Fasting: A 36 Hour Experiment

“What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.” – Mahatma Gandhi


My rules where these:

One week of intermittent fasting (18:6), as a warm-up, then a 36 hour fast. During fast I only drank water and tea.


Observations (intermittent fasting)

  • A perk is that fasting becomes a daily expression and practice of self control and awareness. It’s very easy pick up something to eat without it being a conscious decision.
  • Saturday: noticing I’m fantasizing about food at 10.25 am. Woke up at 7:00 am.
  • I have bad breath 😷 even after brushing between 10 am and lunch time.
  • I have noticeably less energy than usual from 11 am and onward.

Observations (36 hour fast):

  • Fasting is a huge time saver. No eating frees up time.
  • Glad I didn’t have any addictions during the experiment. It would have made it much harder. I did feel any cravings at all.
  • Got sick directly after ending my fast (the flue).
  • Keeping yourself busy was key. I spend the evening cooking that day.
  • Having a warm up week was probably a good choice.

⭐️ TAKEAWAY:

My biggest takeaway is just the fact that I managed to go without food for 36 hours. Just like my experiment with not drinking for a day it sounded like a true challenge but ended up being fairly managedble. My self image has been altered.


⚖️ VERDICT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Try a 36 hours fast! Especially if you think it would be impossible for you to pull it of. It’s interesting to surprise oneself ones in a while. As for intermittent fasting, I don’t think it’s very noteworthy unless you’re intrigued by health benefits its proponents rave about. 😊.

⁉️ What are you experimenting with these days?

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