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Hi, I really want to try IF, not just to lose weight but for the other health benefits. Also, I'd like to improve my will-power! But what scares me about fasting is this: if I go just 6 hours or so without food, I get a headache. This centres above my left eye, where I used to get chronic sinusitis (no longer chronic since homeopathy). The pain gets intense and, if I continue not eating, turns into full blown acute sinusitis, with nausea, etc. I can put a stop to all this simply by eating. But I don't think the small amounts of food normally permitted for IF (500 cals a day for a woman) would be sufficient. I get that the headache is all part of the de-toxing process, but sinusitis would render me useless for the day - I'd have to go and lie down. What on earth is going on with my body? I have had this "sinusitis" response to hunger ever since I was a small child. Does anyone have anything to share or advise on this? (I don't have these symptoms when I cab't eat due to illness, for example.) Will the pain go away if I continue fasting and de-tox more?? THANKS, Helen

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Thanks - I have been to the Dr. for tests and am apparently "normal". I am having a look at the links you sent, thanks again.

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Couple of thoughts:

  1. "I don't think the small amounts of food normally permitted for IF (500 cals a day for a woman) would be sufficient" -- IF is not about calorie restriction. IF is about eating all of your calories in a small window OR fasting prior to exercise (which is also a reduced window, but slightly different implementation strategy). 500 calories a day is probably insufficient to meet your energy needs. It could halt or possible reverse your weight loss and health goals.

  2. "if I go just 6 hours or so without food, I get a headache" -- You may want to see a doctor, This sounds a lot like Hypoglycemia or gluten sensitivity (although it is more acute than what would initially suggest for gluten sensitivity). There is also a VERY outside chance that it could be related to Type 1 Diabetes.... The point is, this is not an normal reaction, and you probably should get checked out. I would not proceed with IF until you are able to get your health under control.

Here's a few IF resources for you:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting/#axzz2CfwfcVn9

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-questions-answers/#axzz2CfwfcVn9

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/women-and-intermittent-fasting/#axzz2CfwfcVn9

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Thanks - I have been to the Dr. for tests and am apparently "normal". I am having a look at the links you sent, thanks again.

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