Over the past few years I've experimented with intermittent fasting and found that it has helped me with so many issues in health and happiness that now I feel a need to start talking to other people about and so joined this forum for support, sharing and encouragement.
I began fasting in as a child instinctively, not exactly knowing the concept behind it. Then I would eat TONS of food at social events and people always appeared baffled that I would stay so skinny and joked that I had a hollow leg. As a teenager I learned more about fasting and did about a week of Water Fasting while going to highschool.
Since then I've experimented with all kinds of fasts- short water fasts, longer juice fasts,fruit fasts,fasting every Sunday, modified low calorie fasts and a kind of fast that some purists might consider unhealthy - what I call entheo fasts where one consumes green juices, leaves and some form of entheogen.
I've come to intermittent, modified and entheo-fasting as the best protocol for me now. For a couple years I've experimented on and off with this lifestyle and found that weight and emotional problems would creep up if I stopped. Because I have a tendency to binge on food the way I did as a kid, but binging every day would give me unsurprising results and I know now that I binge for emotional reasons and not because of fasting.
So I'd like to work on this and maybe keep a log here for anyone interested and as a form of therapy. I'd like to maintain this form of fasting workdays and eat on the weekends before attempting any kind of longer water or dry fasting just because I feel that the emotions that come up and some of the symptoms feel a little too overwhelming right now. When I do eat, my diet needs some work. I often feel conflicted about what to eat because of so many contradicting views led by the intellect of others rather than bodily experience. Personally, I find the lighter I eat the better, so I'll probably aim for that and see if I can work on the reactions I have that lead me to exceeding my limits with food.
Anyway, I weigh 105 lbs right now and look forward to shedding some excess weight and keeping it off through a combination of intermittent fasting and light diet and maybe resistance and or interval training. Hope all goes well with all of you fasting and looking forward to create a dialogue about this. If anyone wants to buddy with me let me know and I'd sincerely appreciate any advice people have about what they do to manage the tendency to binge or overeat things that cause more harm than benefit.