byon 06-01-2011 at 10:53 PM (356 Views)
Let's see...in a super fast rush so will just post some bulleted highlights. :)
*Did a full day fast and all day the next day to supper.
*Started realizing before the supper that if I didn't eat, I would soon lose any ground and probably eat 'like I haven't eaten in a week'...and I wouldn't want that happening! So I opted to not, not eat for a week, lol.
*Lost 4 pounds the first day...and another the second morning (after having just the supper)...ya, and even weirder I've kept it off! I think maybe it was a fair chunk water retention from high salt intake though, but wow, I do feel a difference. A small, but noticeable difference.
*This is called intermittent fasting for those of you who are interested. The basic idea is that you fast for short times, some programs you fast 2 days a week (Eat, Stop, Eat) but not in succession. Others, like Fast-5, (free downloadable book) you eat only during a five hour window of the day/or less/or sometimes if you are feeling brave have an extended fast and therefore skip a day and eat in your 5 hr window the next day. A lot of fast-5'ers eat just the one meal a day and maybe a snack/dessert or whatever. Like you're not binging in the window, just eating a meal to satisfaction, like a normal sized meal with a second helping and a small dessert might be typical. Ok..am WAY rambling for 'bullet points'
*Today I ate a bit heavier than I have been, probably over 2000 cals, but will be fasting tomorrow all day again, although Highly Doubt I will lose 4 pounds again, but if I did that would be hilariously cool and I would take it.
*Food tastes So Good when you eat this way and the rest of the time you aren't bogged down and slow and full feeling.
*I have discovered a few key principles that really help.
1) Take really light cat naps whenever cravings/hunger hits...you'll find that if you just still yourself for ten minutes or so (which is the time you'd spend eating anyway) you 'wake up' so refreshed and totally fine.
2) I have noticed, without a doubt, that stress causes hunger. It is known that the cortisol released during stress stimulates appetite and fat storage, but seriously, I actually noticed this because I am fine and busy and fairly appetite free (nothing I can't hold off for a few hours till dinner) and honestly don't sweat it, but then if something is stressing this advantage is lost and I get more uncomfortably hungry! :/ ...so you have to really watch your stress levels on this regimen, but all in all, it's so good, I think I'm gonna keep it going! ...my stress was easily released by dealing with the stressor and then I was fine again.
*I love food...addicted as previous posts point out...and nothing is giving me greater joy than to postpone meals so I can truly, really, REALLY enjoy all the flavours! ...I ate more today but didn't enjoy things as much and this is why, it lost it's shine.
*Raw...what does this all have to do with raw? Not much, but I know a few people combining these two principles (intermittent fasting with raw vegan) and I just think it's something that's really going to work for me. I used to eat this way, minus the raw, for a long time in my youth and I was always assumed to be much younger than I was for it...but the raw adds a whole new level of vibrancy and health obviously!
*I have allowed myself Root Beer, to get off the chocolate and so far it's worked like a charm...and that is something I can control much easier...not great, but not beating myself up for this one allowance of junk at the moment.
*Have been 95% vegan and gluten free and no chocolate for 5 days now...and the instances I did have small amounts of gluten and dairy combined, I noticed my endo pain return within 12 hours. Soooo...I am thankful for my endo pain in a weird way because it's helping me to quit those things.
*Loving life so much right now, really thankful for all the skills I've learned in school and how they help me in my relationships and people through some stuff, loving summer, feeling really positive in general. ...ya, a noticeable shift upwards in positivity.