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Fasting....the days after!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wow, fasting really brought up some great conversation. Some support fasting and actually participate every so often, while others think it's a big no no. I even had one Sparkfriend send sparkmail because they were concerned. (Thanks!)

The sparkmail did bring up an excellent question in light of my daughter's eating disorder. The question asked if I was fasting for health reasons or for control. Again, an excellent question and one that I had, briefly, thought about.

I had not told my daughter about the fast. My fast consisted of a protein shake breakfast and lunch and a "normal" dinner. I had a weekend of eating until I was fuller than I normally feel. This fast was a way to get my body back to its normal "routine." It also helps my stomach "shrink" or at least make me feel fuller with less food.

Two days after my fast, I can tell you that it did SOMETHING to my body. Some good as I do feel fuller with my normal portions, but some bad as it also came with a headache. I'm not sure if it's due to the fast or only drinking one cup of coffee! emoticon

To sum it up, I'm glad I did the fast! It accomplished what I wanted and it showed, once again, how awesome my Sparkfriends are! Here's to a protein shake or a fruit smoothie! emoticon
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  • KONRAD695
    Catching up and just read this. I Love You. emoticon
    1910 days ago
  • JENNY160
    I understand where the "control" aspect of a fast could be an issue with having an eating disorder...and it might lead to a slippery slope...like "the first cookie" for me...BUT one has to keep in mind that *recovery* from an eating disorder involves a ton of control as well. It's just what and how we are controlling that we need to be cognizant of. Heck, everything about living a healthy life has control written all over it! Making food choices, exercise choices, social environment choices, restaurant choices, etc. It's all about controlling our choices and the situations into which we place ourselves to achieve success with healthy living.
    1912 days ago
    I'm glad everything worked out for you! Congrats - now go get some coffee! emoticon
    1913 days ago
    I am glad that it worked for you. That is what is important.
    Have a terrific day.
    1913 days ago
    I'm glad it turned out well for you.
    : )
    1913 days ago
    Glad to see it gave you some insights. Sometimes a change helps us to re-evaluate. emoticon
    1913 days ago
    I don't consider what you did a fast. My husband is planning to start an actual fast where he will drink nothing but water for several days possibly over a week. The ideas is you will lose the initial hunger after about 2 days and then have lots of energy and you don't eat until you feel hungry again. That varies for each person. My mother in law fasted for a week after hemrroid surgery and she only drank water and she said she had a ton of energy. I did a fruit only "fast" for a week and I felt amazing. I have fasted for 30+ hours before with only water and that gives me a lot of energy too.

    Not to worry he has done great research on this type of fast. Many people fast from food during the day for religious reasons. As long as you stay hydrated, it can go a long way to clearing the systems.

    I think what you are doing is fine.
    1913 days ago
    So glad you are feeling positive and ready to eat really well now! Take care, Marsha
    1913 days ago
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