hey there! I have never been on a fast for longer than 3.5 days and today is my day 4 (so I'm going to pass that point today hopefully)...BUT they say hunger DOES go away after about day 3-4-5...so you WILL lose hunger.
Things I have been doing to take my mind off hunger:
1) go to bed early (never hurts to get extra sleep on a fast)
2) listen to music and surf the internet
3) remember my goals that I had for starting the fast and what I'm fasting for. =)
4) I've had coffee twice now...for me the taste of something (black coffee) kept me going. I am going to try and not drink any today but I figured that if it can keep me going an extra day until hunger goes away then that is good. but the coffee also might be what is keeping me hungry lol. so probably should just avoid it.
By the way, it is morning of day 4 and I am still hungry lol.
hey there! yeah I know you are right. I think getting coffee though helped me get past the first 2-3 days...because you know you're still in the "eating mode". But you're right I think it was keeping me hungry so I am going to try and go the whole day today (day 4) without it. =)
I forgot to mention that, in fact I had forgotten all about it. On the first three days of my 27 day fast I had whpping headaches due to caffeine withdrawal, but after that I was fine. When I re-introduced coffee last year, and started fasting (without coffee) I had no headaches.
On some of the later fasts I started drinking black coffee through boredom, but this resulted in me breaking the fast a few days later.
Same thing with lemon juice, I tried that as well. I know it's incredibly boring, but it is easier with water. The only cheat I got away with was using different water types. Probably that was more psychological than anything else.
I did the same thing when I was very inexperienced with fasting, I would drink a little coffee, or tea or broth or lemon water during the first few days and it did seem to help at first, but then I figured out it was probably part of the reason I could never make it past day 3. I think it definitely keeps you hungry. I also find that at some point I only want water and the thought of anything else sort of turns me off. I did take a few sips of someone's diet drink while I was about 2 weeks into a fast and the chemical taste of it was overwhelming to me. I think it's probably OK to drink different types of water although I think I read somewhere that sparkling water isn't good on a fast but I don't remember why.
I confess I drank a very small glass of red wine days one and two of my 29 day fast. Very slowly, as if it were an elixer (which is my usual feeling about it)Surprisingly, it didn't make me hungry or give me a headache. I'm not sure if it slowed anything down--it definately relaxed me, and helped me over that 'hump'.
If something does help you get over the hump, then I don't think it's the worst thing in the world (as long as it's not something like pork chops), particularly because the benefits outweigh the negatives. Chiron, if you were able to fast for 29 days, that is quite an accomplishment and I certainly don't think a couple of glasses of wine negates that accomplishment. I think our bodies will tend toward cleaner things and not need those things as the fast goes on. Anyway, I'm sure that is not the purist view of things, but in the practical world, a 29-day fast with a couple of glasses of wine is better than breaking the fast completely because you can't seem to make it through. In the end, we all end up figuring out what works for us and sometimes that's different for different people.
Just happened to see the following post about this issue on fastingconnection.com which explains why any taste is not true fasting. I still think that if a crutch works for you during the first few days, then it's OK, just as long as it doesn't continue for the whole fast.
Thanks for the sweet thoughts! I agree with your asessment, and the gist of that thread you link to. The tongue "reporting" to the brain is a very good way to put it. It may noit have been an actual water fast uhbtil the third day, but it was for the rest of the way. A year and a bit ago, I could NEVER have imagined the value of a water fast, not that it was even possible to go more than say, a week.