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My first 24 Hour Water Fast

My first 24 Hour Water Fast

Photo by  Jez Timms  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

This is a big deal for me, because I always think about food.  What to eat next, what to buy next, new/old recipes, how to make something better.  At first, I considered doing a 10-day or a 3-day fast but the thought of it was stressing me out.  I ended up stress eating!  I finally chose to do a 24-hour fast.  After my first meal at noon, I decided to start then but it was difficult to not eat the rest of the day.  I ended up eating and breaking the fast.  I had started off with a green juice without any fruit.  I think just the taste of something made me crave food.

Then I remembered that I could hold off on eating after not having anything at all after waking up.  The next day, I started the fast after my 8pm dinner so it would end the following day at 8pm.  It was easier than I thought it would be. Here are some things I did to make it happen:

  1. Keep drinking water to ward off hunger.  I am following the Water Cure.
  2. I waited until later in the day to switch to carbonated water (Pellegrino) with lemon.  This is so that I have a little variety but mainly, it makes me feel full and satisfied.
  3. My energy level tapered off as the day went on, which was what expected.   I didn’t want to spend all day in bed or resting, so during the day, I spent my time wisely: working, organizing, cleaning, etc.  When I was low on energy in the evening, I sat down with a book or watched a movie.  If you need energy, have some green tea, no sugar or honey.
  4. I didn’t feel hungry until the 22nd hour and kept myself busy with writing and chatting with a friend until the fast was over.

Once 8pm hit, I planned on eating light to avoid negating what I had just accomplished.  In setting a small, realistic goal, I was able to accomplish it and feel motivated to repeat fasting.  As I write this, I just completed my 2nd day of alternate day water fasting.

There are many options in what kind of fast you could take on and how long:  juice fast, water fast, liquid fast….the duration:  1 day, 10-day, 28-day, etc.  how often:  intermittent, weekly, monthly.  Whatever you choose, you must figure out what works best for your eating habits, and your schedule.  It’s a good idea to ease into any type of fast.  The symptoms that accompany a fast will be magnified with poor diet and health to begin with.  And lastly, if you make a mistake and go off your fast, don’t beat yourself up.  You just need to do a better job planning your next fast.

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