hi Since june 2012, I've been trying to do a full 14 day water fast. The longest I've gone was 9 days.
I've had a food addiction that I'm trying to break and I truly believe a 2 week fast is what I need.
I know a lot of this may be psychological to- I get a craving on day 6 and tell myself "o I don't have enough reserves" to justify breaking it.
I want to do it. I want to finish this fast. I've built so much hypeo it, my goal for doing so goes beyond the health benefits, its a personal quest.
SO here's a breakdown of the last 3 weeks: I started fasting on saturday, February 9th. I made it 5 full days, 4 of which were dry. On thursday feb. 14th I broke it, and ate freely that day and friday. Saturday I felt sick, had a stomach virus and threw up a lot, including a lot of the food from the 2 days before. I did force down a gatorade, but no food. Sunday I felt better, and was eating full meals by the night. I starting fasting again monday the 18th, and broke it wesenday the 20th. Today is friday the 22nd- if I eat this weekend, do you think I'd be prepared for a 14 day fast starting monday the 25th?
My concern is the prior days fasting and especially the stomach flu which induced lots of diahrrea and vomiting- my legs still feel a bit tingly, though I've been consuming plenty of electrolyte rich food/drink.
What do you think?
Also, what do you think about electrolyte supplements? I;ve read they only delete reserves faster, is this true?
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on February 22, 2013
at 04:22 PM
I can understand the challenge, but I wonder, if this is a psychological issue wouldn't the focus on improving nutrition for improving new habit formation and general brain chemistry be more useful?
Because I wonder if the benefit of doing this fast as a challenge is less than two weeks of really focusing on developing really good nutritional habits? Couple that with the possibility of failing a few more times before you succeed and the emotional stress of the whole ordeal and it seems to me not such a great idea. But What do I know, I have never done more than 24 hours.
Why not do it the other way round, and set yourself a nutritionally dense challenge like the Whole30?
But I wish you luck with what you feel you have to do, but I will say that temptation in whatever form does not get removed by self-denial, but by the replacement. And to sound even more 'woo woo', self-flagellation never cleansed anyone, it just left them with scars and doubt.
on February 22, 2013
at 03:35 PM
hi tom..im currently on day 11 of a 14 day water fast. the fisrt week was the most difficult.i just was so determined to complete it to break my food addiction. i am sick with a cold right now and so is everyone i know. however, i am getting better much more quickly than everyone else i know!! you can start the fast when you feel good. i have only been drinking distilled water. almost a gallon a day.also, complete rest since i started. i know you can do it!! this is my first water fast and any cravings i have had are all in my head. do not try to excercise!! it will drain you. and dont listen to people who are negative about what you're doing!! summer