Post Fast: Day 1

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This is the Day 1 post-fast update 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

Yesterday I was really excited about breaking the fast, so I couldn’t sleep much the whole night. My stomach growled on and off too. I kept thinking about being able to return to eating again, and the healthy food I can start eating soon. Even my dreams were about breaking the fast! Also because I had rested so much in the day, I didn’t feel sleepy at all.

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Finally at about 8+am I got up to do some work at the computer. At 9:30am I drank some water, under Loren’s recommendation not to drink anything in the 30 minutes before I eat. And finally at 10am, I took out the watermelon from the fridge, weighed a 2oz piece, and started eating.

The watermelon was very juicy and sweet, in a good way. I carefully chewed every bite, making sure it was in very small, digestible pieces before I took the next bite. In the past I’ve always eaten in a hurry or ate while I was doing something else, never appreciating the food for what it is. This time I made sure to fully enjoy the consumption process. I finished the 2oz and didn’t feel any cravings for more watermelon or any other food.

Afterward I think I had some digestion problems though. My stomach grumbled on and off and felt “heavy”. I took a nap at 11am, with intentions to wake up at noon to take my next watermelon, but I ended up sleeping all the way till 3+pm and feeling very groggy. It seems like the digestion brought my body into a deep sleep, deeper than my usual sleep during the fast. Which is interesting considering it’s just 1 piece of watermelon. The same thing happened when I had another 2oz watermelon at about 3:30pm – I took a nap and got knocked out into a deep sleep till about 6:30pm, again feeling groggy when I woke up. I just had another watermelon at 7pm, and right now my head is feeling heavy/groggy again (it’s 8:30pm at the moment). In fact I’m experiencing a slight headache with the grogginess.

I take this as my body adjusting back to digestion mode, so I don’t think it’s a case for concern. I’ll proceed with Day 2’s post-fast consumption guidelines. Since I’ve a 4-hour workshop in the first half of the day, I’ll have a 4 oz serving before the workshop, followed by another 4oz serving during the break. I’ve a coaching session after that but it’ll be easier to plan around that since it’s 1-1 basis.

Other than the slight digestion issue and the grogginess, everything’s been well. No more detox since I’m effectively out of ketosis (though still a little bit of the phlegm I mentioned on Day 21). I’m able to work at the laptop for long periods without feeling drained. That’s important as I’ve to catch up on my preparation work for my workshop tomorrow which I’d not been able to do during the fast.

Update: I’ve connected with Loren and he told me that this is a normal sign. He mentioned refeeding can be a tricky process, and I’ve experienced first hand how much energy it takes to process food – roughly 50% of our energy goes into our digestive tract actually! I would never have guessed just digesting a watermelon can take this much energy. Imagine those who consume heavier food like meat-based and dairy products! That’s a lot of energy channeled into the digestive systems! With this clarified, I’ll proceed with the Day 2 refeeding plan tomorrow.

My weight this morning is 56.3kg / 124.1lbs (pre-food intake), which is the same as my weight yesterday. I didn’t weigh myself after eating as I don’t think it makes much of a difference and I don’t want to make this whole fast weight-centric. I’ll continue to weigh myself every morning for tracking purposes.

My next post-fast update will probably be Day 4 or Day 7. See you guys then and thanks so much for all your continuous encouragement! I really appreciate it!

Update: Post-Fast Day 4 update is up!

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This is the Day 1 post-fast update 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

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