Day One - End of the Night
the end of a relatively successful first day of water fasting
Date: 11/2/2008 12:12:43 AM ( 13 y ) ... viewed 1370 times
The first full day of water fasting was so much easier than I expected it to be. I thought I was going to be fighting off horrid hunger pangs and uncontrollable cravings, I thought I was going to be weak and listless and very grouchy. And absolutely none of that was true!
There were cravings through out the day, but they were fairly light and passed quickly, especially if I had some water if they got bad. I never actually felt hunger, which was the most surprising thing to me so far, I was expecting to have stomach growling and mild hunger pangs all day long and there hasn't been a single one of those things as of yet. Even making dinner for my son and being around while my mother was frying some thing or another, there wasn't even a slight hint of longing from me or my stomach. If all seven days are going to be this easy then I wish I would have decided to go for ten or more days.
But! the only issue that I am dealing with is a lack of energy, it's not bad or the least bit extreme but it is very noticeable. I work at home (as an artist) and I am taking this week off anyway, so I didn't really have much of anything to do today and yet I felt totally drained and very sleepy by 6 in the evening. I've dozed a little bit and had a couple of glasses of water since then and I don't feel too bad now. I think in the long run this will be a beneficial side effect, as I am pretty sure I was becoming seriously sleep deprived. Even though I work at home it is difficult to work when my four year old is awake and into everything, so my day time hours are usually all about him and then my work hours happen after he goes to bed, which means for the most part I work from about 9 pm to around 3-4 am and sometimes well past dawn, leaving me between 2-4 hours of sleep before my son gets up and then if I am lucky I can sneak in an hour or two nap when he goes to preschool. For awhile I could feel the schedule catching up to me I was feeling very lethargic all the time, especially after eating and my skin also seemed to be paying a price for lack of sleep, it was just in an unhealthy state. Then when I started eating healthier it seemed to help regulate that and I was going to bed a bit earlier every night, which was then helping with a general feeling of over all health. So hopefully with this week of not working at all, and fasting I can get a lot of good, restful catch up sleep.
I am not sure yet if I am seeing any benefits of detoxifying, but as it's been only a day I am probably not supposed to just yet. Although I have noticed that the fluid in my ear from the barotrauma of last week seems to be finally draining, slowly, but it is. That could be due to the fasting and water or just because that is naturally meant to happen right about now. I'm not sure yet. But now feeling very comfortable with the water fast, and feeling as if I can indeed carry it on for another six days leaves me very excited about seeing and experiencing the actual detox effects.
I will be very interested to see how I feel tomorrow morning. And I hope that by the end of the day I will be as upbeat and impressed with it all as I am now.
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