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Intermittent Fasting & Digestion

Commented on April 10, 2014
Created April 08, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Is it okay to do intermittent fasting if you have digestive issues? I've only been doing it three times a week, and only until lunch, but yesterday I had a problem. I pushed back eating until nearly 2pm, just due to the timing if my day. After eating I had a cold ache recurring in my pancreas region for several hours. I currently have dumping syndrome due to low stomach acid, which I'm trying to build up with ACV before meals and being mindful I of my carbs.

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on April 10, 2014
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on April 09, 2014
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on April 09, 2014
at 03:05 PM

Yeah, there's something about fasting that feels kind of nice after the first 24 hours. It's weird because in the first 24 you think you're going to die, but then suddenly you become so calm and relaxed after the 24hr mark, and the hunger just goes away. It's rather counterintuitive how that works.

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on April 09, 2014
at 03:02 PM

Yeah going to sleep hungry sucks, which is why I eat the bulk of my food at night before going to sleep. I don't really snack during the day....I'd rather just have one massive meal that I can feel stuffed with, than several snacks which leave me wanting more. Once I start eating, I eat like an animal so snacking always left me unsatisfied. One or two big meals a day with no snacks keeps me happy (and actually quite thin).

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on April 09, 2014
at 01:59 PM

According to chronometer I should be eating 2500kcal-ish like most people, I find I feel much better going a bit under that most days, just above 2000kcal, I certainly feel there's something to caloric restriction. I really should start throwing in the odd 24-48 hour fast again, I used to LOVE that fasted mindstate.

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on April 09, 2014
at 01:56 PM

Do you snack at all during the day? I did the 'warrior diet' eating all my calories in one meal in the evening for about a year, I could go all day without food easily but after it all I just wasn't convinced it was the ideal way of eating, i've recently been thinking having a light dinner might be the best for restful sleep, I know in the past when I've fasted for 3+ days I sleep so well & usually only need about 5-7 hours max, that being said trying to sleep when actually hungry plain sucks!

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on April 09, 2014
at 01:51 PM

If caloric restriction is "not a good healthy practice", then I can eat all I want right? You're ignoring every study out there that shows calorie restriction prolongs lifespan and claiming we should eat unrestricted amounts of whatever we like. Seems like bad advice.

The body does become stressed when calories (specially carb and protein calories) are restricted, just like it becomes stressed when we exercise. This stress elicits a hormetic response that causes us to become healthier and live longer.

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on April 08, 2014
at 06:25 PM

Well that could have been your pancreas and also spleen, appendix, colon or kidneys. If it only happened once and the pain was not severe then it might not be related to your fasting. See your doctor if you continue to feel pain. I have been skipping breakfasts almost every day for over 11 years and have never experienced any pain. I often skip lunch too and just eat one meal at dinner time and have not experienced any pain on those days either. I cannot guess as to your particular situation, but stop fasting and see if it goes away. If it persists consult with your doctor.

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on April 09, 2014
at 10:27 AM

There are some of the other facts to be considered for intermittent fasting. It results in sleeplessness, irregular periods anxiety and other symptoms hormone dysregulations. Other issues are low calorie, which results in low energy, stress, and hormone dysregulation in both men and women. These effects happen faster in women’s. This is one of the reasons that caloric restriction is generally not a good healthy practice.

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on April 09, 2014
at 01:51 PM

If caloric restriction is "not a good healthy practice", then I can eat all I want right? You're ignoring every study out there that shows calorie restriction prolongs lifespan and claiming we should eat unrestricted amounts of whatever we like. Seems like bad advice.

The body does become stressed when calories (specially carb and protein calories) are restricted, just like it becomes stressed when we exercise. This stress elicits a hormetic response that causes us to become healthier and live longer.

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on April 09, 2014
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If you are a "dumper", small, regular meals are preferred over fasting and gorging - which is what the paleo hunter-gatherer model of intermittent fasting is all about. You need to very precisely control the amount of food that passes from your stomach into the subsequent chambers of your intestine; small amounts of carbs, small amounts of fats, and almost no sugars. I know, it seems like it is impossible to do on paleo, but you don't have to do long fasts to get the benefits of this way of eating. Don't eat alot of anything. Make your meals small and frequent - and then maybe build up the volume of the meals and extend the length between them until you are at a place where you can comfortably maintain a fasted window. Just be slow and measured, and listen to your body. I've had it for YEARS, and I still make mistakes - but I break fast at 1pm, which took a while to work towards. Now it is comfortable and I am only in pain when I eat too fast or am not aware of the volume I am consuming at one sitting. Mindful eating! Good luck.

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on April 09, 2014
at 12:52 AM

It could have been due to eating a honey sweetened treat the day before, which is likely, but I'm not really looking for the cause of the pain, although that would be a bonus. I'd like to know how intermittent fasting affects digestion, and if there's a reason I shouldn't do it in my condition.

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on April 08, 2014
at 05:47 PM

The pain was in my back lower left, right at the base of my rib cage. No to your other questions, and I've not done long periods of fasting, only skipping breakfast.

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on April 08, 2014
at 06:25 PM

Well that could have been your pancreas and also spleen, appendix, colon or kidneys. If it only happened once and the pain was not severe then it might not be related to your fasting. See your doctor if you continue to feel pain. I have been skipping breakfasts almost every day for over 11 years and have never experienced any pain. I often skip lunch too and just eat one meal at dinner time and have not experienced any pain on those days either. I cannot guess as to your particular situation, but stop fasting and see if it goes away. If it persists consult with your doctor.

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on April 08, 2014
at 04:52 PM

You say you have a pain in your pancreas region, are you referring to your upper right quadrant or you upper left quadrant? Towards the center? Does it radiate to the back?

Do you have a history of smoking or alcohol consumption? Have you had pancreatitis or does someone in your family have a history of pancreatitis? Could be many things, could also be gallstones due to long periods of fasting or low calorie eating, etc. More details would be useful.

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