I know this sounds strange, but I don't quite understand what is going on with my appetite after fasting, though there are no major problems, or any problems at all really.
After my 1st fast back in November, I loved the taste of fresh fruit - and feasted on it.
By the 5th and 6th fast I have noticed that my appetite is much more "flexible", almost as if it has been reset after each fast, and likes and dislikes can be re-learned.
For example, a few days ago (about a week after end of last fast) I was busy sorting out PCs at home, ran out of apples, didn't go to the shops, and started eating some cheese. Now I seem to have forgotten about apples, but only a few days I was crazy over them. Now I am drinking coffee again because I ran out of juice, now coffee seems the norm and I have forgotten about juice.
Before all of my fasts I was not interested in fresh fruit and veg, apart from eating it because I kind of knew it is supposed to be good for me. Immediately after my fasts I seem to know what's good for me, and nothing but fresh fruit and veg will make me happy. However I am surprised that the healthy pattern of eating can be unlearned so quickly. Nevertheless, I still know within my mind what is good for me, and will go back to fresh stuff, and I will do more fasts anyway, even after I have achieved my target weight loss.
Maybe my body is less particular about what it eats when it is well nourished as compared with immediately post-fast, and maybe this is the trap we all fall into in this western world? Maybe this is how religion and fasting seem to be linked in many societies, ie they consider fasting to be good for the soul (and body of course)?
Oh and by the way Fonty (or anyone), what do you think of Vegemite? I ate a lot of that soon after the end of a fast and loved it. I know the salt is not good, but yum yum, it tasted sooo good! At one point I got through a jar a day.
Not sure if anyone else experiences the same as me, but thought it worth a mention.
this is my take on the matter.........
After a fast when your senses are greatly heightened, there is a distinct longing for more natural & cleaner foods such as Fruit and vegetables, where the subtle tastes are easy and palatable: in this circumstance food never tasted quite so good in your entire life.
However, if you introduce any food into your diet that is denatured or processed in any way, then this only serves to change those senses, and where other and more unpalatable foods become more to your liking.
Vegemite is a processed food made from brewers yeast, and considered by many to be a "health-food" as a rich source of the B Vitamins. In my opinion, this has slanted your taste away from natural foods, and which is why you now have a liking for coffee.
If you adhere to a strict raw and natural diet exclusively, then this is unlikely to occur, but that depends on your choices post-fast.
Hi Chris, that sounds about right. And our bodies seem to be well adapted to eating any old rubbish without much suffering to keep them going. That was fine when there was a drought or bad harvest throughout the ages. However our bodies have obviously not had had time to adapt to sudden changes, ie. being filled with salt, trans-fats and everything else that now comes brightly packaged on the supermarket shelves, thus the various health problems.
Better go out and stock up with organic apples then...
as an australian, i love vegemite too! i don't really eat it much though but i used to have it on wholegrain toast with a little butter and avocado when i was feeling really nauseous and it worked really well. vegemite toast is also a good hangover cure - not that you need to worry about that anymore ;) (well done you)
but a whole jar!! wow! when we were at school we used to dare kids to do that! ;)
however, i'm sure you can get back onto your healthy eating again. it is really just a matter of being super organised and not letting things run out...
good luck! oh, i have so enjoyed reading all your posts - especially since we both started fasting around the same time (back in november/december when we both did 25+ day fasts)
Hi Lulu, thanks for your comments, and glad to see you have stuck with it too! Yeah I love rotating the spoon in the jar while pressing it against the side, and watching the level gradually drop, until it has all gone, all 200g of it! I wish I had gone to your school, maybe I could have won some bets, hehe!
Yes, I now realise that fasting can reset the appetite to "healthy", and I have now stocked up with healthy food. However I think I will do another fast soon, as I have now put on 60% of the 10Kg I lost. But not to worry, I am still heading in the right direction.
Processed foods are more and more designed to fool our senses. I don't know if pubs still do it but some used to give away dry salty snacks so you'd drink more. We actually like food that is 'more-ish' so much so that they advertise it as such. Can you imagine a potato chip or chocolate manufacturer advertising to 'stop eating when you're full'?
Giving up cooked and processed foods is like facing the ultimate addiction. It's easier to go cold turkey on smoking and drinking- both of which I've done and I'm not saying it's easy by any means- but it's far easier than giving up 'normal' foods. It is impossible to avoid the influence of processed foods completely unless you go and live in a cave. And unlike other addictions the social pressure is to keep taking them because they actually think it's good for you still.
And if you gave up smoking you'd know not to go and have a single smoke casually because you'd know you'd be risking setting off the habit again. Processed foods are no different, if you cave in and have them you are risking starting up the habit again.
I don't have vegemite anymore, for years I have had an alternative which is very similar but not based on yeast which I don't consider a food at all. I don't even eat it now at all being mostly raw but still give it to my kids on their sandwiches if they want it. Certainly not by the bucketload though, I'm inclined to think like Chris that the overdose of salt might have set off other cravings to compensate.
I also think that although we are stronger in general after fasting and while eating raw foods, our body has less resistance to some processed foods and the damage they cause can happen a lot quicker the second time around if we aren't careful. Some of the chronic conditions many people walk around with, such as being very mucoussey, probably gives us a bit of a buffer zone to the poisons we so casually imbibe. Just like breaking a fast can be immediately dangerous, we can also underestimate the damage these everyday poisons can be to the cleaner more unadulterated body we live in when living the mostly raw lifestyle for any good length of time. So it pays to be careful and not let yourself fall back into the old habits.
My body is used to poison. When I think of all the drugs / alcohol / painkillers I've taken over the years it makes me wonder how I'm still alive, let alone all the Sugar / salt / fat ... and add chemicals and toxins to that. I'm a walking waste bucket.
I'm starting a short fast on Thursday night. I'm going to see if I can make it past day 3!
Hi Fonty, thanks for the info, some good points raised there. Yes they still offer salty snacks in some pubs, but I am aware of that little trick.
Probably you are right about processed food being addictive, I mean why else would we buy the stuff? Manufacturers produce foods that sells, and I guess the best sellers will be the most addictive, that being the reason they sell repeatedly.
It's a pity someone doesn't make TV adverts for fresh fruit and vegetables to counteract all this rubbish. However I don't think it is necessary to live in a cave to get away from such influences, I think I have figured out a way to resolve the problem using just a plain ordinary house brick, haha!