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30 Dec 2013 01:40 #19284 by Lux
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Since many people, myself included, look to the new year each year as a time to start fresh, I would like to take the opportunity to share things that have worked for me (and not worked) in fasting. I have learned that all the education in the world often is of no benefit when it comes to resisting food cravings. I cannot tell you how many fasts I have started only to abandon them far sooner then I had planned. So here are some do's and don'ts which have worked for me. I am still learning and will gladly learn from each of you.
I begin my fasts after the noon meal. The reason is it is far easier to skip supper for me, if I have had a good noon meal. (I am trying juicing for two days this time, but so far still having a lot of cravings. I might just go back to a good noon high fat meal.)
When I wake up in the morning, it is easy for me to skip breakfast. When the noon meal roles around, I congratulate myself on my first 24 hours and go for a walk. In the evening, I try to go to bed early. A sleeping person is a fasting person.
The next morning I skip breakfast and before you know it at noon I can congratulate myself on 48 hours. As you can see, this is the thinking I try to keep rolling. Each day at noon, I try to visualize the 4/5 day break point. This is the time my hunger really starts going away. I try to get to bed early each night. Again, a sleeping person is a fasting person. I also try to make the time spiritual. Some don'ts? Sugar is poison. It produces and insulin spike which makes me so hungry I could eat a box of candy including the box. I stay away from it as much as possible. If I slip, it is all over, I might as well eat and try another day. Other foods to avoid are extremely salty foods. They tend to come with hidden fat. Anyone care to share your does and don'ts and strategies, please feel free to chime in. I know one thing that has helped me was fasting buddies. My longest fast, 32 days, was with a fasting buddy online. I am not sure if I could have done it without the support.
Hope to hear from some of you.

Lux

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30 Dec 2013 02:23 #19287 by TheFastDoctor
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Some really excellent observations and advice, Lux! Thank you.

André

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11 Jan 2014 01:05 #19491 by wonderfullosing
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My fasting tips

For the first couple days, until hunger disappears, feed the family foods they like and I don't.

Rest as much as possible. As previously stated on this thread, a sleeping person is a fasting person.

When hunger is gone, learn to enjoy the sensation of smelling foods. I think I somehow hypnotize myself into feeling I ate that meal, it was wonderful. It took years but I find the smells enjoyable, not threatening at all.

Brush teeth often and shower daily because those toxins being expelled smell!

Put a pair of pants one size too small in plain sight as incentive.

If the family is eating a meal I really find appealing, I freeze a portion for myself to enjoy later.

Watch shows like biggest loser for motivation.

Keep a graph chart documenting daily weight loss. Seeing the downhill angle is motivating.

Have a few treats ready for rewards as certain weights are achieved.

May think of more later but these are some I wish someone shared with me when I was on my first fast.

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11 Jan 2014 10:47 #19494 by TheFastDoctor
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Really excellent ideas dear wonderful... plus do consider the notebook diet: I have explained it a few times on these forums.

It boils down to keeping a list of anything you wish to eat, which your diet does not allow. Then, the day before the fast you HAVE to eat EVERYTHING on that list. This ensures you are never deprived, you enjoy things in anticipation and you likely have some junk before the fast. This junk activates the junk processing in your body helping eliminate more junk during the fast.

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11 Jan 2014 18:14 #19499 by wonderfullosing
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Thanks for your reply.

I really don't indulge a lot in junk foods, may have a chocolate bar once a month or chips with a restaurant sandwich once a week. My problem is we eat out fairly often because a couple of our children have resturants. And we LIKE food. When I am being good, we share the meal, but then it gets to a point where we don't want the same thing so we both order and bring leftovers home but not half.... soon there are no leftovers being brought home so it is clear we are overeating.... but it tastes so GOOD!!!

I have been overweight in the past but lost it and kept it off for 5 years at a time. Then we go through the slow creep of weight gain, and it tastes so GOOD!!! But, with a few health issues this time it got out of hand, the steroids and inactivity added to menopause really did me in.

Still, I am on the right track now and hope to continue.

A question for you. One of the last things I did before starting the fast was to eat two cloves of raw garlic just in case there were parasites in there. Never saw evidence of any but... if I did have any, do you think I eliminated them all? Or would you suggest another dose after the fast?

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12 Jan 2014 05:38 #19502 by TheFastDoctor
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I have always maintained, dear Wonderful, that if one really enjoys something you should not do it every day... lest that turns a wonderful experience into a dreary old routine. Thus if you enjoy eating, it would be even more enjoyable if you remove this routine baggage...

Parasites are of course eliminated by the fast per se also. Sure garlic may help it along a bit but you do not need to see them.. they may be digested post death or they may be of the microscopic size type.

Rather than repeat a "treatment" after "the fast", plan to fast more often I suggest.

André

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12 Jan 2014 09:28 #19504 by david
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Thanks for the tips wonderful I will add these to our fasting tips and tricks page :)

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Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

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12 Jan 2014 22:25 #19513 by danielle
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Lux, I am addicted to sugar and I can relate to wanting to eat an entire box. Weening myself off of it is such a challenge. What makes it worse is that I nibble on it throughout the day/night. A couple of kisses here, a reese cup there. Makes things very difficult.

My longest fast is 5 days and I had ZERO cravings. Sugar/chocolate looked and smelled gross.

I exercise a ton, so food doesn't stay in my system long. One of my motivators to fast is to STOP exercising. My body is tired.

I also wonder about sleep. Everyone says here that they go to bed early and sleep, but I have a hard time sleeping when I fast. Perhaps I have not gotten far enough along...

One major thing I have realized is that I tend to be addicted to thoughts. when I eat sugar, I think about stuff (usually of no real importance) and I am removed from the beauty of the present moment. It is almost like keeping your mind captive. realizing this has made me more inspired to cut out the sugar and toxins, so that I may be shown a beautiful new world.

I guess, for me, the best way to fast is to JUST DO IT. I don't want to spend a day or two preparing to not eat. I'd rather just stop eating.

Thanks so much for this post. Great information !

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13 Jan 2014 14:48 #19532 by TheFastDoctor
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Obviously, dear Danielle, you need to fast more often, then your ZERO craving days will be more also... But don't see fasting and exercise as exchangeable.. you should exercise while fasting. Some people sleep more and some less during a fast... it's rather unpredictable.

Sugar is NOT a food... you should NOT allow it into your body.

André

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13 Jan 2014 17:35 #19542 by danielle
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Thanks Doc. I will NOT allow sugar into my precious body (or mind!).

I didn't mean I won't exercise while fasting. It's just that I probably spend half the day riding my bike, running, etc. I am looking forward to having less energy so that I can take a stroll or just do something light, instead of HAVING to burn off 75,000 pounds of chocolate!

Namaste ~

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13 Jan 2014 17:50 #19546 by Lisafast
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Danielle,
My candy fix is sugar free calcium, vitamin D + K chews. They have 5 calories and I can have three per day. They are very chewy and satisfying and I buy them at Costco.

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