This summer, i watched an amazing documentary (it is in french, and so worth watching) It really made me realize that although we do eat every day, that we do not HAVE to, and that the feeling of hunger is mostly (for us westerners) a product of conditionning and of a very very sad addiction. To Food. I am addicted to food, and the freedom i felt in my fast was not only physical, but psychological.
I know that both my parents have been to fasting clinics in their 30’s when i was young. I just now understand, at 26, that fasting once or twice a year for a week or two is a life saving habbit that i need to incorporate in my life. Even my grandmother has done it. I suppose that it is more common in Europe and Canada than it is in the US where i grew up for a long time, although i am canadian.
So, that being said, last summer after my parter’s 27 birthday party, i watched us all drink and eat to excess in a BBQ setting. It was great fun, but as the hostess, i did not drink much. This allowed my to watch, as people got intoxicated with much food and drinks. My partner’s sister is a “health” person, you know, she’s generally fit and watchful of what she eats, but we are in our early 20’s so she let loose. It wasnt long before her body rejected everything, and i stood by her as she drunkenly said over and over “i need this out of my body”. It made me think of the harm we do ourselves by binging and poisoning ourselves this way culturally, because of parties, social events, or plain bad habits.
Im no better. I love food, it feels like a treat. Ive always been “gourmande” which means greedy. I finish my plate and hate leaving food behind, it feels like im deprived. thankfully, im healthy and young, but i could lose 20 pounds. I know that. 10 years ago, i weigh 125 pounds, and i now weigh 150. I wouldnt call myself fat, but im on my way there.
So this summer, i stopped eating for 2 days, and after this only consumed (if at all) a small salad or fruits every day. I cut coffee (which i am addicted to), milk (oh those lattes!!), meat and most processed foods. Honestly, my focus was on semi fasting, and teaching my body to eat much less, and of course for my taste buds to actually appreciate the taste of things. It defnintely worked, and food tasted better and was appreciated in small quantities without wanting to eat everything in sight. I steadily lost weight, about 18 pounds, which i recorded on a great app called “Lose It!” on my iPhone. From August to October, i lost 18 pounds and went down to 142 from 160. As mentioned above, i already gained half of it back from the holidays, winter and eating
like shit. Totally on me!
But, im starting a smiliar process again, to actually reduce to my goal weight and to have a better and healthier relationship with food. Once i have fasted enough, i will use my new juicer to incorporate fruit and vegetable juices. I hope to do only juice for about 2 weeks, and to continue with a reduced calorie intake that feels right until i reach and maintain 130 pounds, leaving a 125/130 window, which i find healthy for my height of 5.9.
I look forward to hearing about others stories, reasons, methods, experiences, struggles and sucesses through this site. Perhaps i can even be of help. I have loads of information on fasting from books that i could only find in french (I am french canadian and bilingual). Its mindblowing that all the information is in russian, german, or translated to french. Because of the wars, much of this clinical information on fasting never reached the US and Canada, and it is so sad that with the weight problems around, that there are not more fasting advocates and clinics in our countries…. Perhaps we can practice this and be part of a change for better health practices..
A fun documentary i saw lately called “fat sick and nearly dead, documents a man’s juice fasting, and he lost 60 pounds in 2 months and returned to a healthy size. Another man was massively overweight, and was able to lose nearly 100 pounds juicing. So inspirational. I recommend watching it!
-First day! 2 months ago