We’ve officially decided to end our Water Fast on Sat. Jan 16th – Did I mention that Ray is fasting with me?? Oh yeah and he actually has a job that entails physical labor…. he’s rolling along just like me. Our combined weight loss (in just 5 days of fasting) is a whopping 31 pounds! Ray’s lost 15 and I’ve lost 16 pounds – isn’t that amazing?!?
While our fasting experience definitely isn’t the same, it’s not all that different either. The real difference is that I’ve had horrible headaches and he hasn’t. The one thing we can both agree on is that we are NOT HUNGRY and have plenty of ENERGY.
Ray has pretty much been drinking lots of water, hot tea in the evening and taking a few supplements (5,000 ius Vitamin C, 10,000 ius Vitamin D3 w/K, HSO probiotic & Magnesium) – He’s lost 15 pounds so far. Ray’s BG hasn’t dropped yet but fingers crossed it will.
I’m sure you are wondering why we are ending our fast next weekend — it has absolutely nothing to do with how we feel or the fast itself, it’s only because we will be celebrating Ray’s 44th Birthday!
Celebrations are a part of our lives (and by celebrations I don’t mean a weekly book club indulgence of cake & cookies! I mean real reasons to celebrate) and if we aren’t able to continue to partake in our lives in some manner, what are we doing all of this for anyways?
We will have 2 meals on the 16th – Scrambled Eggs w/avocado and sliced tomato for brunch and then we are splitting a Sous Vide Ribeye Steak w/sautéed mushrooms, green beans and a large tossed salad for Ray’s Birthday Dinner (it’s the meal he’d like to have).
Our plan is to keep our carbs low, don’t over do the protein and stay in ketosis following this fast. Sunday will be 2 meals again, Scrambled Eggs w/avocado and sliced tomato for brunch and pork chops, leftover green beans & mushrooms and another large tossed salad for Sunday Dinner.
While my blood readings have dropped nicely, we are still waiting for Ray’s morning BG to come down and to get into prime ketosis. Here’s a snap-shot of my fast-to-date stats….
If you are interested in understanding more about the correlations of Blood Glucose/Insulin and Weight – Check out Intensive Dietary Management and Optimizing Nutrition Blogs – they are fabulous resources..
Here’s a quote that makes me feel 100% confident in our fasting choice:
Doctor Fung made the observation that the typical modern practice of having three meals plus snacks doesn’t give the body any time that there is not insulin circulating in our blood. In earlier times this wasn’t the case. There would have been periods of feasting in summer when carbohydrates eaten were stored via insulin as fat along with periods of famine and winter where insulin levels were low and fat stores could be used.
Anyways… enough nuts & bolts talk.. let’s get back to the fun stuff! So yesterday afternoon I (still) had an awful headache and I decided to go ahead and do a very mild coffee enema.
I know you are probably freaking out, but please don’t.
It’s just poop.
Contrary to what you may think – it’s no messier than, well, pooping. Only you poop out a lot of water. And for me it’s a wonderful 20 minutes of time spent laying on the floor in my warm, dark bathroom, with lavender and cedarwood essential oils diffusing and relaxation music playing.
I then rinsed my sinuses a couple times, since I felt that much of my pain was in my forehead/face which can mean it is sinus related and also drank a quart of water since headaches can be caused by dehydration — within a couple hours my headache subsided. FINALLY.
Today I’ve just finished my warm lemon water and am moving on to a quart of water – I haven’t been monitoring my water intake so, today I am – aiming for a gallon of water first then I can have mineral water and hot tea. Hoping to keep all the toxins I’m releasing are flushed.