Today is Day 7 of fasting of a two-week alternate day fasting challenge. Essentially, I have been switching off every other day between eating and fasting. The first five fasting days were water fasted and I am ending the challenge with two dry fasting days. The feeding days consist of a ketogenic diet.
Water fasting is simply only subsisting on water without food, and dry fasting does without both.
I started to feel far more full from meals (of which I only eat two) after just three days of fasting. To demonstrate, on Monday May 25th I was very hungry and had to snack, hitting 2,196 calories, but the following Wednesday (post third fast day), I was fine with just 1,755, which I would say is my sweet spot, since I felt a bit hungrier on Sunday May 31 at 1,660 calories.
However, this is where the dry fasting comparison comes into play. Yesterday, June 2, I ate 1,867 calories, after my first day of dry fasting, and yet, I suffered from acid reflux overnight and had many trips to the bathroom all day today.
So, what happened?
When I first begun my research into dry fasting, I read that just one day of it is comparable to three days of water fasting.
I took this as exaggeration.
While I did notice that the ramp up to normal consumption was longer (it took me about 2-3 hours to finish 8 oz. of water), I figured I would be back to normal by the end of the day, especially since I worked up an appetite after recording my latest live stream video.
So of course I was wrong, and it was because of the false equivalence I made for dry fasting. I have done a three day water fast before, and on the first day of re-feeding you are supposed to eat significantly fewer calories than normal, maybe even half as much. My calorie tracker says I should be eating 2,260 to maintain my weight, so tomorrow I will not go over 1,130 calories, and then eat at my new baseline of 1,750 the next day to fully recover.
I’m experiencing what appears to be Candida die-off symptoms, which for me is an acne-like rash across my chest and upper back area. I experienced this the first time I went on Keto, but I was a lot less disciplined back then, and over time after many relapses, Candida may have adapted to my anti-fungal foods (which it can do if foods are not cycled/rotated), and so that’s why I believe it is possible that another round of die-off could have been instigated by the dry fast.
I also would like to mention one “spiritual” benefit I gained from the dry fast.
“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” – Matthew 25:29
I bought a counter top water filter for myself and family members that I live with, but because a few of them are not able to leave for work due to the quarantine, there has been a lot of water consumption lately, and I labor everyday to make sure there will be enough purified water for all of us. I even work near the kitchen, and fortunately can monitor when the pitcher is being refilled, as some family members have a habit of leaving the kitchen while doing so and allowing pure water to overflow.
Practicing fasting and minimalism has made me incredibly conscious of my consumption and potential for conservation, so unfortunately I’ve become slightly resentful when I know so much more water can be preserved. But like Esther from the Bible fasted for three days before pleading to the King to save her people, I fasted to save my family some water.
Returning to the verse in Matthew, I had been so fixated on the scarcity of the water that I was always left with very little. But when I finally detached and dry fasted, I showed the universe that even without water I had enough to survive for the day, and thus I was given more, and now I have an abundance.
The next morning, I woke up to a full water tank.
And it’s not like I drink a ton of water on my own, as on my feeding days I drink very little as I don’t get thirsty while digesting food. Perhaps it is a localized Maharishi Effect?
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