb, keto-style. Although I am still eating slowly, chewing each bite around 30 times, and doing my best to be fully present while eating, I want to lessen my food intake. This is not to diet, but more for physical comfort. I am not used to eating such high-fat, low-carb foods and I’m also eating too much at one meal (because I am so hungry after fasting 24+ hours!). Both the amount of food and the amount of fat I’m eating is over-filling, though very satiating and enjoyable! My digestive system isn’t used to all the fat, nor the meat I’ve been eating (Oh, I have a hard time admitting that, but it’s true!). I still have the damn sweet-cravings, too! Aargh! I want to eat more low-carb veggies for the simple reason that I like them, but it is surprising how fast the carbs add up when I’m targeting 20-25 gr. carbs each day!
I’ll figure it out. In the meantime, I feel good, and I am happy with the IF plan which I am following! Yay!
surprised it is 2020! Holy crap when did that happen!