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Fasting In the winter.

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07 Jan 2013 06:43 #14740 by PeacefulWarrior
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What's your take on fasting in the winter? I'm planning a trip out west and if like to fast. The weather will be at worst mid 60's during the day and mid 30's at night. I'd love to hear your input and direction. I hope everyone's been well.

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David

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07 Jan 2013 06:48 #14741 by PeacefulWarrior
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I should add ill be outside camping so what the weather gives is what I'll have. I will have a tent and a solid 20 degree bag plus plenty of layers.

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07 Jan 2013 10:42 #14743 by TheFastDoctor
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During the international congress on nutrition in St Petersburg in 2007, a colleague of mine reported fasting 12 days on AIR ONLY in Siberia.. when it's cold, you need less water because you sweat less. But you'll burn more fat to keep your body warm. If you are far from other people there is the risk of hypothermia so please just make sure there's someone close by.. And if you become really cold, a cup or two of hot water makes a world of difference.

But 60 degrees ... that's as hot as a sauna!

André

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07 Jan 2013 14:54 #14754 by Lisafast
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I often find myself fasting in the winter and I'm cold. But it seems as though the winter time is the best time for me to fast so I just wear lots of layers.

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07 Jan 2013 16:07 #14755 by PeacefulWarrior
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Sauna! I beg to differ! After living in Austin Texas for two years I've lost some of my winter shell.

Assuming I had the option to fly somewhere much warmer, 80 high 50 low, Would that be a better place for detoxing? Is the lack of sweat a sign of less removal? Does fasting on warmer months give better results.

Lisafast, do you notice yourself getting exceptionally cold?

Thanks a lot,
David

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07 Jan 2013 16:29 - 07 Jan 2013 16:36 #14757 by paullikethesaint
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I live in Minneapolis and fast often during the winter months (both dry and water). Basically the only difference I've found is that I have to wear more layers. In general for me that's the key to winter any way being I have pretty low body fat. But I would echo what Lisa said about wearing layers. The temps you're talking about aren't real extreme either... If you were talking about winter camping in the boundary waters way up north, might be a little more concerning. As far as layering, I generally wear silk long underwear top and bottom next to my skin and put one to three layers on top of that depending on the outside temps and how long I plan to be outside. I bike commute all year around and even on days where it's below zero (Fahrenheit) I find that to be sufficient and easy to adjust when I get indoors where it's warmer. In your case being outside all day and night you'll definitely want a few layers all the time except maybe when you tucked into your sleeping bag. And always remember don't wear cotton next to your skin, easiest way to get hypothermia! Take care and good luck in your journey.

And unless the Doc thought you meant 60 degrees Celsius which of course would be as hot as a suana (and you'd have to be in the middle of death valley or the sahara on a hot summer day) I also beg to differ because even tho I live in a cold climate where 60F feels warm to me, it's def not as hot as any sauna I've been in! Minimum requirement for a sauna in my book is over 100F.... at least that's what gets me sweating good!
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07 Jan 2013 16:54 #14759 by TheFastDoctor
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Dear peaceful, water typically freeze at 0 degrees and boil at 100 degrees in a standard atmosphere. Body temperature is about 37. Most people will die if their body reaches 42 degrees core temperature.. so although we do sometimes set a sauna as hot as 90 degrees, that is dry heat so your sweat can evaporate to keep you cool and alive. A steam room at over 60 degrees is really dangerous as you would get blisters at 50.

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07 Jan 2013 18:01 #14762 by PeacefulWarrior
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Oh I should have pointed out that I was talking Fahrenheit so about 1.5 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Paul, thanks for your input. Man the hypothermia risk sounds pretty disconcerting. I've never feared any of that but all this talk...

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07 Jan 2013 21:50 #14763 by Shant
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Hi, i love fasting in the winter. I fasted in minus 10 celsius degrees, in plus 10, in plus 35.. And find fasting in cold temperatures as most comfortable for me and most effective. I don't get cold but if i do i put an extra layer on.

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07 Jan 2013 22:06 #14764 by PeacefulWarrior
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Shan't! Hey great to see some old names. That's super cold, I'll be backpacking so exposures more of an issue but obviously if its an issue I can just stop. Thanks for the reply.

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07 Jan 2013 23:16 #14769 by david
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Hi PeacefulWarrior great to see you back.

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09 Jan 2013 06:43 #14789 by Shant
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It's so nice to hear that you remember, peaceful. Your outdoor adventure sounds great to me. I would just make sure to have a (fire) place where I could heat my water and keep it warm.

Have fun backpacking.

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