I am aiming to do a fast for 7 days. I don't plan to do anything overly strenuous but plan to spend most of my time outdoors, hiking, camping, etc. Unlike most of you I presume, I live in a place were its pretty much summer already (minus the rain), i.e. Florida. That said, I am fairly accustomed to this place. I mountain bike, run, etc in the middle the hottest part of the day every weekend for hours at a time. Also, I don't generally consume much (extra) sodium, but haven't been super paleo lately either (lets say 50%).
I am mostly concerned about electrolytes because of the amount of sweating that I know will ensue. However, I have been reading that your body tends to down-regulate the amount of electrolytes lost in sweat when you are fasting.
So, assuming I am already adapted to the heat here, I have been having slightly higher than optimal sodium intake, slightly lower than optimal intake of other electrolytes, and plan to start a 7 day fast in 7 days from now and spend most of my time outdoors doing light but constant activity (in 80-90 degree humid weather), what special considerations should I take into account and what can I do to best prepare myself in the coming week (besides just eating 100% paleo)?
asked bysaikln (1457)
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on April 08, 2011
at 02:14 PM
It will be a big help to you to read paleohacks user Asclepius' blog see here:
Your question is about electrolytes and such, but this guy's blog post about climbing 15 peaks over 3,000 ft in 24 hours while fasted is an amazing insight into the mental ping-pong that went on in his head. Fascinating read!
This thread is a good one as well if you have not seen it:
Best of luck to you!
on April 08, 2011
at 05:30 AM
Sounds intense. And miserable :)
Why are you doing this?