January Water Fast – Day #3

January Water Fasting: Day #3Tuesday, Day #3: I woke up at 4:30 am with a POUNDING headache and lower back pain. I felt awful, all of which is to be expected when fasting.

My stats today were improved Morning BG 126, & Afternoon BG 86, Ketones 1.7 and I lost another -3.2 pounds (total fasting weight loss -11.5 pounds)

Fasting isn’t an easy journey and for some reason this fast seems to be initially a little tougher on my body than my previous fasts, or perhaps it’s just that I paying more attention to the small signs.

(Tomorrow Day #4, I’ll talk more about my back pain for those of you whom may be worried)

I’ve come to truly love my morning cup of warm lemon water – I’ll even bruise a little fresh mint and add it in as a pretty garnish. I hand squeeze a 1/2 a lemon in to a mug, then add about 1/2 room temp water then fill the rest of the mug with boiling water. It’s important to remember that if you do not have organic lemons, just add the juice and not the juiced rind. While organic is important, even for me organic lemons are often hard to find outside of big cities.

One thing that I wanted to mention that happened late on day #2 that I didn’t mention previously, was that SURPRISE! I got my Period (sorry if it’s TMI, trust me it’s relevant) And here’s the thing, I realized that every time I start water fasting, on day #2 I get my period, no matter where I am in my cycle. (pre-water fasting, my cycle has always been a very reliable 28 days, although I do have some hormonal imbalance. I have not been on any birth control for roughly 7 years) Is it my body trying to fix something? detoxing? I don’t know. Do you have any idea?

I survived my first out-in-public test. I went to the grocery store for more mineral water, lemons and herbal tea. While I wasn’t overwhelmed being around a plethora of food, I did almost buy a pineapple, telling myself that it would be acceptable to infuse water with sliced pineapple while fasting, perhaps even beneficial… instead I got a cucumber and some mint, since I’m suddenly not enjoying drinking water and need to kick up my consumption, maybe infusing some flavor would help. Then I went to Target to return a few things and the smell of Starbucks coffee was very tempting (while I rarely do the Starbucks thing, I do miss my winter cup of morning coffee) by I resisted.

Driving along past so many food-everywhere-anytime options was actually the hardest part of leaving the house, you don’t realize how often eating is pushed upon us, no wonder the average person over eats and has such a hard time resisting temptation – unhealthy food is everywhere.

Today I also decided that I was going to be more flexible with allowing myself hot herbal teas during my fast. I am getting increasingly cold and it’s in the 20’s outside, I need something warm to drink… and I’m already getting tired of drinking my beloved water. And I realized that I don’t enjoy cold mineral water, I need to be room temperature now.

As Tuesday went on I did feel pretty darn good by the evening my headache was gone, and I had too much energy to go to sleep at my normal 9 pm and stayed up until almost 11 pm.

Isn’t it ironic that fasting will actually give you MORE energy instead of less?

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  1. Am I completely breaking the water fast if I try the baby food I’m making for my child? I make all her food and I like to try it before I give it to her to make sure it tastes alright!

  2. I have a theory about starting your period on Day #2. As your body heals it breaks up tumors and fibroid to get your reproductive health back to homeostasis since those can alter your estrogen levels by a lot. You might not be starting your period but it might be the fibroids leaving your body.

  3. I have a weight problem and am interested in your theory. I have diabetes, kidney, AND HAVE TRIPLE BYPASSA. i KNOW THAT i HAVE TO LOOSE WEIGHT, AND GET MY fasting blood sugar under control. I like to eat, and I know that is my down fall. I have tried to cut back to one meal a day, and on rare occasions, I have n o meals. Your regime is quite interesting and need to know how you get the protein you need for regenation of muscle lose and where does your energy come from. I am not well informed. I dont’ know if I’m a candidate for your program. I am 72 .

    1. I’ve tried many variations of water-fasting. Some times I will include black coffee and an occasional mug of bone broth.

  4. I read your posts with great interest. I attempted a water fast a year ago and was unsuccessful. Like you, I started having lower back on the evening of the third day. For me, the pain was unbearable and unrelenting. I tried all that I knew to do: enemas and drinking more water. Unfortunately, that didn’t work and the pain continued for the next 12 or so hours at which point, I broke the fast. I’m curious to know how long your back pain lasted and did you do anything specific to alleviate the pain? I would like to try again and have started a juice fast to hopefully detox a bit before my next attempt.

    You are blessed with wisdom and fortitude as it relates to the fasting. I’ve known of the healing benefits of fasting for the past 40 years, but have never had the will or necessity to try (apparently healthy and weight under control).

    Congrats on the weight loss and your good health!


    1. My back pain only lasted a few days and it was not severe. You can read the rest of my journey for the details. As for feeling that you are healthy, think of it this way – if you are dependent on food and suffer from detox symptoms maybe you aren’t as healthy as you think — my rule of thumb is always the more difficult a fast is the more you need it.

  5. This stuff is really interesting (I read your Day #4 post as well). It’s so cool to see signs that your body is healing itself. I’ve never done a fast … and I’m pregnant right now so I can’t do one currently … but I plan to in the future! I had no idea that it helps prevent cancer! Though from all I know about cancer, it makes total sense. Thanks for sharing!

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