Ending the fast: Day 3 & 4 at 2:53 pm

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It’s mid-afternoon of day 4. I finished my fast last night.

I lost 4 pounds, that feels great, but I’m sure they’re racing back to me today as I re-introduce food. My blood sugar is still hovering low as it did during the fast, and I’m really sleepy. I think my body’s return to eating and digesting is taking a lot of energy.

Yesterday, day 3 of this bone broth, leafy greens and water fast, I was full of energy and not hungry. The only time I was hungry was immediately after I posted (my last post) about days 1 and 2 and said I hadn’t experienced any hunger!!! The hunger lasted from 4 PM to 9 PM when I dissolved it with a cup of decaf coffee with half & half.

Yesterday, all day I felt light, clear; like a younger version of my now Medicare self. I had an appointment with my ayurveda practitioner in NJ. I went with a friend. Afterward, we stopped at a diner on the road as she (we) hadn’t eaten lunch. I bolstered myself to be in a place with food and food aromas. It wasn’t necessary.

She ordered a spinach omelette and I ordered a cup of coffee. As the waitress put down my friend’s platter with egg, potatoes and toast, my eyes grew bigger, but still I wasn’t hungry. I did however reach over to pluck a piece of spinach out of her omelette. That’s when I thought hmmm…spinach is a leafy green, so I called the waitress back over and asked if they could make me a side of sautéed spinach. Sure enough, they could, and that and my coffee thoroughly satisfied me.

When I got home at 5 PM I made keto rolls. The husband can’t get enough of them and now friends I’ve shared them with say the same. Everyone I know broke their fast last night with whitefish, smoked salmon and rugelach (Yom Kippur). We broke our fast at 7 PM with the keto bread and what we usually eat for lunch – a vegetable soup that’s chock full of vegetables and aruvedic spices – cumin, coriander, fennel, digestive masala, turmeric, Indian sarsaparilla, ghee, salt and lime – they release toxins from the body.

Reaching for my Humalog before the meal it was other-worldly. I actually had to think again about my injection process and how much insulin to take. It’s amazing how quickly I forgot. The husband finished the meal with a piece of chocolate. For me, my second course was my I’d-take-this-with-me-to-a-desert-island-if-I-could-only-take-two-foods yogurt and almond butter.

At 11 PM my blood sugar was low, darn, so I ate a prune before going to sleep. I woke up at 69 mg/dl. I think I’m learning when you change something like this, the body takes some time to readjust.

Now day 4 I’m reflecting. I’m really glad I did a 3-day fast. I saw what it was, how it felt and if there’s a health benefit it’s nice to think I reaped it. I don’t, however, feel the need to do it again as I said at the end of day 2. Partly because my ayurveda practitioner said depriving the body of food heats the liver and most of our livers, including mine, is already too hot from years of ingesting things like vegetable oils, baked goods and refined carbs.

So, I expect to continue doing intermittent fasting a few days a week, and maybe a 24 hour fast every few months. All in all it was a great experience, even just to be able to say “I did it!.”

I know many people would like to try a fast but fear it will be too hard, how could they possibly not eat for a day much less three. I was one of those people. But it wasn’t hard. If you try it, you’ll know that.

I also really enjoyed discovering that I have more control over my hunger than I ever thought possible, and that is a really good thing. So when that voice comes, “eat, eat something now,” and half the time it comes out of boredom or habit, I have the choice to say, “thanks but no thanks,” and let it go to find someone else to mess with.

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Vegetable soup and keto bread with ghee

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The dynamic duo

 

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