Just a quick post to put forth something that may be really apparent to some people, or a complete revelation to others. You can fast for 24 hours and really not feel like you missed a day of eating. How do you do that? Before I say anymore, do try this on a weekend, or day off.
1) Stop eating in the afternoon and not resume eating solid food until the next day at the same time. So, if you stop eating at 2 pm on Saturday you can resume eating at 2 pm the next day, Sunday. One way to make this less hard on the body is to drink fresh juice in the evening or late afternoon. It is best if your last meal is one that you feel will sustain you, but as long as you can have some fresh green vegetable juice later in the day, make it simple and easy to digest. Also, check out Food Combining that I have links to in previous posts.
2) If you are really hungry in the morning, feel agitated, anxious or whatever comes up, have a juice that is not too high in sugar to get you stabilized. That can keep you able to go without solid food for the full 24 hours. Try celery, spinach, green apple, cucumber, a quarter of a lemon and a bit of ginger for a refreshing and nourishing juice.
3) Hunger is often misread for dehydration. Drink water and see if that changes how you feel. Adding lemon, a pinch of salt and a little bit of stevia can, for some, make it easier to get down.
4) Some other things that can keep you feeling sustained: Spirulina, Chlorella, green super food powder, Bee Pollen or Royal Jelly. All these foods are easy for the body to assimilate and will keep you from crashing. These are good things to do if you want to do this short fast more often.
5) If you feel like you can not make it until the 24 hour mark, acknowledge that you tried something new. Give it another shot in a week or two. However, whether you make it through the 24 hours or not, make a plan to have something simple and nourishing at hand when you do eat.
One question I have asked myself repeatedly about eating: if the thought of giving up a food gives me a feeling of anxiety and fear, then maybe I need to examine the reason why. Am I addicted to that food? The answer is relative to each individual and how they define the word addiction.
Food is a very touchy subject. If our relationship with it is observed and not judged it can be a really amazing window into the soul, mind and body. Observing the judging voice can tell you one hell of a lot.