Today is day 4 of my water & coffee fast. I'm using coffee (black with Stevia to sweeten it up) for two reasons: 1) to help boost my energy level and; 2) to help stave off hunger.
I know, I know. Most of you will either raise an eyebrow or offer your critique. That's fine - I'm happy to receive both.
I completed my first 11 day fast just about three months ago although I was really hoping to go for 20 days. Since then I've had either a lack of will-power or focus to go more than 3-4 days at a time before caving in while I was attempting another 20 day fast. This time around I believe I have the will-power to go the full distance of either 20 or 30 days, with some help, of course.
I'm using coffee only as a temporary measure for the two reasons stated above. I understand that the whole point of the fasting is for healing and cleansing of the body. To this I am quite certain that the long fast itself will help clean/flush out the caffeine, sort of a counter measure of my drinking coffee.
I’m happy to report that on day 4 I’m doing fine and believe I have a good opportunity to go beyond my 11-day record. And to echo what someone else said in another post – I’m not making any period of time a goal because if I fall short of that goal I’ll feel as if though I’ve failed. So no number of days set.
Chrisb1 - I'm taking your advice and input in reply to my last post; this time around no exercising and no working out. During my most recent fasting attempt, working out and exercising made me too hungry and I am confident that it was a contributing factor to my falling short of my goal.
Well, you are not doing a water fast, you are doing a coffee and stevia diet, which sounds a pretty bad idea to me. There is no nutrition in that at all, and your poor old body has to work to get rid of it while getting no real food.
Also, I am wondering how accurate your posts reflect what you are actually doing, because I looked at your previous posts to see what the conversation with chrisb1 was and found that 4 months ago you said...
"I've been fasting for close to 3 months now, on and off. Have not been consistent the entire three months. But I have lost significant weight. As of this morning I'm down to 156 from 185 in mid-February. I'm a 39yr old guy, only 5'7" so that amount of weight loss is pretty significant."
This seems to contradict what you have said above, so I am a bit confused as to how long you were fasting (if it was a fast) previously, and if you did water fast, why are you now turning to coffee and sweetener?
My advice is simple. On a water fast, drink water only. That way you will detox and not feel hungry.
I agree with your post. This person seems to be on a starvation diet and not a water fast.
Great picture of you diving, are you still on vacation, or maybe holiday you would call it? I've missed seeing you post while you've been gone, but who wants to post online when you could be diving? I sure wouldn't!
I'm getting myself mentally prepared to start a fast. I haven't been able to go for very long in the past so I've been reading all the posts and bought a few books on fasting, I think I'm ready now.
Hi LivingBlessed! Thanks for the compliment. I went to Malta for a week diving, but now I am in Scotland helping some friends install a fitted kitchen, so it's a sort of a working holiday, but I am enjoying it. I am a bit busy so limited time online for me until the end of the month. Good luck on your future fast!
In the past when I've fasted it's been for short periods: 1 day, 3 days, 4 days - at a time - each have consistently been water only. My longest period (water only) was 11 days straight.
I drink on average 32oz to 64oz of water per day whether fasting or not.
This fasting period I am using coffee as I mentioned before with 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup early afternoon with just a few drops of Stevia. To say it's not a water only fast would not be an accurate assessment.
Now I want to clarify something - I'm not planning to continue the coffee on a daily basis. That was just to get me over the 3-day hump when it's probably the most challenging time to get into the cycle of fasting. I plan on having a cup or two only on days when I lack energy or feel hungry. That's been my Achilles’ heel in the past.