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.