Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Three days of fasting

This is not medical advice!

By the time this posts at midnight, I'll have completed over three days of fasting. I've only had water and the occasional cup of black coffee. The fast will probably wrap up in 12 to 24 hours.

So why fast? There are supposed to be a number of health benefits. Most recently I'm checking to see if fasting helps heal bacterial infections. Don't get me wrong, I've got an appointment to see a Dr.. However, healing does seem to be somewhat accelerated. By the way, fasting is supposed to only be good for bacterial infections. To fight viral infections you need calories.

I do it from time to time as a way of resetting my body. Your mileage may vary. This is by no means medical advice. Some people should definitely not fast. However, in my own somewhat unscientific observation, it works for me.

So how do I feel? Pretty good overall. I've been walking around and doing things. I've chopped wood, ran errands, and generally went through my normal day. I would not want to run a marathon, but a brisk walk is very sustainable. For me it's actually easier to fast than to diet. A little food is worse than no food. I'm a lot less hungry during a fast. The key thing is to drink a lot of water. Whatever you do, don't fast without drinking. That's a quick trip to medical mayhem.

During day two of fasting I cooked a roast chicken dinner for the other people in my house. Day three my lovely wife and I had dinner at a restaurant. Actually, she had dinner. I had a cup of black coffee. How hard was it to be around food while fasting? A bit harder, I'll admit, but I was determined to live as nearly normal as possible -and do it with a smile on my face.

Because I have some experience with fasting, I know how well I can function without food. There's no need to panic. Of course, I'm a pretty fat guy so there's plenty of calories in the bank.



  1. Good for you. I've never been able to make it past 24 hours, unless I'm sick to begin with.

    1. Three days isn't too hard. For me, four or five is when I start to feel it.

  2. Good for you. Last year I did a good bit of intermittent fasting. I ate two (fat laden) meals between the hours of noon and 6 pm. My blood numbers improved during this period of time. There is a doctor out of Toronto who got laughed at by his colleagues when he started using fasting for his patients. Now they send their patients to this doctor because he gets such good results with Intermittent Fasting. Best of Luck.

    1. Thanks Westside mom. I've done intermittent fasting before and will go back to it.