Fasting update. Day 5. The end.
If you have a chronic illness or are just trying to heal from health issues, fasting is something I would highly recommend researching. And I don’t mean reading snippets on the internet, I mean getting books and really reviewing the scientific literature on it. Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Valter Longo, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, and Dr. Satchin Panda all have some wonderful materials out there.
Intermittent fasting is something we practice everyday, just keeping a tight eating window between 11:00 and 4:00/4:30. I also do a fast day every now and then and five day fasts when my body tells me to. Nothing is regimented though. I believe in the dictates of my body, not some rules that let me belong in one club or another.
A longer duration fast is such an amazing tool for anyone trying to heal their body. Autophagy and stem cell production is ramped right up. Out with the old, in with the new. Go to some far away clinic in the Swiss Alps for stem cell therapy or save your dollars and fast.
When I did my first 5 day fast I was absolutely miserable. I was cold, draggy, had stomach pains (like weird stomach stabbing feelings), my mouth felt like a squirrel died in it, I was a grump-ass, and I didn’t sleep a wink. But, as time has gone on, things have remarkably changed.
Now, I only start getting waves of hunger on day four. Those come and go and you learn to ride them out. I was cold only a couple times this go around but none of that freezing feet and hands business. I slept really well until last night, but I also read a cookbook to get me to fall asleep last night and I was dreaming of brisket all night long.
I take electrolytes throughout. Very important. I use potassium/rock salt/magnesium (sometimes, but infrequently as we have high magnesium well water). I don’t workout while I’m fasting but I continue to be moving all day long around the farm.
You can check out slowdownfarmsteadcleanliving if you want to see a couple other things we do in conjunction with fasting, including EMF mitigation and a few other things that I practice regularly because they actually work.