Fasting: A 36 Hour Experiment

โ€œWhat the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.โ€ – 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. Itโ€™s very easy pick up something to eat without it being a conscious decision.
  • Saturday: noticing Iโ€™m fantasizing about food at 10.25 am. Woke up at 7:00 am.
  • I have bad breath ๐Ÿ˜ท 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 didnโ€™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.

โญ๏ธ 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.

โš–๏ธ VERDICT: โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

Try a 36 hours fast! Especially if you think it would be impossible for you to pull it of. Itโ€™s interesting to surprise oneself ones in a while. As for intermittent fasting, I donโ€™t think itโ€™s very noteworthy unless youโ€™re intrigued by health benefits its proponents rave about. ๐Ÿ˜Š.

โ‰๏ธ What are you experimenting with these days?

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