January Water Fast – Day #2

January Water Fast - day #2

It’s day #2 of my January Water Fast and I really want a cup of coffee. I’m not a habitual coffee drinker but I do enjoy a cup in the winter, especially on a cold morning like today.

My first day (yesterday) was uneventful, I drank roughly 1.5 gallons of water total and hope to do roughly the same today. I have had a nagging headache since yesterday afternoon and expect it to linger today & tomorrow. I did take 4 teaspoons of Magnesium and things are ‘moving’ along nicely.

Speaking of “moving along” I’m considering adding in a few coffee enemas this week. I know many of you are like, No Way! But I’ve done them previously while juice fasting for 45 days and once you get over the icky-mental-part they really aren’t a big deal at all. It’s just poop people, we all poop.

Talk about 2 controversial topics; Enemas and Fasting all here in one post – that’s my life.

With just 36 hours of fasting, I’m already at .6 ketones, which I think is pretty fab. And the scale is -8.3 pounds (mostly glycogen stores and food that moved through, don’t get too excited peeps!) none the less, any downward movement of the scale is a good thing for me.

The one tool that I feel EVERYONE should be using consistently as a part of their health preventative routine is a Blood Glucose Monitor. They aren’t just for people who have diabetes – measuring your blood glucose throughout the day is an awesome way to track how your body responds to the foods you eat. (and more importantly identifying what you are doing/eating isn’t working towards your health goals!)

The monitor that I use is both a blood glucose and ketone monitor. Monitoring your blood ketones is the most reliable method if you are eating a ketogenic diet, while the ketone strips are notoriously expensive these are the least cost prohibitive. While fasting I check my BG every morning and evening, ideally I want both reading to be in the 70/80s. (Day #1: am-146/pm-86, Day #2: am-136)

My fasting blood glucose readings will greatly influence when I stop my fast as well. I want this fast to be a catalyst to help reset my insulin resistance and allow me a clean slate to resume healthy eating, which I will monitor closely to see what impacts my BG readings.

To learn more about how fasting is the most efficient and effective way to impact your blood glucose/insulin resistance check out the Intensive Dietary Management Blog by Dr. Jason Fung 

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8 Comments

  1. I’m sorry, does the magnesium help with bowel movements or is it only for muscle. Im confused by the moving along. Lol.

    1. As I have shared several times, I only kept my normal daily activity. I did not add any exercise.

  2. I’m on day 2 of my fast and I have a headache as well…. why the headache and how long does it last? Also, thank you for creating this site and all your input. I can only imagine all the time and energy you put into this… but know you are changing people’s lives for the better!!

    1. Your detox and adjustment period is highly individual, it’s very similar to a /keto-flu.

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