Over the weekend Lisa and I had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. My combination plate was huge and I only ate half of it. I then went home and had a bowl of popcorn plus cake and ice cream. That was around 8pm. And in keeping with my at least once-a-week fast, I had planned on not eating until dinner the next evening.
The next morning my stomach complained that it was hungry, and I acknowledged it and continued on. Once I got through the morning and into the early afternoon, I think my body was in acceptance that it wasn’t going to get any food. And so the afternoon passed and came the evening. And I didn’t feel any hunger pangs. So I decided to extend my fast until the next morning. It wasn’t that hard.
I woke up this morning feeling a little dehydrated, but otherwise normal. I even went for a one-mile run and was able to do it in under 7 minutes (always an accomplishment anytime I run under 7 minutes). I broke my fast with some eggs and cereal, 34 hours later.
I have now been fasting at least once a week for one year now. My body is used to it and I no longer get hungry or dizzy or feel weak. There are a number of health benefits for fasting, one big one being is that I have improved insulin sensitivity and I have also lost around six pounds and have maintained this weight. I actually enjoy fasting and have become used to it. Bottom line, over the past year I have learned that fasting isn’t really that hard and it actually has improved my overall health and well being.