Ok, so I survived my first full day of fasting. Last night I had to make Oatmeal Scotchie cookies for my small group meeting tonight. I didn’t taste even a morsel of dough and although one cookie split in half while I was transferring it to the cooling rack, I didn’t eat it! (that’s usually license to eat one) Yesterday went pretty well. I definitely thought about food alot, but I didn’t ever feel starving. I was tired, so I took a long nap after work. For “dinner” I had two mugs of the broth that I’m allowed to have. Broth never tasted SO GOOD! In fact, I’m going to have to make at least 2 more batches if I want to survive through Saturday.
I tried to keep myself busy so I wouldn’t think about eating. I am painting my dining room table and chairs, so that’s been keeping me occupied. I’ve watched some TV, but I’m avoiding the Food Network. It’s usually one of my favorite channels, but why torture myself!?!?
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. I had one BM right away. It looked a little unusual, but not yet like the scary stuff in the photos on the Blessed Herbs website. It’s still early though…I’m hoping that as the days go on more will come out. Ew.
Since this morning, I’ve had 2 more substantial BM’s. (it’s so weird to be posting about this) Again, they looked strange, but mostly like the Toxin Absorber drink that I’ve been taking every 3 hours. I mentioned yesterday that it tastes pretty good. That is true, but I’m quickly growing tired of it. I just hope I don’t develop a gag reflex when taking it. Five times a day is ALOT! Oh well, it keeps me full and is apparently binding to all the junk in my colon.
I don’t recall going this long without food before. I’ve been sick in the past and not eaten much, but there is a big difference between not eating much and not eating anything.
I’m realizing that my days seem a lot longer when there aren’t meals to break them up. Breakfast and lunch are pretty easy since I skip them occasionally anyway. Dinner is usually the highlight of my day and now it’s gone. I do savor my evening broth though.
I’m also realizing that I’m not craving the same foods I used to. I usually crave sweets and simple carbs like bread, pasta, and cookies. Since I’ve been fasting I’m craving oatmeal, fruits, veggies brown rice and sweet potatoes. It’s crazy. When I was making the cookies last night they looked good and smelled even better, but it was the oatmeal that I really wanted to have. I’m hoping these healthy cravings continue. My plan is to abstain from bad foods for as long as I can after the fast. If I don’t eat them I probably won’t crave them as much.
As far as weight loss goes, I am now weighing in 5 lbs lighter than I was before. I know that this isn’t all waste or fat, so it must be water weight too. I don’t care what kind of weight it is! I’ll take whatever I can get!
The most unusual thing I’ve noticed is that my thinking is different. It’s almost sharper. It feels like a fog has been lifted. It’s hard to explain, but it has affected my outlook. Before, when I was not only eating, but often overeating all the wrong kinds of foods, I felt like my thinking was foggy or clouded. I didn’t realize it at the time since I had nothing to compare it to, but now that I’ve been without food for a couple of days, my thinking is very crisp. It’s almost unnerving at times. I’m not used to this kind of perspective. Because I’m kind of tired and weak, I do have a little bit of trouble concentrating sometimes, but it’s almost because I can focus on so many more things and in such a different way than before. That probably doesn’t make much sense, but it’s really hard to explain.