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Unplanned Fasting for a few days

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I did not plan this and this fast is neither religious in nature nor a weight loss tool.
I had a crown prep done 5 days ago and keep getting food caught between the gum line and the tooth, leading to pain and keeping the gums from reattaching. Even chewing on the other side and being careful what I eat plus frequent brushing and flossing did not help.
So I told my dentist that I would just fast for 2-3 days. I don't want to risk more discomfort and cause myself problems once my permanent crown is seated.
Fasting is really no big deal on low-carb as far as feelings of hunger go since the body is already used to burning fat and it must switches from fat in food to body fat. As long as I drink enough and get enough sodium I should feel just fine.
The funny thing is that the moment I decided to fast I started thinking about nothing but food. There are obviously some strong habits about using food for emotional reasons cemented in my brain. Food is comfort, food is relaxation, food is pleasure and food is something I use regularly to make myself feel good. Food is also something I turn to sometimes when I should really be sleeping more and try to stay awake or when I'm stressed.
There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but it is a good exercise to focus on other good things, forms of relaxation and enjoyment for a while. Tonight I'll watch some Olympics, read a good book and go to bed earlier.
Since I'm not eating I can leave cooking and doing the dishes to my husband and daughter, giving me even more time to do other things.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SKATER787 2/12/2014 10:17PM

    Can you do the protein smoothies? That's what I would do. Good luck.

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EDDYMEESE 2/12/2014 9:39PM

    Yikes! I hope the time passes swiftly!

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    Just drink all your water plus some so you don't dehydrate!

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CINDYTW 2/12/2014 11:31AM

  Hopefully it will go fast and easy for you!

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MILPAM3 2/12/2014 10:28AM

    And when you watch TV, you'll be noticing all the food commercials. Isn't that always the way?

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2014 10:18AM

    Good luck! And isn't it the way! You think "DIET" and you feel deprived. You think "FASTING" and food pops up!!! Stay strong. LOL

Good luck with the dental work. HATE IT!

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JSTETSER 2/12/2014 10:04AM

    Great plan not to cook when you fast.
Do you drink your veggies?
Straight water?

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WOUBBIE 2/12/2014 9:19AM

    Our church has strict fasting rules (about half the year involves fasting at some level or other) and I simply never considered following it for a minute. I couldn't fast more than 3 hours without feeling like crap until this last year or so. While I'm still not planning to follow it anytime soon it's kind of odd knowing that I could if I had to.

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BILLTMAN 2/12/2014 8:38AM

    Hate to go to the dentist, even for a cleaning...but glad you are finding ways to cope. Good luck

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_RAMONA 2/12/2014 7:59AM

    Sorry you're having dental issues. Pretty sure this will be no big deal for you... and I'll be interested in hearing how your impromptu fast affects you. I'll bet your dentist was surprised to hear that a 2-3 day fast would be 'no big deal', LOL. Pretty sure he doesn't hear THAT every day.

The funny thing is, not all that long ago, even the thought would have put me in a panic. I lived for most of my life believing that I could NOT fast (missing meals did make me feel quite ill, and the resulting gastro pain would be 'unbearable'). As a Catholic, Lent presented terrible feelings of conflict... and I know just what you mean about thoughts immediately turning to food.

Now, fasting for whatever reason, is SO easy. My body is so much happier. It's a wonder what can happen with a little metabolic education. It is for this which I am most grateful to Ancestral nutritional teaching.

I hope you have three lovely days nurturing yourself otherwise, and that your dental woes are soon a thing of the past!

{{ HUGS }}

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SANDRALEET 2/12/2014 7:46AM

    Drink a little juice Will not hurt you V 8 works to

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ERIN1957 2/12/2014 4:10AM

    Hope it all gets better soon, odd how things turn out and different directions. I am glad you are seeing it as apart of your journey. Embrace it.

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2015TODAY 2/12/2014 2:57AM

  Here's to your gum and teeth healing soon!

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LINDIEMAE 2/12/2014 12:46AM

    Time to get the protein packets out - make sure you dont' over do them if you have any - don't want kidney issues - and good luck with that - yes we are in an era of time where food is for comfort -but hasn't it been that way through out history? Good luck with the fast...

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