Anxiety with fasting

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Created September 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I've been experimenting with intermittent fasting, and sometimes I experience mild anxiety about not eating. I feel the same thing if I go a long time between meals. It's unrelated to having a sensation of hunger.

I'm trying to focus on the feeling and determine if it's linked to something physical or if it's simply psychological. Over the last few years I've have had some health issues that caused me to feel really bad if I went too long without eating. Now I generally feel fine, but I wonder if the anxiety is related to being accustomed to those feelings. I don't feel anxious if I'm well-distracted during fasting times.

I usually go ahead and eat if I start to feel this way, because I think experiencing stress and anxiety is counterproductive to the benefits of fasting.

Any thoughts on this?



on September 19, 2012
at 04:51 PM

men tend to do better with IF then women... fwiw

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on September 19, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Have you ever checked your blood sugar?

I have mild hypoglycemia, and it was eye opening connecting my feelings (anxiety and depression) with either low or fastly falling blood sugar levels.


on November 28, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Yeah you will get hypoglycaemia if you fast and you are already anxious. Don't fast. Also I post a copy of some info re anxiety below:

Firstly there is NOTHING psychologically wrong with someone who suffers from anxiety and depression. There may be some cases of endogenous depression but they are very rare. Anxiety and depression is caused BY something. I call myself a spiritual sensitive but it means I'm also sensitive in lots of other ways especially chemically. Coconut oil and all coconut products can give you anxiety if you are sensitive and it seems to be accumulative so the longer you use it, the worse it gets.

Don't take vitamins or minerals as sometimes there are things in them that can give you anxiety. Don’t ever smoke anything. Cigarettes contain hundreds of neurotoxins and weed is responsible for most psychiatric admissions. You should also not touch anything with caffeine in it (or guarna which is pure caffeine)I cannot use ANY type of moisturiser or conditioner even for sensitive skin as they put HORRIBLE poisons into them like formaldahyde, lauryl sulphate, lauryth sulphate, parabens, alcohol etc. ALL anxiety producing agents. Caffeine by the way causes anxiety, depression and thought and sleep disorders but it's like smoking years ago, no one is going to tell you because our whole society is built on it and it's a multi trillion dollar business. Don't ever take anti depressants they'll send you straight to hell. If you are sensitive to coconut oil it probably means you are 'a sensitive (not asensitive which is exactly the opposite) and you will have to watch EVERYTHING you eat, drink and put on your body. I do well on a very simple diet of fish, chicken and fresh vegetables and a little fruit. Don't take any medication unless you've got a raging brain infection or something and don't even taken over the counter meds. Antibiotics can cause horrible panic attacks sometimes eg Flagyl is a classic for this.

Also essential oils are potent and toxic if used on the skin I had a horrible reaction. Don't use them in hot water to soak your feet or anything as it goes straight into your body. Use a castelle soap for babies to wash your body and hair (made from olive oil) and a little olive oil for moisturiser. Dairy products can also cause anxiety. Don't drink alcohol - very bad for anxiety. There is a way to live and the key word are simple and clean. Oh be careful with ALL household cleaning products as well, wear rubber gloves while you're using them and don't breathe them in.
Anyway so many people are senstive to chemicals and don't know it. Oh also, don't use toothpaste or mouthwash it's pure poison (fluroride) and use only filtered water if you can (not bottled water).



on September 19, 2012
at 08:35 PM

I've had this too. I think that it is a cultural thing, as we are not a fasting-friendly culture. Part of the reason for me too is that I am afraid that fasting will lead to a binge, or out of control eating when I do eat. Best thing is probably to fast overnight, and during work or something; times when you are not thinking about it. For example, I tend to eat my last meal at around 5 or 6 and then the next day I eat around 10 or 11. You could also try shortening your fasts, and then gradually building them up. But there is no real need to IF and if it causes you distress, then don't do it or do it less often!



on September 19, 2012
at 07:38 PM

To get yourself used to fasting, why not allow a small FAT meal. Like bulletproof coffee (or just coffee with cream); Tablespoon Coconut Oil; Spoonful of Nut butter.

Give yourself something to see if that helps. then gradually reduce the cheats.



on September 19, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I've had that on a couple of occasions when I planned to do a 1 day fast. I think it is probably a normal response to being conditioned to think we always need to be eating.

I've been fasting long enough now that I don't even think about it anymore.



on September 19, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Could you further expand on where the driver for the "anxiety" is coming from? For example, when you are in the middle of this anxiety, what is the detrimental thought going through your mind? A common example would be for a strength athlete fearing the loss of muscle. What is it for you? Not to play armchair psychologist, but I think identifying this may answer your own question.

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