Request for Fasting Tips

2 years, 8 months ago

So, I want to know what the true feeling and meaning of being hungry is, so I’m trying to fast. The past two days I had a minimal amount of food and now today I’m trying to go 24 hours without eating anything. I’ve been drinking a lot of water, but I’m not sure if I’m doing it quite right?
Is it as simple as just not eating?

Thanks for any help.
Go in peace.

May 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Yeah I think it’s that simple. All that matters is what you do with the feeling of being fasted. For a lot of people, fasting does nothing because they identify with the feeling of being hungry and get extremely irritable, anxious, low mood, etc. It’s just a completely unpleasant experience for them. I think it’s a small form of suffering, but it’s only suffering if you look at it that way. If you feel the feelings that arise instead of trying to block them out, it can be really rewarding. And any ‘suffering’ has the potential to be really good or really bad for you.. or anywhere in between.

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Profile photo of RobertC RobertC (@racastillo) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@mikeyw829, So what you’re saying is that I should embrace the suffering instead of hating it?

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@racastillo, Exactly. Embrace the fuck outta it. Occupy yourself. If you really get bored and need food, say no and meditate. When you feel its right to eat again, try some fruit out. By no means eat fast food, or meat, or anything like that.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@racastillo, I’m not really sure. Just do what you feel comfortable with. Don’t expect anything out of it. Just see what happens. See how you feel.

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Profile photo of RobertC RobertC (@racastillo) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Well I’ve been busy all day so far. I’m hoping to go at least the rest of the day with out food. I’ve never done this before so I was just curious as to what I should do, shouldn’t do. I have a soccer game tonight, but I’m guessing playing would be a bad idea.

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Profile photo of RobertC RobertC (@racastillo) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Also, how does one meditate? I’ve never done that either.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

There are a lot of really good articles on this site that you can look at to get an idea of what meditation is and how to enter that state.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@racastillo, you should read Phil Drolet’s article on intermittent fasting, specifically the part on training or exercising in a fasted state. http://www.thefeelgoodlifestyle.com/fasting-for-fast-weight-loss-superior-fitness-and-better-health.html

there are a ton of links on there to more information on fasting and training in a fasted state too.

i’ve been doing IF (19 hours fast 5 hours feeding window) for nearly a month and a bit now and it really is all psychological. i feel much better when i dont have food inside of me, more ‘clearer’ and lighter. i work out harder and push myself more and when i do schoolwork i feel i concentrate better too. whether im better because i think that i’ll be better when i do activities or whether it actually helps im not sure, they probably both contribute. but it’s awesome :)

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Profile photo of Colton Colton (@emecom) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

If your just going to go 24 hours I would say not to drink water either because drinking water just fills the stomach and makes you less hungry. For the full effect I like to go without water also.

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Profile photo of RobertC RobertC (@racastillo) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@inawakeofadream, Thanks, I’ll look into that. That sounds like a method I could use.

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Profile photo of pat pat (@epath) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@emecom, Being careful as not to dehydrate yourself, of course.

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Profile photo of Malmon Malmon (@maliciousmunky) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

The most effective is the Islamic fasting way. Thats what Muslims do during the month of Ramadan. It is not to put yourself in deep hunger. It is simple. Late at night (12:00am -1:00am somewhere depending on the person) or just before dawn. Have a meal. then starting before dawn, fast and do not eat or drink anything until sundown. That is it, no need for several days of hunger. But during this fasting period, submit for prayer so fast your eyes as well from TV, your ears from music…etc.

Try it out

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Profile photo of Mike O. Mike O. (@otchrocket) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@maliciousmunky, How big would you recommend that meal at midnight to be? I’m assuming just big enough to give you energy throughout the day – which will be different for everyone, right?

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Profile photo of Colton Colton (@emecom) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@epath, Of course you don’t want to go days without water, but 24 hours is no problem and enhances the effect of the fast in my opinion.

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Profile photo of Malmon Malmon (@maliciousmunky) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@otchrocket, Just a regular meal. It depends on the person, the later it is the better. Some dont have big meals. :)

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Profile photo of pat pat (@epath) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@emecom, I’ve never tried it without water. I always thought the flushing out the system with water was a good thing. However, if you’re doing it for spiritual rather than physical, the no water thing might be effective.

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Profile photo of Colton Colton (@emecom) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@epath, Yeah I agree with you, and thats what I meant. If your doing fasting for health reasons it probably is a good idea to drink water and try to flush things out. But for spiritual reasons I try to go without water.

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Profile photo of Psychonaut Psychonaut (@soulpilgrim) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Hunger can be a wonderful feeling. It makes me feel lighter. More energized. And it makes you more in tune with your body & mind. Plus when meal times come round eating is so much more enjoyable.

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Profile photo of Moni Moni (@moni) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I think you should try juicing instead. You get all the nutrition AND rest your system AND detox.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Another factor in a successful fast is your current eating habits before the fast as well. What kind of foods do you normally eat?
The body works in many different ways depending on what you eat, which is exactly why processed foods are totally unacceptable before or after a fast (i mean it won’t kill you..yet, but your body doesn’t want that, and works in overdrive to get it out of you)
Some people fast to lose weight, which isn’t a good idea in my opinion. When your stomach shrinks your body knows what is going on, and starts storing things, rather than getting rid of them. Your immune system will boost, but depending on what you ate, plan to eat, your body might store less than ideal things.

But it seems you are after the spiritual fast, and for that I do no food, and no water. Day before I drink way more water than normal, and after I drink water first, followed by some fresh fruit, and then some COOKED vegetables. (anyone have information on this? I’m beginning to learn that cooked vegetables are actually better for you, since it ruptures the cell walls of whatever it is, therefore the nutrients are easier to get, whereas if you eat raw veggies, your body gets rid of the entire thing faster, but misses many important nutrients)

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Profile photo of funkinthenight funkinthenight (@funkinthenight) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@hollowinfinity, depends on which vegetables, and depends on how cooked you mean. Raw potatoes basically turn into cyanide in the human stomach, but raw garden carrots (not the mini ones, those are full of chemicals n stuff) are very healthy, peas, beans, tomatoes… I think potatoes are the only ones that are REQUIRED to be cooked, but I think squash and stuff you’d want to as well, and things like refried beans too

@racastillo, drink lots of water, and as long as you’re healthy and such, after about two weeks of not eating, you just stop feeling hungry, but you end up having like no energy, I read an article in Men’s Health about a guy who went just about a month without eating food, but he stayed very hydrated the whole time. Excersorcize probably isn’t the best idea when fasting, you might want to seek a doctor’s advice or something. Fasting periodically for like 30-72 hours can be good for one’s system, I’m no doctor or anything though.

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Profile photo of mundus mundus (@michaelfindel) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@hollowinfinity, I too wondered about the cooked, raw or juiced debate, and as per usual there was a lot of conflicting information out there. So far from what iv gathered there is pros and cons for both.

This is the best article i found,

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=raw-veggies-are-healthier&page=2

“Comparing the healthfulness of raw and cooked food is complicated, and there are still many mysteries surrounding how the different molecules in plants interact with the human body.”

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Profile photo of FindYourGreatness FindYourGreatness C (@jpete011) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I fasted two days ago for the first time. It was about 26 hours (from 1pm Monday to around 3pm Tuesday). It wasn’t too difficult, really. But I tried to just have a little food, then continue fasting; however, later that night I thought “oh what the heck” and just started eating. Once I gave in I felt a powerful, ferocious feeding rush come over me and I just started eating like crazy. I must have eaten more than 2,000 calories.

How can you prevent from giving into your hunger like this after a fast? Because, from my experience, once you start eating you don’t want to stop until you’re completely satisfied (hurts the affect/results of the fast).

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Profile photo of Obviously, you're not a golfer Obviously, you’re not a golfer (@donjaime23) 2 years, 7 months ago ago

@racastillo, Yes, it’s as simple as just not eating. That’s what fasting is all about: Not eating. Drink lots of water, but don’t eat a single thing and you’ll be fasting. If you eat something, anything at all, you’re not actually fasting, because fasting is when you don’t eat anything.

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