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Mountain Hiking while fasting + other Q

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11 Nov 2013 05:54 #18711 by LSmith
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  1. Can fasting (either water or dry) be combined with mountain hiking? in many of the books I've read about Russian Dry Fasting they talk about the benefit of dry fasting in the mountains, but they don't mention if you should be hiking that mountain or just sit still and do nothing.
    In Native American Vision Quest (which is 4 days of dry fasting) hiking is an integral part of it, but in one dry fasting article I read they said that you can really easily strain muscles while dry fasting, which sounds like might be dangerous during hike.

  2. Is it beneficial to avoid sleeping during dry fasting? in Native American Vision Quest they are not allowed to sleep, and that would fit really well in Norway where I live since the sun just goes round and round during summers. However I fear that Vision Quest is mainly for spirituality and may not be ideal for health and that therefore I need to pick and focus on one or the other, in which case health wins (since I don't really believe in interpreting dreams/visions)

  3. Am I allowed to walk barefoot during a hard dry fast? I'm a barefoot runner/walker when I'm in nature, my gut says that if you really want to go on a nature healing trip you should put your rubber shoes in your backpack and instead connect your feet to the earth. But dry fasting literature says NO contact with water, and ofc the nature ground sometimes get very wet.

  4. Dry fasting literature mentions how you should be/sleep near a mountain stream, is that so your lungs breath in the clean moisture, and/or so that your skin breaths it?
    If it's the skin then how important is it to be shirtless? I know some Russian gurus that wears only shorts and is saying how vital it is for your upper body to breath in moisture and get sun exposure, but on the other hand I feel like the more exposed I am to the cold the more calories I will burn which isn't good for someone as underweight as myself.
Me:
20-something man doing intermitten fasting for 18 hours a day for the last couple of months.

My objective:
Increase my absorption-percentage. I am sick and tired of eating 4000-5000 calories a day to maintain my weight. Normally when restricting my calories below 4000 I tend to drastically lose weight, but I was shocked to find out that if eat all my food/water 3 hours around dinner (i.e. 21h daily intermitten fasting) I have maintained my weight for months on only 1300 cal.
Daily Intermitten Fasting is already taking me where I want to go, my objective for doing 2/3/4 day dry fasts is mainly to see what other awesome benefits I can achieve.

My plan:
I definitely want to do some kind of 2-3 day health-hike in the mountain this coming summer, altho I fear that combining dry fasting with solo hiking is too dangerous.
One possible compromise would be to do water fast during hiking. And if that too is too dangerous; allow for one meal a day (the fish I catch, or emergency backpack food if no luck with fish.

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18 Nov 2013 08:49 #18735 by david
david replied the topic: Mountain Hiking while fasting + other Q
Hello Lsmith, I think I found it this time. Let me explain. I was configuring the forum to receive posts from non site members which do need approval to avoid spam. What happened is that unbeknownst to me the approval extended to site member posts too but only for a day as I fixed the problem the next day. Apologies for this inconvenience.

Thank you for all your input.

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23 Dec 2013 18:11 #19182 by LSmith
LSmith replied the topic: Mountain Hiking while fasting + other Q
gotcha, thanks.

doesn't seem to be much answers tho and the topic isn't as relevant to me anymore so maybe just delete it.

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23 Dec 2013 19:45 #19184 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Mountain Hiking while fasting + other Q
What you describe, dear LSmith, needs to be investigated. I would firstly do a resting metabolism rate and most likely thyroid functions. If you need that much energy in your diet it has to either not be absorbed, or has to disappear to somewhere. In the former case, a fast can actually, by resting the digestive system, improve the ratio of absorption vs pass through, and that could solve your problem.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.

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