What I’ve Allowed Myself
I know from completing several 3 days fasts prior to embarking on this one, that the first 3 days are the hardest. However, after the 3rd day, I usually had little to no desire to eat, but I would eat anyways. I knew I could have kept fasting, but I never did.
So in order to get through the first 3 days of my fast, I decided to allow myself to have the following liquids:
- Water (unlimited)
- 1 cup of coffee (a day) with 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream
- Tea (2)
- 1 cup of beef bone broth a day
(Clarification: I only drank beef bone broth, coffee, or tea if I wanted to. The first two days, I had a cup of coffee in the morning, and a cup of beef bone broth in the evening. By the third day, I did not need the beef bone broth, but I still had my cup of coffee. The rest of the time I was drinking water.)
Every time the aromas of food creep into my personal space, I force myself to remember what I can consume, which is coffee, tea, water, and beef bone broth. It focuses my mind on the positives of this fast and off of all of the food that I am choosing not to consume. This way of thinking is keeping me from feeling like this fast is never going to end!
Day 1: Very Difficult
All I can say for this day is that it was VERY hard.
What made it harder was that my family seems to always cook good food every time I decide to fast. This time I was able to refrain from eating. The smell of the food was enhanced and tempting, but I kept thinking, “If I don’t start now, then when will I ever start?”
I’ve personally found that often times in life, I need to learn how to grab the bull by its horns and struggle with it until it calms down. Only then will I be a step closer to becoming the “master” over whatever obstacle I am facing in the moment. In this case, I need to master the appetite of my stomach.
Easier said than done, but it must be done!
Day 2: Oops
Unfortunately, I did not document this day, so I will tell you about what I remember.
Everything I smelled I wanted to eat, like a broken record, I kept saying to myself, “I will have these foods one day… but not today!”
Day 3: Fatigue
My mind seems the same. I haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary such as the “mental clarity” that people often experience during fasts, but I do not think I have fasted long enough yet.
I couldn’t fall asleep last night, so I only got about 3-4 hours of sleep under my belt. When I woke up I felt a little groggy, but after I physically got out of bed I was fine.
Around 12 noon, my little siblings, our parents, and I went to visit a friend. We took some pizza to share with her. Of course, I did not have any, but the pizza smelled delicious.
I’m not going to lie, it was tempting, but not enough to make me want to break my fast. Not only that, but I wasn’t feeling hunger. My first hunger pangs came around 2:30 in the afternoon, but because I was out and about, it was easier to forget that my body was sending me hunger signals.
Also, on Day 3 I decided that I would do video updates as well. Days 1-3 is here!