A normal aspect of ending a water fast is to want to EAT and to think about food FREQUENTLY. Then the fast ends, eating resumes, and it's so exciting!
I've found myself tending to eat too much the past few days since I broke my fast. It has not gone as planned! But I was reminded this morning to be gentle and kind to myself! This is a learning process and somewhat of a physical experiment.
A bit of a "Fasting Reset" finally happened for me today when I ate lunch around noon: the feeling of fullness due to a shrunk stomach finally hit me! What I'm experiencing coincides with what I'm reading and hearing from others in the fasting support groups (www.thefastingmethod.com):
Today, at lunch, some change manifested! Whoo Hoo! I set up my plate, again, with small portions of a LCHF keto meal: bacon, avo, olives, tuna salad, and cream of veggie soup. Once again, this is the portion size that my Kindergarteners' used to eat! Mini-mes!! I input all the macros in my tracking app (www.ketodietapp.com), and it came within my carb and calorie limits. I then sat down, closed my eyes, offered gratitude for a delicious meal in a beautiful setting and slowly began to eat, chewing each bite 32+ times. I noticed pretty quickly--not even halfway through the meal damnit!--that I was getting full. I continued to eat slowly, reminding myself that even if I stopped eating while still wanting to continue, that I could always come back and eat the same meal again later--or even make the same recipe if I so desired! PROGRESS! I stayed aware and observant of my emotional desires to continue; well, I was really enjoying the meal! But I also felt my stomach growing fuller. I reminded myself of the process. I reminded myself that I could have bacon again when I was hungry (I LOVE BACON!!! Sorry, not sorry!). I remembered how I had felt physically the previous two days after eating too much. I decided to stop eating when I had finished about 1/3 of my plate so that I could have one Raspberry Cheesecake Bite that I had made last night. I gave myself the provision of two Bites, since I ate such a small amount, but after a nibble of one, I knew there was no way I could eat two and still feel comfortable. I slowly enjoyed one Bite, and put the other away. I ended my lunch feeling sated but not overfull, and full enough that I definitely didn't want to eat anymore, but not uncomfortable! Yay!
surprised it is 2020! Holy crap when did that happen!