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Water Fasting for 36 Hours

Plato Fasting

Since my first water fast, last week, I thought that it would even more challenging to increase the time to a full 36 hours. This would require me to go an entire day without eating and then go to sleep hungry. In particular, it was the idea of going to sleep on a starving stomach that made me a little nervous. Normally, I will just grab a snack at night, if I happen to be hungry, because I find the feeling rather uncomfortable. It’s also a strange thought to not eat anything for an entire day. However, this experience has made me realize that I have been eating food everyday for my entire life without ever stopping. Doesn’t that sound a little strange too?

I started my water fast on Friday, 7 p.m., with a unpleasant start. I made a cheese-less pizza with chicken, black olives, green bell peppers, and onions. The problem was that the bell pepper might have been a little too old. A few hours after dinner, I got a serious migraine that only went away after I fell asleep for the night. I’m not a strong believe in medication so I didn’t have anything around the house. On the other hand, it could have been that I was stressing out with the thought of not eating. High blood pressure runs in my family, so stress can cause a serious spike creating the migraine. Either way, I continued on as plan.

I woke up at 8 a.m feeling a little hungry but after my cold shower, I’m still taking them, I felt fine. I proceed through breakfast and lunch without any discomfort. As the day went on, my body seemed to go through phases. I was more warm than usual and I would get moments of energy. Most of time, my mind was a little foggy and forgetful. At target, I kept forgetting that I wanted to buy raisins because I kept thinking of other things I needed. Luckily, my roommate was there to laugh at my newly found forgetfulness, and remind me. While in the grocery section, it surprised me that it wasn’t difficult to be around food. It all sounded good but it didn’t make me feel hungry. Around dinner time, I started getting a little hungry but nothing serious. I watched a few movies to keep my mind occupied which worked rather well.

Then it all came down to the one question that was bugging me all day. Can I go to sleep hungry? Yes, I can and it wasn’t that horrible either. I did wake up at 2 a.m. but a water fast does involves drinking a ton of water. I fell back to sleep quickly and, in the morning, woke up feeling refreshed. I didn’t feel any more tired than if it had been a normal day. The morning cold shower however was weird. I could feel that the water was icy cold but after the initial shock, one second or two, my body didn’t react to the temperature at all. There was no shivering or heavy breathing, it was like my body was surrounded by a blanket of warmth so the cold water didn’t have any effect. My roommate laughed after I told him, and said “I don’t know if that’s a good thing”.

Well, being the scientist that I am, I made some hypothesis. However, my best one came right after breakfast. I had presoaked oatmeal, the only way to do it, with peanut butter, raisins, ground flax-seed, and cinnamon. A little tangent because it tastes so amazing! Surprising to me, I found that after eating I was super cold. I had to put on my jacket just to keep warm. My hypothesis is that after water fasting blood flow to my skin is much higher, increasing temperature, because the blood flow normally redirect to the digestion system is decreased. Just an educated guess from what I have read. Still, the cold shower felt like nothing but I have been taking them for awhile now, so on any normal day they are already enjoyable.

Fasting is the greatest remedy– the physician within. ~ Philippus Paracelsus

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