When you are considering exploring fasting to help you become healthier and or lose weight, you might be considering help with the psychological aspects, of which there are many. Hypnotherapy Newcastle Fasting and Weight Loss has experience and tools to help you help yourself. Here I will document my experience of a five day fast earlier this month.
Fasting is by no means new. In-fact fasting has been around a very long time. Recently, lets say the last five years, people have been using it to improve health and wellbeing. But for our distant hunter gatherer ancestors, lets say over one million years ago, fasting was part of their natural lifestyle. After all, there were no supermarkets with as much processed food as they could eat.
I have been experimenting for several years with my diet and with low key fasting. The low key fasting took the form of finishing eating at lunch time, in my case by 2pm and fasting until breakfast around 6am. These are mini fasts of sixteen hour fasts.
This month, July 2018, I completed a five day fast. I will give the details of my experience below. For me this had nothing to do with weigh loss or even an outcome of the well documented health benefits, of which it seems can be huge. This for me was solely about finding out what happens. In case you are wondering, yes, I did lose weight.
My experiment in fasting came about by happy accident, amor fati. My friend loaned me a book called ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting – Fung and Moore’ which is a really useful source of information. After reading this I was toying with the idea of a prolonged fast for a couple of weeks and then decided to do what I could. To transfer book knowledge to personal know how. Two entirely different things.
Firstly, for me, when I started, and I think this is important for you, when you are considering a prolonged fast, is I had no attachment to making it through the five days. If I felt hungry, I was going to continue. If at any point I felt unwell the fast would stop. This is the simple and correct advice from TCGF book.
Having completed my five day fast, I can say there is a kind of required mind-body outlook or a psychology that having done this myself Hypnotherapy Newcastle Fasting and Weight Loss will be able to offer useful tools and techniques to help you. OK, so this is how a five day fast panned out for me.
Hypnotherapy Newcastle Fasting and Weight Loss : Fast Diary
During my fast, I continued my normal behaviours. There was no interruption to a usual working week or natural toilet habits, peeing and pooping all through the five days, which was a little surprising! I weighed myself each day at the same time to see what weight loss was happening.
- Sunday. This was mostly OK. I had a meal out with friends on Saturday evening. I felt hungry several times throughout the day. Part of this has to do with my natural eating cycles where anticipatory insulin is released in anticipation of a meal. I had a couple of cups of coffee and creme ( the only way to have coffee ) and plenty of water.
- Monday. Again I was hungry at times but not so much as Sunday. I went for a long walk as I don’t work Mondays. Again I drank coffee and creme and drank water. I was thinking about food for Thursday. I was thinking of making rabbit stew for fast breaking.
- Tuesday. Hunger sensations mostly gone, I felt hungry once. I walked in the morning and I attended a really interesting safe guarding and solution focused therapy workshop in the afternoon. Still pooping and peeing as normal which was a little surprising as there was no food intake.
- Wednesday. I had a little diarrhea in the morning, good to share! No sensations of hunger through the day. I drank coffee and creme and water. I met a friend in the morning and had client work in the afternoon. I was thinking about food though not hungry. Since beginning my fast I have lost just under half a stone.
- Thursday. I went for a walk and enjoyed a relaxed morning. Throughout the day I experienced extended feelings and sensations of a kind of at-one-ness. I bought rabbit to make the stew I fantasied over much earlier. I didn’t do much today than read as I had no calls or clients to see. When the stew was ready, about 8pm, I have a handful of almonds and brazil nuts. The advice in TCGF book suggest to break a fast with a very light, very small meal. They tasted very good. The rabbit stew smelt amazing, ready for food! As I was removing the meat from the rabbit carcass I became dizzy, felt sick and began sweating. I lay on the cool floor in my kitchen until it passed, About five minutes. I continued removing the rabbit meat and again, I felt dizzy, sick and was sweating. After another five minutes on the floor, I got up and finished finishing the stew. I still felt sickly. I went to bed. I got up around 1am in the morning and had two bowls of rabbit stew. It was delicious, really delicious. I went back to bed. I got up at 5am and had another bowl of rabbit stew.
- Friday. Fasting finished. My day was walking in the morning, client calls and seeing clients. Back to my usual eating.
What I have learned from my experience of fasting is my normal routine stays normal. I can report non of the ‘increased’ clarity of thought that is commonly reported by people fasting but what was lush, was …
On Thursday, I can report I felt something in abundance, prolonged periods of feeling very connected with my immediate environment, a sense of at-one-ness, what in Greek is called eleutheria, which translates to a kind of freedom or liberty as a whole bodily experience. This for me was the pinnacle surprise gift of fasting.
Since my five day fast I have completed several 24 hour fasts with ease. I do intend to do another 5 or more day fast in the near future. In all it was for me a very good and useful experience.
You can contact Hypnotherapy Newcastle Fasting and Weight Loss to discuss how I can be of service to you during any fasting you are considering exploring for yourself.
Helpful Suggestions for Fasting from Hypnotherapy Newcastle Fasting and Weight Loss
- Before starting a fast, If you have any doubts, check with your doctor. It’s important. There are conditions that are not good to be doing fasting with.
- Read as much as you can. Talk with people who have actually done a prolonged fast.
- Ignore the ‘helpful’ advice of people who in essence know nothing about it.
- Get the head-mind set of no attachment to completing a certain number of days. Not making a said number of days, even if it is less than one, will give you valuable information and knowledge that you can use for any future fasting. It’s a learning curve.
- Finally, counter intuitively, having done your research, ignore all of that and have your own personal experience.
If you are considering a prolonged fast, for health, weight loss or just to see what happens, then do contact Hypnotherapy Newcastle Fasting and Weight Loss for help and assistance with your psychology during fasting.