“Nearly everyone who fasts, discovers the same thing, that when they fast they actually have no hunger and more energy than they normally have. It is indeed liberating to find out that if we let go and trust that we will be taken care of.”
Here’s the other half to where it started: Empty Stomach Reality. There are lots of benefits with Fasting when it comes to the body/mind/spirit. But I’m not going to get into how or why you can lose bodyfat or how it reduces blood pressure, repairs your cells and increases growth hormones. For Christ Sake I’m just a simpleton! Over the course of my experience with Fasting I’ll present to you the benefits of what Fasting has done for Me in no particular order. But before I get to the positive part. Here are a few negatives with explanations of what I learned along the way.
The Not-So Benefits that could be Overridden.
1. Fasting often doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better!
Really once a week every week, if one feels they need that much, can be overdoing it. I realized this too late in between mid-month of November to December. I was beyond committed to Fasting like it was a golden key to unlocking the mysteries of religion or coming to terms with body science. But along the journey my body became sick and any kind of food I put into my mouth made me profoundly nauseous. No matter how small the portion was or healthy.
The thought of eating made me want to spew my empty reality and if I could have thrown up my intestines I would have while stabbing it repeatedly with a fork for being such a fucking asshole! (But, it doesn’t make any sense that I be mad at my body for something I clearly started for my own selfish reasons.) Sometimes I can take what I’m experimenting on into a nasty form of OCD and get lost in it because it’s my chemical romance.
2. Timing like most things can make the difference between experiencing a good fast or a terrible one.
I’m a night owl. So it made perfect sense for me to start my Fast at the latest 11pm to the following night at 11pm. On rare occasions, I would start a fast as early as 3pm. But I found the earlier I had to deal with the Fast the earlier Life’s distractions and emotions sat on my boulder shoulders pecking me like Woody Wood to eat something. Hunger pangs during the day just never sat well with me. Why should it when I can sleep through half the Fast instead of being up for all of it? 😉 Still I expect this, with working, training and dealing with stupid people however. The question is: When is the best time for you to deal with (literally) less on your plate while being affected by other disagreeable circumstances?
That’s a personal choice.
3. Be extra prepared for a Fast.
There are going to be without a doubt Fasts that will go according to your plan. You set up the date. You’ve been visualizing it the entire week and have also been setting up how you’re going to keep busy and arrive extra early for work because you won’t be stopping by the Coffee Shop. Then there are those horrible Fasts where maybe you didn’t get enough sleep or you went too hard working out a day and a half ago and things are still lingering. To the point where the Fast itself is completely telling you to “go fuck yourself!” You stand there blindly like the fuck? I thought I fucking mastered the not eating part.
So there were times when Herbal Tea assisted my hunger pangs. Other times just the sight of Water fucked with my eyes and I became nauseous. And this is when I learned that one 5-10 calorie stick of gum came to my rescue. Weird, I thought? But whatever works to get you from Point A to Point B is what I always say.
4. Defending Fasting From Others
I thought I was being smart the first few times I fasted by writing down the word Fasting on my hands, wrists and arms because there were instances when I naturally wanted to go to my kitchen or purchase food without thinking while window-shopping. But then drama happened, “Is that a tattoo? Oh! You’re Fasting? That’s not good! That’s dangerous. You could die. You’re going to slow down your metabolism and screw up your hormones. Aren’t you defeating the purpose of lifting weights if you need to eat to maintain your muscle?” The shit never stops!
So I stopped writing the word on myself and kept Fasting as discreet as my DM’s on Twitter while defending what I was doing to an extent. Most people are dumb and love to bask in ignorance. Just let them. Most average people don’t even know what it takes to be determined, gun-ho to set a goal or workout. Let alone what it’s like to abstain from food. Rather than focus on the benefits they rather focus on other people’s opinions because they’re too lazy to research themselves. I bet you if everyone admitted to Fasting and it wasn’t looked at as something only Muslims do, they be fucking doing it with no negativity in the forefront.
5. Bad breath & Canker Sores
Counter it by brushing your teeth, gums and tongue often.. especially when servicing people face to face.
Everyone will obviously act differently. And I have quite a few stories on this alone. Seemed like every time I finally ate after an entire day of Fasting. I had 15-20 minutes (because stuff like this you must time) where I had to run to the bathroom. Or head into Starbucks after telling my friend to pull over while we were about to get on the highway and shit violently while praying no one comes into bathroom when I’m done. Well, because it reminded me of this:
7. Joint pain & Muscle Tightness
Just stretch, get extra rest and drink yourself into a water coma.
8. Emotional Overload/Overreacting
I think it’s completely normal to be super sensitive when the body is going through it’s bouts of Fasting. Expect certain things to bother you that has never bothered you before. But at the same time understand it will go away and remind yourself that every sense/emotion is heightened because of the Fasting Process. Write down your reflections.
The Intriguing, Yet Sloppily Written Benefits
1. I’m able to tell the difference between a mind/emotional hunger versus a true/body one.
This may be the most important thing anyone can take away from Fasting. Are you aware when you’re hungry? If so, is it when you’re bored, emotionally distraught at a lost for words or when you’re Body is actually HUNGRY? Can you tell the difference between being thirsty or when your hunger pangs are all in your mind? Are you willing to find out?
Body signals are significantly worth getting to know.
2. I have a deeper sense of clarity. I have less mind clutter. I’m able to make decisions better.
3. I have a sense for/of cleanliness.
Maybe this is due to a subconscious and conscious detoxification process. This includes cleaning my space and actually other people’s space as well, whether this includes the apartment (donating clothes, throwing away clutter) or the place in which I work (organizing dumbbells, filing papers). Fuck. I kid you not! I went into a place to purchase a salad and I while I was waiting patiently I went to pick up all the receipts off from the floor. I just wanted it clean.
4. I find myself yearning for Zen in every way possible.
This also means I want to live more in a state of being present and achieving a higher level of consciousness. Not to be confused with necessarily going along with the flow. I like some kind of structure whether it’s due to moral or restraint purposes. But here’s an example that’s completely honest: I can feel how the weather is like early in the morning when I’m blessed with another day for life, breath and opening my eyes. Strange, but true. I can feel the earth of the gray if it’s raining out or my own aura radiating like a sweet flower petal rising to touch the sun.
5. I have enormous amounts of peaked energy throughout the day and night that sometimes I find it difficult to sleep.
And here I thought the only time I can obtain tremendous amounts of furious energy was when I ate every 2-3 hours. Or after a bout of hypersexual-ness? I had a few episodes where I broke night because of such mighty energy levels.
6. I find annoyances in the way people consume things whether for greedy reasons or cultural conditioning ones.
I hate the thought of Malls and food courts with welcoming doors for people who are readily available to throw their souls away without a second thought into what or how their cloths and toys were made.
7. My body feels lighter. I feel much more agile like Spiderman. Entirely from the inside out.
8. Fasting resets my blood sugar levels and any grogginess I might have been feeling on a particular day that I couldn’t completely shake off on my own.
9. Fasting shrank my stomach!
There are many fucking times where I frankly don’t care to admit when I just want to eat everything because I just like stuffing shit in my goddamn mouth. Really I have no good reason? However when those precious times would come around when I wanted to do nothing but overeat. I couldn’t. Mostly because my stomach shrank in more than one way. So I wasn’t allowed to be a Fat ass when I wanted. This scared the fuck out of me and also made me pretty sad. Yeah yeah, I know I’m a fatass! 😀
10. Experienced no constipation.
11. Breathing becomes different.
I noticed this while performing Yoga. I’m able to inhale much more deeply without beginner’s strain or whatever. So much so that it astounded me as I felt my spine and muscles lengthen to a fucking degree I wish I could describe. 😦
12. Allowed me to forget calorie-counting to a certain point while making it easier to eat loadfuls of veggies at a time. I now love veggie slop. Who knew?
13. I learned how to better listen to my body for everything including the point where a full 1 week recovery was all I needed to be able to kick up the workouts again.
At this point in time I stood away from all types of exercises, including stretching. I never once exerted myself. Instead I allowed all the pain from my joints and muscles to come out and heal up. When I was done with the rest I had obviously weigh myself before and after. I wound up losing 5lbs.
14. Become much more thankful and grateful for meals while eliminating the need to overindulge or fall prey into strong cravings.
Actually I rarely had any cravings while Fasting. Sometimes I felt like eating became a new experience as I started to focus on the textures of different foods and liquids.
15. Stronger self-discipline and self-control. I couldn’t believe I could watch people gorge on food and not once be affected by wanting some. When it’s ON. It’s ON!
16. Last but not least: The world of magical senses. You know what they say, if you take a sense away it will amplify the other senses.
Hello to the best sense of smell I’ve had in all of my existence. I really don’t think it’s coincidence on why my sense of smell has increased as my taste and action for eating has decrease. And why change any of this when I like it?
And some things I didn’t do during the times when I Fasted before, while or after:
I barely did any type of workout during a Fast. Of course I tried and succeeded. But at a price of being extremely lethargic. I would stretch and maybe add a Yoga session in at best. I also didn’t do such hardcore gruesome workouts on the night before a Fast because recovery seemed to be a bitch after. I never overate after coming off a Fast. Most times I couldn’t. But I severely under-ate after. I made sure to eat well before I was about to fast and took in more fats. I’m sure there’s more I can put down, but I once again have said enough.
Would anyone like to share their Fasting experiences? We’re all eyes here.