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Intermittent fasting day supplemention

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

What supplementation would-you-use/have-you-used on your fasting day?

I'm thinking sodium, potassium, fish oil and perhaps some amino acids taken twice during the day.

EDIT: the reason for taking the supplements is to make the day more bearable

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on August 27, 2012
at 10:31 AM

Don't forget that a lot of supplements may have fillers such as soy oil, or rice powder, etc. It's very rare to find anything with just the vitamin, mineral, amino, or herb extract you're aiming for.

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on August 27, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Good on you for correcting yourself Luckie. Fasting does not necessarily mean "no food". The "certain kinds of foods" definition of fasting would cover supplements, bone broth, and coconut oil (if one were to desire a "fast" of those ingredients, which might actually work pretty well...)

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on August 26, 2012
at 11:58 PM

I think part of the difficulty with fasting is the lack of the "meal ritual". Having some supplements to take gives you something to focus on and, oddly enough, look forward to. I find that Glutamine and BCAA's work wonders when I'm on a fast.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 26, 2012
at 11:38 PM

You know... that was actually my bad, lol! I should not have been so certain before looking it up, but I suppose I learned something new. According to the dictionary definition, it can mean to either abstain from all food, or to eat sparingly or of only certain kinds of food.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 26, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Hunger pangs, inability to think on anything else other than food. Time seems to low down. It's actually a good thing as one enters a state of hypervigilance but for most people unfamiliar with such sensations it would be an uncomfortable experience to say the least.

E17fe88b98575c183241fba50ae42b93

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on August 26, 2012
at 08:55 PM

My bad. For some reason I thought small amounts of bone broth or coconut oil could be used to prolong a fast...I'm confused now. Are those just different kinds of fasts, then?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 26, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Yes. Bone broth has calories, therefore fasting isn't happening if you're consuming it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 26, 2012
at 02:47 PM

For me it's ok. I get around it by staying busy, especially with new stuff so I'm distracted.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

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on August 26, 2012
at 02:33 PM

A nice hot beverage like tea or coffee makes it a lot easier. But I can fast effortlessly. If it's really such a painful process, maybe you should take the hint from your body and try a more frequent eating pattern. I don't think fasting is for everyone.

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on August 26, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Of course you're right, but it can be a painful process. Perhaps my question should be what supplements to take to make it a bit easier without adding calories.

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Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

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on August 26, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Maybe I'm a purist, but it doesn't really seem like fasting if you have a steady stream of supplements entering your system. I'd like to think we should be able to go without fish oil and amino acids for a 16 hour period without ill effect.

Stay hydrated, though!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 26, 2012
at 02:47 PM

For me it's ok. I get around it by staying busy, especially with new stuff so I'm distracted.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 26, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Of course you're right, but it can be a painful process. Perhaps my question should be what supplements to take to make it a bit easier without adding calories.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on August 27, 2012
at 10:31 AM

Don't forget that a lot of supplements may have fillers such as soy oil, or rice powder, etc. It's very rare to find anything with just the vitamin, mineral, amino, or herb extract you're aiming for.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on August 26, 2012
at 02:33 PM

A nice hot beverage like tea or coffee makes it a lot easier. But I can fast effortlessly. If it's really such a painful process, maybe you should take the hint from your body and try a more frequent eating pattern. I don't think fasting is for everyone.

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01adafcb4dd4147c6af543f61eee60a8

on August 26, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Why do you say its a painful process?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 26, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Hunger pangs, inability to think on anything else other than food. Time seems to low down. It's actually a good thing as one enters a state of hypervigilance but for most people unfamiliar with such sensations it would be an uncomfortable experience to say the least.

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E17fe88b98575c183241fba50ae42b93

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on August 26, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I don't know if this is technically breaking the fast, but I like a mug of bone broth!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 26, 2012
at 11:38 PM

You know... that was actually my bad, lol! I should not have been so certain before looking it up, but I suppose I learned something new. According to the dictionary definition, it can mean to either abstain from all food, or to eat sparingly or of only certain kinds of food.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 26, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Yes. Bone broth has calories, therefore fasting isn't happening if you're consuming it.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Good on you for correcting yourself Luckie. Fasting does not necessarily mean "no food". The "certain kinds of foods" definition of fasting would cover supplements, bone broth, and coconut oil (if one were to desire a "fast" of those ingredients, which might actually work pretty well...)

E17fe88b98575c183241fba50ae42b93

(398)

on August 26, 2012
at 08:55 PM

My bad. For some reason I thought small amounts of bone broth or coconut oil could be used to prolong a fast...I'm confused now. Are those just different kinds of fasts, then?

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