(04-27-2011 04:22 AM)Ish Wrote: Hi Celes!
I'm just catching up with the forums. I think it's awesome you've attempted a second fast. Congratulations on the success.
Thanks Ish! It was great fun, and very effortless
(04-27-2011 04:22 AM)Ish Wrote: I also have low BP and tend to get weak easily, even on my normal (veg) diet.
I've the same question as Hannah - what's your BP? My BP is 90, which is considered the lower end of the healthy blood pressure range. I've consulted a doctor before and he told me that even if it may seem like the lower end, it's still okay. Also the good thing about fasting is that it basically lets our body do its healing and restores our original body conditions - which includes increasing low blood pressure and decreasing high blood pressure to a normal state..
(04-27-2011 04:22 AM)Ish Wrote: Another problem is the opinion of others, specially at home. Whenever I've mentioned your fasts, I've had very strong negative opinions, both from my husband and from my mother in law.
Hey Ish, to be honest, my personal take in such situations (and you can ignore this too if you don't agree) is just not to discuss with them actually, especially if you already know they've pre-existing staunch beliefs in them. I'm really sure they come from a good place and all, but at the same time they've not had access to the same materials and knowledge as you have about fasting itself. I'm not sure if you've ever read my article on dealing with naysayers
Ish? You can take a read - there might be relevant parts in there for your situation.
I never mentioned about my fast(s) to any of my friends/family before/during my fast - and to be honest if I did, I don't think I'd ever have been able to complete the fast and get all the revelations I did (which were really life changing for me. I think if I had to get their agreements or approvals, I'd never be able to move on with my life. Even having completed my fast successfully (make it 2 now), I still don't talk about fasting openly with others because they'll never understand. The last time I talked about it to this guy who is in some health/skin supplement company (a friend's friend), he kept trying to shoot it down and label it as a "starvation" technique, when it totally isn't at all. I just closed the conversation loop after several minutes of trying to discuss it with him. People who don't know what it's about will just make it out to be something to do with anorexia, or that it's dangerous, or some religious mambo-jumbo, and so on. I think it's okay to agree to disagree, and it's not necessary to get an agreement or an alignment to move forward with certain decisions sometimes. (else we'll never be able to make progress in our lives/goals)
(04-27-2011 04:22 AM)Ish Wrote: I am thinking of a liquid juice or soup fast - maybe not as effective as a water fast, but it will have some benefits, while at the same time allowing me to continue with my normal life.
How about a fruit/veg juice fast? That might be better. Soup fast - depends on what soup you're thinking of. If it's processed soup, I don't think it'll be useful as there'll be a lot of salt/msg/additives inside which is a large cause of health issues to begin with. Normally I wouldn't have thought they amount to anything, but after the fast, I really did notice some changes when I reintroduced soup (namely processed soup) into my diet. I started getting zits, my skin lost part of the radiance I had during the fast, and I could feel my face was slightly more puffy than during the fast. (Nothing serious, and most of the time people would deem this as normal. But as I was starting from a completely blank slate post-fast and slowly adding things back in to see the impact of the food on my body, I could see the effects of the food I ate very clearly)
Hannah Wrote:However if you continue to be a shining example of health they are not going to help but notice your energy, how great you look, ext and they will want to do exactly what you are doing
You're right Hannah!
I had a friend visit from Hongkong a few weeks ago, and he was amazed by the amount of weight I lost. I mentioned in passing about my fast, after which he kept asking more. Anyway, as it turned out, he started on his own 17 day fast after he returned to HK! I was totally amazed as I thought he was just asking for fun, and didn't imagine him to take it so seriously! But it just goes to show that when you just do your thing and walk the talk, people who do want to make a change in their lives will follow suit too!
Hannah Wrote:Do you have a specific plan on how you are going to maintain your weight ( ie- counting cals)?
You're absolutely right Hannah!
It'll be the same plan as after my first fast, which is to prepare my meal plan in advance and count the calories. Overall my goal is to stay in line with the 1,200 calorie mark. And since I'll be reintroducing exercise into my plan, I'll be evaluating if there's a need to increase it or not. But first I've to go get a weighing scale that measures fat % and muscle mass!
Almo Wrote:Guys, you've inspired me to start my water fast today!
I set up a thread just now... and I guess I should go and store my grocery shopping from yesterday, whatever I can salvage...
thanks for inspiring me to go on this on such short notice
Almo, welcome to the fasting club! LOL. I'm so excited that you're joining in! We'll all be supporting you all the way!