Fasting: Day 15

This is Day 15 of my 21-day fast in Feb ’11. If you’re new to fasting, get the full background here: Fasting Experiment. Access all articles on fasting: The Fasting Series.

Meditation at the beach

Here are my stats for Day 15:

  • Today’s Weight: 127.7lbs / 57.9kg
  • Diff vs. Yesterday: -0.2lbs / -0.1kg
  • Total Difference: -16.8lbs / -7.6kg
  • Water consumption: 1.3 liters
  • Body Temp: 35.1 C / 94.5 F

Overall Review

Today is a lot better than yesterday. The day actually started off rocky with the same signs as from Day 14, but as the day progressed I started feeling a lot better. I think the process of getting things done and talking with people actually have a rather therapeutic effect for me. All the lying on the bed was giving me a headache.

So as I alluded to at the end of my  update, I feel a lot better now. Nausea is still there but very slight, almost like how it was in Day 4 or so. Same for the light-headedness. Mentally I don’t feel weighed down like before. No more negative cloud hovering anymore. It feels really great for a change. 😀 It almost feels like I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the fast comes to a close.

Also today I received a few pieces of good news which might have contributed to the positivity too. A couple of my upcoming engagements have been almost confirmed, and I finally got resolution on an admin issue I’ve been working on for a while. Tomorrow I’m also meeting a past client for a new round of coaching sessions to jump start her in her new stage in life, so I’m really looking forward to that too. 😀

Dreams

I think my dreams have normalized now. I don’t remember what they are about, but there are no more bad dreams that I’m aware of.

Detox – Tongue

My tongue continues to be white and bitter. At this rate I don’t think it looks like it’s going to clear up by Day 21, but it’s okay. I read that the clearing of the tongue is actually not indicative of when to end a fast; only true hunger is. There have been cases where one’s true hunger returned before his/her tongue cleared up.

Food

I don’t physically crave food, but I do look forward to eating when the fast ends (healthy vegan food, of course).

I had a lot of time to research on raw vegan recipes and plan out my post-fast diet in the past week. Something I realized was that the meal preparation (whether raw or cooked) takes quite some time, and ultimately convenience is a very big  thing to me. Also variety is important in helping me sustain in one diet – while I can eat the few same, quick raw meals every time, I’d like to be able to enjoy different types of meals when I want to (of which unfortunately self-preparation is required if I want the raw versions of those meals, since the society does not support that at the moment). I’d also like the joy of being able to order food from a restaurant menu when I’m out with friends or out with someone.

As I’d mentioned before, it’d be great if the society caters for raw way of life, but at the moment it doesn’t (especially in Singapore, unfortunately). Rather than strictly adhere to a certain standard, what I’m going to do is to use healthy eating as my benchmark, then plan and eat accordingly. For sure I’ll be sticking to a vegan diet as my base standard, and making it a high raw diet where I can (and of course, using my post-fast eating guidelines as guide on when/how much to eat each day). This is actually a very positive change from my previous diet, where I would be very lax in what I ate, often including dairy products and egg where alternatives were not available, and also unhealthy fried food as well. My intention and ideals to go full raw eventually remain there actually; I see veganism as a great way to transit to full raw in the longer-term.

UpdateDays 16-17 update is up!

This is Day 15 of my 21-day fast in Feb ’11. If you’re new to fasting, get the full background here: Fasting Experiment. Access all articles on fasting: The Fasting Series.

Image: Meditating at beach