Thursday, November 22, 2012
Well, this is that last of this installment. I broke my fast last night with the tray of fresh fruit that I had brought back to my room. No sooner had I finished the last bite, I was out like a light! Boy, I never realized what a toll digestion takes on your body ...but I guess it makes sense, considering that is the number one taxing process your body engages in [even more so than swimming or any other physical activity!].
I can say that today's meal was a bit more on the decadent side, to include some delicious marshmallow and tropical fruit salad. I was prepared for the gluttony, but kept my promise to myself and immediately returned to intermittent fasting upon breaking the water fast. I kept my Thanksgiving indulgence to a reasonable spread and managed to fit the entire meal into an 1,175 calorie package. That sounds like a lot for one meal, and it is, but that is the point of intermittent fasting ...one meal a day, as much as you feel your body needs, then let it process the food and rest/clean/repair for 24 hours. The idea that you need to eat 6 small meals a day, for ME, is a myth and just does not jive with my machine. My body has always ran best on one meal a day and now there are people that are saying that there's some science behind that way of thinking. That's why I say --always, always, ALWAYS listen to your body. YOU know what works best for you. YOU know what foods fuel you and which ones will have you curled up on the couch ready for some good ol' siesta action. What works great for one may not work great for the other. Years of research has brought me to the conclusion that my body works best with one average to large meal in the mid-late afternoon hours.
But, back to the initial topic: Water Fasting! This fast was only 3 days, but I am definitely glad I did it. At no point was it taxing and I wasn't on the verge of a homicidal spree because I accidentally flipped the television to Food Network. It was a clarifying reboot and I am definitely looking forward to my future trists and extended honeymoons with my beloved agua ...but for now, I am back on the food train.
I will say this, before I wrap it up, aside from the mental clarity and physical benefits fasting [intermittent, water and juice] has brought into my life, is has also removed my addiction to food. From the time that I was an obese teen, all the way into my active, physically fit, adult life, food acted as a cancer and crept into every aspect of me. I would literally eat one meal while I was thinking about the next. Food was such an obsession that I was, hands down, one of the most extremely bulimic people, purging up to 3 and 4 times a day ...up until I began fasting. I broke an addiction that controlled and consumed me, and that is one of the most rewarding things in life ...to be able to look yourself in the mirror and know in your heart of hearts that you alone have control over your life, your thoughts, your impulses and, above all else, your actions in response to all of those things.
So, with that being said, I pray that you all enjoy a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Remember, once you begin to visualize and believe in your desired end state, providence moves to bring that reality to your feet.
"The earth turns on its orbit for you. The oceans ebb and flow for you. The birds sing for you. The sun rises and it sets for you. The stars come out for you. Every beautiful thing you see, every wondrous thing you experience, is all there, for you. Take a look around. None of it can exist, without you. No matter who you thought you were, now you know the Truth of Who You Really Are. You are the master of the Universe. You are the heir to the kingdom. You are the perfection of Life. And now you know The Secret. May the joy be with you."
Free to fly _..-~*